Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day


by Heather Wilson, CMP June 22, 2021

This year, we’re celebrating International Women in Engineering Day by highlighting some of the incredible software engineers here at TaxJar. We believe that by raising awareness to the work and achievements of women engineers, more young girls and women will see the endless career opportunities available to them in the field of engineering. And we can’t wait to see what the future generations of women engineers accomplish.  

Rebecca Faill, Director of Tax Technologies
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Tell us what you do at TaxJar.
As “Director of Tax Technologies” I lead four development teams, which focus on everything from sales tax calculations to the transmission of returns to the state departments of revenue.
What interested or hooked you on engineering as a career?
What really excites me is the ability to build something beautiful and useful seemingly out of thin air. As long as you can get access to a computer, you’re able to create anything you can imagine. I can’t think of another career where the options are so literally limitless.
Share one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your resume.
I spend a lot of time in the garden – like programming, you’re never done learning how to grow things. It’s a similar fascinating cycle of trying out something new, failing, debugging, and trying again.
What’s one engineering/technology trend you’re keeping an eye on?
It’s not a new trend, but I’m really encouraged by the increasing acceptance of coding bootcamps as a way into the industry. If we’re going to increase the diversity of engineering teams, we’ve got to find ways to embrace people for whom a four-year CS degree isn’t an option. Bootcamps to me are an elegant solution to that problem.
What’s one book/movie/tv show/podcast/music you’ve enjoyed recently?
I’m reading a great book about the twentieth century called “Stranger Than We Can Imagine” (John Higgs). It somehow manages to tie together everything from surrealism to the space program – all from a really interesting perspective.

Ashley Schultz, Software Developer 

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Tell us what you do at TaxJar.
I work with a team that focuses on customer facing issues from fixing bugs, revising code to meet the needs of the ever-changing sales tax industry and building out a new product feature to improve our customer’s experience. The part I love the most is knowing I can simplify a complex problem for our customers by creating meaningful tools and features.
What interested or hooked you on engineering as a career?
I accidentally fell in love with programming, it started with little problems I wanted to solve and I would learn just enough to complete the task at hand. But the more I learned, the more I wanted to know and I started seeing how to solve larger problems. One day it occurred to me that it was all I wanted to do and nothing else would satisfy.

Share one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your resume.
I grew up in the mountains of Montana with no running water or electricity. We didn’t have much money and I had to be really resourceful and inventive in my daily life. I learned and grew to love problem-solving and critical thinking skills which is something I crave as an adult. I love programming so much, because it delivers that daily. 
What’s one engineering/technology trend you’re keeping an eye on?
I really love fintech. I have always had an affinity for math, budgeting and spreadsheets and it’s such a vast space to solve problems with so much potential for inventive ideas.
What’s the most productive time of the day for you?
I feel best tackling hard projects in the morning, throughout my day I work toward my easy wins. Debugging especially comes easier in the morning with a fresh set of eyes. I often solve bugs in my dreams as I sleep, but even when that fails me, It’s usually a quick win in the morning.

Melody Caron, Engineering Manager
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Tell us what you do at TaxJar.
I’m an Engineering Manager for the Tax Technologies team. I manage the team that’s responsible for TaxJar’s Sales Tax Calculations Engine and Sales Tax Reports.
What interested or hooked you on engineering as a career?
I love board games, video games, and logic puzzles. Programming is essentially designing creative solutions to problems and then writing code (logic) to implement those solutions. As a software engineer (and as an engineering manager), I feel like I’m solving puzzles every day! As a career, software engineering provides a lot of opportunities and flexibility. You can work at many different types or sizes of companies in a variety of industries. That flexibility was important to me in my career.

Share one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your resume.
I’ve been a dancer for most of my life, dancing everything from ballet to ballroom to blues/swing. I’m looking forward to traveling to blues dancing conventions again, once it’s safe to do so!
What’s one engineering/technology trend you’re keeping an eye on?
I’m intrigued by the low-code/no-code development trend.
What’s your go-to mid-afternoon snack?
Apples and brie! Or apples and peanut butter.


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