Aaron Dinin

Class Year:

2005

Professional Background

PhD in English; Senior software engineer; Founder ofa venture-backed technology startup; 2012 Microsoft Fellow; Author ofThe Krzyzewskiville Tales

How has being an English graduate from Duke University help shape your professional success?

English and software development rarely overlap, but the research skills I cultivated in Duke's English program gave me the skills to teach myself how to code. In addition, the critical reading and analysis work I did as an English major fostered a unique perspective on software engineering that allowed me to identify market opportunities for my apps, while the writing and communication skills I developed gave me the ability to commercialize and promote my products.

Aaron Dinin
Co-Founder, Lead Developer, RocketBolt