Software Engineer, Rim Vilgalys, joins Crispin with a background in virtual reality gaming. Working in a niche area like that has translated well to the world of broadcast television that Crispin supports.
He says, “I’m a mostly self-taught programmer, and after working in the gaming world for a while, I decided to start teaching myself the latest web technologies so I could focus more on software development. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes for virtual reality games and the same is true of Crispin’s solutions for television stations. I’m still learning about the true needs of the stations we work with, but overall, it’s been a natural transition for me.”
Rim has been able to take a lot of what he learned earlier in his career and apply it to the technologies he’s currently developing with the team. “Due to my background, I’ve got experience with both user interface design and user experience design. I’ve been able to apply that to this new role and I’m excited to continue developing my skill set,” he says.
Outside of work, Rim enjoys camping, spending time outside, and playing his sport of choice: ultimate frisbee. “I’ve played club and college ultimate frisbee for about 17 years now. It’s one of my favorite ways to stay active,” he says.
Rim also enjoys traveling internationally as much as he can. Recent travels have taken him to Australia, Germany and Peru, where his partner, Vanessa, has been doing field work for a PhD at Johns Hopkins University.
In the rest of his spare time, Rim plans events for a distillery he founded in Durham, North Carolina. Their specialty, a spiced honey liqueur, originates from an old family recipe. He says, “There are a lot of regulations around the industry, but more than anything, we’ve had a lot of fun creating and sharing a product we love.”