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Meet Delia Fernandez: The Fast Interview

Delia Fernandez Aznar, senior software engineer at Fast

Name: Delia Fernandez Aznar

Role: Founding senior Android engineer

Team: Mobile

What do you do at Fast?
I'm working on the Android Mobile SDK which sellers can integrate to provide a native in-app one-click Fast Checkout experience similar to web.

Describe your typical day at Fast. 
Mornings on the East Coast, where I live, tend to be quiet, so I get a fair amount of time to focus. I usually have afternoon sessions to sync with the team, followed by more focus time when time allows it. I usually close the day with code reviews.

Where were you before Fast?
I worked at different startups in Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain. I like the culture and process formation of a startup. 

Why did you say yes to Fast?
Being the founding engineer on a project gives a unique opportunity to any engineer; setting the foundation and really having a hand in how the world sees and uses it was something I couldn’t pass up. Working remotely, thanks to Fast Flex, was the cherry on top.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
I grew up in the town of Ogíjares, Granada, Spain. I was a curious, skinny tomboy who loved to draw and to use her parent’s hand tools kit to open any electronics I could find to figure out how they worked and reassemble them, drawing diagrams of the connections. I refused to continue at the Mathlympics after passing the city’s first round, because I thought that would change who I was or how I was perceived at my small school (or because I was lazy, who knows).

What was your first job?
Kitchen helper at a small diner, which meant being a jack-of-all-trades, from doing the dishes and waiting tables to chopping vegetables and base food prepping.

What are Fast engineers doing that stands out?
They are clear on their goals; independent and problem-solving individuals that do not mind giving anybody a hand when required. They love a good challenge.

How Fast relies on us to get stuff done, to deliver items, how the founders believe that autonomy in the right hands is a tool to add on to ownership and excellence. How caring and accommodating Fast is to us, trying to make remote-first work for everyone every day.

How is your desk set up?
Screen, laptop, trackpad, and coffee, coffee, coffee. I am moving soon, so I’m trying to keep things simple while daydreaming about my future standing desk.

Proudest moment as an engineer?
Being part of Women Tech Makers and mentoring at Girls Learning Code. Also, receiving feedback and reviews of the products developed in the past from other engineers makes you feel your work is making a difference.

Favorite thing about being an engineer?
You find ways to improve, be creative, crafty, and resourceful every week. You aim to make things better.

Morning person or night owl?
Absolutely a night owl.

What’s something you regularly do, but know you shouldn't?
Every now and then, when I am particularly happy, I loudly sing whatever is blasting on my headphones while on a hike or whatever earworm pops up if on my bike. Since I also love going for a stroll late at night, I’m not sure the neighbors appreciate it. 

Your non-negotiables for life?
Be proud of what you do.

One thing about you that has been and will always be true?
WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

What advice would you, the engineer today, give the you first starting out?
Don’t let the world bring you down – you are worth it.

Where can we follow you?
You shouldn’t be following me, honestly, go for a hike! Perhaps you'll hear me sing while at it ;)

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