Introducing Cell Zero, the Four Developers in Atomic’s First Accelerator Cohort

As part of our new Atomic Accelerator program, four developers were carefully selected to join our molecule in Grand Rapids. Together, they form “Cell Zero,” the first generation of an annual cohort of recently-graduated Atoms. I asked each to tell me a little about themselves and to share their favorite thing about Atomic Object so far.

Dan Kelch

Dan KelchDan joined the Atoms working on a mobile app for NeuroMetrix.

He graduated from Grand Valley State University with honors this year. Though he originally thought he’d study medicine in school, Dan developed a passion for writing software—with a special interest in mobile applications. Learn more by reading Dan’s bio.

“I didn’t expect to learn so much so quickly. Every day, I get the opportunity to work with experienced makers who care deeply about their craft. This environment has allowed me to grow and learn much more quickly than I ever have. I love the sense of community between Atoms. Even before I started, I felt like I was immediately part of the family here.”

Rachael Miller

Rachael MillerRachael has been working on a project for Steelcase.

She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in computer science before joining Atomic. While in school, she focused on human-centered computing and spent time thinking about how people interact with the software they use to solve problems. Learn more by reading Rachael’s bio.

“What surprised me most about Atomic was how much we really, actually live our values in day-to-day work. Lots of companies have a list of ‘core pillars’ or a company mission statement, but it’s unusual to see them referenced anywhere outside of PR. At Atomic, I hear the phrases ‘own it,’ ‘share the pain,’ ‘give a shit,’ etc., every day, and the values actually motivate individuals’ daily choices and actions.”

Andy Peterson

Andy PetersonSince joining Atomic, Andy has been working on a project for Modustri.

He recently finished a degree in computer science from Calvin College. He got his start in development through his love of video and computer games. In high school, he taught himself Java and joined the FIRST Robotics team, and he started building video games in college. Learn more by reading Andy’s bio.

“My favorite part about Atomic so far has been the self-management on teams. Each team has full responsibility for the decisions made on a project. Even as a new developer, I feel like my voice is heard, and I have an impact on my team’s success. It’s exciting to see that each project at Atomic will have new complexities that will give me more opportunities to learn new things.”

Alex Zurek

Alex ZurekAlex joined the teams working on projects for MorningStar Health and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.

While studying computer science at Grand Valley State University, Alex interned with Spectrum Health’s web/mobile development team. He finds satisfaction in using his training in development to give back and tackle difficult problems. Learn more by reading Alex’s bio.

“The culture of Atomic creates an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn as much as possible. Everybody is a joy to work with, and with so many talented individuals working on a variety of technologies, there’s always something new and interesting to learn.”

Want to Join Cell One?

If you’d like to be a part of the next Accelerator cohort, apply to play in the 2016 Atomic Games. The Games are open to college juniors and seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related program. If you aren’t able to attend the Games, send a resume to