Hello, my name is Heath Dinkins. I'm a coder, writer, gamer, husband, and father. My official title is Distributed Systems Architect.
I often don't have bad years or days, I have good or great days. I love to talk to people, and I rarely meet a stranger.
I'm a first-generation college student. I received my Bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University. I'm halfway through my Master's degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Interactive Intelligence at Georgia Tech (RIP 2020). I struggled to find what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a doctor, then a businessman, but when I wrote my first line of code back in 2009, I never looked back. I really didn't love coding at first, but over time I realized that there was so much more to coding than coding - design, collaboration, experimentation, and more. I love how software is made and I always strive to be better at what I do. In more recent years, I've switched into more of a leadership and teaching role, and I've found that I enjoy that SO much.
I love to build highly distributed systems and lead tech teams to victory and beyond. While I never became a doctor, I was still interested in helping people. I've focused most of my efforts on the Healthcare industry working through Leidos. My largest project at Leidos involved building a software product that monitored patients that were having surgery to improve outcomes. The next was building an ETL pipeline that helped share Covid-19 data with the CDC and states/regions. The next was building a system for HHS that monitored people and products supporting disaster sites that FEMA might visit (e.g. hurricanes, tornadoes). My current projects include building a system to route immunization records to states and cloudifying a system that processes Covid-19 and Hospital Acquired Infection data and sends it to the CDC. My overall goal is to build highly distributed systems and products that help improve the health of America and eventually the world.
My goals for the future include publishing multiple books, becoming a CEO of a few of my own software companies, and traveling the world (once Covid-19 dies down a bit). I also love being a new dad, devoted husband, reliable work colleague, helpful brother, and trustworthy friend.