Elaine Ting

How long have you been at EarthDaily Analytics?

I joined EarthDaily Analytics 2 years ago. My background is in software engineering, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Engineering – both from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Before coming to EarthDaily Analytics, I have already worked in the earth observation field for more than 15 years.

What’s your current position and what you do?

I am currently a Technical Manager for the QA Automation plus UI team, and I wear multiple hats. On the QA side, I am responsible for leading the QA team to expand, improve, and maintain our automation tests – which are crucial to ensure the quality of our software. Our tests not just cover functionality, but they include non-functional aspects like performance and security, too. On the UI side, I take on the Product Owner role to gather requests from our stakeholders, and write and communicate requirements to the technical team. I also help with high level design of UI features and verification at the end.

Have you grown professionally while on our team? 

Yes. Prior to joining EarthDaily Analytics, I worked mostly on on-prem software following a waterfall development cycle. At EarthDaily Analytics, my biggest professional gains include learning cloud technologies, running scrum teams that follow agile development methodologies, and being motivated daily by all the passionate and smart engineers who work with me.

What sets EarthDaily Analytics apart?

EarthDaily Analytics has a dedicated team who is determined to create the world’s most advanced change detection system and has all the right people and technology to do so. When I interviewed with the team, I was moved by their passion and also deeply impressed by their technology stack. The company was originally founded by leading experts in the earth observation industry, and developed the world’s first cloud-based ground segment back in 2013. Since then, we continued to refine, develop, and evolve our ground segment within the cloud into a more and more advanced system that is low latency and low cost.

What accomplishment during your time at EarthDaily Analytics are you most proud of?

I am the most proud of the first project that I worked on after joining EarthDaily Analytics – a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) project to conduct trade studies and a demonstration of next generation cloud-based Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) processing. This project required me to ramp up rapidly on the technology stack that we use as well explore alternatives. Through my investigation, research, testing, consultation with other experts, and meeting regularly with the customers, I came up with a series of software engineering documents that include a trade study, requirements specification, detailed design, and a test plan. I supported our engineering team in developing a SAR processing system in the cloud for the customers, and then demonstrated it to the customer at the end. Our customers were very happy with the results.

Describe your values and how they inform you career.

Honesty, ethics, respect are some of my core values.

What do you find most interesting about your job?

I enjoy the challenges that my job brings, as well as the highly capable teams that I work with daily.

What do you think of the EarthDaily Constellation arrival?

I’m excited about the EarthDaily Constellation arrival and I believe in the success of the mission.

What perspectives will open up in your opinion or for you within the framework of your work?

There are plenty of opportunities to learn new things and develop new skills, not just in technology but also in management. The company is very supportive of personal growth.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love reading books, playing badminton, travelling, and spending time with my husband and two children. I have found quite a few people who are interested in badminton as well here at EarthDaily Analytics, and I have been trying to hold regular badminton events for our employees.