Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

David Cao ’14

david cao googleWhat is your current title?

My current title is Software Engineering Resident at Google. The Engineering Residency program is targeted at software engineers just starting their careers. It’s a one year accelerated-learning program where Google teaches us all the things we didn’t learn in school and rotates us through two different Google teams. All of this is to give us exposure to industry-leading software tools, techniques, and teams so that we can kick-start our careers. There’s more info here: google.com/about/careers/students/engres.html

How has your work in this area impacted you?

So far, my work is mostly doing learning projects with other residents. I’ll start with my first of the two teams soon. It’s taught me a lot about how to work with people who are just as talented as I am but have very different areas of expertise.

How does your faith play into your role?

My faith is something I try to keep in my work as much as possible. There’s a Catholics at Google group and a Young Catholic Professionals chapter for Silicon Valley. I’ve slowly been meeting people through these groups, and it’s been great to see how people live their faith in their own areas of work. And, it’s been amazing to hear how God has acted in each of their lives and brought them here.

How do you see your work evolving?

After my residency program, I go through a conversion process to potentially become a Software Engineer, which is a level above Resident. My goal right now is to work hard to convert to a Software Engineer. Hopefully after conversion I’ll get to work on Google’s web platforms/products – things like Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, etc.

What initiatives or projects are you hoping to start or finish in the coming years?

Something I’ve really been working on is creating a blog for my immediate family. We’re all so geographically spread out and don’t see each other that often. It’s something that I think will help us all stay in touch and be able to share what is going on in each of our lives with more details than we can put into a text message.

david cao googleWhat has been your greatest achievement since leaving Pius in 2014?

One of my greatest achievements since leaving Pius was one of my college capstone projects. I helped build the first version of the Give To Lincoln Day website in 2017. It was my first time building out such an ambitious product like that, and I was so happy to see how successful it was. It raised $3.7 million that first year and has been growing ever since. The impact of that project really showed me just how much technology can change lives and even cities!

When not working, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing?

Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, singing, and dancing. My biggest hobby is photography. I was one of the Video-Media chairs at the UNL Newman Center, and my time there really taught me how to appreciate and capture the beauty of people and of a thriving community.

What memories do you have of Pius X High School?

Some of my fondest memories of Pius are in Landscaping Club and hanging out with friends in the Commons after school. The time spent together back then has led today to some of my closest friends being people I met at Pius. It’s been a grand adventure to see how God has worked in each of our lives ever since we met. Seeing classmates get married, start families, join the military, travel the world, become missionaries, and start their own careers really shows me that God truly does have a plan for everyone!