In this 'Luceda People Story', Miša reflects on the road that brought him to become a software developer at Luceda and what this position means for his personal growth.
After his master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Belgrade, Miša did a PhD on modelling 2D materials at Antwerp University. Right after obtaining his PhD, Miša applied at Luceda, because he was attracted by the potential, flexibility, and open culture a small-scale company offers compared to a multinational.
He joined the team in mid-2020 as a fresh graduate and hasn’t looked back since. His official title is Software Engineer, but his role requires multifunctionality, which makes it even more interesting. In addition to coding and software development, Miša helps customers resolve issues. This in turn facilitates the improvement of the software and tools Luceda creates for chip designers and manufacturers who produce photonic chips.
At Luceda we’re a small, close-knit team, where we value interpersonal connections. So, let’s get to know the person behind the job!
What would your job have been if you hadn’t become a developer?
I might have started my own vineyard because I’d love to cultivate wine. I know it’s not related to physics; however, it does require chemistry and technical expertise.
What excites you most about your job?
The fact that I work on the intersection of different fields. I combine science with technical aspects in addition to working with customers.
When do you consider a workday to be successful?
When both personal and team goals are met. Knowing that I was able to contribute to a solution is very gratifying, in addition to learning new things.
Did your environment influence your career path?
My entire education was centered around science and technology. So, I’m sure that the different teachers I had along the way influenced me. And I mean that in a good way. There are millions of connections or steps that guide you in a certain direction and it’s only until years later that you’re able to connect all the dots.
What did you learn the past year that you are most proud of?
I feel that I learned not to make assumptions and not to jump to conclusions.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Since we’ve become a family of three, we like to take our son to different places. We especially like outdoor activities such as walking or going to the park. I also enjoy playing basketball. Further, I appreciate traditional activities such as listening to music, watching movies, and immersing myself in new subjects.
Who do you look up to?
I can’t single out one specific person. I’m mostly grateful to the different people who taught me about interpersonal relationships, as well as all the teachers, professors, and assistants who helped me throughout my academic career.
What was your childhood dream?
I don’t really look back that much; I prefer to look ahead. Although, come to think of it, I always wanted to have a rock band (laughs).
What is your goal for the year?
I really want to go to the seaside. It’s been ages and I long to visit the beach again. Perhaps the Mediterranean because at least the weather is better than in Belgium (laughs).
What cultural differences did you observe between Belgium and Serbia?
I still can’t get used to the fact that stores close at eight and don’t open at all on Sundays. In Serbia shops are open 24/7. Other than that, Belgians and Serbians are not that different!
What do you miss most about Serbia?
I really miss the scenery. In Serbia you can go hiking for hours without meeting another soul.
What is your favorite Belgian dish?
Stoofvlees and beer!