Day In The Life

A Day in the Life – Dan


What is your title?

Project Team Lead for Joint Strike Fighter Software Development Team/Curriculum Developer

What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here? How was the switch for you?

The project that we were working on when I applied here offered an easy, smooth and logical transition from the military. It allowed me to leverage my knowledge and my comfort level to create new future opportunities. I also enjoyed the camaraderie that it offered.

It was a great switch. There was a lot of personnel already with CSCI that I worked with before. I was very pleased that I made the choice to retire from the USMC when I did and come to the CSCI Team.

What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?

It gives me the family feel. I feel welcome and appreciated. I don’t feel like I am just a number. I feel that I am valued for Daniel Atienza the person just as much as the professional.

What do you like best about working at CSCI?

The family environment. I get Christmas cards and birthday cards hand written from Linda. I feel like I am part of the team.

What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?

I was sent to support Small Form Factor in 2021. Upon arrival I noticed there was an entire process missing in their approach. I created the process and made the exercise better. I believe we made CSCI look good that day.

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications someone should possess?

Be a team player, have good communication skills verbal and written. Be loyal to CSCI.

What are the most rewarding parts of your job?

Being able to lead a group of individuals to work as a Team.

Witnessing individuals progress in knowledge and become better as the project moves forward.

What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?

I like classic Rock and 80s pop.