Hi, I’m Raven McCandies, a former Chemist now residing in the land of Tech. By day I work on the website of a major player in the hospitality industry. By night (and weekends) I dabble in data, coding, food, and landscape photography.

STEM is me and I am STEM

Sharing genes with a man who purposely majored in Math in college, there’s no way that I wouldn’t be influenced. AP Chemistry was a joy for me in high school and I went on to rock  AP Calculus O_O. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and minored in Math. I always saw myself going on to getting a Ph.D. in Chemistry but health issues caused me to fallback on my other skill, tech.

From the day I sat in front of an Apple IIe in elementary school I was hooked. My dad bought the family a Commodore 64 and I had the best time trying out Logo and BASIC.  In the late 90s, I was really into manga and anime. There was a growing fan web community and I wanted to be a part of it. I taught myself HTML, learned how to use Photoshop and created websites on Geocities, Tripod, Lycos, and Angelfire. The OLD names in the game. I went on to develop my college sorority’s first in-house website.

I have an overwhelming need to know how things work. I’m not satisfied until I’ve dug into every little piece and put it together. A scientist forever and always.