Caine Jette - Men’s Volleyball ‘11
What year did you graduate?
What was your course name and number while at MIT?
6-3: Computer Science and Engineering
Have you obtained a higher level of education since graduating from MIT?
Where is your current place of employment?
A startup software consultancy/contracting firm in Seattle called Attack Pattern.
What is your current job title and what does this position entail?
Software Engineer. We do three types of work at Attack Pattern: 1) remote projects for companies that do not have their own engineering teams where we handle all of the development and simply hand off the finished product. We research suitable technologies for the tasks at hand, construct timelines and quotes for the deliverables, and provide regular updates to the clients as to how progress is coming along; 2) on-site work for clients that have their own engineering teams but want or require additional assistance or expertise; 3) internal incubation of ideas that may or may not be spun out into their own company after we get them off the ground. We meet quarterly to discuss potential ideas as well as to report on any progress made from last quarter's projects.
How did your time at MIT prepare you for your current position?
Course 6 at MIT laid down the fundamentals of computer science in a way that enabled me to pick up future technologies quickly as well as approach problems from a very analytical perspective. My work changes quickly and these have proved invaluable skills. In addition, discussing the merits of a variety of approaches to a problem while separating out the personal attachments people can develop to their own ideas ensures the best ideas survive on their own and not forcefully through that of their creator's will.
What piece of advice would you have for current MIT Student-Athletes?
Cherish it! This could be the last time you're on an athletic team that trains daily and competes hard. There's nothing quite like the bonds you form through that, and it's something I miss dearly.
How did your athletic involvement aid in the path that you chose following graduation?
My involvement with the volleyball program at MIT has strongly shaped the path I've carved since graduating. The year after I graduated, I stayed in Boston and assisted with the women's volleyball program, helping run practices and keeping stats at games. This sparked a passion for coaching that I have continued to pursue; since moving to Seattle, I've coached club volleyball for 5 seasons, ran a high school volleyball program, and have been involved in growing a beach volleyball program in the area. My life would be markedly different from what it is today were it not for Coach Paul Dill, his crew of assistants at the time, and the MIT volleyball family.
What is your most fond memory of MIT athletics?
Traveling with the team was always the most fun. One year, we were heading to University of Southern Vermont, which is around 4 hours away from campus. The bus got stuck in the snow, and we all had to pile into the back to give the tires enough traction to get out. I also always really enjoyed our matches against Harvard, because we'd draw a huge crowd due to the crosstown rivalry. The last time I played them, it was at Harvard, but we still managed to muster up a big group of fans to come cheer us on. We lost the match in 5 sets, as close as it could have gone, but it was a phenomenal match on both sides of the net, and you can't ask for anything more than that.
What would you say is your greatest athletic & academic accomplishments during your time at MIT?
My proudest athletic moment came my super senior year: I came into the program as a freshman and didn't see a lot of court time that year. My sophomore year, I actually was cut from the program as our team became even more competitive with a large recruiting class. I spent my time training for the Boston marathon instead, and while I didn't play any volleyball in that off-time, I tried out my junior year and managed to make the team again. I also changed my major that year to course 6, and the long list of requirements took me an extra year to wrap up, but because I didn't play my sophomore year I had one more year of eligibility. That last season, based on the needs of the team, I ended up changing positions from setter to defensive specialist, worked at it as hard as I could, and ended up being voted Most Improved Player at the end of the season. I don't know how often seniors are voted that, let alone super seniors, so I was very proud of all that hard work paying off, and I had a blast that season.
If you can recall, why did you choose to attend MIT?
My top two choices were MIT and Stanford. I was fortunate enough to get into both, but at MIT I was able to pursue my athletic goals on a varsity team whereas at Stanford I would have had limited opportunity to do so. Both are phenomenal schools, but the athletics at MIT really sold me as a better fit.
What was your favorite non-athletics activity here at MIT?
That's tough to say! There were so many great opportunities for growth. I would have to say it was a tie between DanceTroupe and Hawai'i Club. I joined DanceTroupe my junior year and had such an amazing time meeting a huge group of very different people, and performing at the end of each semester challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. It sparked an interest in dance performance that I did not know that I had, which I continued to pursue after graduation both in Boston as well as when I moved out to Seattle. Hawai'i Club let me regularly connect with fellow students from our far away home, as well as some wonderful leadership opportunities organizing our annual lu'au in Walker Memorial and connecting with other Hawai'i clubs in the area. I made some lifelong friends through Hawai'i Club that I still regularly get together with to this day.