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DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018
Jamie Handelman

DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018

One of DMC's annual traditions is having an off-site All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) where everyone takes the day off project work to learn, share knowledge, team-build, and spend time together outside of the office. Our ADCMs have taken us everywhere from ice skating in Chicago to roaming historic Boston. These company meetings are a chance for our offices to combine forces as well. This year, Chicago and St. Louis combined for their ADCM as did our offices on the West Coast. Our All Day ...

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DMC Quote Board - December 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers
John King

DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers

To say that this was not what I expected when I signed on as a Systems Engineer at DMC is a correct statement. One month into my job, 50 of us were going to see Hamilton (yes...that Hamilton) on the company’s dime. Not only that, but everyone was at the show to welcome four other employees and myself to the company. The Hamilton Welcome Party was just the latest in a slew of company-sponsored welcome parties. Each new employee gets a welcome party. It's an excellent way to connect w...

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Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!
Alex Bernard

Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!

The DMC activity fund is a long-standing tradition DMC created to support employee planned events so that we can all hang out with each other while we aren't working and have some fun. We've done everything from skydiving in Reno to deep sea fishing in Houston. But, where were we on November 13, 2018? I’m sure you remember where you were. How can you forget? The St. Louis office knows. The St. Louis office will certainly never forget. Witnessing History That was the n...

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DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies
Eric Baggen

DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies

Each month, everyone at DMC meets in person or by video conference for a monthly company meeting. We share knowledge, introduce new employees to the company, celebrate anniversaries, and much more.  However, what we often most look forward to are office update videos! This DMC tradition started in our Boston office a few years ago and quickly spread to Houston. From there, it was only a matter of time before all the DMC offices were competing to see who can make the funniest office ...

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LUSH Welcome Party
Maddie Drake

LUSH Welcome Party

After training in Chicago and kicking off my career at DMC by helping out in Reno, I finally made my way back to my home office of Houston. Being back permitted me to have my very own welcome party which every employee at gets. Everyone chooses their own party location and it's a great chance to get to know more people at DMC. I thought, what better activity to do to bond with an office full of men than to make bath bombs at my favorite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly cosmetic...

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DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training
Heather Talbert

DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training

DMC uses our own internal suggestion box as one of the many avenues to answer these two "WWTBTSCD" questions: What would the best technical solutions company to work WITH do? What would the best technical solutions company to work FOR do? We receive a pretty large range of suggestions varying from requesting more gear in the gym to improving project staffing. DMC genuinely cares about what employees think, and we take every suggestion under consideration. We recently r...

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Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC
Erlis Kllogjri

Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC

One of the many perks of joining DMC is that whenever new employees come onboard, welcome parties are planned to celebrate the occasion. David Wylen and I chose to have our welcome party be a cocktail making class at the Chicago Distilling Company. The event proved to be more informative than expected, but as much fun as we hoped. It then dawned on me, with the help of a Russian mule, that the process of making a cocktail is an excellent analogy to the process I underwent when I joined DMC. P...

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DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity
Edmund Sales

DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity

In October, DMC Chicago said goodbye our desks and hello to a build site as we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to assist in building more affordable housing for people in need. Decent, affordable housing opportunities matter for our Chicago neighbors and Habitat for Humanity not only aids in building the homes, but they contribute to the purchase of the house and help with education on home maintenance and financial management. This is why nine of our employees bundled up on a bliste...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018
Robert Viramontes

Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018

In October, DMC New York took celebrated the fall weather by heading up to the Hudson Valley. DMCers near and far traveled to New York to enjoy autumnal activities and taking a break from city life. We headed out of NYC on Friday afternoon for a weekend of fun fall activities. What is a YOE anyway? The YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is when each office hosts a weekend of fun annually. In Denver, we usually go skiing. In Boston, we typically hit the Cape. The YOE is a wonderful way for employ...

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Beachin', Bikin', & Floatin': Boston YOE 2018
Jamie Handelman

Beachin', Bikin', & Floatin': Boston YOE 2018

The DMC Boston office hosted their third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) in Cape Cod this year. The YOE is an awesome opportunity for DMC employees from every office to come together for a fun weekend full of a variety of activities. Each office hosts one YOE event per year, and it is partially sponsored by DMC. Last year, the Boston crew headed to the mountains of New Hampshire. This year, the Boston crew returned to Cape Cod. We decided to hit the beach and rented out a series of hous...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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STEM Outreach During a Train Delay
Alex Bernard

STEM Outreach During a Train Delay

As a recent new hire, I spent my first three weeks in the Chicago office for training before heading to my home office in St. Louis. Because I was taking the Amtrak train from Chicago to St. Louis, I was asked to transport one of our "ball demos" for a career fair in the coming week. The ball demo is a tilt-table which uses feedback control to roll a ping pong ball to any arbitrary point on the surface of an iPad. We typically use the ball demos as a talking point during coll...

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Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party
Andrew Mahler

Shoreline Sightseeing: A Navy Pier Welcome Party

Starting at DMC As I started working at DMC, I was immediately amazed by the company culture. The company introduced me to the kitchen full of free food and drinks, I have already been to multiple happy hours as well as a welcome party, and I got the chance to plan out my welcome party that took place a few weeks ago. Moving to Chicago As a new member of the Chicago community, I figured I have to explore the area and familiarize myself with my new surroundings. There is so much to see a...

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DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms
Kevin Best

DMC Conquers Puzzah! Escape Rooms

What happens when a bunch of people who solve problems, aka puzzles, for a living go to an escape room? For my welcome party, we decided to find out! After pizza and happy hour at the office, the DMC Denver crew walked over to Puzzah! Escape Rooms to put our puzzle solving skills to the test. When we arrived, we split into three groups, and the Puzzah! staff read us the rules of the game: no unplugging wires, breaking down doors, or forcibly removing things from the walls. All the u...

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DMC Quote Board - September 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - September 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water

This year, the DMC Chicago office decided to keep things local and hosted our third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) right here in the Windy City. Since most of us have already experienced most of the typical Chicago experiences, we decided to branch out a little and try some not-so-typical Chi-town activities. What is a YOE? First off, a YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is a fun weekend for employees from every office to gather at a specific DMC location. The event is partially sponsored...

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Geek Challenge: A Place in the Sun
Nicholas Hensel

Geek Challenge: A Place in the Sun

You are an engineer on site in Lebanon, Kansas. At sunrise on the vernal equinox, you hop in your hovercar and start driving directly toward the rising sun along the ground at a constant 60 mph. You continue driving in this way until the sun sets. What are your coordinates when you stop driving? Parameters •    Coordinates of Lebanon, Kansas: 39°48′38″N 98°33′22″W •    Vernal Equinox: September 22, 2018 • ...

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Bringing Back Waffles for Business at DMC Boston
Lillian Walker

Bringing Back Waffles for Business at DMC Boston

For Throwback Thursday this week, I made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the back of DMC Boston's pantry was our rather dusty waffle iron! Not too long ago, Friday mornings were consistently celebrated with waffles for breakfast as a way to ring in the weekend. Realizing that none of the newer engineers even knew we had a waffle maker, Adam and I decided to bring back Waffles for Business! Bright and early, we started whipping up some waffle batter, including gluten-free batter for our...

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