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Meet the Adelaide Software Engineer Who Made It At Microsoft

When Lachlan Horne was a little boy growing up in Modbury Heights, he wanted to be an astronaut or a pilot. In reality, the 29-year-old is now a software engineer for Microsoft. He lives not far from the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA.

“I was always interested in electronics and computers,” he says.

“So, after graduating from Eynesbury I started a double degree in computer systems engineering and computer science at the University of Adelaide. This turned into a passion, and I continued with a PhD at the Australian National University.”

There, he worked with Bionic Vision Australia and NICTA(Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence) on vision processing algorithms for the bionic eye.

He also worked on Google Maps during an internship with Google in Sydney.

“I took an internship with Microsoft and ended up working for them fulltime.”

He credits Eynesbury Senior College as the first point during his education where he took responsibility for his own success.

“I think Eynesbury’s environment suited me well, and of course helped the transition into university. I definitely picked up most of my good habits from my time [there].”

During July 2016, Lachlan lived in Seattle and worked for Microsoft as a software engineer in networking for the Azure cloud platform. He’s had many mentors.

“Too many to mention. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for all the people who helped me along the way.”

Lachlan was proud to present his work at major international conferences.

“I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with some amazing people. Working at Microsoft now, it’s humbling to have my work potentially affect so many people. Being able to build something worthwhile and share it with the world is always a highlight.”

When he’s not earning a crust, he travels.

“It can be hard to make time, but I’ve been all over China, and through Central Asia. There is still a lot to see in America.”

The future is promising for this bright spark.

“I’m enjoying Microsoft and Seattle so far so I don’t have any plans to change for the time being. I just hope to get more chances to see the world.”

Unfortunately, he doesn’t get back to Adelaide much.

“It’s still home and I do miss Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee!”

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