Meet the HARMAN Luxury Audio Team
Name: Alexjan Carraturo
Position/Job Title: Senior Software Engineer
With HARMAN Since 2022
With Meet The HARMAN Luxury Team, our goal is for you to get to know us better. In each edition we feature a different member of the team, and this month it's Alexjan Carraturo, Senior Software Engineer .
How would you describe what you do in your current role?
I am a Senior Embedded Linux Engineer (BSP). Put simply, I deal with everything concerning the operation of the operating system within a product.
What did you study in school? Did you always imagine yourself doing something like what you’re doing now or did the fates just take you in that direction?
I studied Computer Science (which is slightly different from Computer Engineering). And when I was a student, I thought I would go a totally different path (I was more IT oriented).
How did your career path lead you to HARMAN?
There have been many steps. In fact, I had already considered joining the HARMAN family in the past. It's always about timing and opportunity.
What is the most important thing you have learned over your career?
That an interesting challenge is more important than a prestigious salary.
Any other advice you would share with people just starting out in this industry?
Not to make long-term plans. The nice thing about our work is that everything can change in five years, and becoming attached to a single plan or technology can be counterproductive.
What are you most proud of in your life?
There are several, probably my books, my incomparable prawn linguine but perhaps most of all the relationships that I have been able to build with colleagues of great value.
When did you realize you had a passion for music or audio? Was there any one band, song, or movie that did it for you?
Music is part of my life, even though I'm not talented enough to play an instrument. There isn't a precise moment that I could indicate, because ever since I was a child I have been lucky enough to listen to good music, thus becoming the soundtrack of my memories.
What current technology impresses you the most?
It depends: in a positive sense, I'm impressed by ADAS systems, machine learning, and quantum computing.
Favorite music genre?
I don't have a favorite genre: I'm generally in a broad spectrum that goes from classic rock to prog metal, but I don't disdain some commercial pieces and I have a great appreciation for classical music and opera.
The desert island question, of course. If you were marooned for eternity and could listen to only three albums, what would they be?
The “Greatest Hits 2” by Queen, S&M by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony, Turandot (Giacomo Puccini), executed by L. Pavarotti.
You have the floor. In closing, tell us anything else you want us to know about yourself.
Publius Terentius Afer (known in English as “Terence”) said “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”. I think this says much better who I am than my own words.