From stressed student to loving leader
Throughout the month of March, we will be exploring the people and projects who drive Cox technology forward in our Behind the Code technology series. Read below to learn how Cox is creating tomorrow’s tech solutions, today.
The day that changed everything
When Julie Park was a college senior, she was assigned to a capstone project with Cox Communications’ video engineering team. She vividly recalls the pace of balancing two jobs, a full-time academic workload, and this capstone.
“I honestly lived on ‘Venti Americano with an extra shot of espresso on ice,’” Julie laughed. “I barely had time to sleep, but I gave my 100 percent to the project.”
Julie also remembers her nervousness before the presentation, which she would be giving to her professors and the video engineering leadership team.
“I was pacing back and forth outside the conference room asking myself ‘Is my proposal good enough? Are they going to like my deck?’”
It was, and they did. Julie said that day changed her life forever. She was offered a job as a video engineer, designing and developing the infrastructure for cable TV. She would later move on to a network engineering position.
Behind the code and leading the way
In her current role managing Cox Communications’ Integrated Network Planning (INP) team, Julie leads a group of engineers to build network capacity for customers.
“Our team looks at the network at the enterprise level to monitor bandwidth consumption rate and model out future growth requirements. In other words, we are looking at traffic trends and growth just like on highways and roads,” Julie explained. “At certain times of the day, you experience more traffic because there are more cars on the road. It’s the same with the network. At certain times of the day, more people use the internet, so it causes congestion. Our team tries to predict that congestion 12-18 months before it happens. We go and add enough capacity to the network, so our customers receive the best experience. We leverage the latest technologies to do this: automation, cloud computing, data analytics, and data modeling. It’s a very cool job.”