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Alumni Highlight: Marty Mickelson, Software program and {Hardware} Engineering

Alumni Highlight – January 2023

Marty Mickelson ’02

Martin Mickelson grew up in Junction Metropolis, Oregon, close to Eugene, and was at all times focused on computer systems. His household had the unique Apple IIe, which impressed his research as a scholar at Junction Metropolis Excessive Faculty. Earlier than graduating in 1996, he attended a university honest, the place he first discovered about Oregon Tech and defined that it was like destiny; As soon as he noticed the Oregon Tech sales space, one thing clicked for him, and he did not even think about every other faculties at that time.

Marty was on the residence corridor employees on the Klamath Falls campus of Oregon Tech. A pc sciences main, he quickly realized the necessity for video sources on campus. The college’s Channel 6 tv broadcast confirmed PowerPoint slideshows of upcoming occasions, however the channel wanted to be up to date commonly and comprise participating content material. Marty and his classmates needed to alter that, so that they submitted a grant to get tools, and the Oregon Technical Broadcasting (now often called Oregon Tech Broadcasting) membership was born. Marty and his associates, together with Jacen Bridges, Jake Miller, and Leif Espelund, and plenty of others discovered video modifying and developed a sketch comedy present broadcast on Channel 6. Though they began with extra conventional information broadcasts, the channel turned successful as soon as they started doing comedian items. The movies of their skits have been initially proven within the residence corridor lounges however ultimately moved to the auditorium as a result of they outgrew the house because of recognition. Even folks from off-campus got here on campus to see the exhibits. Simply earlier than Marty graduated, the membership turned a completely funded division of the college because the third arm of the media providers, becoming a member of the Edge newspaper and KTEC radio. Marty graduated with levels in software program and {hardware} engineering in 2002.

Marty moved to Seattle after commencement, and in his first post-college job, he filmed the Renton metropolis council conferences, and shortly Enjoyable Key Computer systems employed him. Shortly after, Adobe employed him, the place he stayed for 9 years. His subsequent and present place was at Silicon Publishing, the place he has been for the previous 11 years. Marty serves because the CIO of Silicon Publishing as a jack of all trades. He manages cybersecurity, builds installers for the software program, works in gross sales, handles high quality assurance, works on scripting/programming, and way more.

In 2019, Marty’s brother, Brent Mickelson, an avid tv meals competitors fan, known as him with an thought to develop a sport a couple of baking present. The brothers determined to go all in and created a standout card sport. They employed an illustrator, invested within the sport, and Marty used his graphic design abilities from him. Testing was a big facet of bringing the sport to life. Marty’s spouse, Jenny, a preschool trainer, examined the sport together with her college students. Marty additionally held a sport evening at a retirement neighborhood to attempt the sport with residents and examined it at libraries with households as effectively. Marty and Brent’s households had a hand in growing the sport, titled hasty baker. The Mickelson’s focus and objective have been that the sport attraction to all ages, kids, and adults alike. They held a Kickstarter marketing campaign in September 2019 with a objective of $6K, and as a substitute, they raised $10K. The sport was produced by mid-December that yr, simply in time for the vacations. The brothers known as their new enterprise enterprise GoChuckle, and Hasty Baker, their first product, has been honored with numerous accolades.

Hasty Baker (sm)

The Season 15 Winner of Worst Cooks in America, Allison Victoria-Wolfe, heard concerning the sport and contacted the Mickelsons. They despatched her the prototype, and he or she liked it. Then, Keaton Ashton, winner of each Season 9 and the All-Star Children Baking Championships, endorsed it! Moreover, the sport has received the next awards:

  • Inventive Little one 2022 Sport of the 12 months award
  • 2022 Autism Dwell Card/Board Sport Winner (Grownup class)
  • Inventive Little one 2021 Sport of the 12 months award
  • 2021 Autism Dwell Card/Board Sport Winner (Teen class)
  • Inventive Little one 2020 Sport of the 12 months award
  • Tillywig 2020 Finest Household Enjoyable Award

Marty has three sons, ages 13, 12, and 9, and at present resides on Vashon Island within the Seattle space. Though busy with two full-time jobs, Marty, an Eagle Scout, enjoys spending time together with his household outside every time attainable. RV journey and tenting are a deal with for the household. Marty can be very concerned in his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is at present in management on the Vashon department.

Marty advises present or potential college students to “Go for what you like to do, not simply what looks like the perfect factor for you financially. Be sure you do one thing you like to do to keep away from getting caught in a job you do not like as a result of your job will undergo.” And yet another essential piece of recommendation, Marty says, “Contact grass!”

GoChuckle is now engaged on their subsequent sport, and you’ll study extra about this Oregon Tech alumnus and his brother at:

Hasty Baker Family Game

~ Written by Becky Burkeen, Director of Alumni Relations

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