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Celebrating Engineers Week: Get to Know Our Team

We interviewed some of our head data recovery engineers about their work and why they love the job.

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Engineers Week was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers as a way to recognize engineers and ensure a future for the profession. Throughout the week, events take place nationwide to increase both the understanding of the occupation and interest in engineering and technology careers. 

Schools are some of the largest groups involved, holding competitions and other educational events that relate to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning. Engineers also visit schools to speak about their careers and answer any questions. 

While there are several categories of engineering, the team members at Secure Data Recovery are referred to as data recovery engineers. Below we feature some of our head engineers who work on recovering information from hard drives, RAIDs, and mobile phones.

Kyle Curtis–Director of Lab Operations

How long have you been in the data recovery industry?

Just over 10 years

How long have you worked for SecureData?

Just over 10 years

What are some of your daily duties?

Performing diagnostics on devices to find the problem, recovering data from a variety of media, writing reports, and making sure everything in the lab is running smoothly.

What is your favorite part of the job?

The satisfaction after completing successful recoveries and helping people from all over the world. When multi-billion dollar corporations are down and counting on us to get them back up and running, these types of cases can be rewarding.

What is one of the most interesting recovery cases you took on?

I don’t have one in particular because a lot of cases are unique and interesting in their own way, from personal requests that have priceless data to high profile cases.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Fishing and working out at the gym as well as spending quality time with family and kids.

 

Jake Reznik–Lab Manager

How long have you been in the data recovery industry?

This is my eighth year in the industry.

How long have you worked for SecureData?

I have worked for the company for eight years. I started out in the customer service department, then moved to IT, and have been working in our lab since November of 2014.

What are some of your daily duties?

I repair defective hard drives including read/write head replacements, platter motor replacements, and Printed Circuit Board repair. I also perform recoveries on logically damaged drives.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Being able to recover data from hard drives that other companies deemed to be unrecoverable.

What is one of the most interesting recovery cases you took on?

Some of the most interesting cases were a Seagate hard drive that had Service Area issues and Mac hard drives with logical corruption.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I am a gym junkie.

 

Kevin Yugrin–Head Engineer for Mobile Recovery

How long have you been in the data recovery industry?

3 and a half years in data recovery and about 15 years in electronics repair; mostly cell phones, tablets, laptops.

How long have you worked for SecureData?

3 and a half years.

What is a typical workday like for you?

My typical workday is about 70-80% of actual data recovery which involves working on current cases and about 20% of R&D, which is exploring new ways to recover data. I also answer emails and phone calls from our customer service department about specific data recovery requests and current cases.

What is your favorite part of the job?

First is that feeling when you just solved the case and helped reunite people with their data, especially pictures and videos of their kids. I have two kids myself and I know how precious those are. The second is the challenge. I get to work on numerous different devices and it is complicated and very interesting.

What is one of the most interesting recovery cases you took on?

Once, we were able to successfully recover data from an iPhone that had a bullet hole in it.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy biking during the summer and snowboarding during the winter.

 

This year’s Engineers Week theme is “Pioneers of Progress.” Our engineers are constantly moving forward to develop recovery techniques on the latest technology. We have a dedicated Research and Development team that works to discover new recovery methods, which contributes to our overall 96% success rate. Learn more about our data recovery process for all media types by calling 1-800-388-1266. 

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