Hello, world! I’m Robin Yehle Bobbitt. I’m a transplanted northerner currently living in Raleigh, NC and working for IBM Software Group. I grew up in Endicott, NY, or for those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Greater Binghamton area — carousel capital of the world, home of the square deal, originator of the spiedie, and birthplace of IBM. Ignoring a brief stint behind the register at Wendy’s (and an even briefer stint in my church rectory), IBM has been my sole employer. My dad was a lifer, my mom worked there, my sister worked there… I guess you could say we bleed blue. I started at IBM Endicott in the summer of 1998 as a co-op in Global Services while I was attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I went on to co-op with various groups in s/390, global e-business, and digital video. After graduating with a BS in computer science and economics, I moved to Raleigh to start work full time on what is now WebSphere Host On-Demand. After seven years on Host Integration products (and mixing in a Masters from NCSU), I joined the Rational Team Concert development team in 2008. I worked first on IBM i extensions, then continued on to lead the development of the System z extensions for build and promotion. After that, I had an amazing opportunity as a member of the Jazz Jumpstart team to go out and work with our field team and directly with our customers as a technical expert on Jazz technology and products. I am now settled back in my cube and tackling my latest challenge as the development lead for the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters for Git and HP ALM.
When I’m not busy with all things Jazz, I like to run, lift, and ride my road bike around the Triangle. Food and travel are high on my list of interests, and if I’m not googling something for work I am more than likely checking out the menu for the newest restaurant in town or planning my next big trip. Finally, I am a member of Models for Charity, an organization of professional men and women in the Triangle who raise money for other local charities.