This post is part of a weekly series in which we get to know Sifties.

Aaron Tietz is a Solutions Engineer who has been with Sift Science for two and a half years. If he could be any animal, he’d want to be a seagull. That’s so he could keep eating the same food humans do (and not have to eat raw meat), and also experience what it’s like to fly (but only for a brief period of time).

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

People. One year I lived in an apartment by myself and I didn’t like it — I need space, but without much human contact I get antsy. I’m happy to spend a day alone, but beyond that I need to be social. I’m glad that both at work and outside of work I get to interact with other people.

What are 4 things that make you happy?

  1. Finishing a workout, be it a run or a gym session. I love pushing myself
  2. Laughing with friends
  3. Creating something out of nothing – mainly writing and videos
  4. Traveling somewhere new, especially if I can’t speak the language

How did you get interested in solutions engineering?

When I was in grad school for computer science, I was a teacher’s assistant and led labs for intro classes. I loved talking to people about the technology and the problems they were encountering, and trying to transform something that seems complicated into relatable terms. When I found out about this job at Sift Science, I was very interested because it was something where I could use my technical knowledge and also interact and teach people about it — it was the best of both worlds.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I write and direct comedy skits with my friends. For three years I’ve been writing them and convincing my friends to take part in them. I get inspiration from all over — whether it’s seeing an ad and making a joke to myself or just observing people around me.

What’s your favorite skit that you’ve made?

There was one I did with my mom where she plays the role of someone from her generation who doesn’t understand tech, and she doesn’t get what cloud computing is. We have an exchange where I get more and more exasperated that she doesn’t get it. My mom is one of the better actors, because she really thinks about her character and asks for feedback during the process.