Sr. Developer and Manager
Dax Bakken joined Whitsell Innovations (WI) in the summer of 2020 as Manager and Senior Developer of a newly formed software engineering department. He is in an exciting role managing a team in new product development, supporting medical writing and the life sciences industries.
Mr. Bakken is a dedicated people leader with an inclusive and “people-first” approach to management and a technical background in hands-on software engineering. With extensive experience leading teams through uncertainty, change, and growth, Mr. Bakken models with a consistent, steady message and a positive, yet realistic, attitude. He also contributes to office morale and employee engagement through friendly, lighthearted, co-worker banter and humor.
Most of Mr. Bakken’s software industry experience is in custom business application development. He spent considerable time in both consulting and in-house development team member roles. Prior to joining WI, Mr. Bakken spent 11 years in the energy efficiency industry on teams developing mobile, web, operational, and business-to-business integration applications. Prior to that, he was part of multiple custom software consulting teams servicing a wide array of industries.
Mr. Bakken is a double graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the School of Business’ Executive MBA Program, and a double major Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Zoology. Additionally, Mr. Bakken has an Associate of Science in Computer Science (ASCS) degree from Coleman College in San Diego, CA.
In his free time, Dax tries his hand at triathlon sports and spends as much time as possible with his family on outdoor adventures. He is an especially big fan of winter camping.