Julian Balsamo


What is your role at Dropworks and what do you do?

I am a Quality Engineer on the Dropworks Operations team working alongside the Engineering and Manufacturing teams to find solutions to challenging problems. As part of the Quality department, I am responsible for ensuring that the critical components of the instrument meet our level of standards through a process called Incoming Quality Control. Through these inspections I get to understand how different parts of the Continuum work, and ultimately how they interconnect.

Why did you decide to work at Dropworks?

I heard about Dropworks from my colleague and former NC Stater, Bailey Blankenship. He had been working with Dropworks for about a year before I graduated and always spoke highly of his time working here. When an opening with Dropworks presented itself I jumped at the opportunity because I knew it would be the type of job where I would be challenged to learn new things and would be able to grow alongside the organization. Meeting several members of the company during the interview process and hearing about their positive experiences reaffirmed my desire to acquire a job with Dropworks and join this amazing team.

What do you find to be the best part about working with Dropworks?

Community is something that is very important to me which is one of the many reasons I love my job here at Dropworks. From the beginning, everyone I’ve spoken to has been welcoming, open, and willing to offer wisdom. Everyone has such unique and sincere personalities that I felt instantly at home. On a professional level, the amount of talent and ingenuity brought to the table by each team member instantly commanded my respect and inspires me to continually try for the best. Whether it is in or out of the office, I know that I can depend on the relationships built at Dropworks. Although I have only been with the company for a short time, I feel that I have already found a family.   

What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?

One of my favorite hobbies is playing Ping Pong! I started playing during my freshman year of college and absolutely fell in love with it. My original goal when learning was simply to meet new people. There was a ping pong table in the common room of my residence hall, which quickly became a focal point in my social life. I was not very good at first, but I quickly caught on and never stopped playing. I carry a ping pong paddle with me almost everywhere I go and am always looking for an excuse to play a game.