Vanessa Sochat, a Computer Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has worked as a software engineer for over a decade. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, and has been involved in extensive work on container technologies, developer tools, and fostering open-source communities. Vanessa also founded and hosts the Developer Stories podcast. In her current role at LLNL, she supports several open-source projects, including Flux Framework and the Flux Operator, and she focuses on bridging the space between traditional HPC and cloud-native technologies.