Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jaren attended Michigan State University. He worked as a desktop technician with HP prior to working at General Motors across different disciplines of HPC with a focus on cluster deployment, visualization, and storage. Jaren has also worked in the automotive industry at Ford Motor Company and Aptiv.

When not at work, Jaren enjoys building custom PCs, playing historical brass instruments, the outdoors, and traveling to new places around the country.