Resume

Professional Profile

I am a PhD data scientist and analyst with a passion for answering interesting questions with sophisticated analytical tools and techniques. I am a creative problem solver who knows how to ask insightful questions and how to learn quickly. I understand how to think critically, and I have proven writing and speaking abilities. Analyzing and interpreting complex datasets makes me happy, and I am known for being flexible, resourceful, and for achieving goals while maintaining a positive outlook. I work effectively in both independent and collaborative environments, and excel at communicating with diverse collaborators.

Core Compentencies

Communication

Articulate, insightful, and able to communicate technical procedures and results to expert and non-expert collaborators. Capable of turning a complex analysis into a compelling story so that decision makers can move forward with appropriate strategy.

Analytical Thinking

Passionate about finding insights in data. Experienced in working with large datasets and using advanced data analysis to answer complex questions with accuracy. Proficient in mastering new knowledge and techniques quickly. Able to understand and articulate what questions can and can’t be answered given certain data.

Modeling

Experienced in using statistical techniques and numerical modeling with real-world data. Able to apply sophisticated mathematics to understanding data. Familiar with machine learning, including supervised and unsupervised learning techniques, and how to build predictive models.

Skills and Tools

  • R, SQL, a bit of Python and C
  • Github, Markdown, shell scripting, Linux
  • writing and speaking for technical and general audiences

Experience

Data Scientist, Datassist

2016-present

  • Develop statistical survey weighting tools (implemented in R) for nonprofits, local governments, social service agencies, and others.
  • Analyze complex data sets from clients to create clear and compelling reports, visualizations, and interactive apps.
  • Write educational materials for online courses to develop the data literacy of our clients around the world.

Content Developer & Support Representative, Sapling Learning

2012—2016

  • Created interactive online questions, solutions, feedback, and tutorials designed for college-level astronomy courses.
  • Reviewed questions authored by others for accuracy, style, and appropriate level.
  • In total, created or reviewed over 800 detailed, rich questions.
  • Assisted in project management and user acceptance testing projects.
  • Incorporated questions and other materials into customized, cohesive online course sites for instructors.
  • Provided individualized customer support for instructors and developed positive client relationships.

Adjunct Professor, Quinnipiac University

2006—2008

  • Taught physics, chemistry, astronomy, and earth science courses with accompanying lab courses for science and non-science majors, utilizing online course management system and online homework.
  • Increased student engagement and learning by employing cooperative instructional strategies.

Adjunct Professor, University of New Haven

2006—2008

  • Taught physics for non-science majors with accompanying lab course, utilizing online course management system and online homework.
  • Increased student engagement and learning by employing cooperative instructional strategies.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale University

2005—2006

  • Developed software for data analysis pipeline of Palomar-QUEST Survey
  • Worked with large data sets (survey generated ~70 GB per night) and integrated existing software of collaborators into pipeline.

Graduate Instructor/Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin

2000—2005

  • Studied internal kinematics of nearby galaxies using infrared radiation to determine effects of dust.
  • Independently observed at McDonald Observatory (over 40 nights).
  • Independently developed data analysis software tailored to research project; used dynamical modeling to interpret and understand data.
  • Published first-author papers in refereed journals and presented research at national scientific meetings.
  • Independently coordinated and taught introductory astronomy observing lab for non-science majors, supervising other graduate student instructors and developing curriculum.
  • Received University of Texas Goetting Memorial Endowed Scholarship for excellence in teaching, Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for excellence in research, and University of Texas Graduate Continuing Fellowship for excellence in research.

Education

  • University of Texas at Austin - PhD in astronomy, 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin - MA in astronomy, 2002
  • Texas A&M University - BS in physics, 2000 (magna cum laude)