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I am currently a Research Computing Specialist and Developer on the DARC team in The Research Hub at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. In this role I support GSB faculty research in a variety of subject matter domains and analytics tools. I also lead our efforts in research computing infrastructure and web applications for internal use as well as online behavioral experiments. My main, specific areas of work are:
- High-performance computing (particularly for statistics and structural modeling), in serial and in parallel environments
- Full-stack web app development (in node.js/react) for online human subjects experiments and internal services
- “DevOps” and monitoring for on-premise and cloud computing (including compute & storage)
- Database technologies (serverless query engines, time-series databases like influxdb) and the infrastructure behind them,
- Security (encryption, identify verification, secure compute environments)
I have a PhD, MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a MS in Applied Math, from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. During 2008-2009 was a postdoctoral researcher in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a lecturer at MIT. From 2009-2014 I worked as a faculty member at Iowa State University in the Mechanical Engineering and Economics departments. As a former academic, professor, and policy researcher I have strong communication skills (written reports, teaching, peer review, public speaking, media coverage); have overseen research projects with budgets of $400,000; and was awarded over $1.3 Million in competitive federal project funding during my 5 years as a faculty (reflecting a 60% grant funding hit rate, in an NSF division with a 20% average). I ultimately found faculty career requirements mismatch my interest in focusing my time on solving hard and large scale computational problems.
From December 1st, 2014 through July 2016 I worked at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. I was part of Ford Global Data Insights & Analytics, a new organization tasked with reorganizing data and analytics across Ford. I conceived of and carried out research projects, undertook business-critical analytics, presented to corporate executives including the CEO, CTO, CIO, CFO, and CDAO (Chief Data and Analytics Officer), and sought out new business relationships in Silicon Valley. In January 2016, I was promoted to GDI&A’s Site Leader in Palo Alto, but ultimately found this as well to mismatch my interests in hard, large problems.
I have a strong record of professional service, as well. I co-founded and organized Ford’s RIC Palo Alto Seminar Series, a successful seminar series dedicated to bringing Silicon Valley expertise to a global Ford audience. I co-conceived, co-organized, and co-executed CCBTEP 2014, an NSF-sponsored workshop on Complex Choice Behaviors and Transportation Energy Policy. I’ve proposed, organized, and moderated special sessions in professional conferences for engineering design and marketing science. I have also been a Peer Reviewer for numerous academic journals and have served on federal grant review panels.