Education & Experience

I am a data scientist at Uber with formal training as a computational research scientist.

Prior to joining Uber, I completed my postdoctoral appointment at Sandia National Laboratories - California and immersive data science training at Zipfian Academy (now Galvanize, Inc.).  My research focused on computational approaches to materials science and mechanical engineering problems.  I have studied many materials phenomena and material behavior through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, fluids density functional theory, and machine learning.

My current interests are in autonomous driving, connected cars, routing logistics, traffic simulation, and other vehicular technologies.

In addition to a broad background in math, science, and engineering disciplines, I have extensive experience in numerous python libraries, MPI parallel computing, various versions of SQL, machine learning algorithms, web crawlers, etc. I have experience using Ubuntu, Red Hat, Chrome (dev mode), Windows, and Mac operating systems.

EDUCATION

RICE UNIVERSITY
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, May 2011
Thesis: A Multiscale Model of the Enhanced Heat Transfer in a CNT-Nanofluid System
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 2009
Thesis: A Scattered Data Approximation Tool to Map Carbon Nanotube Dispersion to the Processing Parameters in Polymer Nanocomposites
Advisors: Dr. Enrique V. Barrera and Dr. Andrew J. Meade, Jr.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, May 2006


EXPERIENCE

        UBER
          Data Scientist (Sept 2014 - present)

        ZIPFIAN ACADEMY
          Data Science Fellow (May 2014 - August 2014)
· Gaining extensive experience in data science tools
· Capstone Project: Clustering driver behavior and predicting personalized optimal directions from archived GPS traces

        SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES - CALIFORNIA
          Thermal/Fluids Science & Engineering
Visiting Researcher (October 2013 - present)
Postdoctoral Appointee (May 2011 - October 2013)
Visiting Researcher (September 2009 - May 2011)
Student Intern (May 2009 - August 2009; May 2010 - August 2010)
Mentors: Dr. Jeremy A. Templeton and Dr. Bryan M. Wong
· Simulating the electric double layer with varying degrees of fidelity using MD and f-DFT
· Building atomistic-to-continuum (AtC) MD models of systems with long range physics
· Beta-testing of LAMMPS’ AtC package with focus on heat transfer in fluids
· First principles quantum calculations of nanomaterials

RICE UNIVERSITY
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Graduate Assistant (August 2006 - May 2011)
Advisors: Dr. Enrique V. Barrera and Dr. Andrew J. Meade, Jr.
· Investigated heat transfer properties of carbon nanotubes in vacuum and in enhanced heat transfer nanofluids
· Applied knowledge-based analytical tool for experimental design of functionalized nanocomposites
· Served as teaching assistant, lab teaching assistant, course grader, and occasional lecturer

UC BERKELEY
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Researcher (June 2006 - July 2006)
Advisor: Dr. Lydia L. Sohn
· Designed fabrication process flow of MEMS solenoid coils for the On-Chip Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Project

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
Precision Engineering Group
Guest Researcher (June 2003 - August 2003; June 2004 - August 2004
Student Volunteer (June 2002 - July 2002)
Advisors: Dr. Theodore V. Vorburger and Mr. Joseph N. Fu
· Calibrated 6-axis nano-positioning stage of Calibrated Atomic Force Microscope (C-AFM)
· Investigated measurement discrepancies between two modes of interferometric microscopy

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