Hometown: Dothan, Alabama
Current City: Washington, DC
Why did you choose McCourt? I was looking around for anything resembling "data science for social good" and found a few programs, but McCourt's curriculum was head-and-shoulders above the rest I examined. Plus the bonus of already being in DC made it an easy preference.
What professional/ work experience did you have prior to coming to McCourt? I volunteered aboard a ship for 2 years where I met my wife. We had 3 bio kids in 2 years, and have recently adopted a 4th! I have worked at Lockheed Martin, run my own web development practice, and currently I'm in the software engineering screening interview business.
What has been the best part of your experience so far?
The Institute of Politics and Public Service (a.k.a 'GUPolitics') has been a vital source of connections across boundaries that are otherwise difficult to form. My classmates are all amazing. And the professors have been really helpful in so many ways.
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: Auburn University, BS, Wireless Engineering; MS Electrical Engineering
Hobbies/ Interests: I'm particularly interested in voting rights more generally, but gerrymandering is specifically what got me initially interested in going back to school. Map making is a particularly hard field to get into, but data visualization is another strong interest of mine. And if I got to 'wave a magic wand' to fix one problem it would be income inequality.
I lived in Mexico for 4 years, and then Belize after that, and while I was living aboard ship I visited 13 countries in 2 years.
Reach out to me about: Parenting, work-life-study balance, cross-cultural living, DC Metro Rail