A Raleigh native, I graduated from N.C. State University in 2005 with a BS in computer science. From there, I took a sojourn through various philosophy and logic programs (receiving an M.S. from CMU's Department of Philosophy, currently A.B.D.) which put me directly in contact with inductive logic, statistics, and machine learning. I left CMU in 2013 to join Distil's team as their first (and currently senior) data scientist. The leap from doing blackboard mathematics and proofs back to coding, fire-drills, and harsh deadlines (especially in a Hadoop ecosystem) was a jarring though incredibly enriching one. Today I'm glad to say that I am involved with Distil in developing cutting edge bot detection using machine learning and behavioral modeling. I have always enjoyed applied math and statistics, but I have to say that in dealing with Distil's large data set, I have found a real aesthetic appreciation for working with big data specifically; not just the sheer volume of what's being accomplished, but the small volume of people who are capable of doing it at all.
Intro to the DC Data Community
Join General Assembly for a free orientation to the DC Data Science community.