Currently in the Tri-Cities, I am working on a Master's degree in Computer Science. I first fell in love with the world of bits and bytes on about day 1 of my Intro to Python class, sitting next to a red-headed kid named Andy who would race me to be the first to raise his hand in class. But, life throws curveballs. So, after several years in Marketing, and a few more in Tech Support, I have found myself once again writing Python.
Recent Fun Occurrences and Accomplishments
Awarded a Gorilla Grant 2020
Gorilla Experiment Builder offers small grants annually to researchers using their site to conduct user studies. Our experiment on Visualizing Reinforcement Learning Agents to advance Explainable AI received a top-tier award.
IEEE Vis Conference Paper Accepted
Our awesome team pulled together a paper on the use of trust as a metric for AI explainability, and it was accepted to the TREX (Workshop on TRust and EXpertise in Visual Analytics) workshop. The paper suggests more concrete metrics, measurable by downstream tasks, as a more robust measure of explainability in AI and Machine Learning.
Roles & Responsibilities
Software Developer - PNNL
August 2019 - Now
My coding classes paid off when I got to work in one of my favorite languages, Swift, on updating an in-house application.
IT Engineer, PNNL
November 2016 - August 2019
Starting from phones, I got to experience the emotional rollercoaster that is Tech Support, eventually working on A/V support, purchasing and trails of electronics, and piloting a satellite concept location.
IT Technician - ENW
August 2014 - November 2016
Let me tell you, Tech Support at a Nuclear Power Plant is a whole other thing! From carting computers through a bunch of security checkpoints to volunteering on the Emergency Response Team, this job was a lot of fun and new experiences.
Associate - New Edge
June 2011 - August 2014
New Edge is a business strategy marketing firm. My roles included a lot of research into market opportunities, and managing the development and eventual publication of a book on the company's methodology: Killing Ideas, by Pam Henderson.
August 2019 - Now
MS Computer Science - WSU
Working on a thesis focused strongly on machine learning interpretability.
September 2007 - May 2011
BA Marketing - Gonzaga
From measuring customer sentiment to understanding how background cues invoke purchasing activity, the Marketing track of the Business Administration degree covered it all.
August 2007 - May 2011
Tri-Cities Prep HS - Pasco, WA
Essentially the only "college prep" high school at the time I attended, the hours were long, but Mock Trial was really fun.
Tricks of the Trade
Ok, hear me out. It turns out that Marketing is just applied Sociology and Psychology, and it turns out that in Data Sciences, Social and Psychological factors do matter sometimes.
I can guarantee that even if I haven't written in a certain language before, give me some time and I can figure it out. I really enjoy the challenge of doing so, but I also appreciate how different languages approach solving similar problems.
“In my opinion, the only way to conquer stage fright is to get up on stage and play.”
“Progress depends as much on our collective differences as it does on our individual IQ scores.”