Seattle, Washington, United States
I am a senior software engineer at Tableau working on the visualization team. I spent a long time as a composer writing kids’ music for places like Jim Henson and Sports Illustrated. After that I worked in several AI and music tech startups and then ended up doing cryptography and DRM at Microsoft. Most recently I defended my PhD in bioinformatics at the University of Washington where I used molecular dynamics simulations and developed visual analytics tools to engineer mutation-specific cancer drugs.
Scientific discoveries, from cancer therapies to Mars rovers, shape the world around us every day, and almost every scientific discovery is refined, improved, or even made possible through computational support. But most great discoveries, inventions, and approaches have come about through a human intuition or insight. The great thing about Tableau is that it keeps you - the human - in control while putting the power of modern computers and engineers just under your fingertips. When it comes to seeing the universe for the trees, Tableau makes you superhuman.
I am excited to help scientific non-profits analyze, present, and publish their work visually. This can be difficult as many domains have entrenched norms when it comes to analyzing, presenting, and publishing data. However, new approaches and tools are changing and improving the ways that we do science, and pushing for positive change in our chosen field of study is not only our responsibility as investigators, it is an amazing and exciting opportunity. I would like to help people make this transition, from crafting the visual analysis to convincing colleagues that such an approach is valuable.
Science is an amazing force for good in this world. I am very interested in working with groups that pursue causes such as drug development, neglected diseases, structural biology, cancer, AIDS, etc.
Interactive visualization is not the norm in many scientific domains. I would like to help change that.