I am a "systems storyteller” & software engineer.
On YouTube, I unpack tech, music, society -- & the hidden systems behind them.
Check out some of my work below!
When should I stop watching a TV series?
As a fun project within our larger engineering work, my team & I build a tool exploring when TV series rise & fall in quality.
The tool helped drive customers to our product, & I had a blast building responsive, custom charts with engaging interactions & animations.
How do you deliver economic insights and opportunities to those who need it most?
As the lead software engineer at the Center on Rural Innovation, I've helped create a first-of-its-kind data and mapping platform to help democratize rural economic data.
With a focus on enabling data-driven storytelling, I use code and human-centered design to iterate our product: from font-end architecture, to interactive datavis, to conducting user research and testing.
I've had the chance to help present our platform at the National Governor's Association conference, for the US Department of Health & Human Services, and at Mastercard's Global Summit for Inclusive Growth.
As a founding member of the newspaper's datavis team, I helped lead an investigative article into Stanford's sexual assault judicial process.
We interviewed and gathered info from local law enforcement, university administrators, and students. As we worked, I iteratively prototyped numerous visualizations: from guided walk-throughs to timelines to flow-charts, using keynote, excel, and code.
Ultimately, I built the final D3 visualizations and diagrams for the forthcoming article. Click to see some of the those those visualizations. .
The field of Positive Psychology has produced astounding insights into mental health, wellness, and happiness, but its diverse methods and focuses make it difficult to understand holistically.
I worked with mental health professionals, researchers, and educators to create a tool which allows practitioners to understand the growth and connection between the 19 most influential researchers in Positive Psychology.
I used web-scraping, SemanticScholar's API, and D3 to create this early prototype. I'm currently collaborating with psychologists at Dartmouth to expand the tool to millions of scientific papers using neo4j.
Click to see the in-progress prototype.
What tools and production insights might small, ethically-minded businesses need to expand their reach?
As a core engineer at a small startup, I built and iterated on web and mobile platforms for exactly these sorts of businesses, coding heavily in SQL, Django, React, and React-Native.
I got to conduct interviews, build APIs from scratch, and analyze messy data -- whatever it took to bring features from idea to deployment on factory floors.
After conducting social-network analysis research at Stanford, I was curious: How can we better understand and communicate change in dynamic networks?
For example, how might a person's social network change over time? Or, how do new academic fields emerge?
Somewhat surprisingly, coding this in the industry-standard D3.js is really challenging, requiring hundreds of lines of code.
I addressed this by creating a D3 module which abstracts away the complex code, allowing you to visualize dynamic networks with a single line of code.