Summary

Data Scientist with full stack software development experience. I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, having studied pure math at the University of Waterloo, spent time at large and small companies in a variety of development and data roles, and founded my own startup-turned-open-source-project Polychart.

My proudest achievements are:

  • Scoring 33 points on the Putnam math contest (where median score is 0 most years)
  • Publishing on the Facebook data science blog.
  • Writing three blog posts that made the front page of Hacker News.
  • Founding a startup Polychart, taking it through accelerator program Extreme Startups, meeting awesome people for a ride that culminated in an open source project and personal development.

Favourite tools of mine include Python, R (with RStudio, ggplot2), coffeescript, vim, git, Hadoop for big data, logisitc regression, and Bayesian techniques.

Relevant Past Work

VP Engineering & Data Scientist

Rubikloud Technologies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Winter 2013 - Summer 2014.

Analyzed e-commerce traffic data to detect factors that increase conversion and revenue. Led a team of 3+ engineers and data scientists to build a real-time anomaly detection system. (R, Cassandra, Storm, MongoDB, Python, CoffeeScript)

Founder & CEO

Polychart Inc, Kitchener/Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fall 2011 - Winter 2013

Led a team of 5+ to build a web-based tool for visualizing SQL databases via drag-and-drop data exploration & dashboarding, along with a JavaScript charting library that extends the Grammar of Graphics to interaction. (CoffeeScript, Python, MySQL, PosgresSQL)

Software Developer (Intern)

ContextLogic, San Francisco, California, USA. Summer 2011

Built a pipeline on Hadoop to generate model files used for topic inference of text. Sped up topic inference while improving quality. (Python, Hadoop, C++)

Data Scientist (Intern)

Facebook, Palo Alto, California, USA. Spring & Winter 2010

Studied the impact of "negative events" on user engagement. Explored a machine learning approach to photo recommendation. Built web-based data tools used by other analysts. Used Hadoop and R heavily. (R, Hadoop, Hive, PHP, C++)

Software Developer in Analytics (Intern)

Tagged Inc, San Francisco, California, USA. Summer 2009

Improved the in-house analytics platform used to track metrics and perform A/B testing. Built frontend features used by millions of users world wide. (PHP, GreenPlum)

Random Things I Won

People's Choice Award at DataInsightSF

Data Visualization Competition, San Francisco, California, USA. Summer 2011

Visualization of AOL search questions. Code at github repo and writeup here.

Hacking Education: Data Analysis Tie

Sponsored by Donors Choose, New York, New York, USA. Summer 2011

My analysis of DonorsChoose's dataset tied first in the Data Analysis category of the "Hacking Education" competition. After this I did some pro bono work for DonorsChoose.

Velocity Venture Fund Pitch Competition

Velocity Venture Fund, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Fall 2011

Won $25,000 to kick-start startup Polychart.

Education

Joint Honours Pure & Applied Math, Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 2007 - 2012

President of the Statistics Club. Part of the Velocity residence, a community of student entrepreneurs and founders.

Current Readings

Some say that one can know more about a person by looking at their bookshelves than having a first conversation with them. These are the books that I am currently in the middle of: