Demonstrated ability to analyze datasets, draw conclusions, and converse with professionals from diverse subject areas
*Diverse, in-depth experience with exploratory data analysis, categorical data analysis and classification methods, linear regression and shrinkage, PCA, factor analysis, clustering techniques, mixed effects models, repeated measures, survival analysis, probability distribution fitting, and experimental design
*Enthusiastic, self-motivated problem solver who can work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team
*Detail-oriented professional with outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills
*Excellent oral and written communication skills
R, Matlab, SAS, SAS Enterprise, JMP, and SPSS
Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and Outlook)
Lean Six Sigma White Belt
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (American Society for Quality)
Analyzed over 150 internal evaluation reports from nine quarters to identify broad operational assurance trends across the entire business.
Completed three Lean Six Sigma certifications in 12 months.
Analyzed over 2,000 individual spiders over four years of PhD research.
06/2016 to Current
DATA ANALYST/ STATISTICIANTennessee Valley Authority － Knoxville, TN
Used descriptive statistics to assist auditors with control testing of various internal procedures.
Used correlations and linear regression to describe audit rating trends and performance across the organization.
Communicated findings with business partners, auditors, and managers.
Produced written reports of statistical findings and conclusions for audit reporting and communicated them to individuals with varied understanding of statistics.
08/2012 to Current
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville － Knoxville, TN
Taught nine consecutive semesters, and two summer courses.
Taught over 1000 students over the course of four years.
Collected, analyzed, and processed all necessary data to complete dissertation research.
Determined sample sizes, designed experiments, and completed all statistical analyses (generalized linear mixed models, PCA, factor analysis, multivariate methods, etc.) for dissertation research.
Master of Science: Business Analytics and StatisticsUNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE － KNOXVILLE, TN, USABusiness Analytics and Statistics 4.00
Doctorate of Philosophy: Ecology And Evolutionary BiologyUNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE － KNOXVILLE, TN, USA
Date Defended: February 6, 2017
Date Conferred: May 11, 2017
Bachelor of Arts: BiologyCOLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS － WORCESTER, MA, USABiology 3.83 Magna Cum Laude
*Member of Phi Beta Kappa
Statistical software (Matlab, R, SAS, JMP, Minitab), Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Word), Lean - Six Sigma
I have engaged in animal enrichment with over 1000 animals for approximately 15-20 hours per week for two years.
By interacting closely with individual cats and observing their behavior, while it reduces stress in the cat, I have been able to help adopters figure out the type of animal that would be a good fit for their family and lifestyle (I have been involved with over 400 cat adoptions over two years).
By spending time with scared and/or shy cats, I have been able to bring them out of their shells and show potential adopters the way they might act in a home, which generally shortens the amount of time it takes for them to get adopted.
I spend approximately 20-30 minutes with each adopter answering questions or explaining particular animals, which a busy staff member often does not have time to do.
By interacting directly with over 100 young kittens (6-8 weeks old) and monitoring their weight, I have been able to pinpoint when a particular kitten starts losing weight or appears sick so early veterinary intervention can be taken.
Classroom Volunteer, Rocky Hill Elementary School, 2014-present
I have given guest lectures about spiders three times a year for the past two years to around 300 third-grade students.
I bring my own live and preserved research specimens for students and teachers to look at, observe, and feed to increase their awareness of the adaptations and importance of a commonly misunderstood animal.
KidsU Bugs Class Coordinator, University of Tennessee, June 2013-June 2015
Over a five-day period during the month of June, I taught 15-20 4th-8th grade students about "bugs" (insects and arachnids).
I spent two of the first four hours learning about different insects, watching documentary clips, and engaging in various active learning exercises before going outside to catch insects for their "bug box" project, which they got to take home at the end of the week.
This varied learning process allowed students to engage deeply with scientific material they might otherwise have avoided; by making the subject fun, the students left with a greater understanding of a largely avoided group of animals.