Résumé

Education

Washington and Lee University

I was fortunate enough to receive a merit-based full-scholarship through the Johnson Scholar Program, and graduated from W&L with a double-major in International Politics and Economics, and a minor in Philosophy in May of 2012.

Some Highlights:

  • I was nominated for the Young Scholarship, an award given to the graduating senior with the best paper in an Upper Level philosophy course.  My paper – entitled In Touch with Our Inner Artist – discussed the ways in which modern technology is changing the ways in which we interact with the world through our sense of touch, and the implications this may have on art.
  • I studied at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in the fall of 2010.  I lived in Roskilde, Denmark and took classes in Copenhagen. My class on the European Union was taught by a former Danish Member of Parliament, and included trips to the EU headquarters in Brussels and the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.  This was the first time I spent an extended period of time outside of the US, and my experience interacting with students from all across the US and Europe and taking in the unique culture of the Danes helped me become more aware of limitations in my present world view and broaden my general approach to life.
  • I played for the Washington and Lee Screaming Minks Rugby Club for all four years at school. From my sophomore year on, I was the starting Scrum Half for the team – a position probably most similar to quarterback in American Football.  The position required me to be a leader on the field, and I feel that experience helped me to grow as a leader off the field too.  My senior year, I helped the team advance to the semi-finals of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union after we defeated the heavily favored club from American University in the quarter-finals.
  • My Senior Economics Capstone analyzed the Volatility in the Trading Price of Bitcoin. My research analyzed the relationship between both news announcements (obtained from Lexis Nexis) and Google Trends data (used as a proxy for market activity) and intra-daily variations in the exchange rates between dollars and Bitcoin.  I submitted my paper in May of 2012, back when the exchange rate was around $5 per Bitcoin, and before the mainstream media and most economists had started talking about Bitcoin. You can read the original version I turned in back in May 2012 here.

Work Experience

Economics Research Assistant – FCC

I currently work as an Economics Research Assistant for the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC.  Broadly speaking, I mainly work with data to help the commission conduct economic analysis on ongoing proceedings, and to maintain and update reports that are of interest to commission economists.  I primarily work with SAS and Excel, but occasionally work with Access and SQL to analyze data, and regularly work with Microsoft Word and Powerpoint when assisting in other commission matters.

  • I worked with the Chief Data Officer of the WCB to calculate the figures behind this chart that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler presented at 1776.
  • Comcast-Charter-Time Warner Cable merger – Over the past several months I’ve worked also with the Chief Data Officer to produce several analyses of broadband markets, using public and non-public data. The tables that I’ve produced include breakdowns of the broadband penetration, subscribership, and competition at different geographic levels and within company footprints relevant to the merger.
    • During my work on the merger, I noticed a possible coverage overlap between merger parties in the National Broadband Map data.  I created the spreadsheet referenced here, which details how the merger would impact competition in these overlapping territories.
  • Connect America Fund – Phase II- Using the proprietary CostQuest cost model, I generated estimates of the cost of building out broadband internet access to various locations in the US. I used SAS and Excel to analyze the cost model outputs and create charts that helped upper management understand the implications of various funding decisions.  I wrote a series of SQL queries for MS Access to verify the accuracy of cost model input tables that had been created by hand – it took me a couple days to recreate months worth of manual data manipulation by commission accountants and preserve a record of my work to make it accessible for future review.
  • Beyond the major proceedings, I am generally responsible for helping to update and maintain regular reports that the FCC produces including the Numbering Resource Utilization and Forecast Report, and the Universal Service Monitoring Report, both of which are updated and released annually.
Previous

After graduating from college, and prior to starting at the FCC, I worked as an instructor at Fairfax Collegiate, a summer educational enrichment program.  I taught courses including GT Test Prep (3rd and 4th grade), Math (3rd-9th grade), and Middle School debate.

  • Each course was 2 weeks long, and we were charged with getting through a wealth of material in the short period of time.
  • As instructors, we were given leeway to structure our lessons.  This involved balancing the needs of students from across the spectrum of ability by making sure that I adequately challenged the most advanced students without leaving struggling students behind.
  • To hold student interest I came up with learning exercises, games, and motivational structures (such as imaginary point competitions) based on the unique personalities of the students.
  • For many students, particularly those either at the advanced or remedial end of the spectrum, I worked with parents to design learning plans that the parents could use at home to supplement in-classroom instruction.

During summer breaks in college, I worked as an intern at the headquarters of the Transportation Security Administration. I worked on the TSA Grants for surface transportation security program (no, I had nothing to do with your uncomfortable experience at the airport).

  • For one project, my boss asked me to look at previous funding decisions related to grants, and the risk scores of different transit agencies.  I used a simple linear regression to show that funding decisions were politically influenced and not based on risk, and created charts that demonstrated my findings. This helped my boss justify funding decisions, allowing him to argue against someone who claimed the agency was breaking from precedent by not solely considering risk in our distribution of grants. 
  • I assisted preparation of a congressional report detailing drawdown by transit agencies for Transportation Sector Network Management Grant Program
  • I created an Access database to help TSA Grants manage grant applications and track drawdown.

Skills

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  • I’m very well versed with the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. I’ve repeatedly worked with all of these programs both during my time in college and in my professional career.
  • I work extensively with SAS statistical software at the FCC, and am very comfortable using SAS code to efficiently analyze large data sets.  I am proficient with SQL – I regularly write SQL queries for the FCC using MS Access, PostgreSQL, and the Proc SQL engine of SAS.  I’m also familiar with using SQL to create maps from datasets by using PostGIS to link PostgreSQL to QGIS, both on the job and in my spare time.
  • I believe I have a knack for presenting the results of my data analyses in an easy to understand way, you can check out some examples here.
  • I’ve completed the Code Academy programs for both Python and Ruby.  I would not say I’m proficient using either of these languages as of now, but I have a basic familiarity with programming language, and in my free time am actively working on practice exercises to improve upon my Ruby skills.
  • I would say that I have strong written and verbal communication skills, though I also feel that is a strange thing to claim about oneself.  Check out my posts if you would like to gauge for yourself.