tl;dr:

Proud husband & father. Engineer in Data Science Clothing. Information Visualization Designer. Consultant of sorts. R Enthusiast. Sketchnoter. Assessment professional. Je suis un canard geant.”

For those that want to know a bit more about me:

I am a Biomechanical engineer, with a vastly mispent youth spent developing tech skills. I was always intersted in programming and worked for a combined three years of internships in IT in supply chain for a major Canadian retailer. I decided to persue graduate studies atfer my bachelor’s and ended up at Queen’s University.

During my graduate work, I was introduced to the field of Engineering Education. Had my eyes opened. Kept doing all I could to develop myself as an educator, dive headfirst into the world of research into teaching and learning, and read all I could in the field. I spent some time as a bit of a unicorn, as one of the very few post-docs in EngEd in Canada, working with a fantastic mentor full-out to bring more funding in for our work and to build Engineering Education at Queen’s University.

Worked hard, did well, kept a one-year contract job for 4 years. Built my reputation working with the EGAD Project and used those skills for different jobs. Picked up R one day after frustrations with SPSS. Where have you been all my life? Pitched building systems and software using R to support teaching and learning in engineering. Leveraged my background in assessment, tech skills, graphics and engineering design to do learning analyics and data science work in Higher Education. Now I help instuctors use information and understand their students better through DS + Visualization. Use R to develop packages to do my job more efficiently. Use shiny to make applications to share my work and help people work better.

In the summer of 2018 I was presented with an opportunity to interview for a position as the Assistant Director of Institutional Research at Queen’s. The things I learn in R and what I did with EGAD and all the EngEd research was key in me landing that job. So now I’m working with a team of analysts doing IR work at the University, focusing a lot on visualization, supporting decision making and helping my team work more effectively with modern open source software and tools.

I’ve continued my consulting work, primarily in visualization design, and I’m still working to build the local R community at the University just from a new office down the way.

Life still is a personal version of choose your own adventure, and I wouldn’t change thing.

Also, I like rubber ducks.