I am a multidisciplinary engineer
I am an engineer who loves building creative solutions to help businesses solve problems or reveal hidden answers for a challenging questions. I classify myself as a neo-generalist who uses a trans-disciplinary approach to to become a restless multidisciplinarian (a.k.a. a forever learner). Since 2011, I have gained various engineering roles within different companies to understand the influences upon decision-makers and the organizational impacts of those who continue with the “business as usual” course.
Curiously explore, never bored
I am a curious explorer in business development, product life cycle analysis, operational process analysis, and customer support relationship building. I use failure as a motivator to not be afraid to challenge traditional methods, try new techniques, or experiment with possibilities and theories to discover unexpected ideas from unusual places. When I’m not working, you can find me at home spending time with my wife and children (1 baby, 2 dogs, 1 cat), reading (medium articles, non-fiction business books, non-fiction sustainable design books), learning languages and subjects (spanish, sign language, math, python, permaculture, etc.), rock climbing, or playing soccer with friends.
Data modeling and analysis tools for the job
In each of the roles I’ve had, data analysis has become an important tool to reveal quality excursions in products, production line limitations, process inefficiencies, and customer support motivators. Here is a snapshot of the data analysis projects that have benefited me so far:
- Anadigics’ Wafer Fab Capacity Data Model – “What-if” analyses of various manufacturing input forecasts were performed to assist tool purchase planning initiatives.
- Anadigics’ Quality Operating System Data Model – Used to assess critical non-financial and financial results as well as their process-based causes to help the company manage continuous improvement of product line yield via strategic goals based on customer expectations, competitive benchmarks, and the organizational mission.
- Anadigics’ JMP statistical analysis reports of Epi Substrate Vendor’s manufacturing trends, Epi HBT and pHEMT structure adjustments, and Epi Reactor qualifications for Gallium Arsenide substrate material from wafer level electrical test data.
- Hammer Performance’s Quality Operating System Data Model – Used to assess financial results of vehicle service efficiency.
Feedback for example projects
Per your request, @Basecamp, @DHH, I’ve provided some feedback on how I would approach a few of these example projects outlined in the job description:
- Analyzing the performance of a new marketing page. Track the cohort that signed up with this variation. Keep us patient for a statistically significant result. Compute the value of the change.
- Perform a Oneway Analysis of “cohort response data” (Y axis) by “marketing page type” (X axis) to compare variability between the two page types. Add an Analysis of Means for Variances Report to determine whether the variability is significantly different between the marketing pages. If possible, ask customers to provide feedback on their interaction with the new marketing page to collect user experience data points.
- Identify when a brute-force login attack started, quarantine the IP addresses involved, work with technical operations to bolster our defenses, and write up the forensics report at the end.
- Immediately engage with the technical operation incident response team once the alarm has come in, confirm they have isolated the vulnerability, and confirm they have a remediation plan. Prior to taking the system down, notify all stakeholders are aware of the incident and potential downtime required to remedy the vulnerability. During downtime, begin writing the incident response report, identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities, identify if this was an insider threat or foreign entity, identify what they targeted, identify how they got into the system and identify why they wanted to get in the system. Confirm confidentiality, integrity, and availability of system is still in tact. Fix vulnerability and confirm nothing was left behind from the attack. Place system back online and notify all stakeholders. Complete incident report and submit to Basecamp leadership team.
- Analyze our purchase records to locate transactions within states that are starting to collect sales tax on software like ours, work with our accounting company to document that sourcing method, and help evaluate whether we should buy or build a sales-tax engine.
- TaxJar’s SmartCalc Sales Tax API is $17.00 per month. Figuring out the origin-based and destination-based sales tax sourcing rules seems to be the biggest headache. Otherwise, Basecamp has the product tax code already set up, the database performance and reliability already set up. VAT taxes will need to supported as well obviously. Therefore, Basecamp can theoretically justify building a sales-tax engine itself that is meant specifically for SaaS, since most of the internal infrastructure is there.
Feedback about me
Note: These are real people and their words, but I didn’t get their permission to post their words, so please do not call them.
Ricky and I have worked together closely over the last few months, in a start-up company I co-founded M3D, where we created the most funded 3D Printer project in history, The Micro 3D Printer. I am CEO of M3D and also selected Ricky to work with us personally.
During the last few months I have gotten to know Ricky very well. He’s extremely well-rounded, hard-working, engineering-savy, and has an excellent attitude, all things that are critical to our team here. Working in a start-up is a dynamic environment and requires a lot of motivation, improvisation, and tenacity. For all those reasons we’ve already promoted him from an internship to increasingly important roles in our company. He first started with learning our production process, solving quality concerns with the product, learned learning the custom software involved. After a very short period of time Ricky became and expert and was able to teach others around him. Today he’s training production team members on these assembly processes and tracking production progress while improving them further.
Dr. Michael Armani
We ask that our apprentices participate in all aspects of farming including harvesting, planting, weeding, and marketing. Further, we attempt to expose them to both the science side of farming and the business side. From the go Richard expressed interest in all aspects of farming, but had particular interest in the science side.
He regularly attempted to determine how we could reduce the costs of farming by improving efficiency. He suggested out of the box ideas such as using robotics to reduce time required to mow much like the vacuum cleaners now marketed to work without human assistance. He pondered if the same principles could be applied to weeding.
He applied the same inquisitive process to our irrigation system and our laying hen operation. He approached whatever task assigned of him diligently and at the same time attempted to understand the purpose of the task within the larger context of the farm.
In September Richard accepted a position at a 3-D printing company. However, he continues to work with us on the weekends to nourish his interest and knowledge of sustainable agriculture. As a worker I have found him to be reliable, pro-active and honest.
The Farm at Our House, Owner