Research Projects

Progress Notes
In the Summer of 2013 I participated in the American Medical Informatics Association’s student design challenge (AMIA SDC), a call for medical and engineering students to work together to revolutionize the digital medical record. My team, under the direction of Dr. Lacey Colligan of the University of Virginia Department of Neonatology, performed usability studies on the flaws in current tools used to generate medical progress notes and proposed a number of effective automated data management and representation solutions in a paper entitled “The Electronic In-patient Progress Note: Less is More.” Our paper, on which I am a second author, won a national top research award at the annual AMIA conference (over students from MIT, Harvard, and Vanderbilt) and was accepted to the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. The UVa School of Medicine covered our success here.
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reCOVER Initiative
My current research endeavor focuses on developing passive means of optimizing thermal comfort in new disaster relief shelters designed and constructed by project reCOVER. By synthesizing data from a thermographic camera and a collection of environmental sensors it is believed that this project will provide accurate simulations of how passive design changes can influence the effects of environmental stimuli on project reCOVER’s “Breathe Home.” Collaboration with Professors Anselmo Canfora and Kamin Whitehouse, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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B.S. Theses
In pursuit of my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Virginia I have conducted my own independent research under Professor Mircea Stan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Professor Andrew Hogan (Science, Technology, and Society). My technical thesis, LyteBox: A Practical Application of FPGAs and Digital Signal Processing, and my non-technical thesis, Personalization in SCOT: How User Groups Redefine Closure, collectively deal with fast-paced modern technologies, how we develop them, why we use them, and how to make decisions that ensure the long-term success of new products.
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DEVL, short for “Damn Easy Visualization Library,” is a JavaScript library that seeks to demystify the development of common data visualizations. This library was created for educational purposes, sponsored by the University of Virginia inSight laboratory, in order to help make visualization easy for non-technical users–requiring only parameters passed via JSON strings in place of long lines of code. The project is released under the MIT License and may be found here.
A writeup of the project’s capabilities and rationale may also be found here.
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MHI Visualization
Towards the end of the Spring 2013 semester I collaborated with Dr. Lacey Colligan of the University of Virginia Department of Neonatology and Prof. Mary Beck of the UVa Department of Applied Mathematics on an interactive tool to measure the effectiveness of team composition in medical care. Our studies in the Modified Herfindahl Index was presented at a Pediatrics poster session at UVa in May 2013 and again at a Resilience Engineering conference in Washington DC later that June. Our accompanying interactive visualization of the MHI may be found here. (Note: Chrome only, sorry!)
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As a part of my research with the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium I produced FLTStanley, a program designed to manage and filter arbitrarily complex sets of VLSI characteristics test data. The program, written in C#, became an essential part of research and development at the BAE Systems Semiconductor Technology Center where it was put to use managing a database of millions of tests dating up to 15 years old, simplifying an initially O(n^11) problem to take under a minute of computation time. My project was presented at the 2012 VMEC research conference and poster session and has been used to assist with the production of RAD750 radiation hardened microprocessors, the line used on the Mars rover Discovery.
(Source code is now proprietary)
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Water Trade Data Viz
This interactive data visualization project (Note: Chrome only, sorry) utilizes HTML5, Javascript, and the Raphael graphics library to clarify the Water Footprint Network’s virtual water trade research. Learn more here. This project was produced and presented as a part of the University of Virginia Insight Laboratory.
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CGS Research
The high school I went to, Commonwealth Governor’s School, placed significant weight on completing individual, supervised research projects each year. I won the “Best Student Research” award both my Junior and Senior years.
- My Junior year project was entitled “Nation Building: Recognized Sovereignty and Micronational Statehood” and led to a project where over the course of a year I created a Micronation and explored what it takes to become a successful monarch. (Really, this is one you should talk to me about over coffee, I had 400 people worldwide call me their King!)
- My Senior year project was entitled “The Application of the Fundamentals of Wave and Signal Processing” and was supervised by inventor and music technologist Dr. Sebastian Tomczak of the University of Adelaide. This project led to a year of harvesting outdated electronic equipment and recycling the circuits to create complex music composition tools. My work grew into a line of low-fi homebrew electronic products that were sold in the United States and Australia to electronic musicians and artists.

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