Web developer. Data scientist. AI enthusiast & critic. Artist/designer at heart.
Backstory
I've always had a creative streak + an aptitude for math/science/engineering. My intrinsic curiosity and affinity for challenges have gifted me with a broad variety of experiences. Collectively, they contribute in rich ways to my work and my life.
Education:
University of Toronto . BSc, Physics
University of Michigan . PhD, Biomedical Engineering
CodeCore Vancouver . Web/software development bootcamp
Fast forward
My science & engineering background eased a transition to full stack web development, data science, & AI. I now spend a lot of time with MVC frameworks (usually Rails), databases, various front-end tools, and deep learning frameworks.
Coordinating with a great team to accomplish meaningful objectives makes me happy. I aim to learn from colleagues smarter than I am, and to contribute to goals which are greater than the sum of their parts.
Toy box
I'm grateful on a daily basis for the tremendous resources shared by the generous folks active in the open source community. A few of the tools I use regularly: Ruby, Python, Rails, PostgreSQL.
Long ago, I programmed in C; not quite as long ago, I used MATLAB extensively. For years, I worked with a variety of sensors and lasers. And, once upon a time, I used to create actual, tangible things in the woodshop, the electronics shop, the metalshop, and the darkroom.
Looking ahead
My professional interests converge on the artful use of data. Topics on my radar include the future of artificial intelligence and the importance of data quality and contextualization.
Along those lines, I'm developing a platform to support enterprises in tapping into the power of AI - without the need for a big data science budget. Ideally, it will be useful to social entrepreneurs and small businesses. I'm grateful for the privilege of supporting others in their goals while pursuing my own.
Site software under MIT License: Copyright 2017 Monica Spisar . Photos & sketches: Copyright 2017 Monica Spisar
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