Share some details about your background and what solidified your decision to join the MCIRCC team.

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I have been in the information technology field for over a decade serving scientific research communities. All my career so far is with the public sector and for the well-being of people. I am a full-stack software developer and a jack-of-all-trades IT professional.  I am pretty good on communication and I am a reliable team player. I enjoy building robust, efficient and scalable software systems and data management solutions to facilitate the advance of scientific discoveries, and translate research outcomes into practice.

MCIRCC is a unique institution. It is kind of like an academic startup, trying to change the world, with talented people and cutting edge technologies. I always enjoy working with researchers and scientists and hope, one day, my contribution could have an impact on people’s lives and make the world a better place to live. So MCIRCC is a perfect work place for me.

 

Describe your new role within MCIRCC’s Data Science Services department.

I am the leading software developer at MCIRCC. I will work closely with data scientists and analysts at MCIRCC, or Michigan Medicine if necessary, to provide software prototypes/solutions or advise best practices that meets all Michigan Medicine requirements in terms of compliance and security.

I will also be the system engineer here who is in charge of MCIRCC IT infrastructure. Planning, architecting systems for projects needing data analytics component.

 

What are you most excited about working on in your new position at MCIRCC?

I consider myself as an IT generalist. MCIRCC offers me the opportunity to take multiple roles and work on various challenging but fun IT projects. I really can apply my unique combination of skill sets here.

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What hobbies do you have outside of work?

Other than playing with my kid and dog, I guess I have some typical hobbies for a geek:

I do computer algorithm challenges online for fun at free time. I also collect 1/6 military figures.

Pictured right: That’s a USAF PJ who is with special forces and provides recovery and medical treatment of personnel in combat environments. …I guess Dr. Ward may know more about PJ than I do…