Seeking a career in econometrics, statistics, data analysis, or a related field.
Received full funding to earn a Ph.D. in economics and completed all required Ph.D. courses, May 2018, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
M.A., Applied Economics, April 2017, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI Specializations: Econometrics and Statistics
B.S., History, Mathematics, April 2015, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Research Fellow Department of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI June 2018 - present
Data Analysis: Can collect, clean, and analyze multiple types of data. Model Building: Can construct linear, nonlinear, nonparametric, semiparametric, and limited dependent variable models, and systems of equations. Regression Analysis: Can select the appropriate model and estimation technique, obtain useful information, and effectively interpret results to help make business decisions. Forecasting: Can construct univariate and multivariate time-series models and forecast in R. R (Software for Statistical Computing): Can perform a variety of regressions, obtain useful statistical inference and graphics, do simulations, and write functions. Other Computer Skills: SQL, SPSS, Stata, LaTex, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Michigan State University: Econometrics I (EC 820A) Econometrics II (EC 820B) Math Applications in Economics for PhDs (EC 811A) Structure of Economics Analysis (EC 811B) Microeconomics I (EC 812A) Microeconomics II (EC 812B) Macroeconomics I (EC 813A) Macroeconomics II (EC 813B)
Western Michigan University: Economic Forecasting (ECON 6090) Advanced Econometrics I (ECON 6700) Advanced Econometrics II (ECON 6710) Introduction to Econometrics (ECON 6190) Mathematical Statistics (ECON 6220) Theory of Linear Models (STAT 6630) Nonparametric Statistical Methods (STAT 5660) Mathematics for Economics (ECON 5040) Advanced Price Theory (ECON 6030) Uncertainty and Health (ECON 6070) National Income Analysis (ECON 6620) Dynamic Optimization Seminar (ECON 6990)
Statistics and Data Analysis Projects
“Forecasting Product Demand for Rapid-line, Inc.,” Western Michigan University, 2017. • Analyzed time-series data for metal fabricator Rapid-line, Inc. in Wyoming, MI using R. • Developed data from about 1 million observations and 30 variables. • Constructed appropriate ARIMA and simple exponential smoothing models. • Forecasted the demand for glass frames and bases for a 6 month period.
“How Supply and Demand Shocks Affect the U.S. Furniture Industry,” Western Michigan University, 2017. • Analyzed time-series data to understand shocks to the U.S. furniture industry using R. • Constructed a VAR model using Dickey-Fuller tests, model selection criteria, and tests for cointegration. • Interpreted effects with impulse response functions and variance decompositions.
“What Affects the Level of Free Fatty Acid of Young Boys,” Western Michigan University, 2016. • Analyzed cross-sectional data for 41 prepubescent boys using R. • Estimated the model with rank-based estimation using Wilcoxon scores. • Used studentized residual, q-q, and case-wise plots to detect outliers and assess fit. • Determined empirical power of significance tests with Monte-Carlo simulations.
“Causes for Different Life Expectancies across Countries,” Western Michigan University, 2016. • Analyzed panel data for 119 countries and a 7 year period using R. • Considered a fixed effects, random effects, and nonparametric model. • Conducted a Hausman test for model determination and significance tests. • For nonparametric model, assessed significance with effects plots and fit of the model with Kernel density plots.
Economics Teaching Assistant Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI August 2017 - May 2018 • Assisted in teaching Intermediate Macroeconomics (EC 302) and Intermediate Microeconomics (EC 301). • Held regular help room hours and tutored students. • Reviewed and graded exams and homework assignments. Economics Teaching Assistant Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI April 2016 - July 2017 • Assisted in teaching Advanced Price Theory (ECON 6030), Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2010), and Economics for Elementary Education (ECON 1000). • Typed and edited Ph.D. lecture notes for several economics and statistics professors. • Was invited by Joseph W. McKean to co-write a theory of linear models textbook. • Held regular office hours, tutored and advised students, reviewed and proctored exams, and wrote and graded homework assignments.
General Manager The Black Pearl, Ltd., South Haven, MI May 2014 - April 2016 • Was responsible for implementing strategy on behalf of the owner. • Assisted the owner in final decisions on quotes, finances, and policies. • Oversaw all areas of the company including supplies, products, and sales.
Development Intern Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI May 2014 - August 2014 • Worked with the Board of Directors on organizational and funding development. • Collaborated, marketed, and built positive relations with West Michigan businesses. • Planned, organized, and coordinated education programs. • Managed and trained others to use a database of donations and sales.
Sales Representative The Perfect Setting, Inc., South Haven, MI May 2006 - April 2014 • Was a representative for management for meetings, quotes, and supervisions. • Was regularly requested by customers to provide service and consultation. • Trained, assisted with hiring, and resolved conflicts involving employees.
Mathematics Teaching Assistant Lake Michigan College, South Haven, MI September 2011 - May 2012 • Taught algebra to individual and groups of students for the math professor. • Instructed classes on how to use computer software for math projects. • Advised students on course preparations and schedules.
Co-organizer, Jeffrey M. Wooldridge lecture, Western Michigan University, 2017 Archivist, Historical Association of South Haven, 2015 Researcher, Historical Association of South Haven, 2015 • Wrote an industrial site survey report on S. E. Overton Company. Advocate, United Nations Women, 2013 - 2015 • Advocated women's rights through social media, research, and education programs. • Supported the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence" campaign. • Supported the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. • Researched the causes of sexual violence against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. • Gave presentations on how to end violence against women with economic development. Advocate, Futures Without Violence, 2013 - 2015 Organizer, Grand Rapids Public Museum CEO lecture, Grand Valley State University, 2014 Political Analyst, WCKS Whale Radio, Grand Valley State University, 2014 Mentor, Department of History, Grand Valley State University, 2014 Peer Reviewer, Department of History, Grand Valley State University, 2012 - 2014
Awards and Honors
Fellowship, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 2018 Fellowship, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 2017 Elias Harik Award for being the best new graduate student, Department of Economics, Western Michigan University, 2016 Dean’s List, Grand Valley State University, 2015 Carnegie Hall Performance Medal, Carnegie Hall, New York City, 2011 Dean’s List, Lake Michigan College, 2011 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Lake Michigan College, 2011
Society for Economic Measurement, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017 - present American Statistical Association, 2016 - present American Economic Association, 2016 - present Human Development and Capability Association, Harvard University, 2014 - present