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Hey there,

I'm Nick

A data scientist, machine learning practitioner, and engineer focused on building a better world.

About Me

My career thus far has focused on building a better world—I have helped restore shattered, contaminated lands and enabled cities to simulataneously reduce their carbon footprint and redirect funds to better serve their citizens.

Before taking a sabbatical to get my Masters in Information and Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley, I worked for five years in environmental and energy services consulting. But I realized that building a better world requires leveraging the scaling effects of technology and data. Small projects are the bedrock of change, but I needed to think bigger.

In December 2020 I completed my graduate work at Berkeley. Now I embark on adventure to find the perfect role for me. A role where I can grow my data science and machine learning skillset, deploy solutions at scale, and most importantly: solve BIG problems.

I spend my spare time outdoors: running, hiking, camping, and otherwise enjoying nature. I read science fiction, far too many news articles, and engross myself in existential philosophy.


May 2019 - Dec 2020

Graduate Student - University of California Berkeley

Completed my graduate work focused on data science and applied machine learning. Received my Masters in Information and Data Science.

Jan 2017 - Aug 2019

GIS Data Analyst II - Tanko Lighting, Inc.

Worked as an analyst to help cities upgrade their infrastructure. Implemented key process improvements across the organization through automation initiatives.

Aug 2014 - Jan 2017

Staff Geologist II - Terraphase Engineering, Inc.

Acted as an in-field liaison for stakeholders and performed field work for dozens of environmental investigation and remediation sites across the Western United States.

Aug 2009 - May 2014

Undergraduate Student - San Jose State University

Received a Bachelors of Science in Geology with Departmental Honors (third ever for the department!). Spent over 3 months cumulatively performing field work while living out of tent.

Oct 1990 - Aug 2009

Just a Kid

Child of the mountains, the forests, the lakes, and the streams. Grew up in a rural area, close to nature and all its beauty. The bedrock of my future.