I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. After taking one required computer science class, I quickly made computer science my area of specialization along with mathematics. As a technical writer and editor of user manuals for both the software and electrical engineering industries, my experience includes writing and editing quality, usable, and technically accurate documentation using communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and fact-checking. Engaging in these tasks required collaboration with development teams to understand and communicate technical concepts to the target audience.
In addition to designing websites, I also explored other types of professional writing. After taking a persuasive writing class at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, I volunteered to create brochures, business cards, posters, correspondence, and feature articles for a nonprofit organization.
In 2012, I earned a PA State Teaching Certificate in 7-12 Mathematics from Robert Morris University. Throughout my life and college years, I have found it intellectually rewarding to challenge myself and expand my understanding of high-level mathematics. A certificate in mathematics education would also enable me to teach computer science in high school. These are subjects that I am passionate about learning and teaching. I find it fulfilling to help students explore the larger ideas behind the routine steps and procedures. My goal in obtaining a teaching certificate was to explore teaching high school and to acquire teaching skills that were transferable to the college setting.
In 2015, I earned my Master of Science degree in Computational Mathematics from Duquesne University. This program formalized and expanded my computer science training to include database management systems with SQL, server-side programming with JSP, software engineering with Java, and business intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server, specifically SSIS, SSAS, DQS. My software engineering team developed a Java application, Dictation Tutor. This program engaged prospective United States citizens in practice exercises and simulation tests to help them prepare for the written citizenship exam. My role on the project was to develop the user interface using Netbeans and Java Swing.
In addition to courses in computer science, the CPMA program included courses in statistics and probability, subjects that were not interests of mine prior to the program. I discovered a strong interest in these areas through the core curriculum, which included courses in applied probability, statistical inference, linear models, and experimental design. I finished my degree with a solid foundation in data science- and statistics-related courses. I continue to refine and extend my statistical knowledge as an Adjunct Professor of Business Statistics in Duquesne’s School of Business.