About Ryan

I am a data analyst with two years’ experience manipulating, analyzing, and reporting on data. I am currently employed by The Wonderful Company where I am part of the Ops team for the company’s Education arm. The mission of Wonderful Education is to increase educational attainment in California’s Central Valley.

My role within our organization is to handle a variety of data management and manipulation tasks in order to facilitate data analyses related to student and educator performance. As our organization adopts Salesforce as its data management platform, my role is evolving to include Salesforce Administration and Development. My day-to-day work relies heavily on Python, relational database theory, and a growing understanding of the Salesforce platform.

Prior to my career transition into working with data, I worked as a mechanical engineer for four years. In 2016 I returned to school to obtain my MBA. In business school I gained a new appreciation of what data abundance means for society and how it is transforming business. Impressed with the opportunities created by the “big data” and “data science” phenomena, I pursued specialized technical training in the area and discovered a passion for the subject. I ultimately began working with data full-time in June of 2017. An engineer at heart, I was and am particularly drawn to the more math- and computation-intensive aspects of working with data. In particular, I am fascinated by machine learning techniques.

While I am still enamored of the promise of machine learning, I have come to appreciate that a lot of the challenge of discovering insights in data actually occurs well before any advanced techniques are applied. The data must be captured, cleansed, and stored in a manner that facilitates subsequent analyses. Stated briefly, I realized proper data management is a prerequesite of machine learning and other advanced analytics.

This revelation led me to an appreciation of CRMs and other PaaS platforms as a logical next step for organizations who have outgrown their existing methods for managing data. It also resulted in a realignment of my professional goals. Near-term, I am working to become a Salesforce-certified Developer. Long-term, I intend to become broadly proficient leveraging CRM and other PaaS platforms to solve data-related problems for organizations.


Curriculum Vitae

              

Certification

Education

  • MBA (2018)
    Summa Cum Laude
    Voted the MBA program’s 2018 “Outstanding Graduate” by business school faculty
    Cal State University Bakersfield

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering (2013)
    Computer Science minor, Mechatronics concentration
    Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Work Experience

  • Data Analyst (2018 - Present)
    The Wonderful Company
    Quick-turnaround analysis and reporting on semi-structured data using Python and Tableau since September, 2018.
    Salesforce Administration and data management responsibilities since October, 2020.

  • Design Engineer (2015 - 2017)
    Western Power Products

  • Product Development Engineer (2013 - 2015)
    ITT Aerospace Controls

  • Mechanical Design Intern (2012)
    ITT Aerospace Controls

  • Engineering Co-op (2011)
    Parker Fluid Systems Division

Other Coursework