MBA, Technology, Analysis, Education
With a range of experiences in financial research, analysis, new product development, education, and book publishing, I pursue challenging opportunities that offer the chance for my work to make an impact.
Product Manager @ GIS Solutions, Inc
EdLocate & School Analyst
EdLocate - Developed, designed and implemented a proprietary methodology and API for providing census-based demographic information targeted to a specific location. The idea was selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Azure Accelerator incubator.
School Analyst - Designed interactive K-12 school reports that integrated custom spatial analysis on educational datasets including state-based standardized test reporting, National Center for Education Statistics Public School and Private School surveys and the U.S. Census School District Finances survey.
Public Sector Consultant @ University of Chicago
Chicago Public Schools & Legal Prep Charter Academies
Chicago Public Schools - Designed a 360° Evaluation program and questionnaire for Capital Renovation Department’s employees and contractors. Researched and diagrammed student transfer processes into and out of Area 30 alternative schools.
Legal Prep Charter Academies - Conducted needs assessment in preparation of school opening on the West Side of Chicago. Emphasized consideration of performance metrics.
High School Mathematics Teacher, Teach for America
Algebra I & II, Basketball Coach, Department Chair, ACT Charter School
Algebra I & II - Developed digital curriculum using Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and a wiki to provide students with access to quality textbooks and learning material. Juniors raised historical ACT performance on math section by 0.9 points.
Freshman & Sophomore Basketball Coach - Significantly enhanced player eligibility through mandatory study halls, teacher communication and valuable partnership with varsity basketball coach.
Department Chair - Emphasized the use of objective-based grading scales to shift student focus from obtaining letter grades to "mastering" the course material. 80% of students achieved at least 80% mastery in second year.
Teach for America - Attended 5 week institute in Los Angeles and received secondary certification in mathematics and computer science through National Louis University partnership program.
MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Chicago Business Fellow, Admissions Committee, Dean's List
As a part of the Chicago Business Fellows program, I pursued a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance and economics and refined "soft-skills" through courses in public speaking and negotiations and sessions which utilized behavioral and pyschological assessments.
As a student, I enjoyed studying under world class faculty such as Amir Sufi whose research on The Great Recession is particularly captivating and Arthur Middlebrooks for whom I served as a TA in his Developing New Products and Services class.
My course of study also included a term at the London School of Economics and Political Science as an exchange student in their international management program and included courses in spatial economic analysis and non-market valuation.
BS, University of Illinois College of Engineering
Computer Science, African American Studies
As a computer science major, I completed coursework in compilers, assembly language, object oriented programming and web development. Languages learned included C, C++, Java, OCaml, PHP and Python. My senior thesis tracked the migration patterns of East St. Louis residents following the 1917 race riots by comparing residents in city directories over time with the aid of natural expression matching and fuzzy logic.
As an African American studies minor, my multi-disciplinary coursework included classes in history, arts and sociology departments. These experiences encouraged me to self-publish a book documenting the experiences of a teenager and his family who lived on the North Side of Champaign.
Dylan Hall provided excellent research assistance, and his thorough reading greatly improved House of Debt.Amir Sufi | University of Chicago Professor of Finance, Co-author of House of Debt
Mr. Hall reported to me in his product development role at GIS Solutions, Inc. in the Chicago office. In those two and half years, Mr. Hall was constantly an outstanding innovator in applying technology to new product development in an economically viable manner. He proved time and time again not only his technical expertise, but in my opinion something much more important. Dylan’s character is beyond reproach and he is one of the most conscientious individuals I have ever been associated with.Ron Skupien | Former supervisor at GIS Solutions, Inc.