Dylan Hall

Dylan Hall

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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.

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Systems Manager @ McMaster-Carr

Elmhurst, IL

Implemented Neo4j's graph database technology to learn from customer behavior and drive analysis for publishing decisions on industrial retailer website offering over 550,000 products.


Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer @ Classwork.co

Chicago, IL

Developed the server-side architecture for an iPad app that enables teachers to see student work real-time and participated in the Imagine K12 education technology accelerator.


Research Assistant @ University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Proofread and conducted research for Amir Sufi and Atif Mian's first book House of Debt that investigates the role of household debt on The Great Recession.

2010 - 2012

Product Manager @ GIS Solutions, Inc

Chicago, IL

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.

2011 - 2012

Public Sector Consultant @ University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

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.

2008 - 2010

High School Mathematics Teacher, Teach for America

Chicago, IL

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.

Fall 2005

Software Engineering Intern, The Boeing Company

St. Louis, MO


Created Excel workbook that utilized VBA scripting to track on-board software performance for J-UCAS X45C unmanned fighter jet as part of $900 million DARPA project.


2010 - 2013

MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chicago, IL

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.

2004 - 2008

BS, University of Illinois College of Engineering

Urbana, IL

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.



Programming Languages
Python javascript Node.js jQuery HTML Java C++ C C# OCaml
R Statistic Microsoft Office Adobe Premiere Adobe Photoshop QGIS
Amazon Web Services Windows Azure API REST


New Product Development
Market Analysis Opportunity Identification Product Specification Product Management


Fannie Mae Mortgage Portfolio Census Demographics School District Finances NCES School Survey State Standardized Tests


Lesson Planning Curriculum Mapping Algebra 1 Algebra 2


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.


This Life Ain't Gravy

A memoir about a teenager growing up on the North Side of Champaign.

Watoto wa Mitaani

A documentary about street children in Tanzania.

Algebra Curriculum

A digital algebra curriculum.

Illinois School District Analysis

A paper that employs spatial econometric techniques to analyze Illinois school district ACT performance.