Technology Generalist, Data Enthusiast
Greetings from a Technology Generalist and Data Enthusiast!
As is discoverable from my LinkedIn account (https://www.linkedin.com/in/austinjalexander), I have a diverse background, including education and experiences in the humanities, non-profits, and higher education. More recently, while spending a few years studying computer science and math, I've had the privilege to use a number of different technologies to many different ends. Currently, I'm a fan of data wrangling and machine learning using Python, and I think Ruby on Rails is the way to go for web development from scratch. Whenever I can, I try to expand my knowledge, particularly regarding mathematical concepts and, more recently, tools for developing mobile applications. If there's any time left, I think I'd really enjoy spending time with Scala or Julia. Theano seems interesting too...
While I'm not a fanatical expert of any one technology, I'm a fan of many, and I hope to learn at least as many more. I'm happy being a generalist for many reasons, some of which are: 1) I get to play with so many neat tools, 2) given the rate of technological change and innovation, I'm able to be very flexible to current needs without depending too much on a particular technology stack, and 3) while I may not be a specialist for a given language, framework, or platform, I'm excited as heck and adept at learning new technologies quickly.
Regarding my rate, I would actually be able to charge less if it weren't for the cost of using Upwork. Thus, if we end up being a good fit together, we might be able to renegotiate in the future.
Obviously, it would be my pleasure to discuss my qualifications further over the telephone, via web interfaces, or in person.
Thank you for your time!