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Waylon Walker

I have a background in Mechanical Engineering... A place where many (most) dispise code. For some reason I was always the odd duck that did EVERYTHING in code. I would do my homework in matlab... At test time I would script the solutions on my TI calculator (from scratch nothing brought in separately) rather than typing commands in one at a time so that I could review my work before running it. I would even program my 3d models to be driven by spreadsheets of variants we wanted to try.

Now I work as a Data Scientist for a very heavily mechanical company, my Mechanical background gives me an understanding of our product that others do not have. In part this is because I spent my first 5 years deep on the ME side of the fence.