Currently, I am an ORISE Intelligence Community Postdoc Fellow supporting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. I was recently co-located with the faculty of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences at George Mason University and am now a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University’s Massive Data Institute in the McCourt School of Public Policy .
I earned my doctorate in Computational Social Science from George Mason University with a dissertation on economic policy and population-scale data analysis of Internal Revenue Service records. I studied the population of U.S. firms from a mathematical perspective, inspired from the study of vertebrate biological communities or biological societies in general – survival analysis mainly.
I was accepted to university at age 15 and I earned my undergraduate degree in Engineering: Physics at age 19. I have roughly 15 years of professional and academic experience in diverse domains if you count from my graduation date to 2021. Academia is my third career in a way.
In 2015, I was selected for a U.S. State Department-funded assignment with the NATO STRATCOM Centre of Excellence where I conducted large scale analysis of social media data and provided policy recommendations in the fight against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Much of my policy recommendations were implemented globally. Since then, I have been a formal or informal advisor to various organizations on Information and Social Media Warfare–a term closely associated with my 2015 NATO report.
I’ve been privileged to receive my formal training with many world-renowned leaders in Social Network Analysis, Network Science, Complex Systems, and Agent-based Modeling. Exposure to great ideas through them has really helped shape my natural intellectual instinct and helped create a unique and independent research platform.
Towards informing the public, I’ve made appearances on CNN HLN, FOX NEWS, NBC News, Entrepreneur Magazine and I’ve been invited to participate in the 2021 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Heidelberg, Germany) where I will collaborate with fellow scholars of the mathematical and computer sciences as well as Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Turing Award, and Nevanlinna prize winners.