About Me

Travis Simcox

   

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

QA Analyst/Developer; Rainmaker Group DBA as Rent Jungle LLC

08/2014 – 01/2017 in Pittsburgh, PA

• Detected and resolved quality problems in software, achieving increases in data accuracy data for multiple projects and clients

• Improved the production process of written reports, increasing client confidence in upcoming action plans

• Leveraged Python and SQL to reduce the detection times and resolution times of unexpected challenges

• Maintained data analysis processes running in Amazon EC2 to increase both quantity and accuracy of incoming data

• Tested websites and apps for bugs and vulnerabilities

Graduate Student Researcher; University of Pittsburgh

08/2010 – 01/2014 in Pittsburgh, PA

• Conducted power analyses, mixed model statistical analyses, signal analysis, predictive models, and highly-dimensional factor analysis in statistical suites such as R and SPSS. Results published in academic journals and at conferences.

• Validated quality of research data collected online and accuracy of custom software, as well as security of servers

• Maintained dialog with the ethics board, ensuring our team followed HIPAA and best practices.

• Developed and deployed research applications in Visual Basic, C#, E-Prime, ActionScript, Javascript, R, MATLAB parallel-computing configurations, and CentOS-based LAMP-stack servers running Amazon Web Services. Amazon Web Services included the Amazon EC2 Cloud, Amazon S3, and Amazon Mechanical Turk.

• Taught Research Methods classes instructing in the latest methods of cognitive science research

Graduate Student Researcher, New Mexico Highlands University

08/2008 – 08/2010 in Las Vegas, NM

• Developed pupil-tracking hardware and software in MATLAB and C# for assessing attention, in which data analysis code ran in parallel on a private cloud.

• Taught classes including brain dissection labs, in order to teach students how to recognize the components the the mammalian brain.

• Designed and coded novel research lab experiments with custom hardware, resulting in a successful thesis

• Developed and built a microcontroller device to determine the moment at which a word begins to be pronounced. The cost for the device totalled $30. The device was smaller, preferred by users, and auto-calibrated on startup, in contrast to typical $300-$400 commercial hardware.

Milieu Counselor, Desert Hills (ACADIA Healthcare)

08/2007 – 07/2008 in Albuquerque, NM

• Filed and maintained medical records

• Maintain safe environment for patients

EDUCATION

University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University joint graduate program: The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

08/2010 – 01/2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Pursued PhD, did not obtain a degree.

Studied Cognitive Psychology with concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience.

New Mexico Highlands University

08/2008 – 12/2010 in Las Vegas, NM.

Earned Master’s of Science with a Major in Psychology.

Courses included pharmacology, statistical methods, psychology

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

08/2002 – 08/2007 in Socorro, NM.

Completed Bachelor's of Science with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology

SKILLS

• Data analysis and QA testing using R, SAS, SPSS, MATLAB, Excel, Minitab and other tools

• Client-side coding in ActionScript, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

• Validation and administration of assessments

• International collection and management of confidential data

• Application coding in C, C#, PHP, MATLAB, Python

• LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack development and admin

• Amazon Web Services: Mechanical Turk, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3

QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Published in the journal "Behavior Research Methods" on 01/03/2014:

“Collecting response times using Amazon Mechanical Turk and Adobe Flash”

Authors: Travis Simcox, Julie Fiez

Published in “International Journal of Bilingualism/SAGE” on 01/12/2012

“Does the language in which aversive stimuli are presented affect their processing?'

Authors: Travis Simcox, Maura Pilotti, Salif Mahamane, Eric Romero

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES

Full Member: Association for Computing Machinery Member

Apple Certified Associate – Mac Management 10.9 issued by Apple Computer, License APPL174823

Full Member: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Honor Society