Projects

The following are different projects I am or have been involved with:

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Project Plus One – Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
www.projectplusone.orgMarch 2011 to Present

Project Plus One (PP1) is a non-profit organization passionately supporting health care systems in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste. As Timor-Leste is still rebuilding itself following a devastating invasion and genocide in the 1980s-1990s, health care is not easily accessible or affordable to many Timorese people. Project Plus One is working with the Bairo Pite Hospital in Dili, Timor-Leste to make available more resources, tools, and staffing to support the hospital. As Executive Director, I lead the team to accomplish our mission and I also search externally for new friends and partners to support our efforts. Project Plus One received 501(c)3 non-profit status in the summer of 2012 and has since been awarded over $23,000 in grants to support our work. Our main initiative right now is called the Doorstep Treatment Support program and together with our partners, the Millennium Campus Network, the British Medical Society, and the Bairo Pite Hospital, we are aiming to bring tuberculosis medication and disease education to over 125 patient households across Timor-Leste a month for several years to come. You can learn more about this program through our web site here. I’ve written more extensively about my experience and lessons learned with Project Plus One for an article in Everyday Ambassador.

Media:
– “Does your social impact depend more on Qualifications or Commitment? A Lesson from Timor-Leste”, Everyday Ambassador
– “Undergraduate Finds Passion in Health Care and Health Technology“, Northeastern CCIS December Newsletter
– “Student NGO promotes health care as human right: Taking lessons from the classroom to the front lines“, BrandeisNOW
Award Speech, Winning the DoSomething.org Speed Pitch Contest
– “A clinical cause: Students created Project Plus One to aid a clinic in East Timor“, The Justice

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Software Developer
www.brighamandwomens.org – July 2012 – Present

Developed a data-driven web application for the Hospitalist Service of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that supports a new incentive plan measuring the productivity of over one hundred doctors within the group. The goal of this project was to increase transparency of quantifiable billing codes and encounters for doctors as a surrogate measure of productivity. The application collects and stores large amounts of data regarding doctor-patient interactions, provides versatile department reports and metrics through an online portal, and supplies the administrators indicators for improvement in line with our incentive plan’s goals. The application was built using PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, CSS, and HTML and is in use today, having a significant impact on the fiscal budget of the department. Since its implementation in late 2012, the RVU Tracker has influenced a $2,000,000 increase in department productivity and revenue.

Media:
– “How New Technology Will Improve Hospital Efficiency“, News At Northeastern
– “Undergraduate Finds Passion in Health Care and Health Technology“, Northeastern CCIS December Newsletter

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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University – Software Developer Co-op
www.broadinstitute.orgJuly 2013 – December 2013

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University is a biomedical and genomic research center based in Kendall Square founded by Dr. Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project that has revolutionized medicine. As a software developer for the Metabolite Profiling Platform, I built a data visualization tool named MetDEA (“Metabolite Data Exploration and Analysis”) that allows biochemists and computational biologists to explore and understand significant information from large data sets. The Metabolite Profiling Platform, led by Dr. Clary Clish, an expert in metabolite profiling and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, conducts systematic studies of metabolites. Metabolites are the unique chemical fingerprints resulting from normal and pathological cellular processes and are promising biomarkers for disease and clues to possible genetic or drug alterations that can save lives. The tool I built uses Python, R, and D3.js to run statistical analyses on data sets and then generate clean and interactive data visualizations. The goal of this tool is to allow researchers to quickly analyze hundreds of metabolite sequences, providing an all-in-one tool that can normalize data, conduct statistical modules, interactively visualize and filter information in a variety of formats like heatmaps or treemaps, and output graphs into formats useful for publishing scientific papers.

Media:
– “Undergraduate Finds Passion in Health Care and Health Technology“, Northeastern CCIS December Newsletter

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Millennium Campus Conference – Director
www.mcnpartners.org – December 2011 to September 2012

The Millennium Campus Conference is one of the largest global summits for college students interested in combating global poverty. Put together by the Millennium Campus Network, an organization that strives to link together student groups working in this space, the conference brings together world leaders from government, the non-profit sector, and business to share with students the in’s and out’s of development and the latest status on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. I had the honor of directing the 2012 conference at Northeastern University, where over 1,200 students attended from all over the world and where keynote speakers included 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Partners In Health founder Dr. Paul Farmer, and Special Envoy to the U.N. Secretary General, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. Putting this event together involved over nine months of planning, raising over $40,000 for various expenses and contracts, and designing an agenda and curriculum that would empower students to be effective and knowledgeable members in the fight against poverty. I was especially motivated to bring this event to Northeastern University because it was at the previous year’s conference at Harvard University where I learned so much and developed a great network of friends that helped co-found Project Plus One, an organization working to support health care systems in Timor-Leste, which I am still a member of today. You can view the conference booklet here that was designed by team members Laura Mueller-Soppart and Brian Kimmey.

Media:
– “Global challenges take center stage at Millennium Campus Conference“, News At Northeastern
– “Back to school at the Millennium Campus Conference“, Oxfam America
– “Millenium Campus Conference: Making Brandeisians proud“, Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies at Brandeis University
– “Millennium Campus Conference coming to Northeastern“, Huntington News
Conference Booklet

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Office of the President & Northeastern Events – Presidential Ambassador
www.northeastern.edu/events/presidential_ambassadorsJune 2013 to May 2014

Taken from the website: “Founded in 2013, the Northeastern University Presidential Ambassador Corps represents the Office of the President at designated events and related University advancement activities. Members of this group are highly-skilled and experienced student leaders. Through planned interactions with University consitutents, Presidential Ambassadors advance public understanding of the University and our students’ role in its growth and success. By sharing the story of their unique Northeastern University experiences, Presidential Ambassadors validate the philanthropic contributions of donors, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and the student body. A distinguished and one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity for NU students, the Presidential Ambassadors Corps offers its members a chance to network with important University constituents and enhance their public relations, event planning and professional etiquette skills while engaging in service to the NU community.”

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Phi Delta Theta: Massachusetts EpsilonFormer President, Vice-President, Founding Father
Spring 2011 to May 2014

As a Founding Father of a new fraternity on campus belonging to a greater national organization, I have served various positions over the past semesters including Risk Management Chairman, Vice-President, and President. As Vice-President, I led the completion of our first ever bylaws and the formation of an effective organizational structure that are both still in place today. As President, I oversaw the continued growth of our membership past 45 members and led our chapter to win several Northeastern Fraternity and Sorority Life awards including winning Greek Week 2012, the Bronze Award for excellence in various different levels of work (including community service, leadership, and accountability), and the Scholarship Distinction Award for having one of the highest average chapter GPAs in the Greek community at Northeastern.

Media:
– “Phi Delta Theta Installs Massachusetts Epsilon Chapter at Northeastern University” – Phi Delta Theta