Rob is a Data Science masters candidate at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor's degree in Russian Literature from Amherst College and worked as a reporter, editor, digital manager and other roles in journalism for 15 years before changing careers. He currently works for a human services agency as a data and quality specialist. His research interests stem from his experience reporting on disasters and complex regulatory issues, and include disaster resilience, the intersection of GIS with politics and land use, and the creation of geographic communities. Outside of work and school he enjoys outdoor sports, travel, Everton football and spending time with his wife and three children.