about

Graduate Student. Researcher. Educator. Programmer. Designer. Bruin.

Education

Professional Summary

I’m a well-rounded, technically-skilled graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, public speaker, and software developer with over 11 years of programming, design, and full-stack development experience, in over 10 programming languages.

Programming Languages

C++ Python Java R MATLAB HTML CSS JavaScript PHP SQL

Technical Skills and Tools

Machine Learning Deep Learning LaTeX Markdown Jekyll MySQL Jupyter Bash Wordpress Xcode VSCode Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Microsoft Excel macOS Windows Linux

Contact Me

Email me at shawnschwartz@ucla.edu to get in touch.

Twitter @shawnschwartz_

Don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always open to hearing about new ideas, opportunities, and ways to get involved in projects.

Biographical Sketch

My general research interests are centered around designing deep learning algorithms and machine learning applications to solve problems related to big data in the scope of comparative macroevolutionary biology. I am also interested in studying differences and deficits for visuospatial memory and misinformation effects in younger adults. I am passionate about engaging with and developing innovative, novel technologies, and have been actively involved with the development of innovative medical software and educational technologies to enhance both the 21st century hospital and classroom experiences.

I’m very passionate about giving back to the community through volunteer outreach and social justice advocacy. Having spent over 1,300 hours of volunteered time in the hospital and clinical settings, I value the importance of meaningful, personal-interactions as well as spending time with my family, friends, and colleagues.

I have held numerous technical leadership positions, such as being the lead student web developer for Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) for over 3 years, where I wrote thousands of lines of code designing and building new software tools for UCLA students and faculty. I have also written custom software for UCLA Health, and helped develop software for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA that allows students to interactively visualize 3D molecules in a large lecture setting (https://qrchem.net).

In 2014, I co-founded an organization, Back Off Bully, that promotes anti-bullying awareness through school assemblies and conferences along with the not-for-profit sales of bracelets in which the proceeds go directly to Nancy Cartwright’s (the voice of Bart Simpson) Happy House Foundation.