Name: Peter M. Landwehr
Title: Computer Scientist
When did you join Giant Oak: 2014
What are you working on: I'm responsible for combining data from a number of sources to design and implement tools for solving urgent problems.
Tell me something about the work you do: I do a large amount of data analysis and a moderate amount of algorithm design and software engineering. While many programming languages are great, Python is my current best friend.
Why did you come to Giant Oak: When I visited GO, everyone was passionate about the utopian potential for big data to solve real-world crises. The leadership was invested in the employees, and the employees were invested in the work. I found that energy and spirit impossible to resist.
What do you do when you aren't at work: I eat media of all sorts, so probably near a computer. If I'm not there, it's a good bet that I'm rambling around the city or browsing in a library.
Prior work experience: Before joining up, I was doing research at Carnegie Mellon University on networks, how video games can be applied to the social sciences, and how Twitter can be used in disaster. I took one summer off to participate in the Data Science for Social Good fellowship, where I worked on increasing health insurance enrollment. Before that, I worked at Lumity, a not-for-profit that provides tech consulting for other not-for-profits in the Chicago area.
Education: I am working towards my Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and my A.B. from Princeton University in Computer Science.