i/o: the psrc data blog



This blog is brought to you by the technical writers of the Data Team at the Puget Sound Regional Council. We love talking about data.

Brice Nichols Brice Nichols. Brice is a travel modeler with an engineering and planning background. He basically builds and plays a real-life version of SimCity every day to solve transportation problems. He enjoys building cool software and walking on/around mountains in the Northwest.
Christy Lam Christy Lam. Christy is a scripter on the Data Science team. She is an R enthusiast and is often found refactoring Shiny apps (or attempting to).Christy has a background in GIS but has turned her focus to automating data wrangling and visualization. When not learning R, she is warming up to Python and learning about front-end development.
Craig Helmann Craig Helmann. Craig is the Director of Data at PSRC and has a background in transportation planning and traffic engineering. He started his career way back in the 1990’s doing traffic signal design and found his way into the wonderful world of travel modeling by chance almost 17 years ago. Craig is a graduate of the University of Washington and loves solving puzzles which makes his job a lot more fun.
Polina Butrina Polina Butrina.
Stefan Coe Stefan Coe. Stefan is a Senior GIS Analyst / Travel Modeler at PSRC. He works on all aspects of travel model software development as well as data integration between models. Prior to PSRC, he spent several years working at the University of Washington’s Urban Ecology Research Lab where he used GIS and remote sensing to support ecological modeling and research. He holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Suzanne Childress Suzanne Childress. Suzanne is a Principal Data Scientist at PSRC and has a passion for understanding human behavior with statistics. She loves to take deep dives in medium-sized data and survey results in order to tease out the hidden relationships. She also loves helping people learn new techniques and getting lost in code for hours on end.

Previous Contributors

Billy Charlton Billy Charlton. Billy is the Director of Data at PSRC. He's been doing travel forecasting since the '90s, and he dabbles in software development just enough to be dangerous. Billy has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering, and feels weird talking about himself in the third person. Hi!
Rebeccah Maskin Rebeccah Maskin. Beccah stands at the intersection of policy and analysis as a planner in PSRC’s Data Group. She deals with all manners of "land use," from forecasting future people to amassing zoning shapefiles. She also staffs the Regional Food Policy Council and hopes to further the melding of art and data.