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Research Interests

Agent Based Models, Emulation of HighDimensional Computer Output, Causal Inference, Risk Analysis, Network Modeling, Decision Theory

Education

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina Ph. D, Statistical Science, May 2014
 Advisor: David Banks
 Research Area: Statistical inference using Agent Based Models
M.S., Statistical Science, May 2013 St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
M.A., Mathematics, May 2010
 Specialization: Ring Theory
 Advisor: Ashish K. Srivastava
 Completed with distinction
 Earned Certificate in University Teaching Skills
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
B.S., Mathematics, May 2008
 Cum Laude
 National Merit Scholar
 National Achievement Scholar

Employment  USAA, San Antonio, TX Quantitative Risk Analyst, May 2014Present  Research Experience
 RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Visiting Scientist with Dr. Georgiy Bobashev, January 2013Present
 Assisted in development of agentbased models for simulation of illicit drug markets. Developed procedure for model simplification.
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina Research Assistant under Dr. David Banks, August 2012December 2012  Analyzed social network for a highrisk community in India. Developed approaches for identification of attributes of network members and determine latent structure.

Teaching
Experience 
Durham Technical Community College, Durham, North Carolina August 2010Present
 Instructor  MAT 070: Introductory Algebra, Spring 2013
 Instructor  MAT 050: Basic Mathematics, Summer 2012
 Instructor  MAT 060: Essential Mathematics, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
 CoInstructor  Math Emporium: Gateway to College, Spring 2012
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
August 2010Present
 Assistant  STA 213: Statistical Methods, Fall 2011
 Assistant  STA 10: Basic Statistics and Qualitative Literacy, Fall 2011
 Instructor  STA 10: Basic Statistics and Qualitative Literacy, Summer 2011
 Assistant  STA 103: Statistical Inference, Fall 2010
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
January 2009May 2010
 Instructor  MAT 120: College Algebra, Spring 2010
 Instructor  MAT 122: Finite Mathematics, Fall 2009

Publications   Heard, D, Bobashev, GV and Morris, RJ. (2014), 'Reducing the Complexity of an AgentBased Local Heroin Market Model,' PLoS ONE, 9(7):
e102263.
 Kapur, A, Schneider, JA,Heard, D, Mukherjee, S, Schumm, P, Oruganti, G and Laumann, EO. (2014), 'A digital network approach to infer behavior in emerging HIV epidemics,' PLoS ONE, 9(7): e101416.
 Heard, D, Dent, G, Schifeling, T and Banks, D. 'AgentBased Models and Microsimulation,' Annual Review of Statistics and Its Applications, to appear.
 Presentations   "Network Analysis Techniques for a Hardtoreach Population"
 Duke Network Analysis Center
 November 2013, Durham, North Carolina
 "Bayesian Network Analysis: HIV Risk in Southern Indian Community"
 10th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics
 October 2013, Chicago, Illinois
 "Predicting Heisman Trophy Voting: A Bayesian Analysis"
 2013 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports
 September 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts
 "Bayesian Network Analysis: HIV Spread in Indian Community"
 2013 Joint Statistics Meetings
 August 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 Consulting Experience  Datu Research, Durham, North Carolina Statistical Consultant, Fall 2013
 Performed statistical analysis on data related to international financial establishments.
Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, L.L.P., Durham, North Carolina Statistical Consultant, Spring 2012  Performed statistical analysis to assess bias in corporate programs.

Awards and Honors

Student Travel Award for International Conference of Health Policy Statistics American Statistical Association, October 2013
Student Travel Award Duke University Graduate School, August 2013
Dean's Graduate Fellowship
Duke University Graduate School, August 2010
James P. Brawley Scholarship Boulé Foundation, August 2004

Technical Skills 
Programming: MATLAB, C++, Java, R
Statistical Software: MATLAB, R, SPlus
Applications: LaTeX , Microsoft Office Suite 
Memberships 
American Statistical Association International Society for Bayesian Analysis
Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society
American Mathematical Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
Order of Omega Greek Honor Society 

