Data Scientist; Environmental Risk Analyst
Mona Khaleghy Rad BSc, MSc, PhD
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Summary of Qualifications
• Hands on experience in data science tools as part of the data science specialization and experience with statistical tools, such as Excel, R, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Shiny, Rpub, and Github
• Extended experience in data analysis and risk assessment of natural disasters by getting and cleaning data from various data sources.
• Contributed to innovation in the global disaster risk approach by using mixed-methods for characterizing vulnerability and resilience to natural hazards
• Initiated an inter-diciplinary research among topics of natural hazards, geography, civil engineering, GIS, spatial analysis, and statistics (R).
• Collaborated in data analysis and statistical modelling of the earthquake fatalities in the Middle East, using socioeconomic factors as vulnerability estimates.
Researcher, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, 09/2007-10/2014
• Proposed new perspectives of global risk assessment for natural hazards using reliable data sources for integrating practices in various disciplines based on investigation of common grounds and misunderstandings.
• Analyzed the magnitude and frequency of geological disasters since 1600 by getting and cleaning the data from various databases and innovating a new unified energy-based magnitude for comparison among different disasters.
• Estimated the fatalities occurred in Haiti 2010 earthquake using gridded high resolution satellite imagery provided by GeoEye-1 in ArcGIS and calculated the associated gridded socioeconomic-related resistance using a risk-based approach.
• Examined the global resistance towards earthquake disasters using R for statistical analyses of earthquake hazard in the region, exposed population at the time of events, and records of disaster casualties in the past disasters.
Visiting Researcher, International Centre for Geohazards, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway, 01/2009-06/2009
• Unified the risk assessment methods for natural hazards practiced in 32 European countries based on the fatality-frequency curves.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, 01/2008-06/2012
• Contributed in teaching the Disasters and Natural Hazards course by helping students in their disaster projects, evaluating their reports, and marking their exams.
• Taught the tips of the Introductory Geology course in the associated laboratory
Data Science specialization courses provided by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera:
The Data Scientist’s Toolbox R Programming Getting and Cleaning Data
Exploratory Data Analysis Reproducible Research Statistical Inference
Regression Models Practical Machine Learning Developing Data Products
Data Science Capstone
Python Data Structure, Data Manipulation at Scale, and Introduction to Big Data courses on Coursera (specializations are in process)
Organizational & Human Development at the leadership program workshop/UWaterloo
Instructional Skills Workshop at the Center for Teaching Excellence/UWaterloo
Co-Chair, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 12/2011
• Collaborated in chairing the sub-session of Characterizing Risk and Extent of Major Disasters Caused by Geohazards under the Natural Hazards session
Organizer, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, 06/2010-12/2010
• Initiated, fund-raised, and organized a 3-day conference on “Characteristics, Risk and Management of Natural Hazards (ChaRisMa)”
Coordinator, Earth Science Graduate Association, University of Waterloo
• Organized the social activities and games for the day of earth, Logan Day 2010
Representative, Graduate Student Association, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, 06/2010-06/2012
• Participated as an active science representative at in meetings of the board of directors of the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund for special projects run by students
PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (October 2014).
Thesis: Global Risk Assessment of Natural Disasters: new perspectives
⁃ Conducted spatial analysis of the earthquake fatalities in the Middle East since 1970 using R statistical software and Dasymetric mapping in ArcGIS.
⁃ Engineering Risk and Reliability, Civil Engineering/UWaterloo
⁃ Spatial Statistics, Geography/UWaterloo
⁃ Environmental Hazard and Risk Analysis, Geosciences/University of Oslo
⁃ Advanced Topics in GeoHazard Research, Geosciences/University of Oslo
⁃ Landslide risk assessment and mitigation, LARAM summer school/Ravello-Scala/Italy
⁃ Advanced Engineering Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences/UWaterloo
M.Sc. in Astronomy, Western University, Ontario, Canada (June 2007).
B.Sc. Physics, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (June 2004).
I have a PhD degree on global risk assessment of natural disasters from University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to my PhD, I finished my undergraduate in physics in Iran, then pursued my M.Sc. degree in planetary science in Canada. After my PhD, I completed nine courses of the data science specialization on Coursera with distinction: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, Exploratory Data Analysis, Reproducible Research, Statistical Inference, Regression Models, Practical Machine Learning, and Developing Data Products. I am also learning more on Python in the Python for everybody specialization provided by University of Michigan, and on big data, SQL and machine learning in the data science at scale specialization by University of Washington.
I have been a Researcher at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada since 2007. During this job, I Proposed new perspectives of global risk assessment for natural hazards based on investigation of common grounds and misunderstandings in various disciplines. In another project, I analyzed the magnitude and frequency of geological disasters by innovating a new unified energy-based magnitude for comparison among different disasters. Also, I estimated the fatalities occurred in Haiti 2010 earthquake using gridded high resolution satellite imagery in ArcGIS using a risk-based approach. Moreover, I examined the global resistance towards earthquake disasters using R for statistical analyses of earthquake hazard in the region, exposed population at the time of events, and records of disaster casualties in the past disasters.
I was a conference organizer at the University of Waterloo in 2010. I Initiated and fund-raised for the first 3-day conference on “Characteristics, Risk and Management of Natural Hazards (ChaRisMa)”. Further, I gathered interested students in an organizing committee by sending mass-emails to the relevant departments. Then, I requested for financial contribution from departments and intellectual contribution from professors by giving lectures and advertising among their students. Moreover, I invited three well-known keynote speakers from Harvard University, Risk Management Solutions, and University of Toronto. Finally, we managed the abstracts of lectures received from students and professors, and provided a timetable of each day including refreshments and lunch for the audience.
In 2009, I was a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Geohazards in the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway. There, I Unified the risk assessment methods for natural hazards practiced in 32 European countries based on the fatality-frequency curves.
- English (professional), French (ok)