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by Jack Simpson

In the energy sector, you are not limited by the availability of data, but by your understanding of it.

I believe that the key to unlock the true value of data in the energy sector is to pair the data science skillset with deep domain expertise.

By combining these two capabilities, I am able to act as a bridge capable of meeting experts in both fields at their level.

I have a decade of experience providing data analytics and software development expertise working across academia, industry, and government. I have developed and maintained valuable datasets, quantitative models and analytics software to support decision making in the energy sector. An outline of my project experience is available here.

I am passionate about supporting organisational capability in analytics, which I express by mentoring and overseeing staff on projects, facilitating training workshops, and playing a key role advising on data strategy and analytics standards across the organisations I have been a part of.

I am extremely active in the analytics and energy communities, presenting at meetups, going on podcasts, and writing articles that regularly receive thousands of views.


Experience

2020-Present

Quantitative Analyst
Australian Energy Market Commission
My role at the AEMC is to act as an internal consultant advising and supporting teams throughout the organisation.

My deep domain expertise in the energy sector and data science background enable me translate complex policy questions into answers using data and code. It also makes me more effective when overseeing staff on analytics projects.

On any given week I’ll be jumping between engaging with the policy teams and leadership, training staff, writing software to process billions of rows of data, and developing market models (from scatch or in Plexos).

2017-20

Senior Data Scientist
Port Jackson Partners
My role at the firm was to independently assist partners and teams to solve any data and analytics challenges that they encountered on projects.

I would run the analytics workstream on projects, interfacing with the team, partner, and client.

During my time at PJP I gained extensive experience in multiple industries including energy, government, aged care, travel, property, education, retail, etc.

2014-17

Graduate Researcher
The Australian National University
Developed and tested new software that uses machine learning and computer vision to automate workflows in honeybee research. This new methodology required me to write software to work with massive datasets, and to become an expert in a variety of analytics techniques including image analysis, network analysis, database programming, and machine learning.

2013-14

Researcher
CSIRO
My research documented the genetic and morphological diversity of a parasitic mite representing a significant threat to the honeybee industry.

I also developed a workflow for analysing data from the Human Microbiome Project and developed an interactive visualisation program.

2011-13

Web Developer
Freelance
Undertook an upgrade of a university’s journalism website, converting their video player from Flash to HTML5 and transferred the website across to a new server. I also converted university course content into HTML/CSS mark-up.

Developed JavaScript web applications including interactive store location maps and water pump measurement conversion tools.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Computational Biology)
The Australian National University
Attained Australian Postgraduate Award

Bachelor of Science (Honours)
The Australian National University
Attained First Class Honours

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