Technical computing

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Overlap of math and computer science

My career has been a mixture of mathematics and computing. I started out as a math professor, then for several years I was a software developer and software project manager. Later I brought these together, working in mathematical computing.

I’ve used maybe a dozen programming languages professionally. When I was a full-time developer I mostly wrote C++. These days I mostly write Python and occasionally C# or R. When these aren’t fast enough, I write C++.

I add the most value to projects that require a mix of math and computing. On large projects I can help the software developers and math/stat people communicate, making sure that nothing is lost in translation between the two groups.

Areas of application

Here are some areas of computation where I have experience and may be able to help your company.


Marc Adams“John helped us with a wealth of statistical programming knowledge, plus a great understanding of what constitutes good statistical practices. This helped our company’s project with NIH.” — Marc Abrams, CTO, Harmonia


Trusted consultant to some of the world’s leading companies

Amazon, Facebook, Google, US Army Corp of Engineers, Amgen, Microsoft, Hitachi Data Systems