I'm Zachary, a degree candidate for Harvard Extension School's Master of Liberal Arts, in the field of Software Engineering. I graduated in 2016 from Carleton University's Bachelor of Information Technology, specializing in interactive multimedia and design. My academic work is primarily in the field Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing in the creation of fluid agent behaviors within digital games. I developed a subsumption based, multi-agent simulation "Valence," extending the work into a draft proposal, entitled "Behavioral Valence - Modeling Cohesive Actions to Augment Human Interaction.”
I have previously contributed to a wide diversity of research projects, enabling the creation of a fully 3D printed prosthetic arm (based on the the open-source InMoov project). I also co-authored the successful development of an interactive simulation model for identifying at risk patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for both internal and external academic use. Additionally, I had the opportunity to contribute to the Theoretical Health Inequality Model (THIM) project at the University of Ottawa, modeling population and demography using Statistics Canada’s Modgen microsimulation tool.
Outside of my academic career, I have worked as a business technology intern at Thomson Reuters, a logistics-flexible fulfillment team member with Target Corporation, and participated in the annual Global Game Jam. I have also volunteered with Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, ensuring community members have access to warm seasonal clothing.