Alex Din

Washington, DC Area

I am a data analyst in the Washington, DC area with a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and more than five years of experience processing, analyzing, and presenting data. My career has focused on automating and documenting workflows and geoprocesses, primarily using Python. I have authored and coauthored multiple methods for processing and visualizing data.


Experience

Social Science Analyst Analyst

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Policy Development & Research | Program Monitoring and Research Division

Some tasks that I currently work on . .

  • Perform geospatial analysis for research and ad-hoc requests
  • HUD eGIS ArcGIS Online Administration including the eGIS Open Data Storefront
  • Contracting Officer's Representative 1 - I manage one contract
  • Editor for the Graphic Detail department of Cityscape, HUD's journal for original research for housing and urban development issues
  • Manage the Crosswalk Files
April 2019 - Present

Housing Research and GIS Analyst

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Office of the Secretary | Housing and Economic Research Office

I collected, stored, and utilized data from a variety of internal and external data sources for reporting on DHCD programs and housing & market conditions in Maryland. I responded to ad-hoc information requests, often from the Maryland General Assembly. I migrated data from various databases and spreadsheets into a central Access database system.

Special Projects

  • Assisted mapping Maryland's 149 Opportunity Zones
  • Rural Broadband Asset Mapping and Inventory

Regular Reports

  • Housing Beat
  • Foreclosure Events
  • Foreclosure Hot Spots
January 2018 - April 2019

Adjunct Lecturer

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Taught a one credit seminar course Leveraging Web Data where I introduced students to identifying information and data sources from the internet. I also introduced students to GitHub and bl.ocks.

Fall Semester 2017

GIS Analyst

Dewberry

I worked on a variety of projects and delivered products to several different clients:

  • LiDAR and breakline production for delivery to the United States Geological Survey
  • Assisted analysis and reporting for PaintCare, a nonprofit that places paint collection centers in communities
  • With support from a second team lead, task managed six analysts assessing over 3,000 miles of riverine engineering studies in support of FEMA's Coordinated Needs Management Strategy program
  • Provided QA/QC support to data collected in the field following the 2016 Louisiana Floods
  • On behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Service, I remapped 30 "units" and identified five potential new "units" of the Coastal Barrier Resources System in central Long Island, New York - maps have since been made available online for public comment and review
  • Digitized and updated to new imagery all 21 "units" in Louisiana of the Coastal Barrier Resource System - maps are availble online
  • Processed Letters of Map Amendments (LOMAs) on behalf of FEMA
January 2014 - December 2017

Teaching Assistant

Towson University - Department of Geography and Environmental Planning

I held weekly office hours for students from Dr. Jeremy Tasch's Geography 101 course to come ask questions.

January 2013 - May 2013

Fair Housing Specialist Intern

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

I organized paid volunteers to collect rental information for apartments in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland. Rental information was used for assessment for potential discrimination of protected groups.

January 2012 - June 2012

Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Master of Professional Studies
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
August 2013 - May 2015

Towson University

Bachelor of Science
Geography and Sociology
Metropolitan Studies
August 2010 - May 2013

Montgomery College

Associate of Arts
History
Ethnic Social Studies Certificate
August 2008 - August 2010

Skills

Programming Languages
Tools
  • Python
  • ArcGIS 10.X, ArcPro, and the ESRI suite of desktop tools
  • Basic R language
  • Familiarity with SQL
  • Enough HTML, CSS and JavaScript to customize this Bootstrap template, and configure GitHub to host this website
  • Microsoft Office Package


Awards & Certifications

  • Department of Housing and Community Development: Caught Doing Good - Opportunity Zone Mapping
  • Dewberry: Dewberry At Work - Contribution to August 2016 Louisiana Flooding Response
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers - Certified Floodplain Manager (May 2014 - July 2016)