Beef Genetic Data Analyst Intern at ABS Global, Deforest, Wisconsin (Summer 2019) ABS Global breeds and distributes the genes of the world's best bulls, scientifically selecting livestock to increase the profitability of the customers. My role as an intern included performing statistical analysis to predict and improve fertility of beef bulls. I conducted statistical analysis using Generalized linear mixed models and linear mixed models. I used R and Linux for data manipulation and statistical analysis and Slurm workload manager for cluster management and job scheduling.
Quality Assurance Engineer Intern at a software company, Virtusa (pvt) ltd, Colombo, Sri Lanka -Headquarters: Westborough, MA, USA (2014) My job responsibilities as an intern included testing and validating software, which is developed for London Stock Exchange, London, United Kingdom. During the intern program I had the opportunity to be trained on programming languages such as C++ and Java, testing software and tools, and big data analysis.
(2) Research Experience
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Statistics, Kansas State University (January 2019- Present) The research project included collaborative work with Dr. Trevor Hefley at Department of Statistics and Dr. Alice Boyle at Department of Biology. The project was based on identifying the key climatic drivers of population fluctuations in highly mobile animals in Konza prairie, Kansas using long-term multiple sources of community data. I've used data fusion to jointly model multiple sources of data in a hierarchical model framework to model the species distribution and species abundance. Moreover, I use theory and tools from missing data literature to account for missing data issues in data. Research Assistant, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University (Summer 2017) I worked on a research project optimizing the spatial configuration of new locations for Mesonet environmental monitoring stations in the state of Kansas. Moreover, my responsibilities included vising the soybean fields in Kansas and collecting soil moisture data for modeling, and working in the laboratory processing the soil samples. The research work have been published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and I presented the research work in conferences, Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Marena, Oklahoma In Situ Sensor Testbed (MOISST) conference, and Graduate Research and the State Poster Session, Kansas State University.
(3) Teaching Experience
Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Statistics, Kansas State University, KS, USA (2015-2018) Worked as a teaching assistant for 10 semesters in various statistics courses (Introduction to Statistics, Business and Economic Statistics) with a class capacity of 80 students in each. Conducted lectures and recitation classes in a clear and concise manner with successful teaching evaluations: 90% overall effectiveness as a teacher, 85% increased desire to learn about the subject. Conducted studio room classes, graded exams/projects and provided feedback.
Teaching Assistant in the Department of Statistics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2015) Taught undergraduate courses in Computer science and Statistics (Introduction to Statistics, SAS programming, Statistical analysis using MINITAB, Introduction to JAVA, Introduction to C++) for undergraduate students.
Temporary lecturer in Bio-statistics in Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2015) Taught Introduction to statistics and conducted lab sessions teaching programming in SAS.