Donald K. Wedding, P.E., Ph.D.
10371 Andover Dr.
Twinsburg, OH 44087
(330) 405-0922


SUMMARY

Data Mining

Ten years experience in Data Mining and Mathematical Modeling. Experienced in wide range of applications including Customer Relationship Management (CRM) modeling and risk modeling. Strong background in modeling methods including statistics, neural networks, decision trees, clustering, text mining, and web mining. Also experienced in numerous modeling tools including SAS, SAS Enterprise Miner, SPSS/Clementine, S+/Insightful Miner, and WEKA. Masters and Doctoral degrees in Engineering with specialization in data mining methodologies. Also earned MBA with specialization in marketing and finance. Currently working towards additional Masters degree in Data Mining with expected graduation date in 2008. Completed certificate from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 2004.


Software Engineering

Seven years designing and coding object oriented software applications. Experienced Java programmer. Earned Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) and Developer (SCJD) certifications. Knowledgeable in Web Page development including HTML and Java Scripts. Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with all technical electives in software engineering.




EXPERIENCE

2005 - Present Product Manager of Research and Development
Progressive Insurance; Mayfield, Ohio

Product Manager and Senior Analyst for Research and Development Group. Accomplishments included:

  • Devised a method using Self Organizing Maps (SOM) clustering method to infer driving conditions and road types from driving data recorded by onboard TripSense computer chip. Method resulted in the filing of a patent. Utilized SOM Clusters and other driving data to successfully assess driving risk from TripSense data.
  • Improved upon current Geo-Smoothing modeling to rate territory risk of drivers based on garage zip code. New methodology took days instead of weeks and improved accuracy.
  • Spearheaded initiative to analyze free text from customer surveys and emails using text-mining techniques. Text mining initiative resulted in automated classification of customer surveys and emails. Was used to determine that an error on quoting web site was causing customer attrition.

1999 - 2005 Vice President of Strategic Analytics
Senior Modeler / Manager
Key Bank Corporation; Cleveland, Ohio

Managerial Duties
Senior Modeler and VP of Analytics. Worked in managerial role supervising both modeling team and java programmers. Team size consisted of as many as six members. Duties included interfacing with other lines of business within bank including marketing, consumer, credit, business, and investing; acting as project manager; assigning workloads to team members; overseeing the training of new employees; mentoring employee careers; and assessing employee performance. Also, acted as lead programmer on project to re-engineer financial value at risk “VAR” assessment system. Duties included designing Java software architecture and writing Java code to process investment data. Project required knowledge in project management, software design, Java programming, databases, SQL, and financial instruments.

Data Mining
Worked as senior mathematical modeler in the areas of data mining, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), risk modeling, and financial engineering. Duties include building and analyzing data sets utilizing SAS, SAS Enterprise Miner, and other modeling tools. Analysis methodologies include SQL data queries, linear and logistic regression, decision trees, neural networks, market basket analysis, unstructured text mining, web based data mining, clustering, and segmentation. Models developed include:

  • Segmentation of Customers Using Demographic and Behavior Data
  • Customer Attrition / Retention Models
  • Cross Sell / Up Sell Models
  • Models to Predict Customer Response to Campaigns
  • Front End Credit Risk Scorecards
  • Financial Engineering Portfolio Optimization Models
  • Econometric Models To Predict Security Price Fluctuations

1998 - 1999 Software Engineer
Artificial Intelligence Specialist
Pegasus Technologies; Mentor, Ohio

Data Mining
Analyzed data and developed mathematical models using neural networks and statistical analysis for use in industrial process control and optimization. Also conducted customer training classes to instruct neural network theory and operation of products. Developed neural network utilities in C++ to assist field engineers with process modeling and verification.


1997 - 1998 Software Engineer
Noteworthy Medical Systems; Cleveland, Ohio

Java Programmer
Worked as software engineer on medical records system in Java programming language. Responsible for completing the appointment scheduler and message system and incorporating both with main system. Also designed and coded lab and radiology order tracking system and incorporated it with main system.


1992 - 1997 Systems Engineer
Photonics Systems; Toledo, Ohio
Now doing business as:
Imaging Systems Technology; Toledo, Ohio

Data Mining / Software Engineering
Wrote technical proposals to the Federal Government including NASA, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force for funded research. Acted as Principal Investigator for U.S. Army contract for medical data analysis and the design of a neural network/expert system to conduct battle field triage. Also designed and coded firmware in Assembly and C for plasma panel touch entry displays. Wrote software library in C for graphics emulator.


1992 - 1995 Research Assistant
University Of Toledo; Toledo, Ohio

Data Mining
Conducted research in the field of expert systems, neural network, and data analysis. Taught basic undergraduate engineering classes. Grader and course consultant for advanced undergraduate engineering classes. Received Electrical Engineering Department award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research in 1995.


1990 - 1992 Software Engineer
Loral Defense Systems; Akron, Ohio
Now doing business as:
Lockheed Martin: Tactical Defense Systems; Akron, Ohio

Software Engineering
Worked on design team which wrote software specifications for four million line object-oriented Ada program and prototyped structural design of code. Advised on feasibility of Ada design proposals. Designed and prototyped menu tree for maintenance and test department. Acted as system manager on Concurrent 6000 computers running Unix.


1988 - 1990 Electrical Engineer
Naval Aviation Depot; San Diego, California

Software Engineering
Wrote object-oriented simulation software for helicopter based Tactical Navigation (TACNAV) System in Ada, C, and Assembly for IBM PC compatible machines. Wrote user manuals, documented code, and helped write program design specifications. Received Department of the Navy Performance Award in both 1989 and 1990.




EDUCATION

Engineering Education

Ph.D. Engineering Science
University of Toledo; 1995


M.S. Engineering Science; University of Toledo; 1988
B.S. Electrical Engineering; University of Toledo; 1987

Data Mining

All graduate research and course work concentrated in the field of Data Mining. Extensive work involving data acquisition, analysis, and modeling. Developed mathematical models using logistic regression, neural networks, decision trees, and pattern classification.

Computer Engineering

Undergraduate studies concentrated in the areas of computer engineering and software development.

Coursework

Numerous classes in Statistical Analysis, Neural Networks, Mathematical Modeling, Statistical Simulation, and Software Engineering.

Dissertation

Increased Accuracy of Radial Basis Function Neural Networks through the Implementation of Certainty Factors


Business Education

M.S. Management
University of Akron; 1991


Specialized in information and decision support systems applied to marketing and finance applications.


Banking

Graduate School
ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking; 2004


Certificate from the American Bankers Association (ABA) Graduate School of Banking, an executive management school for the financial industry.
Capstone Project: Mathematical Model to Optimize Performance of "Smart Pay" Overdraft Protection for Demand Deposit Accounts.

Data Mining

M.S. Data Mining
Central Connecticut State University; Expected Graduation 2008


Currently pursuing Masters Degree in Data Mining Program. Degree focuses on applying statistical and mathematical modeling techniques to the field of data mining. Modeling techniques include decision trees, rule induction, linear and logistic regression, clustering, neural networks, market basket analysis, bayesian, unstructured text mining, and web mining.




PATENT


  • Classification System Processing Usage Based Data
    Priority Document Filed October 8, 2006.
    Listed as Lead Inventer.

REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION

Engineering Registration
Java Programmer
  • Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform (SCJP), 2001.
  • Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform (SCJD), 2002.



COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

Data Mining
Mathematical Models
Analysis Software
Programming Languages
Web Design
Database Experience

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