My name is David Awad, ﺩﻳﻔﻴﺪ عوض . I’m an aspiring engineer, investor, and philosopher.
We’ve never met, but you’ve taken the time to read my personal website. I want to take the time to thank you for doing that. I’ll try to keep this open letter somewhat brief.
I grew up in central New Jersey, originally starting college at Rutgers intending to major in musical theater. I eventually found my way to a double major in computer science and physics for my undergraduate studies. Shortly after that I pursued my graduate degree in computer science at Georgia Tech with an emphasis on computing systems and application infrastructure. Somewhere in the middle of this I started a nonprofit with two amazing co-founders that seeks to serve the homeless community, became a teaching assistant with the institute, and have worked as a software engineer in the telecom.
I spend any free time I have exploring different concepts such as alternating current theory, game design, mechanical and kinetic sculpture techniques, and tools for thinking about jurisprudence. The hope has always been that these pursuits would guide me towards worldviews rooted in empirical evidence and sound logic. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn for myself and create value for others. I have even built some of these crazy ideas. I’ve built machine learning on large twitter datasets, brain wave sharing social networks, automated paralegals, and self-driving cars. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ideas still on my list! I get addicted to my projects, and constantly try to make them better if I have the time.
I believe in objective truth, personal responsibility, limited government, and individual liberty. I believe that most of what I create is pro amore rei, for the love of the quest. Thus, “free” is a matter of liberty, not price. I see information the same way, so I try to take the time to create tools that can better help people get access to knowledge. Solving problems that are of value to others and yourself is the most important thing you can do. The world is full of fascinating problems to be solved, and no problem should ever be solved twice.
The purpose of life is to aspire to something greater than yourself and to dedicate your life to it. If my interference will have made the truth more seen, or have better facilitated the carriage of justice, or brought joy to others through the magic of reality, it would have been a life well lived.
If you believe we can help each other with our goals, then by all means feel free to reach out.
Thanks for taking the time to read my open letter; I hope you find whatever you’re looking for.
As far as professional work experience, here’s my LinkedIn profile.
I try to contribute to open source projects when I can.
I’m currently involved in research on Technically Assisted Speed Reading and Cancer Biology. (No papers just yet!)
If you’re curious feel free to check out my reading list for a sense for the kinds of books I’m looking at.
I’m sometimes asked to provide a Bio for professional appearances or speaking engagements. Here’s the bio I typically provide.
Feel free to use this professional bio for press releases, and media articles.
Now if this Bio is too boring you can feel free to grab the more ridiculous bio below.
You can feel free to use this fun bio for any podcasts, video shows, or media appearances.
Psychometric indicators are very interesting get at least a rough sense of how an individual operates.
The MBTI is a widely known personality indicator, there’s more to read about it here.
Link to my results here.
The DiSC model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others — within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.
It breaks this down among four general categories:
You are socially oriented.
You have a strong self-motivation to get to know people in all walks of life and to nurture those relationships. You have a natural enthusiasm for all types of ideas and projects - your own and other people’s. People are likely to describe you as gregarious, persuasive and optimistic.
Link to my results here
Factor I is labelled as Extroversion by the developers of the IPIP-BFFM. Factor I is sometimes given other names, such as Surgency or Positive Emotionality. Individuals who score high on Factor I one are outgoing and social. Individuals who score low tend to be shut ins.
Factor II is labeled as Emotional Stability. Factor II is often referred to by other names, such as Neruoticism or Negative Emotionality (in these two cases interpretations are inverted, as Neruoticism and Negative Emotionality can be though of as the opposite of Emotional Stability).
Factor III is labeled as Agreeableness. A person high in agreeableness is friendly and optimistic. Low scorers are critical and aggressive.
Factor IV is labeled as Conscientiousness. Individuals who score high on this factor are careful and diligent. Low scorers are impulsive and disorganized.
Factor V is labeled as Intellect/Imagination. This factor is also often called Openness to Experience. Low scorers tend to be traditional and conventional.
Link to my results here