An Open Letter

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.


What I’m Doing

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.

Professional Bio

I’m sometimes asked to provide a Bio for professional appearances or speaking engagements. Here’s the bio I typically provide.

David Awad is a Developer Evangelist and Blockchain Venture Startup Mentor at R3 (https://R3.com) and also a Co-Founder of Archangel Raphael's Mission (https://arm.gives). He sources promising startup deals for Principium Ventures (https://angel.co/company/principium-ventures) and consults with startups regularly, performing due diligence, and working those deals towards investment. He also serves as a Teaching Assistant in Graduate Information Security at Georgia Tech (CS 6035 : https://www.omscs.gatech.edu/cs-6035-introduction-to-information-security). He's appeared with various media outlets to speak on the subjects of media and cyber security, appearing in the Rutgers 30 under 30 as well as speaking with NPR as one of the first people to discover the 2016 FCC astroturfing during the public comment period. Previously He's worked in Engineering and Developer Outreach at organizations such as MailChimp, Tumblr, MLH, SendGrid, and Codecademy. He holds a Master's of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and Physics from Rutgers University. For some more information, here's his LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidaawad/) as well as his personal website (https://davidawad.com).

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.

More Ridiculous Bio

The very reverend lord dr. h.c. David Awad N.P. Msc. Esq. is a notary, minister, teacher, musician, physicist, philosopher, musician, poet, musician, aspiring attorney, actor, comedian, musician, musician, software engineer, title-gatherer and narcissist from Edison, New Jersey. He was born at roughly 6 PM in the rain on June 17th, 1994. He serves as Technical Director on the board of Archangel Raphael's Mission and as a software engineer at CSF Corp. He's the author of two subjectively non-lame but pooly-selling books. He spends his free time as a graduate student in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as a Teaching Assistant in Graduate Information Security. He enjoys long walks on clichés and invented the moon, the airplane, and the internet. He can be found on his computer, trying to learn more about the world around him and finding ways to accomplish his different and unusual dreams. Feel free to reach him via email ([email protected]) or by visiting his website (again, davidawad.com).

You can feel free to use this fun bio for any podcasts, video shows, or media appearances.

Personality Details

Psychometric indicators are very interesting get at least a rough sense of how an individual operates.

Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is a widely known personality indicator, there’s more to read about it here.

Link to my results here.

Team Dimensions Profile (DiSC)

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:

According to DiSC:

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

Big Five Personality Test (IPIP-BFFM)

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

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