An Open Letter

Hi there, I’m David.

If you’re reading this, you’ve taken the time to read my personal website. Thanks! I’ll try to keep it brief.

I’m an Egyptian American from Central Jersey. I got in fights, skipped classes, and wasn’t that smart, but I called out bullies, supported my friends, and loved doing comedy. I started college for musical theater but quickly switched to a double in computer science and physics (Turns out I hated actors). I worked with big tech companies until 2016 when I left that behind to start a nonprofit with my friends John and Kelsey. I didn’t know how to file articles of incorporation, but I could handle McChickens off the hood of my Nissan. But it turned out the “non” in nonprofit was literal, so I took a job writing software while doing grad school.

I spend any free time I have just having fun. That can be anything from field equations, water balloons, game theory math, sculpture design, writing good jokes, and fighting traffic tickets. I’ll be the first to tell you that I have built some stupid ideas. But I’m lucky to learn and create value for others in everything I do.

I believe in objective truth, personal responsibility, limited government, and individual liberty. The hope is to hold views based on empirical evidence and sound logic without getting full of myself. If my work helps others seek the truth or facilitate justice or just bring joy, then, by all means, it would be a life well-lived. As I get older, the new problems look just like the old problems when I was a kid. I still get in fights, I still call out bullies, I still support my friends, and I’m obviously hilarious. The world is full of fascinating puzzles, and I want to help people solve them.

If we can help each other, reach out; I’m no Socrates, but at least I want to be.

Best of luck to you

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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