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General Information
Name Joshua Evan Blumenstock
Email josh@jblumenstock.com
Homepage senorjosh.com
Phone
Education
Present University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94704
   PhD Candidate, School of Information
2003 Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459
   B.A., Computer Science: High Departmental Honors
   B.A., Physics: High Departmental Honors
   Honors Thesis: Mining Clusters for Knowledge: Finding Algorithm-Independent Groups in Microarray Data
   GPA: 3.9 (4.0 within major); GRE: 800 (m), 710 (v), 5.5 (a) (transcript)
1998 The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA 94611
   GPA 3.9, SAT 1520 (M: 780 V: 740)
1997 The Experiment in International Living, Cáceres, Spain.
Honors and Awards
2006 Berkeley Fellowship - University of California at Berkeley (CA)
2006 Power Award - University of California at Berkeley (CA)
2003 Watson Fellowship - Thomas J. Watson Foundation (NY)
2003 Phi Beta Kappa - Wesleyan University (CT)
2003 Senior Prize in Computer Science - Wesleyan University (CT)
2000 Johnston Prize in Physics - Wesleyan University (CT)
1997 National Merit Finalist - SAT Board
Work / Research Experience
2005-2006 Founding Engineer & Product Manager, HOTorNOT.com, San Francisco, CA
  →  One of three founding engineers in charge of daily operations, hiring, and products at HOTorNOT.com.
→  Directed competitive pricing analysis to re-price membership – estimated 10-15% increase in profits.
→  Managed migration from Paypal to in-house payment processor – reduced transaction fees by 20%.

2003-2004 Fellow, Thomas J. Watson Foundation, New York, NY
  →  Received $22,000 grant to conduct independent research in China, South Africa, Cape Verde, Argentina, and Brazil.
→  Interviewed government officials, business executives, NGO directors, industry and community leaders.
→  Presented research to four undergraduate institutions on the East and West coast.

2002 Research Intern, Microsoft Research, San Francisco, CA
  →  Collaborated with senior researchers to design MyLifeBits, a software platform for media storage and retrieval.
→  Developed standalone software components of MyLifeBits, including speech-to-text, telephony, and other audio applications.
→  Presented and published results at IMSA conference.

2001 Research Associate, Harvard Institute of Medicine, Boston, MA
  →  Coordinated design and implementation of a relational database with stored procedures for mining data.
→  Co-filed two patents and co-authored four peer-reviewed journal articles.

2000 Co-founder and CTO, Uncanny Systems Lake Pleasant, MA
  →  Developed algorithms and an application to analyze financial data using agent-based unsupervised learning.
→  Presented technology to investors; received and declined seed offer from incubator.

2000 Technical Consultant (Programmer), Active Decisions, Inc., Burlingame, CA
  →  Designed and distributed compact programs to automate the tasks performed by 30+ Internet researchers.
Skills
Languages Spoken Conversationally fluent in Spanish and Portuguese; able to converse in Mandarin Chinese.
Research Academic research experience in data mining, machine learning, computational statistics and bioinformatics. Strong interest in ICTD (Information and communications for developing regions).
Programming Languages Fluent in C#/C++, PHP, VBA, MatLab, SQL, web design. Proficient in Java, C, Python, R, Splus. Work experience with .NET platform, COM, COM Interop, DirectX, TAPI 3.x, Microsoft Speech SDK
System Administration Experience building and maintaining multi-tiered web architecture with 200+ servers (linux, apache, replicated MySql, Squid, etc.).
Travel South America (1+ year), China (5 months), Africa (5 months), Europe (6 months), USA (48 states).
Publications
1.
Telephone, Television and Radio in the Home of the Future
Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications 95:8 (Aug. 2003) Abstract
2.
Using Gene Expression Ratios to Predict Outcome Among Patients With Mesothelioma
Journal of the National Cancer Institute 95:8 (Apr. 2003): 598-605 Abstract
3.
Translation of Microarray Data Into Clinically Relevant Cancer Diagnostic Tests Using Gene Expression Ratios in Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma.
Cancer Research 62:17 (Sep. 2002): 4963-4967 Abstract
4.
Global Analysis of Gene Expression: Methods, Interpretation, and Pitfalls
Experimental Nephrology 10:2 (2002): 64-74 Abstract
5.
Correcting for signal errors in the analysis of microarray data
Biotechniques 32:2 (Feb. 2002): 330-337 Abstract
6.
Closing the Gap: Solutions to South Africa’s Digital Divide
The Big Issue 81:8 (2004): 22-23
Activities
2005-present Co-founder, 10over100: Founded and built a website to encourage charitable giving. Recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times!

1999-2003 Captain, Wesleyan Men's Volleyball Team: Captained #9 (of 60) ranked team in New England; coached practices and organized tournaments and games.
1999-2003 Director of World Music, Producer, Disc Jockey, WESU Middletown (radio station): Oversaw world music collection at college radio station; coordinated release of new music with record companies; screened incoming music for content and quality; DJed two-hour weekly Brazilian radio show, "Ritmo Brasileiro."
1995-1998 Windsurfing/Sailing instructor, Cal Adventures: Taught windsurfing to rambunctious groups of children, aged 6-17.
1997-present Drummer, Funk Sextet: Write, arrange, and play funky music.