Bryan was the FIRST Member to write his dissertation at OpenSpace – having spent many, many, many hours here writing, researching, stressing, drinking, & snacking. He’s super-smart and now has the letters after his name to prove it. We’re so PROUD of him!
So what does that somewhat quiet and wonderfully kind guy you see all the time do? Bryan and his team from Virginia Tech (“yay!” or “boo!” depending on your ilk) do something called Public Health Modeling. In layman’s terms, that means that they help predict how diseases will travel through a population under different scenarios. Then, they advise public health officials and policy-makers as to the policies they should create.
As Bryan says, “The paradox of public health is that if you’re doing a good job, nobody knows it.”
Remember that H1N1 flu scare that never really materialized?
Well, we have Bryan and his team to thank – their recommendations showed up in White House policies and the whole thing was a “non-event.”
Lately, Bryan’s been working on how to minimize the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Talk about impact and the things that matter …. Thanks Bryan!
THE Why OpenSpace
Bryan had been working from home for about a year when he found OpenSpace (he was one of the early-adopters). His favorite thing about working at OpenSpace: Productivity.
On working from home now, Bryan says, “I’m too ineffective, and it’s too lonely. It drives me insane.” And, we say welcome to work sanity – we’ve got your back.
What You Might Not Know
Bryan is a new dad to baby Madeline born March 1, 2011. I bet he has a pic on his phone if you ask …. Or, we’ll just show you one here – we couldn’t resist her cuteness!