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I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2011. I currently work for UTC Aerospace Systems in Massachusetts. My full CV is available on StackOverflow Careers and LinkedIn.

My professional interests include software project management, software engineering process, software measurements and metrics, leadership, and professionalism in software engineering. I'm also a casual student of psychology and sociology, especially as they apply to a business context. Personally, I have taken up photography as a hobby. I'm also a casual gamer.


May
24
comment When rating, is it better to set the expected goal in the middle with hard to reach upper bounds or higher with desired outcomes at the upper bounds?
I glanced at that PDF. I need to read more about goal setting theory, but I'm more interested in how the scale measure for setting goals that are attainable (setting your goal at a 3 instead of a 4.5, for example, because a score of >4.5 is too difficult to attain) impacts the ability to reach the goal. Are people "turned off" by having the high end of a scale unattainable, even if the target is easily attainable?
Apr
9
comment What psychological factors account for code readability?
There is research for metrics regarding software source code readability, based on readability metrics for natural languages: Buse and Weimer, Buse and Weimer, Dorn. These don't discuss the psychological roots, however, but may help address your second paragraph about applying readability metrics to source code, how to determine if code is readable, and how to make readable code.
Dec
5
comment Is the Myer Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) a reasonable scientific theory?
@Ruben Some organizations have employees take the MBTI survey and include the results in their records. Managers can use the results to interact more efficiently with their staff by knowing what their MBTI types are. For example, a manager might schedule more frequent (and perhaps shorter) 1-on-1 meetings with extroverts than introverts, who would have less frequent 1-on-1 meetings only when there is something meaningful to discuss. The other type indicators might help in career development, promotion, or identifying potential conflicts or synergies in members of a project team.
Sep
28
comment What is the name of the effect whereby socialising in a group reinforces group beliefs?
Might this be somewhat related to a previous, unanswered question of my own? I'm trying to figure out if maybe the answers you receive might be beneficial to helping me answer my question.
Jul
24
comment Is StackExchange.com Addiction Dangerous?
There are other examples of people discussing addiction on Stack Exchange sites. For example, Meta Stack Overflow has an addiction tag. The problem with your search is that you are ignoring the original trilogy plus it appears that meta sites (where this discussion would be happening) are lower in the rankings.
Jul
22
comment Is the Myer Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) a reasonable scientific theory?
@adb MBTI isn't a binary approach. Although it indicates the type that is favored, all of the texts that I've read indicate that it's only a preference. It's recognized that, in different situations, people will rely on types other than their preference. It also doesn't indicate the strength of preference.
Jul
11
comment Can critical thinking be taught?
Something relevant might be the idea of progressive education. Those who support progressive education typically emphasize problem solving skills and critical thinking. I wonder if there is work in this topic to support how you can teach or convey critical thinking to students.
Jun
16
comment Can an individual having strong identity associations with groups be used to infer anything about them?
@GregMcNulty Can you expand that into an answer, perhaps including citations?
Apr
29
comment Can an individual having strong identity associations with groups be used to infer anything about them?
@ArtemKaznatcheev I'll try to rephrase, after I do some searching for the idea you described. Perhaps I can come across some more ideas to help refine my question, if I don't come across the answer. It'll be a day or two, but hopefully I can come up with some kind of improvement or more information on my own.
Apr
29
comment Can an individual having strong identity associations with groups be used to infer anything about them?
@ArtemKaznatcheev I'm not interested in a particular group A, though. I'm thinking more of a more generic situation and if a strong level of identification with any arbitrary group can be used to determine characteristics or traits that can be applied to a second arbitrary group of size n >= 2.
Apr
2
comment Can an individual having strong identity associations with groups be used to infer anything about them?
If anyone has any keywords that might be relevant as well, please feel free to share. I'd be more than willing to continue my own research, but I'm running out of things to search for in various databases and search engines that might bring up what I'm looking for.
Jan
21
comment Do people have a tendency to stick to one opinion after they formed it?
Is this related to the concept of maximizers (people who obsess over a decision) and satisficers? It sounds similar to me.