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Dave M.

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Very Experienced Tutor, Physics Ph.D., Wall St. Quantitative Engineer

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Northwestern University
Engineering, Physics
University of St. Andrews
PhD

Education

Northwestern University (Engineering, Physics)

University of St. Andrews (PhD)

About Dave

I'm currently a data scientist in midtown Manhattan. In fact, I've been in the software development and consulting business for 25 years. Prior to that, I was an undergraduate engineer at Northwestern University, and a graduate student in physics at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (consistently rated in the top three UK graduate programs in physics), where I received my Ph.D. I also did a stint at Imperial College London as a research assistant, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Northwestern University again. I was recognized at these institutions, incidentally, for my writing and editing ability vis-à-vis scientific and other papers. (Incidentally, I was accepted to, and briefly attended, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management -- chiefly, I believe, on the basis of my high GMAT scores -- but eventually decided that business school was not for me!)

During most of this period, I was a very busy tutor in, primarily, mathematics, physics and standardized test preparation (chiefly the SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT). I worked for several years as a tutor for both Stanley Kaplan and John Sexton offices in Chicago, and in my years in London, served as an invigilator for ETS. My extensive experience with standardized testing, and the understanding of how it is structured, serves as a valuable resource to those who need a strategic edge in the endeavor.

Above all, I suppose, my students find me very patient and multi-faceted. And if you come to me with a problem that I can't help you with very well, I'm willing to pro-rate or even forgo the charge.

If it is inconvenient to meet in your home, or noisy, I have access to a modern, quiet classroom environment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, including whiteboards. Sessions with me are virtually risk-free in terms of your dollar value: If I can't help you, say, because you've come to me with a too exotic mathematical or computational problem, or a chemistry problem with which I am simply unfamiliar (never having been a professional chemist!), I simply won't charge you; in fact, I look at these occasional times when I'm learning something new along with the student as professional growth opportunities.
I'm currently a data scientist in midtown Manhattan. In fact, I've been in the software development and consulting business for 25 years. Prior to that, I was an undergraduate engineer at Northwestern University, and a graduate student in physics at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (consistently rated in the top three UK graduate programs Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rates may vary according to my availability, group arrangements, or length of engagement. Ask about special rates for the summer, study groups, assistance with papers, or multi-hour sessions!

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10028
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, R,
SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
English:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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C#

Programming in C# (and also T-SQL and PL-SQL) is what I chiefly do in my professional life. I've been using C# almost daily since it first came out about 15 years ago. I have been primarily a contractor during this period, and I have worked for various companies where I have used C#.

Computer Programming

I have been computer programming since high school, which in my case is 1971. This was followed by undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and physics (Ph.D.), and then a post-doc in physics, all heavy with programming in a variety of languages for a wide assortment of projects. I actually invented a graphical computer language, SuperScript, presented for the first time at the TEX Conference in Portland, OR, in 1992 -- you can Google that. For the past 25 years, I have been a developer, a Microsoft Certified Partner, mostly using VB, C#, the .Net framework in general, and SQL, though I occasionally dabble in other languages, such as Python and Javascript. For the last ten years, I have been a developer and architect primarily in the Manhattan financial sector, and usually am in a lead or mentoring position.

Computer Science

I've been studying computer science since college, which in my case is the 70's. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and physics (Ph.D.), and then did a post-doc in physics, all heavy in computer programming in a variety of languages for a wide assortment of projects. I actually invented a graphical computer language, SuperScript, presented for the first time at the TEX Conference in Portland, OR, in 1992 -- you can Google that. For the past 25 years, I have been a developer, a Microsoft Certified Partner, mostly using VB, C#, the .Net framework in general, and SQL, though I occasionally dabble in other languages, such as Python and Javascript. For the last ten years, I have been a developer and architect primarily in the Manhattan financial sector, and usually am in a lead or mentoring position.

Differential Equations

My undergraduate degree was in engineering, and my Ph.D. is in physics, so I have very broad, deep experience with differential equations. These days, I'm a quantitative developer in Manhattan's financial sector, and virtually everything you do, from figuring out how to value an option, which requires solving the Black-Scholes equation, to modeling interest rates and the price/yield relationship, involves differential equations. I also have a CQF (Certificate in Quantitative Finance) from Wilmott.

Linear Algebra

My undergraduate degree was in engineering, and my Ph.D. is in physics, so I have very broad, deep experience with linear algebra. These days, I'm a quantitative developer in Manhattan's financial sector, and virtually everything you do, from figuring out portfolio optimizations, which require calculating covariances, to forecasting yield curves, which requires PCA (Principal Component Analysis, involving the determination of eigenvalues) involves linear algebra. I also have a CQF (Certificate in Quantitative Finance) from Wilmott.

Mechanical Engineering

My undergraduate degree was a B.S. in engineering, and my Ph.D. was in Physics. While I am not a mechanical engineer per se, and could not advise actual mechanical engineers in their pursuits, I have tutored many students in the basic 101-style Mechanical Engineering courses, because these are nothing more than physics mechanics problems. To that end, I also took both undergraduate and graduate Fluid Mechanics courses, which, believe it or not, are extremely important in finance: The famous Black-Scholes equations of finance are actually predicated on the diffusion equations that permeate most branches of engineering, especially mechanics of fluids and solids.

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access was actually my first foray into the Microsoft ecosystem, having just emerged from academia (physics) where all the back-end power was Unix, and all the front-ends were, at the time, Macintosh (due to Apple's aggressive academic consortium pricing). My first client in this space was a custom home builder in Florida, whose entire corporation was run off of an Access app he'd built himself. But as happens so often in business, these small, less-than-professional apps take on a life of their own, and this one grew and grew and grew as I enhanced it, 40 hrs per week, for two and a half years. For the 12 years that I lived in Florida, MS Access was my bread and butter, and in fact, in that neck of the woods (Fort Lauderdale/Boca area), I was probably the undisputed king, receiving many many calls for implementing it. Its popularity all but died after .Net became big, but to this day, while I haven't actually had a full-blown Access project for a few years, I have a constant stream of business users who are always trying to upgrade their Excel apps to Access.

Oracle

I've been a database architecture and coding consultant for 25 years, and while most of my work has been in the MS space, a significant amount has been in Oracle. While I am not an Oracle DBA, I have had several SQL development contracts using Oracle, so I'm fluent with PL-SQL. For the last 10 years, I've been a contractor in Manhattan, primarily in the financial sector, and have used Oracle for clients such as Merrill Lynch and EMI.

Precalculus

I'm an ex-physicist (Ph.D. from University of St. Andrews, Scotland) and engineer (Bachelors from Northwestern University), now working in the data science field in midtown Manhattan. I've taught and tutored calculus for many years, as well as various computer courses. I can give students very pictorial and understandable explanations of the concepts involved.

R

For the last decade, I have been a quantitative programmer, developer and architect in the Manhattan financial sector. Virtually everyone in this space, developer or analyst, needs good familiarity with three products: Excel, R, and MatLab. I first began using R several years ago, and have had to employ it to communicate simple results to non-coding colleagues and clients. It is not strictly a programming language, so it is not my preferred technology, even for financial stats, but I am proficient in it to the point where I am explaining it to CFAs all the time.

Visual Basic

I first dabbled in Visual Basic in version 1.5, approximately 1994, and used it (along with Microsoft Access) in all of my early contracts in computer software development (along with the JET Database Engine). In 2001, when the .Net Framework became popularized, I built my first .Net app, a restaurant POS touch-screen application, in VB .Net, including having created controls such as list boxes and combo boxes adapted specifically for a touch-screen (scrolling, dragging, shift-selecting and similar gestures were not supported on early touch-screens, so the built-in drop-down controls wouldn't work). When I entered the Manhattan financial sector, one of my early clients, a hedge fund called Axis Capital, actually ran their entire operations off of a monolithic VB .Net app (an update of the original VB 6 app that the owner had written.

Northwestern University
Engineering, Physics
University of St. Andrews
PhD

Education

Northwestern University (Engineering, Physics)

University of St. Andrews (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rates may vary according to my availability, group arrangements, or length of engagement. Ask about special rates for the summer, study groups, assistance with papers, or multi-hour sessions!

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10028.