Keith Mertan

  • Los Angeles, CA

Personal Statement

As a thorough, curious statistician with exceptional interpersonal skills, I am able to provide insightful analysis to those with or without a statistical background. Finding and exploring data trends then explaining them in every day language is a challenge I enjoy and constantly push myself to overcome in unique ways.

Education

Education
Sep 2012 - Present

Statistics B.S.

University of California, Los Angeles

Important electives taken:

- Statistics C161/C261: Introduction to Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

- Statistics C173/C273: Applied Geostatistics 

Work History

Work History
Mar 2015 - Present

Tutor

mySTEMtutor.com

Responsible for traveling to the homes of high school students and tutoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an engaging and informative fashion.

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015

Associate Economic Consultant -  Intern

Welch Consulting

Managed and analyzed large datasets to help understand workplace discrimination cases for companies and individuals using Stata for UNIX. Regularly communicated my ideas and findings with lawyers and economic experts then finalized results in common language for use in court.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

Project Leader/Data Analyst

John Wooden Center Goes Green!

Successfully collected, analyzed and presented data to increase usage of energy efficient treadmills at UCLA's John Wooden Recreation Center with guidance from the UCLA Grand Challenges faculty and staff. 

Aug 2014 - Jun 2015

UCLA Grand Challenges Undergraduate Research Scholar

Institute of  the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

A selective research program for passionate undergraduates which aims to create 100% sustainable  water, energy and biodiversity in Los Angeles County by 2050. This specific project involved collecting and analyzing data relating to groundwater usage in Los Angeles County with the goal of increasing sustainability of water resources as a whole.

Oct 2013 - Feb 2015

Level 4 - Fry Cook

In-N-Out Burger
Provided world-class customer service with a smile. Performed tasks swiftly and promptly, organized time extremely efficiently and maintained superb quality in terms of customer service and interactions with fellow associates.
Dec 2012 - Sep 2013

Data Analyst

Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Processed and visualized data using Microsoft Excel, mySQL and Visual Studio.

Skills

Skills

R and R Studio Software

Advanced data analysis using a multitude of packages to implement supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms including random forests and K-means clustering. Advanced control of feature selection techniques, general regression models for prediction and a multitude of statistical tests for comparison.

Stata Programming Language

Strong data management and analysis abilities. Capable of working with big data and manipulating multiple datasets comfortably and efficiently.

Microsoft Excel

Advanced spreadsheet skills using features such as Goal Seek and Pivot Tables.

C++ Programming Language

Firm understanding of the language, including the implementation of classes and use of recursive functions, using Microsoft Visual Studio.

Experimental Design and Analysis

A firm understanding of appropriate experimental designs including basic factorial, complete randomized blocking, Latin squares and Split Plot/Repeated Measures. Strong analytic skills ranging from Z and t-tests to ANOVA and post-hoc analysis across a multitude of softwares

Geographical Statistics

The ability to perform spatial prediction, otherwise known as kriging, on data using QGIS and R packages.

SQL Programming Language

Basic command of language to query and reorganize databases.

Publications

Porse, Erik C., Madelyn Glickfeld, Keith Mertan, and Stephanie Pincetl. Pumping for the Masses:  Evolution of Groundwater Rights                               in Metropolitan Los Angeles. Geojournal. 2015 Aug.

Leadership Roles

English Immersion Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                  July 2015

American University Ambassadors - UCLA

Traveled to Jiangsu, China with a group of UCLA students and individually led a middle school class. Taught English, American culture and detailed the American education system to students who aim to study in the United States one day.

Director of Improvisational Comedy                                                                                                                                           June 2013 - January 2014

LCC Theatre Company - UCLA

Organized and instructed a troupe of improvisational comedians. Scheduled events with outside organizations to extended our reach on and off campus.