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THINGS I'VE DONE

BAGPIPER / INSTRUCTOR / WEB DEVELOPER

Williamsburg Pipes and Drums

November 2018 - Present

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VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

Toastmasters, Voices of Change Club

October 2018 - Present

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MANAGER, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Jamf

October 2014 - Present

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ARBORETUM CARETAKER

Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI 

August 2009 - January 2011

• Lead volunteer groups on ecological restoration workdays. 
• Maintained the grounds and general well-being of the arboretum. 
• Educated visitors about plants and ecosystems found in the arboretum.

COMPUTATIONAL MODEL SOFTWARE ENGINEER

University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
October 2009 – May 2012

Sole Software Engineer for three separate academic projects:

  1. Carbon storage in residential neighborhood. 

  2. Land-use in the U.S. Great Plains

  3. Social networks as potential factor in childhood obesity

  • ​Tasks

    • Developed the Java computational (Agent-Based) model. 

    • Organize and lead meetings.

    • Gather requirements needed to implement model in Java code.

    • Design and develop model code according to requirements.

    • Run model and provide output data.

    • Provide technical documentation about the model.

    • Assist in writing/editing academic journal articles involving the research, model and results. 

  • Technologies Used

    • Java, Repast Simphony Framework, XML, log4j, JUnit, R, UML, Linux/UNIX Shell Scripts, Biome-BGC

SENIOR WEB-APPLICATION DEVELOPER

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire | Eau Claire, WI

November 2002 – August 2008 

  • Developed web-based applications for both public and private use.             

    • Worked with a small team of programmers, graphic designers, editors and information architects.

    • Participate in a 24/7 on-call rotation for application support and maintenance. 

  • Select Projects

    1. Find a Doctor

    2. Public Website Search

    3. Descriptive URLs

  • Technologies Used

    • Java, J2EE, JSP, JavaBeans, Stripes, Struts, Hibernate, JDBC, ODBC, SQL-Server 2000, Access, SQL, Transact-SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Regex, Apache/Tomcat, WebLogic, IIS, Crystal Reports, Verity Search Engine, Fatwire Content Server, Photoshop

SENIOR NETWORK SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire | Eau Claire, WI

December 1999 – November 2002

  • Hired to pull CAT5 cable through academic buildings and quickly learned to configure and install network hardware.

  • Promoted to senior network software developer, writing network access, throttling and diagnostic applications.

  • Developedsoftware to assist in network security and maintenance.

  • Determine locations for wireless access points.

  • Configure network hardware (switches, access points, UPS)

  • Run and terminate CAT5 cable though academic buildings.

  • Select Programming Projects

    1. Network Access Registration System

    2. Bandwidth Throttling Application

    3. Web-based Wireless Access Point Diagnostic Application

  • Technologies Used

    • C++, Java, J2EE, JSP, JavaBeans, Front-End Controller, RMI, HTML, JDBC, SQL Server 2000, LDAP, Apache/Tomcat

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN THE EXURBAN ANTHROPOGENIC BIOME: EVIDENCE AND MODELS SUGGEST TACTICS FOR PLANNING 

Brown, Daniel G., Li An, William S. Currie, Luis E. Fernandez, Tatiana Filatova, Qingxu Huang, Meghan Hutchins, Sarah Kiger, Nick Magliocca, Lauren Marshall, Joan I. Nassauer, Scott E. Page, Dawn C. Parker, William Rand, Rick L. Riolo, Derek T. Robinson, Shipeng Sun, Rachel Visscher, Liz Westbrook, Moira Zellner. Carbon Sequestration in the Exurban Anthropogenic Biome: Evidence and Models Suggest Tactics for Planning and Design. In preparation for submission to Nature Climate Change.

MULTI-SCALE HETEROGENEITY IN VEGETATION AND SOIL CARBON IN EXURBAN RESIDENTIAL LAND OF SOUTHEASTERN MI. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

Currie William S., Sarah Kiger, Joan I. Nassauer, Meghan Hutchins, Lauren L. Marshall, Daniel G. Brown, Rick L. Riolo, Derek T. Robinson, and Stephanie K. Hart. Multi-scale heterogeneity in vegetation and soil carbon in exurban residential land of Southeastern MI. Ecological Applications, In review.

HOUSEHOLD BEHAVIORS AFFECTING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FROM EXURBAN RESIDENTIAL PARCELS

Nassauer, J. I., D. A. Cooper, L. L. Marshall, W. S. Currie, M. Hutchins and D. G. Brown. Household behaviors affecting ecosystem services from exurban residential parcels. Landscape and Urban Planning. In review.

CAN LONGITUDINAL GEE MODELS DISTINGUISH NETWORK INFLUENCE AND HOMOPHILY? AN AGENT-BASED MODELING APPROACH TO MEASUREMENT CHARACTERISTICS

Iwashyna, Theodore J., Achamyeleh Gebremariam, Meghan Hutchins, Joyce M. Lee. Can Longitudinal GEE Models Distinguish Network Influence and Homophily? An Agent-Based Modeling Approach to Measurement Characteristics. Social Networks. In review.

EXPLORING AGENT LEVEL CALCULATIONS OF RISK AND RETURNS IN RELATION TO OBSERVED LAND-USE CHANGES IN THE US GREAT PLAINS, 1870-1940

2015. Sylvester, K.M., Brown, D.G., Leonard, S.H., Merchant, E., and Hutchins, M. Exploring agent level calculations of risk and returns in relation to observed land-use changes in the US Great Plains, 1870-1940. Regional Environmental Change, 15(2): 301-315. doi:10.1007/s10113-014-0628-6; PMCID: PMC4340090

PARCEL SIZE RELATED TO HOUSEHOLD BEHAVIORS AFFECTING CARBON STORAGE IN EXURBAN RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPES

2014. Nassauer, J. I., Cooper, D.A.; Marshall, L.L.; Currie, W.S.; Hutchins, M.; Brown, D.G. Parcel size related to household behaviors affecting carbon storage in exurban residential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 129: 55-64. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.05.007

MARKET IMPACTS ON LAND-USE CHANGE: AN AGENT-BASED EXPERIMENT

2014. Sun, S., Parker, D.C., Huang, Q., Filatova, T., Robinson, D.T., Riolo, R.L., Hutchins, M., and Brown, D.G. Market impacts on land-use change: An agent-based experiment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104(3): 460-484. doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.892338

EFFECTS OF LAND MARKETS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ON ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION: A FRAMEWORK FOR MODELLING EXURBAN LAND  CHANGE

2013. Robinson, D.T., Sun, S., Hutchins, M., Riolo, R.L., Brown, D.G., Parker, D.C., Filatova, T., Currie, W.S., and Kiger, S. Effects of land markets and land management on ecosystem function: A framework for modelling exurban land  change. Environmental Modelling and Software, 45:129-140. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.06.016

PUBLISHED AGENT-BASED MODELS

FAT KIDS MODEL

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DUST BOWL MODEL

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SLUCEII LUXE (LAND USE IN AN EXURBAN ENVIRONMENT) V 1.0" (VERSION 2)

2013. Sun, Shipeng, Parker, Dawn C, Huang, Qingxu, Brown, Dan G., Filatova, Tatiana, Riolo, Rick L., Robinson, Derek T, Hutchins, Meghan (2013, September 25). "SLUCEII LUXE (Land Use in an eXurban Environment) V 1.0" (Version 2).CoMSES Computational Model Library.

NELMA

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PRESENTATIONS

A COMPLEX SYSTEM APPROACH TO MODELING EXURBAN DEVELOPMENT TRAJECTORIES AND TERRESTRIAL CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN, USA

2013. Parker, Dawn, Dan Brown, Joan Nassauer, William S. Currie, Rick Riolo, Scott Page, Shipeng Sun, Meghan Hutchins, Derek Robinson, Sarah Kiger, Tatiana Filatova, Qingxu Huang. The SLUCE2 project: A complex system approach to modeling exurban development trajectories and terrestrial carbon sequestration in Southeastern Michigan, USA. Oral presentation given at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, , April 9-13, 2013.

HISTORICAL LAND-USE CHANGE AND SETTLER DECISION PROCESSES IN THE GREAT PLAINS: AN AGENT-BASED MODEL

2012. Susan Leonard, Emily Merchant, Kenneth Sylvester, Daniel Brown, Meghan Hutchins. Historical land-use change and settler decision processes in the Great Plains: An agent-based model. Poster presentation given at the 27th Annual Landscape Ecology Symposium Informing Decisions in a Changing World. Newport, Rhode Island. April 8 – 12, 2012.

INCORPORATING ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES CONTROLLING CARBON BALANCE INTO MODELS OF COUPLED HUMANNATURAL SYSTEMS

2012. Currie, William S., Daniel G. Brown, Anna Brunner, Lisa Fouladbash, Zane Hadzick, Meghan Hutchins, Sarah E. Kiger, Yuka Makino, Joan I. Nassauer, Derek T Robinson, Rick L. Riolo, Shipeng Sun. Incorporating Ecosystem Processes Controlling Carbon Balance Into Models of Coupled HumanNatural Systems. Poster presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, December 3-7, 2012, San Francisco CA.

USING GEE MODELS TO DISTINGUISH NETWORK INFLUENCE FROM HOMOPHILY: PRAGMATIC LESSONS FROM SIMULATIONS.

2011. Iwashyna T, Gebremariam A, Hutchins M, Lee JM. “Using GEE models to distinguish network influence from homophily: Pragmatic lessons from simulations.” Oral presentation. Sunbelt XXXI. February 2011, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

LINKING AN ECOSYSTEM PROCESS MODEL TO ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

2011. Kiger, Sarah, William S. Currie, and Meghan Hutchins. Linking an ecosystem process model to ecosystem services. Poster presentation given at the 96th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX, August 7-11, 2011.

LANDSCAPE CARBON AND NITROGEN TRAJECTORIES IN THE DECADES FOLLOWING CONVERSION TO EXURBAN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

2010. Kiger, Sarah, William S. Currie, Daniel Brown, Rick Riolo, Meghan Hutchins, and Derek T. Robinson. Landscape carbon and nitrogen trajectories in the decades following conversion to exurban residential development. Oral presentation given at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 1-6, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA.

TRAJECTORIES OF CARBON STORAGE IN LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPES: AN AGENT-BASED MODELING APPROACH TO STUDY EMERGENCE AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCALE

2010. Hutchins, Meghan D., William S. Currie, Rick Riolo and Joan I. Nassauer. Trajectories of carbon storage in low-density residential landscapes: an agent-based modeling approach to study emergence at the neighborhood scale. Illustrated Paper given at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington DC, April 14-18, 2010.

INTEGRATING LAND MARKETS, LAND MANAGEMENT, AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION IN A MODEL OF LAND CHANGE

2010. Robinson, D.T., Filatova, T., Sun, S., Riolo, R.L., Brown, D.G., Parker, D.C., Hutchins, M., Currie, W.S. and J.I. Nassauer. Integrating land markets, land management, and ecosystem function in a model of land change. in Proceedings of 2010 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, D.A. Swayne, W. Yang, A.A. Voinov,  A.Rizzoli, T.Filatova  (Eds.), Fifth Biennial Meeting, Ottawa, Canada. 2010.

A COMPUTATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATED MODELING OF LAND SYSTEM INTERACTIONS IN EXURBAN MICHIGAN

2010. Brown, Daniel G., Derek T. Robinson, Dawn C. Parker, Tatiana Filatova, Rick Riolo, Shipeng Sun, Meghan Hutchins, William S. Currie, and Joan I. Nassauer. A computational framework for integrated modeling of land system interactions in exurban Michigan. Presentation given at the Ester Boserup conference 2010, "Long-term trajectories in population, gender relations, land use, and the environment." Vienna, Austria, Nov. 15-17, 2010.