Justin Polchlopek

Justin is a Software Engineer on the Geospatial Technology and Research Team at Azavea.

He graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah–with a specialty in computational geometry and graphics–prior to enrolling in the economics program, also at The U. There, he studied heterodox economics, health economics, criminal justice, and econometrics before embarking on dissertation research in the application of machine learning techniques in the social sciences, specifically emphasizing the use of graphical probabilistic models with latent variables. He hopes to finish that work soon.

When not combing through the math literature or hacking Haskell for his research, you might find Justin climbing rocks, riding in the surf or the snow below a kite, building something, tending the garden, or hanging about the yard with his kitties.