Chaz Merritt

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About

Hi! My name is Charles Merritt, but you can call me Chaz. I made this website to showcase my work as a developer, but also to display my other talents. I think it's important to avoid being one dimensional, even when working towards becoming a specialist. As a developer, I'm focused on data science, AI, and machine learning. As a student, I graduate with my degree in cognitive science in 2024, with a minor in computer science, and certificates in applied data science, and new media. I'm a proud first-gen student, here to set an example for my family. Lately, I've been using ML to solve forestry problems as a part of the PERSEUS project, and it's been incredibly rewarding so far. I'm also heavily invested into applying AI to cybersecurity through my work with Oak Ridge National Lab. I want to be a part of the development of AI that helps make the world a better place. Wherever I can do that most effectively, is where I want to be.

Data Science & AI Student

Future alum of the University of Georgia, class of 2024.

  • Birthday: November 22, 2000
  • Website: chazmerritt.com
  • Phone: +1-762-383-5448
  • City: Athens, Georgia
  • Age: 23
  • Degree: Cognitive Science A.B., minor Computer Science
  • Email: chazmerritt4@gmail.com

I am at home in a highly creative environment, a lifelong student, my curiousity and passion for technology and science carry me forward. I'm open to any roles which allow me to explore the intersection of technology and mind. I'm particularly fascinated by emergent behavior, fractals, generative AI, cybersecurity, and neuromorphic computing.

Skills

I primarily write code in Python. I have experience with Django, Flask, SciKit, PyTorch, and many other Python. This isn't an exhaustive list of my skills, but it's nice to look at and was fun to make.

Resume

I come from an interdisciplinary background, but my passion is in tech. I have proven experience with data analysis, creative ideation, and scientific writing.

Sumary

Chaz Merritt

Diverse skills under a technical umbrella of AI & Data Science. I pride myself on my excellent communication skills and a proactive approach to solutions and leadership.

  • Athens, GA
  • 762-383-5448
  • Charles.Merritt@uga.edu

Education

A.B. Cognitive Science, Minor in Computer Science

2020 - 2024

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

In addition to my core coursework and minor, I achieved certificates in new media and applied data science. I explored a variety of subjects under my major, including psychology, computer science, and epistemology. I developed a plethora of programs using frameworks such as SciKit-Learn, TaiPy, Django, and others. I contributed to research in the Warnell School of Forestry, integrating machine learning techniques into work related to forest stand modelling and management. I've been extremely priviledged to learn from such a diverse cast of experts across domains, from forestry to AI to philosophy, and I look forward to building upon this wide base of knowledge and becoming a professional and an expert in the field of AI and machine learning.

M.S. in Artificial Intelligence

2024-

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Come back later, we're not there yet.

Professional Experience

AI/Cybersecurity Research Intern

2023 - Present

Oak Ridge Natl. Lab, Oak Ridge, TN (Remote)

  • Contributed to ongoing experimental work focused on the interplay between High-Performance Compute (HPC) and AI frameworks
  • Explored the full Nvidia platform for HPC and AI, using BlueField DPUs and Morpheus
  • Presented a poster on my research findings at the OMNIFire event in Washington, D.C.

AI/Forestry Research Intern

2023 - Present

Warnell School of Forestry (UGA), Athens, GA

  • Assisted with the development of machine learning tools for foresters to minimize inefficiencies and promote economic and environmental sustainability
  • Assisted in the creation of an online learning module designed to help practicing foresters gain familiarity with AI and machine learning
  • Developed and contributed to research which compared deep image segmentation to traditional methods for interpreting LIDAR data

Engagement Center Supervisor

2022 - 2023

Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Athens, GA

  • Independently raised over $20,000 for UGA, with one of the highest dollars-per-hour averages.
  • Earned a promotion to a leadership position in my second semester, making me responsible for dozens of other callers.
  • Gained significant experience with fundraising, CRM software, leadership, team-management, data analysis, and sales.

Portfolio

A collection of my favorite projects. They include professional, academic, and personal projects. The goal of this collection is to display the breadth of my experience, rather than the depth. Please see my paper resume for a more tailored set of experiences, or my GitHub for more.

  • All
  • ML
  • Web
  • Other

Contact

If you would like to reach out to me for work opportunities, questions, or just to connect please reach out below.

Location:

215 D. W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602

Call:

762-383-5448

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