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Flint Mitchell

I am a scientist, engineer, and philosopher on a mission to help one billion people make one value-based decision daily. I believe that if each person identified their current high-priority values (health, responsibility, integrity, etc.) and took one action each day with one of those values in mind, we would have a more compassionate, loving, and efficient world. 

After receiving my B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Biomedical Concentration (signal processing of medical signals), I worked for Roche researching novel genetic sequencing technologies, published a book and podcast, consulted for startups, an angel investor, and for CSUEB's Green Biome Institute using bioinformatics to preserve and protect California's rare and endangered plants.

I currently provide private consulting bioinformatics services while I build my company, iAlign, which is aimed toward my above mission statement in a financially viable and ethically responsible way.

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My Engineering (and Life) Philosophy

I have a three-pronged approach to identifying and solving problems.
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Technical 

No serious project can be completed without technical competency. I aim to quickly identify, learn, and implement new technologies.

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Emotional & Interpersonal

We overlook the human in engineering. "How would this make you feel?" is just as valuable a question as "Would this make you more efficient?" 

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Philosophical

The technical skills and potential impact may be clear... but why are we doing this? I believe in taking moments of silence to question if a project is actually aligned with my values and mission.

Relevant Technical Work

Eclectic technical projects spanning bioinformatics, physics and chemistry experimentation, and sensors/simulations. 

Click any project to read more.

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iAlign

1. User Interaction

2. User Interviews

3. Developed using Amazon Web Services 

4. Onboarding, ethics methodology, data protection

5. Statistical Analysis and Reporting

6. OpenAI integration

7. Machine Learning

Novel Genetic Sequencing Technologies

Roche

1. Quantum Tunneling Genetic Sequencing (patents)

2. Magnetic Field Sensing Genetic Sequencing (Conference talk authorship)
3. Building experimental parts and lab equipment (wire bonding, small scale electronics, 3D printing)

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Microfluidics and Surface Chemistry

Roche

1. Design of microfluidic system and chamber with interchangeable elements

2. Nanoparticle immobilization

Bioinformatics of Rare and Endangered California Plants

Green Biome Institute

1. Individual plant and population analysis (upcoming papers)

2. Adjunct professor for undergraduate bioinformatics course

3. Automation of analysis pipelines and cost optimization using AWS

4. Bioinformatics-ready EC2 image

5. 101+ Rare and Endangered Plant Genomes (ongoing)

6. Conference and Symposium attendance and posters

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Artificial Vision Using Audio

SMU Lyle School of Engineering Senior Design Winner 

1. Simulation "game" 

2. Using iPhone + 3D sensor to turn objects into audio for the visually impaired

DNA Barcode Identification

Roche internship

1. Cumulative Sum Algorithm

2. Python implementation

3. Led to full-time offer at Roche

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Desalination

Angel Investor

1. Literature and history review of desalination technologies from the oldest to the most recent academic research.

2. Experimentation of novel idea, "Gradient Desalination"

Personal or
non-technical

Less technical (not necessarily smaller!) projects to give a more holistic view of who I am and what I have done.

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Seeking Authenticity

1. The book

- Amazon Accolades

- Dallas Literary Festival Panel Speaker

- SMU Haute Young Author

- 1000+ copies solid

2. The podcast

- 45 episodes published

- 4500+ downloads

Personal Brand

@Flint.Mitchell

Building a personal brand through personal development and science related content.

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Schedules, Boundaries, Filters

Methodologies for building a life around creating deep, genuine focus while maintaining my mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social wealth.

Van Build

A simple, clean, and small home inside of a 2018 RAM Promaster City that I use for long and short surf and hiking expeditions.

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Alaia

An imitation of a traditional Hawaiian surfboard made of wood.

Hospice Direct-Care

Volunteer

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Certification in compassionately interacting with patients entering the last transition of their lives.

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Athletics/Endurance Races

- 2x Half-Ironman

- Summits of many California mountains (including Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta)

- 16 mile open-ocean Waterman Challenge

- "Sharkfest Swims" 2-mile open-ocean swim from San Francisco to Sausolito underneath the Golden Gate Bridge

- Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim 60 mile hike of the Grand Canyon 

- Nationally ranked club soccer player (#2 club team in USA)

- Black belt in Kuk Sool Won (now on the board of MACDA, a non-profit foundation established to provide financial aid for youth in Kuk Sool Won)

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Men's Group Leader

I lead men in meetings both virtual and in-person to help facilitate support, bonding, and growing with respect to both mental and physical health. Men tend to repress emotions and these discussions establish safe and productive environments for better understanding societally conditioned or personally-imposed limiting or counterproductive beliefs.

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