- Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Irvine, 2021
- B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 2014
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner (CA)
- Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California – Irvine, 2014
- Underwood Memorial Award, Vanderbilt University, 2014
- Phi Beta Kappa (Junior Inductee), Vanderbilt University, 2013
- McMinn Scholarship in the Natural Sciences, Vanderbilt University, 2012
- Ernest A. Jones Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, 2012
Dr. Jeff Swaney assists clients with building data-driven applications to draw actionable insights from their data assets. This broad domain encompasses many facets of the data science lifecycle, from engineering scalable data architectures to designing and implementing machine learning models in production systems.
Within this field, Dr. Swaney specializes in engineering cloud solutions (including both managed and unmanaged services), developing mobile applications, and performing Monte Carlo simulations. Drawing from skills originally developed within the field of astroparticle physics, he now works across various commercial and government sectors, including applications with privacy as an essential concern.
Dr. Swaney received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California — Irvine in 2021. His doctoral research explored a novel strategy for studying ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) through the pre-existing global network of smartphone devices. He developed an Android application to detect the constituents of cosmic ray showers passing through smartphone cameras, as well as a cloud-based backend which monitors and improves data quality from individual devices, while assuring privacy for the camera data collected. Through a combination of controlled experiments and Monte Carlo physics simulations, Dr. Swaney studied the sensitivity of CMOS image sensors in smartphones to ionizing radiation, demonstrating the feasibility of such an unconventional cosmic ray observatory.