I love languages. And computers. And languages and computers.

For as long as I remember — I was raised in a bilingual home and grew up on three continents — I grew up surrounded not only by language, but actively thinking about language. That thinking carried me into my education and later into my professional life. From a young age, computing was a fascination. In the absence of any computers, I wrote and dry-ran my code on paper; when my school got its first computer, I was ready. I have been coding ever since.

I am Dan, a Linguist and Translator/Interpreter

Computational Linguistcs

I have over 15 years experience in various Natural Language Processing applications including semantic tagging, sentiment analysis, and machine translation. I have worked in a variety of languages, but the majority of my professional career has centered on the languages of the Middle East, North Africa and the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

Software Engineering

My first programming job was writing controller software for autoclaves and industrial ovens on small single-board computers. As computers evolved, so did my work; I've gone from those days, to creating web applications and databases, as well as software working with Natural Language.

ASL/English Interpreting

I’m a sign language interpreter who works between American Sign Language and spoken languages, primarily English. I relish complex, high-register material that requires my extra-linguistic knowledge, as well as my familiarity with languages and cultures.

There are ten parts of speech and they are all troublesome.

-Mark Twain

My Skills

Programming Languages

I have been writing code for 40 years, and the following are my abilities in currently relevent technologies.

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Human Languages

In addition to the below I have a working knowledge of Spanish, German, Greek, Latin, Pashto, Urdu, Hebrew, Syriac, Sanskrit, and Jordanian Sign Language.
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Professional Experience

For details on the highlights presented below, please look at my resumé.

Jul 2020
  • Language Engineer
  • Amazon, Inc.
  • 07/2020 - Present

Oct 2014
  • Consulting Computational Linguist
  • Independent Contractor
  • 10/2014 - 07/2020

  • Interpreter
  • Central Florida Region
  • 10/2014 - Present

Sep 2013
  • Computational Linguist
  • Oracle, Inc.
  • 09/2013 - 09/2014

Apr 2007
  • Interpreter
  • Central Florida Region
  • 04/2007 - 09/2013

Feb 2005
  • Computational Linguist
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • 02/2005 - 05/2013

  • Interpreter
  • Washington, DC Region
  • 02/2005 - 03/2007

May 2003
  • Computational Linguist
  • CSI, Inc. (Now Northrup Grumman ISG)
  • 05/2003 - 01/2005

  • Interpreter
  • Central Florida Region
  • 05/2003 - 01/2005

May 2001
  • Computational Linguist(Student Employee)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 09/2013 - 09/2014


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