Eli Whalen is a Research Assistant Intern working with I4DI’s data and technology team. His current project involves an intricate process of reverse engineering, diving into complex mathematical structures and algorithms of a data-driven environmental tool. This challenging endeavor requires a deep understanding of computations and logical operations, perfectly aligning with Eli’s expertise in Mathematics and Biology. As a senior at Syracuse University, Eli is pursuing a double major in these two fields, his academic focus providing a dynamic and innovative input to the I4DI team.
Prior to his tenure at I4DI, Eli developed a significant skill set in data collection, organization, and analysis through his engagement with the 4 Mile Run Conservatory. His work there, centered around citizen wildlife and trail camera data, broadened his understanding of data’s crucial role in environmental conservation. Furthermore, Eli also received grant funding to work for 2 years as an undergraduate researcher for Alison Patteson in the Department of Physics at Syracuse University where he learned and performed data collection and analysis.
Away from the rigor of his professional and academic life, Eli enjoys spending time relaxing with friends and family. He also loves playing soccer and has managed a rec soccer team at Syracuse University as well as coached youth soccer for DC Scores.