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Meet New Staff Member David Ngendahimana

1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
After college I worked as an actuarial analyst for a pension company (SONARWA) in Rwanda. My work involved designing pension plan funding and managing financial risks associated with various pension plan designs. At CWRU I have also worked at the Center for Statistical Research, Computing ,and Collaboration (SR2C) in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics department as a research assistant. My work there involved working as a data analyst on projects the center was collaborating on with other departments at CWRU.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work here radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?
I have a BS in Actuarial Science and an MS in Statistics. I did my BS in Kenya and MS in the US at Youngstown State University. As an actuary, my first job involved mainly analysis of financial data, so in that respect what I will be doing here is different. However after finishing my master’s, I had a chance to collaborate on a number of statistical projects that are diverse in nature from some departments here at CWRU. I feel that my work here at PRC is in direct path to my career goals to work as a bio-statistician in a field that promotes health beyond simply the patient population.

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
I work with a great team here at the PRC with diverse backgrounds and am continually learning new things. I am especially excited to learn more on mixed methods modelling, a major part of the BCOP project, to explore the world beyond quantitative methods of research.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?
On occasion I play tennis and poker. I am also trying my hand at playing piano

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I was born in Kigali, Rwanda, but I grew in Kenya. I currently live in Garfield Heights.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
The World Health organization defines health as "A complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Nowhere is this better reflected than in the work being done at the PRCHN and its stake holders.

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