Wes Barnett

Data Scientist

I am an Insight Data Science Fellow in New York City. I have experience in data science, machine learning, natural language processing, programming (Python, C++, SQL, Javascript, Fortran), statistics, and model deployment (AWS, Docker). As an Insight fellow I developed r/eveal, a Chrome extension that helps Reddit users uncover new communities. It reads the text a user submits and then lists communities with content similar to the new submission that the user may not be aware of.

Example usage of r/eveal.

Snapshot of a polymer-grafted nanoparticle from a Molecular Dynamics simulation.

I recently completed a postdoc in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in Sanat Kumar's research group. My research focused on using computer simulations and machine learning to provide insights into nanocomposite membranes. I received my PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Hank Ashbaugh at Tulane University, where I studied self-assembling molecular systems using computational methods.

Shortly before entering grad school, I worked for a construction materials testing company, testing materials that went into the rebuilding of the New Orleans levee system. When I was in New Orleans I also received an MDiv from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I received my BS in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University.

My publications are published under "J. W. Barnett" or "J. Wesley Barnett."