Derek graduated cum laude from UNCW, earning a Bachelor of Science in both Mathematics and Statistics. While working towards his degree, he tutored fellow students in Mathematics and Statistics to help them learn and understand the coursework. Derek has also homeschooled his four children for the past 5 years, covering all areas of the curriculum and he spends his free time as the head coach of his kids’ soccer teams.
Derek’s main areas of focus in pursuit of his degree were in matrices mathematics, data analytics and statistical programming. He had two senior projects. The first, Markov Chains applied into matrices, which is used in prediction modeling. The second project was on data manipulation in Python of Sabermetrics, which is the statistical analysis of baseball. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Data Science from UNCW.