About Me

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Hi I’m Tom, I’m a policy and data analyst; sometimes I also design simulation games.

I’ve done a lot of different things over the years – among other things, I have:

  • Lead the design of The Itoora Peace Game, an in-development training simulation for humanitarian crisis workers and military personnel. I have facilitated the simulation for soldiers of the US Army Reserves Civil Affairs Command and students at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Analyzed and cleaned data for a project evaluating the ability of female adolescents to self-screen contraindications for birth control [conditions which would make use of birth control dangerous] – you can find the resulting publications here and here
  • Collected and analyzed police union contracts in Allegheny County
  • Built a dashboard for tracking cyber and cyber-enabled counterfeiting
  • Made GIS visualizations for an advocacy group seeking to improve coverage and accuracy in the 2020 census
  • Helped teachers learn how to teach robotics for grade school education at the National Robotics Engineering Center

In my spare time I design and play board games and roleplaying games; read history, political philosophy, fantasy, and science fiction (currently on an Ursula LeGuin kick, but my favorites to return to are usually from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series); wander the woods; paint miniature figurines; and very occasionally pen pieces for this website to keep in practice.

You can contact me at tvielott@gmail.com