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Mark A Richards

I'm a Computer Scientist at U.S. Geological Survey. I design and develop software solutions that support research scientists at the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. 

I'm passionate about developing software that is enjoyable to use for both developers and users alike. Most notably, I'm collaborating with colleagues on the design and development of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool (LTET). My interests include software design and architecture, user-centered design principles and practices, software metrics and evaluation, test-driven development, and graphics and multimedia programming.

Before I began my career at the USGS near the close of 2021, I was a social scientist at the IRS. I worked on research projects exploring taxpayer interactions with the IRS aimed at making them easier and more productive for both the IRS and the taxpayer. These projects gave me valuable experience collaborating with my teammates on important matters that had a positive impact on the IRS and the public. It was here that I learned many of the analytical, programming, and problem-solving techniques that I enjoy today.

Education and Certifications

  • M.S., Software Engineering, Kennesaw State University (2019)

  • B.S., Psychology, Kennesaw State University (2009)