Dear Stan community,
I’m Duco Veen and I would like to nominate myself for a 1-year term as member of the SGB.
Background and relevant experience
Currently I’m an assistant professor at the University Medical Center Utrecht, data scientist at Julius Clinical and extraordinary professor at North-West University. I completed my PhD at the department of Methodology and Statistics at Utrecht University during which I started working with stan. My work mainly concerns methodology and applied statistics, and a particular focus has been on expert knowledge using elicitation techniques.
The last year I’ve been involved in more organizational type of work activities in addition to my academic work. These experiences can benefit me in the work for the SGB. For instance, I’ve been involved in setting up part of an alliance between 4 Dutch academic institutions and in the core team for a large consortium grant application. Both required communication between many different parties, and aimed to align their interests.
Experience with Stan
After experiencing the benefits of using stan in my academic work, I joined my first StanCon in Helsinki. After that I got more and more enthusiastic about the project. I visited the Stan group at Columbia in early 2019. At that time, I became involved in the ShinyStan project, working with @jonah. I’ve continued to visit StanCon as it comes along and keep on being pleasantly surprised by the variety of application areas in which Stan is used.
Goals for, and contribution to, the SGB
My goal would be that as SGB member I can contribute to help facilitate the development of Stan. That means helping to providing a structure to the project that enables developers to continue building this great program, and to facilitate a pleasant and inclusive community to thrive. As mentioned by @stablemarkets, that means to continue development of governance structures as set-in motion by the previous SGBs.
Additionally, I would like to investigate opportunities to create continuous revenue streams for Stan that do not in any way compromise the open nature of the program and the community. For instance:
There are currently many materials available that allow people to learn how to use Stan. Finding the right materials can however sometimes still be hard. To promote widespread Stan usage, I would hope to be able to build an online introductory course to Stan that is freely available with contributions from the Stan community. To facilitate the Stan development, I would envision optional certificates that can be obtained (e.g. via a coursera like platform) at cost, the proceedings of which go towards Stan development.
Finally, I think I would be suited to join the SGB is because I believe I can be effective in communicating between many different parties. If chosen, I hope to be able to make life just a little bit easier for other contributors to the Stan project.