Drew hails from the beautiful city of Vallejo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. After earning his bachelor's degree in music composition from UC Davis, he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a programmer and web developer in the music industry for a number of years while enjoying the big city life and making up jingles during his hours-long daily commute. He eventually moved away from Southern California to the Sacramento area to pursue his educational ambitions in the natural sciences and mathematics, after which he began work as a scientist at Iris Environmental, a small environmental consulting company in Oakland. At Iris, Drew managed large environmental datasets, providing analysis and visualization products to clients as well as authoring technical reports. He also has experience collecting environmental data in the field to support projects spanning one-off to multi-week sampling programs. His work visualizing subsurface conditions and contamination lead him to the CCOM Data Visualization Research Lab, where he hopes to learn as much as possible about the field.
When his face isn't buried in a computer, Drew likes to develop his passion for nature and landscape photography and go hiking and backpacking in the wilderness with his girlfriend and their 130-lb black lab/bear.