Ryan Wesslen is a PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. His research focuses on integrating computer science methods with social science research: the emerging field of computational social science. His publications center on social media and text analysis in a range of disciplines including visual analytics, communications, management, and psychology. He is affiliated with the Charlotte Visualization Center and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with past affiliations with UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative and Project Mosaic. Previously, Ryan worked at Bank of America in a variety of roles analyzing, modeling and managing credit risk for auto, small business, credit card and derivative products. He also worked for Publicis Hawkeye, a specialized marketing agency, providing analytics and strategy solutions in digital and direct marketing for corporate clients. He holds a BA in Economics with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill and master degrees in Economics (NYU), Financial Mathematics (NC State), and Data Science and Business Analytics (UNCC).