Matt’s Portfolio Page

Welcome to my portfolio page!

Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist

Here you will find my resumes (technical and leadership), data graphs and tables, previous projects and working papers, links to power points, and a little bit of mathematics and systems analysis mixed-in.

My objective is the obtain an entry-level position in the actuarial sciences. As you will see, I have the creativity, curiosity, experience, education, and drive to succeed in the marketplace.


In May of 2017, I will receive my Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Systems Science with focuses in applied mathematics (specifically nonlinear stochastic systems) and economic systems (specifically urban systems) from Iowa State University.

During my time at Iowa State, I worked with an undergraduate Faculty Review Board (whom I recruited for my program): Dr. Wolfgang Kliemann, professor of mathematics, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, professor of economics, and Dr. Elanor Taylor, assistant professor of philosophy.

In addition, I am a member of two professional societies:

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)


Although this is my technical profile, I have included my leadership resume to compliment my technical resume. I have spent years in baseball, the military, the marketplace, and academia honing my leadership skills (it’s a life-long endeavor), and my leadership resume is the most recent incarnation of that growth and experience. My objective is to not only obtain a job as an actuarial scientist, or related field, but it is to also gain an opportunity to be able to work my way up into a leadership position in the actuarial sciences, or related field, and perhaps beyond.

Please note, this leadership resume does not include my leadership or marketplace experience before academia.

Data, Graphs, and Tables

A Dynamical System

I mine data from several local, state, and federal sources, including several cities and states. I find that utilizing several sources of data provides a clearer picture of systems’ behaviors at multiple levels of the United States system.

For example, I can show the dynamic behavior of an economic system via median household income at the city level; and then compare that dynamical behavior to the dynamical behavior of any zip code or census tract within the city.

But it should be noted that the dynamic behavior of an economic system via median household income at the city level is just one perspective.

The Systems Scientist

I can also compare the dynamical behavior of a city’s median household income to a county and state’s median household income as well. Again, that’s just one variable and doesn’t include multiple variables, medians, means, probability distribution functions, estimations, predictability, Bayesian methods and thinking, stochastic differential equations, or stochastic geometry.

In a recent blog, I compared the Minnesota labor force to the Hennepin County labor force and the Minneapolis labor force. All three have seen net gains over the past 10 years. Of course, it should be noted that both the Hennepin County labor force and Minneapolis labor force are really partitioned labor forces, subsets, of the Minnesota labor force. Thus, the following three graphs are SDEs (Stochastic Differential Equations) I created from data I mined from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each illustrates the labor force behavior from 2006 through 2016, i.e., dynamics.

Here is the SDE (Stochastic Differential Equation) for the Minnesota labor force from 2006 through 2016:

Here is the SDE (Stochastic Differential Equation) for the Hennepin County labor force from 2006 through 2016:

And here is the SDE (Stochastic Differential Equation) for the Minneapolis labor force from 2006 through 2016:

In the observations of these three levels of the Minnesota system, we see that the Minneapolis labor force has been trending upwards since 2006 as well. Again, we observe peaks and valleys in the data, but the overall behavior has been positive. Thus we have seen positive growth over a ten-year period at the state, county, and city levels of the system, and making these distinctions has enlightened us by delving a bit deeper into the economic system of Minnesota.

List of Data Sources

Here are a few data sources I use along with their links. I am constantly finding new sources of data, so this list will increase regularly. In addition, I am always finding new ways to utilize different data sources. My most recent find and development utilizes data (more information to follow):

Papers (Working)

  • Undergraduate Thesis – Emergent Clusters in Urban Environments
  • Research Paper – Utilizing DSRP to Analyze the Economic Systems Thinking of Minneapolis Business Owners


  • Powerpoint #1 – 5th Ward Traffic Study (Will be posted soon!)
  • Powerpoint #2 – 5th Ward Webpage Design (Will be posted soon!)
  • Powerpoint #3 – Comparing business A’s economic system to business B’s economic system (Will be posted soon!)

Blog Articles

Here are a few articles from various related topics from the dozens of articles I have written. These articles span the age of my blog so my ideas and writing will be different from article to article.






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