I'm David Newell: world traveler, technology enthusiast, passionate advocate for education and core values.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Winston Churchill

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I attended Stanford University where I earned a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering. I also earned a minor in Environmental Engineering and studied abroad in Australia and Berlin, Germany.
A highlight of my Stanford experience was walking into the wrong room as a freshman and getting involved with research about engineering responses to sea level rise.


I love to travel. I have visited 30 countries and have accrued over 2 million airline miles. I have started to collect visits to UNESCO world heritage sites. Check out my progress!

Creative Problem Solving

I have never met a challenge that I considered too difficult to solve. I love to develop creative solutions to interesting problems. See below for a variety of examples of my work.

Work Experience

Specialties: Creative problem solving, strategic thinking, product management, team leadership, visioning, analytics, understanding complex systems & interactions.

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Manager, Product Management & Analytics

2017 – present • Dallas, Texas

Led product development of new internal big data & analytics platform

Led product development for consumer PC application

Drove NPS initative for consumer PC application

Product Manager

2015 – 2016 • Dallas, Texas

Led product team to launch new managed cybersecurity service

Product Manager

2011 – 2015 • Houston, Texas

Led product team to bring new SaaS offering from concept to market

Drove business model shift from on-premise software to SaaS

Stanford University
B.S. '11 Management Science & Engineering

Stanford, California

Walt Disney Imagineering

Summer 2010 • Glendale, California

Constructed an ontological model for studying chemical usage at Disneyland

Identified water treatment plant capacity requirements for Shanghai Disneyland

Personal Projects

Sea Level Rise

Could we adapt?

I walked into the wrong room freshman year at Stanford and got involved with SUPERSLR. The question: could seaports around the world protect themselves against 2 meters of sea level rise, and does enough construction capacity exist to meet the additional demand from such a massive project?


Estimating Climate-Critical Resources: Global Cement Capacity
Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, and Management

Will Ports Become Forts? Climate Change Impacts, Opportunities, and Challenges
Terra et Aqua


Why are editors leaving?

My senior project at Stanford was part of the Wikimedia Editor Trends Study. My team discovered that the typical 80/20 rule doesn't apply to edits on Wikipedia. Instead, it's closer to 97/3. That's right, about 97% of the edits on Wikipedia are made by just 3% of the editors.

For this project, I secured a grant from Amazon Web Services so that we could access sufficient processing power to analyze every edit ever made on the English Wikipedia.

Map Making

Visualizing Travel

I have had a lifelong passion for commercial aviation. I collected model airplanes starting at an early age. Additionally, I have always been fascinated with maps.

Combining my passions, I created a map of every airline route in the world. You can purchase it as a poster at Zazzle.

All types of maps interest me, and I have always wanted to create a subway map. For my 2012 holiday card, I extended a jquery plugin for drawing subway maps, then created a subway map of my 2012 travel.

EMERGE Fellowship

Inspiring Young Minds

The Emerge Fellowship is a nonprofit organization committed to educating top-performing students in the lowest quartile of household income about their opportunities in higher education and beyond.

I worked with the Emerge education team to define and analyze the data that needs to be captured in order to determine the program's efficiency and efficacy across student cohorts.

Smartphone Apps

Now Scanning...

I have always been fascinated by technology, and the smartphone and app revolution are no exception. I used to be a diehard BlackBerry fan, but I never found a good barcode scanning app, so I made one!

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Chrome Extension

Keeping you moving...

Check out the latest app from Newell Designs! Inertia brings you a new photo and quote to your Google Chrome new tab page every day. Coming soon: weather!

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