Texas A&M University, MS (Economics), MS (Management of Information Systems); Washington State University, BA (Economics)
Areas of Interest:
Database-driven web application development, databases, computerized automation of tasks, taxation and the role of government in a market economy.
Jim VanBeek joined PPRI as a Systems Analyst in 2002. Jim works on an IT team responsible for a Survey Research Laboratory and computer assisted telephone interview programming, multiple websites, and the departmental computers and network servers. He has been directly involved in the design, development, and maintenance of number of websites that are used to apply for grant funding, grant reporting, grant monitoring, program effectiveness, and self-administered surveys. He is the Texas State Data Manager for the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Prior to joining PPRI, Jim spent nearly three years with Accenture serving clients such as BP, ExxonMobil, and Trade-Ranger in the design, development, and testing of database driven websites. Jim also has fifteen years of experience at college-level instruction in economics. While working at Blinn College, Jim spent several years providing computer support and database development for the office admissions and records and other administrative departments. During Jim’s first semester as a TASP Compliance official at Blinn, submitted the TASP compliance report to the state that was accepted on its initial submission-a first for the college. While in the graduate department of economics at Texas A&M, Jim assisted with a number of research projects and specialized in the SAS software package and statistical analysis.