About me

According to Robert Heinlein, "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

My name is Melinda Morang, and I am not an insect. I am a creative generalist.

I can map a public transit system, administer an orchestra, write software regression tests, identify birds, fix dry rot, make cupcakes that illustrate Plato's Republic, spout off random facts about intellectual history, expound upon the stupidity of auto-flush toilets, tap dance passably, and stay upright on rollerblades.

I can do a little bit of everything, I learn new things quickly, and I'm good at making things happen.

Plotting world domination on an empty train car...
I'm passionate about making cities more livable, sustainable, efficient, and enjoyable by developing better software and mapping tools and data-driven urban planning and management methodologies.  Right now, I'm doing this as a product engineer for Esri's ArcGIS Network Analyst extension.

But I'm passionate about a lot of other things, too. Check out my list of current projects and follow the links for more details.