Commission application number 177 submitted by Peter Onyisi on 06/30/2020

First Name Peter
Last Name Onyisi
Voter Unique Identification number 1196802051
Ethnicity Self-describe
Gender Male
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Physics
What is your occupation? Professor
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78757
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78757
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? No
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. Professor of experimental particle physics at UT Austin. This is a field which involves careful analysis of enormous amounts of data while being as careful as possible to avoid possibilities of bias. I am very familiar and comfortable with analyzing data, but also in understanding that data may be misleading unless one fully understands how it is collected and drills down to understand the quality of the information.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I work in a large multinational particle physics experiment, within which I have served on search committees, prize award committees, and the like. In such an environment it is extremely important to maintain impartiality so that everyone affected feels that the processes are fair. To do this I approach the relevant situations by examining places where biases can creep in (and discussing the issues with my colleagues to catch things that I would not think of), trying to engineer procedures to avoid the biases, and consciously reflecting on the possibility of biases during the decision-making process. Closer to home I have been on faculty search committees, graduate student prize committees, and the like in the UT physics department, and I have always been careful to avoid favoritism towards people in my field (or my own students) when making department-wide decisions. I try to be very conscious of which "hat" I am wearing in such situations and to act in the appropriate role.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Though I have only been in Austin for eight years, this is the longest that I've lived in any single place. Over this time I've had the opportunity to see a slice of the enormous diversity that exists in a place like this - economic, ethnic/racial, linguistic, political, educational, professional, age, length of residency - enough to know that there are many stories that I do not know. I am deeply committed to the idea that our political system must ensure that everyone in the community is represented and has the opportunity to be heard, and I am aware that there can be important dimensions of diversity that are hidden if one only takes a casual look.
Please provide your employment history. 2012-Present: Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics, UT Austin 2008-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago 2003-2008: Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University In these positions I have been involved in deeply analytical work, but also on advisory/management boards, search committees, and so on, where I have had to work with colleagues to fulfill mandates and weigh choices in an impartial manner.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Peter Uchenna Ezenweze Onyisi
District District 7
Does this application qualify? Yes