Zach was born is Fairbanks Alaska and moved often growing up, living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Spain for much of his growing up years. He came to Marquette University as a freshman studying Computer Engineering and found a home at the GasDay lab for all four years of undergrad. At GasDay, now Marquette Energy Analytics, Zach worked as a data analyst and MATLAB developer working on many weather-related projects that helped improve the accessibility and quality of the weather data used for training models. Upon graduation from Marquette, he chose to stay on with MEA and the KID lab as a masters student working on patching historical weather data from NOAA. In his free time, he enjoys riding bicycles, sailing on lake Michigan, and cross-country skiing.