News & Notes

Savvysherpa is hiring! Savvysherpa, Inc. is looking for Data Scientists!. Our Research Scientists participate in every stage of the research process, from data gathering to modeling and analysis to building data products. For more information see the company website.


SMMR Paper: A recent collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Department of Colorectal Surgery resulted in a paper illustrating the use of electronic health record data for prediction of post-operative surgical complications, which will appear in Statistical Methods in Medical Research.


Annual Reviews Paper: Bill Eddy and I wrote a paper for Annual Reviews that discusses multivariate ordering methodologies; in particular, we like the original idea of John Tukey. Our review is here (contact me directly for a pdf copy).


EPA FIFRA SAP Meeting: I participated in a scientific meeting of the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel as an ad hoc panel member reviewing EPA's approaches for prioritization of chemicals as possible endocrine disruptors. The meeting agenda and minutes are available here.

I am currently a Senior Scientist at Savvysherpa, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I also serve as the Past President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

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I am broadly interested in the use of statistical and computational methodology to solve problems in science, business, and the intersection of the two. I have experience in both academic and industrial settings, which has offered me opportunities to work with many different types of data. I am particularly interested in statistical methods for assessment of tail risk via extreme value theory, which has been the focus of much of my theoretical work in the field.

Prior to joining Savvysherpa, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The unique, innovative, interdisciplinary research environment and outstanding faculty at CMU continue to influence my approach to problem-solving. For more information, please see my research page and current CV (pdf format).

I hold a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where I worked under the direction of Dan Cooley. I have previously been a visitor to IMAGe at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) in Research Triangle Park, NC. As an undergraduate student, I participated in a summer research project with State Street Global Advisors in Boston, which was facilitated through WPI in Worcester, MA.

I grew up on a dairy farm near the small town of Elrosa, MN. While at Concordia, I also played offensive line on the football team (NCAA Division III). In my free time, I enjoy running, watching and playing sports, and being outdoors. See my personal page for upcoming and past races.