Harlan Harris

Harlan Harris

Director of Data Science at The Education Advisory Board

Washington, District Of Columbia
Computer Software
  1. Education Advisory Board,
  2. Data Community DC, Inc.,
  3. Zettacap
  1. Sentrana Inc,
  2. Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions,
  3. New York University
  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Data Scientist with experience and skills in Statistics and Statistical Programming, Machine Learning, Enterprise Software, Operations Research, Analytical Marketing, Enterprise Analytics, Higher Education, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Modeling, Linguistics/Psycholinguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and more. I apply statistical, mathematical, computational, and scientific methods to understanding how things, processes, and people work. I'm also deeply involved in the data science professional community, and help organize professional events and services in the DC area.


Director, Data Science

Education Advisory Board
– Present (1 year 5 months)Washington, D.C.

Secretary and Co-Founder

Data Community DC, Inc.
– Present (3 years 3 months)Washington, DC

Co-Founder, Past President, and Board Member of Data Community DC, an organization promoting data and statistical practitioners through Meetup events and other initiatives.


– Present (1 year 8 months)

Zettacap explores the intersection between Investing and Big Data.

Sr. Solutions Architect

Sentrana Inc
(1 year 1 month)Washington, DC

Lead design and architecture of quantitative model integration into Sentrana's enterprise analytics platform. Research and build prototypes of new data science technologies for scaled-up, precision marketing tools. Part of product management team, devising a corporate strategy that mixes well-designed software with essential consulting services. Work closely with a broad range of peers, from the high-performance computing team, to marketing, to software engineering.

Senior Data Scientist

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
(1 year)

Responsible for Advanced Analytics projects within the Data Science team. Build and maintain predictive models and optimization systems. Develop insights into a wide range of business and educational data. Coordinate new analytics projects and initiatives with teams throughout the company.

Technical Lead, Inventory Optimization and Research

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
(2 years 3 months)

Research, design and build statistical systems for operations prediction and optimization. Create A/B experiments to improve understanding of operations policies on the business. Manage back-office product development.

Research Fellow

New York University
(4 years 2 months)

Developed theories of cognitive processes. Collected experimental data from human subjects. Developed computational and mathematical models. Wrote and reviewed articles, presented research, collaborated with faculty and graduate students.


WINFORMS (Washington chapter of Operations Research professional society)

Trustee (2012-2014)

Participated in panel discussions of the relationship between Analytics / Data Science communities and OR/MS organizations, and of OR/MS and Analytics careerpaths. Served as Trustee to provide broad perspective to the organization, and to learn more about the OR point of view.

Data Science DC

Founder and Organizer

Along with Marck Vaisman and Matt Bryan, founded the Data Science DC Meetup for practitioners in applied statistics and machine learning, data science, advanced analytics, and related fields. Am the current lead organizer, along with Ben Sweezy, Marck Vaisman, and Sean Gonzalez. Membership has grown to over 5000 members, with events drawing typically 150 attendees.



Restarted and merged the HackEDU and DC EdTech Meetups. Am co-organizer, working with several others to put on periodic evening events for education technology and innovation professionals.


Code for DC Education Project


• DC School related data visualizations
• Open Schools!, an application assisting parents in selecting schools for their children (in alpha)

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