Harlan Harris

Director of Data Science at The Education Advisory Board

Washington, District Of Columbia (Washington D.C. Metro Area)
Computer Software


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

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; ABCO; Hospital & Health Care industry

June 2014Present (5 months) Washington, D.C.


Data Community DC, Inc.

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

August 2012Present (2 years 3 months) Washington, DC

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



March 2014Present (8 months)

Zettacap explores the intersection between Investing and Big Data.

Sr. Solutions Architect

Sentrana Inc

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

April 2013April 2014 (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

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Education Management industry

2012April 2013 (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

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Education Management industry

November 2009January 2012 (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

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 2005September 2009 (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.

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

University of Connecticut

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20042005 (1 year)

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

20032004 (1 year)

Software Engineer

Wingra Technologies

19951997 (2 years)


  1. Matlab
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Operations Research
  4. Product Development
  5. R
  6. Statistics
  7. Machine Learning
  8. Statistical Modeling
  9. Data Analysis
  10. C
  11. Python
  12. Julia
  13. SQL
  14. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  15. Linux
  16. Data Science
  17. Data Visualization
  18. Predictive Modeling
  19. Business Analytics
  20. Data Mining
  21. Forecasting
  22. Survey Research
  23. Simulation Modeling
  24. Natural Language Processing
  25. Research
  26. Cognitive Psychology
  27. Research Design
  28. Linguistics
  29. Organization
  30. Event Planning
  31. Non-profits
  32. Public Speaking
  33. Project Management
  34. Team Management
  35. Predictive Analytics
  36. Mathematical Modeling
  37. Analytics
  38. Big Data
  39. Quantitative Analytics
  40. Nonprofits
  41. LaTeX
  42. Software Development
  43. Algorithms
  44. Computer Science
  45. Science
  46. Simulations
  47. Distributed Systems
  48. High Performance Computing
  49. Text Mining



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD, Computer Science, Cognitive Science


University of Wisconsin-Madison

BS, Computer Science, Linguistics



  • WINFORMS (Washington chapter of Operations Research professional society)

    Trustee (2012-2014)
    • July 2011 to Present

    Participated in panel discussion of the relationship between Analytics / Data Science communities and OR/MS organizations. Serving 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
    • August 2011 to Present

    Along with Marck Vaisman and Matt Bryan, founded and run the Data Science DC Meetup for practitioners in applied statistics and machine learning, data science, advanced analytics, and related fields.


  • Code for DC Education Project

    • June 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Harlan Harris, , Tommy Shen, Logan Powell, Laura Marks, Jennifer Cheng, Desha Corey, Elle Cayabyab Gitlin, Matthew Key

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



data, optimization, statistics, operations research, bayesian analysis, data visualization, education, community development, organization, higher education, learning, psychology, cognitive science, cognitive modeling, neural networks, public transportation, community supported agriculture, food policy, food, cooking, technology, fencing

Honors and Awards:

Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), 2007-2009 (priority score 121, %ile 3.8).
Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Office of Instructional Resources, 2003.
Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Summer Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 2002.

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