Lead Data Scientist
Elder Research, Inc.
I’ve been fortunate to spend more than a decade framing complex problems and solving them using computational methods. As a Lead Data Scientist, and as Chair of the Elder Research Chief Scientist Committee, I have the opportunity to mentor data scientists while contributing technically to solve problems in data science. Over the last few years, I’ve led and contributed to major projects applying graph analytics, deep learning for computer vision, anomaly detection methods, and much more.
Skills in Brief
- Proficient: Python, R, Bash, SQL, Make, Fortran, HTML, CSS
- Literate/occasional use: C, C++, Perl, Ruby
- PyTorch, Detectron2, Keras
- Gensim, Scikit-Learn, Python packaging
- Tidyverse, R Shiny, R package development
- AWS EC2, S3, and HPC; Azure Cognitive Services
- Docker; GitLab CI/CD
- Git, Subversion, and related version control systems
- macOS, Unix, Windows
Publications, Talks, and Writing
- Kingi, H., Wang, L.A.D., Shafer, T., Huynh, M., Trinh, M., Heuser, A., Rochester, G. and Paredes, A., 2020. A numerical evaluation of the accuracy of influence maximization algorithms. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 10(1), pp. 1–10.
- Shafer, T., Engel, J., Fröhlich, C., McLaughlin, G.C., Mumpower, M. and Surman, R., 2016. β decay of deformed r-process nuclei near A= 80 and A= 160, including odd-A and odd-odd nuclei, with the Skyrme finite-amplitude method. Physical Review C, 94(5), 055802.
- Shafer, T., 2016. Calculation of beta-decay rates in heavy deformed nuclei and implications for the astrophysical r process.
- Mustonen, M.T., Shafer, T., Zenginerler, Z. and Engel, J., 2014. Finite-amplitude method for charge-changing transitions in axially deformed nuclei. Physical Review C, 90(2), 024308.
- Shafer T., 2020. Stay at Home, or at Least Tread Lightly: Using County-Level Data to Study the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Policy. Data Science Conference on COVID-19.
- Shafer, T., September 4, 2020. Policy impact on COVID-19 spread. Elder Research Blog.
- Shafer, T., April 1, 2017. The 42 V’s of big data and data science. Elder Research Blog.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009–16)
PhD, Physics. Advisor: Jonathan Engel
Thesis: Calculation of Beta-decay Rates in Heavy Deformed Nuclei and Implications for the Astrophysical r Process
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2005–09)
University Honors with Honors in Physics
BS, Physics and BA, Mathematics