Brad Ochocki

I'm a Data Scientist with a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a background in Engineering.

I build wonderful things with data.


Data Scientist

Croptix | State College, PA

Croptix has developed a proprietary optical method that can look inside leaves to identify indicators of crop disease. This technology is field deployable, allowing growers to rapidly and economically screen large areas on a recurring basis, and manage diseases as early as possible.

I design and build scalable data analysis pipelines at Croptix, and help manage the wide-range of greenfield projects that we're working on.

NOV 2018 - Present

Data Scientist

MealPal | New York City, NY

MealPal is a subscription service that provides members with hundreds of lunch choices near where they live or work for a flat, monthly fee. Users can discover new restaurants and save money, while restaurants can increase revenue during their busiest hours of the day.

As a Data Scientist at MealPal, I built new data products that improved user experiences and drove company growth.

JUN 2018 - NOV 2018


Insight Data Science | Seattle, WA

Insight is an intensive seven week post-doctoral training fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science.

I created Skua, a Chrome extension that automatically filters out abusive Twitter content in real time.

JAN 2018 - MAY 2018

Data Engineer

Apex Systems | Houston, TX

Apex Systems specializes in providing IT professionals for contract, contract-to-hire and direct placements.

As a contractor with Apex Systems, I built custom machine-learning software in C# to integrate with the client's in-house analytics toolkit.

SEP 2017 - DEC 2017

Graduate Researcher

In the U.S. alone, invasive species cost more than $100 billion annually in economic and environmental losses. These losses affect agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and transportation infrastructure.

I investigated how evolution can make invasive species spread faster over time, and how statistical models can be applied to predict the spread of invasive species.

AUG 2012 - AUG 2017

R Programming Consultant

Simplify Healthcare provides niche software solutions and services to Health plans and third party administrator (TPAs), so they can navigate the rapidly changing market landscape.

As a short-term consultant with Simplify Healthcare, I re-built the functionality of legacy software for a client that provides market research and analytics to Fortune 500 companies.

OCT 2015 - NOV 2015

Energy Modeling Engineer

Vidaris | Norwalk, CT

Vidaris is a provider of niche consulting services within the architecture, engineering and construction industries focusing on high-performance buildings and specialty structures. They provide solutions for building envelope, energy efficiency, sustainability, code advisory and construction advisory projects.

I estimated energy cost savings by numerically simulating annual energy expenditure for multiple HVAC configurations.

OCT 2008 - JUL 2009


Rice University

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Nottingham

MRes, Evolutionary Biology

University of Rochester

BS, Biomedical Engineering; Minor in Mechanical Engineering


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Python (numpy, pandas, scikit-learn, Keras, package development)
  • R (tidyverse, RMarkdown, RStan, rjags)
  • Julia
  • SQL
  • C#
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Git
  • Jupyter
  • Airflow
  • Flask
  • Periscope
  • LaTeX
  • QGIS
  • Machine Learning
  • Building Analytics Pipelines
  • Timeseries Forecasting
  • Hierarchical Statistical Models (Bayesian and Frequentist)
  • Stochastic Simulation Models
  • Mathematical Models
  • Model Selection
  • Experimental Design
  • Image Processing