Building the future with enterprise-grade AI

About us

Strong Analytics is a leading provider of custom enterprise-grade AI software and solutions. Our team of Ph.D. trained data scientists bring a wealth of cross-industry experience building and deploying machine learning solutions within high scale environments.

Our suite of AI platforms enables custom-tailored solutions to go from design to deployment faster and more effectively than ever before.

Our Work

Making millions of children safer online
Developing the next generation of commercial vehicles
Enabling one-to-one engagement with millions of customers
Optimizing delivery of life-saving blood to hospitals
Reducing prescription fraud
Transforming a 100+ year old manufacturing process
Hardening military-grade biometric security with next-gen AI
Accelerating personalized gene therapy cancer research
Optimizing ad revenues for the world’s most popular websites

Our Team

Brock Ferguson
Co-Founder, Principal Data Scientist

Brock is an expert in statistical inference, machine learning and software architecture. At Strong, he leads projects that combine each of these to build data applications at scale. Brock holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Northwestern University, in which he studied universal learning mechanisms underlying language acquisition. Prior to co-founding Strong, he built and led several software companies to successful acquisitions.

Jacob Zweig
Co-Founder, Principal Data Scientist

Jacob is an expert in deep learning, reinforcement learning, and leveraging artificial intelligence to automate processes in complex, dynamic systems. Jacob holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, where he developed novel deep-learning based tools for decoding speech from electrophysiologic signals. Prior to co-founding Strong, he worked as a consultant with clients such as LG, 3M, Verizon, Duracell, Motorola, and Nokia.

Jacob Dink

Jacob is an expert in applying statistical approaches to understanding customer lifecycles; for example, predicting when and how churn happens and how to prevent it, or forecasting lifetime value and how to increase it. Jacob is also an expert in probabilistic modeling and leveraging big data to model and forecast risk. Jacob did his doctoral studies in Psychology, an M.S. in Statistics, and holds a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Juan Llanos

Juan specializes in researching and developing machine learning models, leveraging deep learning and natural language processing. Prior to joining Strong, Juan worked on text classification models for e-commerce transactions, generative models for synthetic time series generation, and 3D virtual environments for enhancing situational awareness in people with visual impairments. Juan attended Florida State University, where he received his M.S. in Computational Science and B.S. in Mathematics.

Alice Li
Senior Data Scientist

Alice has cross-disciplinary expertise in machine learning, data science, and business strategy. Before joining Strong, she worked on A.I. research in computer vision and natural language processing while completing an M.S. in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. She previously led data and growth at an education research start-up and advised Fortune 500 clients on data-driven strategy at Bain. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Nathan Frank
Senior Data Scientist

Nathan is an expert in predictive modeling, deep learning, and machine learning infrastructure. Before joining Strong, he lead teams building a machine learning training and deployment platform, and predictions driving betting lines for one of the world’s largest sportsbooks. Nathan holds an M.S. in Physics & Astronomy from UNC - Chapel Hill, where he was a collaborator on a global network of ground-based optical telescopes and web interface, processing millions of astronomical images to thousands of users worldwide.

Joseph Day
Data Scientist

Joe brings a deep expertise in building and deploying data science and analytics projects in both the Financial and Advertising industries to his role as a data scientist at Strong Analytics. He has extensive experience in both traditional and deep learning based computer vision, and has built systems to extract text from advertisements in complex dynamic environments. Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics from the University of Chicago.

Francisco Gonzalez
Data Scientist

Francisco leverages his expertise in high-performance computing, computer vision, and deep learning as a data scientist as Strong. Prior to joining Strong, he developed vehicle collision claims automation tools in the insurance industry using both image and telematics data. He has also built deep learning based systems to learn and infer the low-dimensional feature dynamics of complex fluid systems. Francisco holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a Computational Physics Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Kuang Wei
Data Scientist

Kuang specializes in deep learning, computer vision, and classical statistical inference. Prior to joining Strong, Kuang worked in the insurance space, where he optimized and enhanced a computer vision model for automobile total-loss determination. In addition, Kuang brings in unique expertise in improving the interpretability for deep learning models. Kuang holds a M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, where he was a Nambu Fellow and specialized in large-scale astronomical surveys.

Cody Dirks
Data Scientist

Cody is an expert in working with large, heterogeneous sets of data, with experience in ingesting, transforming, and analyzing data from myriad disparate sources. Prior to joining Strong, Cody holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from Northwestern University, where he worked with space-based telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Planck, and Gaia, to perform broad, multi-wavelength studies of regions of interstellar space that could potentially host new star formation.

Cory Bonn
Data Scientist

Cory is an expert in Bayesian modeling techniques with a specialty in handling missing and partially observed data. He has experience with a broad array of machine-learning techniques as well as traditional statistical methods. Prior to joining Strong, he was a post-doctoral researcher in cognitive science in Paris and Vancouver, focusing on how humans use their visual systems to make rapid inferences about quantity and on how to make inferences from sparse, but complex datasets that come from infants and young children. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. Cory is also a pianist and music teacher, earning degrees in performance and music theory from the Eastman School of Music.

Olesya Bondarenko

Olesya leverages her rich multidisciplinary background and experience in R&D, new product prototyping, statistics, process automation, natural language processing and machine learning to deeply understand a new problem and build an effective solution. Prior to joining Strong, she led research and development efforts for several startups on conversational AI, material property prediction engines, and a variety of custom automated analytics and data collection tools. Olesya received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego, and focused on Optics and Photonics during her graduate studies.

Adnan Umer
Sean Lonergan
Project Manager

Our Values


We’re dedicated to our clients. Your needs and problems always come first, and only with a deep understanding of your business can we solve those problems.


Data science is a complex and dynamic industry that’s frequently misunderstood. That’s why our credibility is a cornerstone of our identity.


Every step of our process is defined by rigor. We validate results before sharing them, and we’re upfront with clients when we come across challenges in their data.


Collaboration flows between our clients, the Strong team, and the data science community as a whole. Internally, we share what we know freely, and we’re never afraid to ask each other for help.


We care about scalability and efficiency as much as our clients do. From our project management tools to our development process to our documentation, effectiveness is at the core of what we do.


We enjoy heated video game tournaments, communicating with far too many GIFs, and getting a bit goofy.