About Strong

We are passionate, full-stack data scientists, evolving our clients’ businesses through machine learning and AI.

Our Story

In 2016, Strong Analytics was founded with the idea that organizations of all sizes should be able to build amazing things with data science and machine learning.

We took a practical approach to data science consulting – backed by academic rigor, technical expertise, and a streamlined production process that moved projects from ideation to production very efficiently.

Since our founding, Strong has grown to a team of PhD-level data scientists with cross-industry and academic expertise to help our clients solve their hardest data science problems.

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
Partner

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.

Noah Salas
Senior Data Scientist

Noah is an expert in statistical causal inference, predictive modeling, and applied optimization techniques. Before joining Strong Analytics, he worked in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Noah attended Purdue University and the University of Illinois, where he received his M.S. in Statistics.

Juan Llanos
Senior Data Scientist

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.

Scott White
Data Scientist

Scott earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he invented and developed a rapid biosensor for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in Food Safety and Personal Health Care. Working in both academic and industry settings, he has a proven record of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting complex data to elucidate underlying mechanisms and extract value. Prior to joining Strong, Scott has worked at Monsanto, NASA, and is an alumnus of the Insight Data Science program.

Mariela Perignon
Data Scientist

Mariela is an expert in statistical methods from traditional modeling to deep learning, natural language processing, and spatial analysis. Before joining the team, she developed machine learning-based approaches to automatically describe geologic and hydrologic environmental conditions from high-resolution remote sensing imagery with computer vision and integrated spatial clustering. Mariela holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from MIT, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas, Austin.

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.

Adnan Umer
Engineer
Sean Lonergan
Project Manager

Our Values

Dedication

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.

Credibility

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

Rigor

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

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.

Efficiency

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.

Fun

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