Nick is the Head of Data Science at TellusLabs, where he manages the strategy and execution of the data science team’s projects. Nick was previously a lead data scientist with the Boston Consulting Group, where he brought advanced analytical methods to clients in a variety of sectors; including industrial goods, energy, transportation and logistics. Nick chose to work at TellusLabs because he believes that we are working on something important. “Keeping track of the world’s food supply and monitoring global agriculture is going to be increasingly important. It’s pretty meaningful stuff. It’s exciting to get up every morning and face that challenge.”
Currently, Nick is working on both technical and client-based projects. On the client-relations side, Nick is working to foster and maintain client relationships with two major customers. On the technical side, he is working on refining current and upcoming models. “We rolled out a bunch of models for wheat in the past couple of weeks, and now we are moving our attention to corn and soy. Mark set a pretty high bar for the accuracy of the models, so we are trying to exceed that.” To improve the models, Nick is testing a variety of new variables, as well as refining with the calendar system in which these variables are tracked.
Though he admits the amount of work can be daunting, Nick feels proud of the work TellusLabs has accomplished so far. “We’ve had some pretty good successes,” he says. “Every time that we nail a forecast always feels good. Just this morning, I was looking at our Ukrainian wheat yield number. We released our numbers before FAS, and it’s in line with what the FASis now reporting. Things like that--it’s always good to see your work validated. It’s the little victories.”
Nick’s favorite part of working at TellusLabs is the people. “We have fun,” Nick says, “...when we’re not stressed,” he adds with a laugh.