Tim Decker joined ADP in May of 2021 as a Principal Data Scientist to help lead and develop data science within the research institute. He is fascinated with quantifying the world and has a knack for seeing problems through a unique lens. Tim excels in communicating nuanced concepts with simple analogies and reducing complex systems into bite-sized pieces. He has a track record of leveraging a broad set of skills on various difficult problems across a career spanning more than 15 years.
His career started at a scientific think tank dealing with deterministic chaotic dynamics of extreme weather events including hurricanes, tsunamis, and droughts. He researched and supported catastrophic risk analytics, forecasting, and building out algorithms to better understand natural hazards. Tim subsequently worked at several large companies including Starbucks and Facebook, where he collaborated with business partners and deployed data science solutions at scale. He gained experience working on problems in operations research, information retrieval, time series analysis, and natural language processing (NLP), and has developed and deployed models utilizing numerical simulations, nonlinear optimization, neural networks, and many other techniques. Most recently before joining ADP, Tim lead the data science team at Zulily which was tasked with improving search algorithms and data, and he re-architected the company’s A/B experimentation platform.
Tim enjoys mentoring junior data scientists and establishing data science best practices on his teams. He received his bachelors in Applied Computational and Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) with a focus in economics from the University of Washington.