Michael Thorne


New York, New York, US

Data Scientist, NSA crypto-nerd, former foot model
Michael's Skills
Scientific Computing
Research and Development (R&D)
Data Architecture
Data Science
Open to networking with people holding these skills
Market Development
Business Networking
Business Planning

About Michael

Data Scientist with computational science and intelligence analysis background. Specialized knowledge in neural networks and natural language processing. Experience with broad range of machine learning applications; including clustering and classification models, regression techniques, and image analysis. Military veteran with proven expertise leading cross-functional teams in evolving, high pressure environments. Adjunct Faculty at the National Cryptologic School. Experienced instructor; qualified Arabic Linguist; Top Secret / SCI clearance eligible with full-scope polygraph.

I primarily work in Python, a few of my favorite libraries are Sklearn, Numpy, Pandas, Gensim, Theano, and OpenCV. I also have experience using Spark and SparkStreaming, SQL, HDFS, Hbase, Kafka, RabbitMQ, IBM's Bluemix, and Fortran.


Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett

Work Experience

Chief Data Officer


November 2016 - Today

Responsible for delivering a psychographic analysis engine predicting consumer response to government and private services across a wide spectrum of fields; including medical, arts, and community-service initiatives. Designed and implemented database architecture for novel natural language processing problem.

Head of Data Science


February 2016 - November 2016

Conceived, designed, and implemented a full data science pipeline to classify the content, writing style, tone-of-voice, risk perception, and decision-making style of personas involved in complex, multi-stage buying decisions. Built a machine learning content matching engine which automatically assesses and matches unstructured marketing content to the correct person at each stage of the buying journey, resulting in 10x more conversions due to better understanding of buyers. Created an MVP which helped secure $ 1.1 million in seed funding.

Analytic Lead

National Security Agency

January 2011 - January 2014

Lead multi-national mission; responsible for the training and development of more than 20 US and partner analysts and the effective communication of highly specialized technical intelligence across language, cultural, and organizational boundaries. Deployed to a supervisory position in Afghanistan; directed the efforts of more than 12 analysts at locations in the US and abroad while coordinating efforts between several national-level entities and tactical units in support of combat operations Coordinated the development of user interface and data visualizations for advanced cyber analysis capabilities during research and development cycle.Improved computer network exploitation (CNE) mission processing workflow, reducing post mission analysis time by 20% and establishing new requirement standard Pioneered innovative analytic techniques, automating time-intensive tasks for varied organizations while building new capabilities. Standardized these processes into daily operating procedures for multiple groups with specialized missions


University of New Haven / Galvanize Campus

MS in Data Science

2015 - 2016

Fordham University

BS in Physics

1999 - 2003