Name: Jeffrey Borowitz
Title: Social Scientist
When did you join Giant Oak: 2013
What are you working on: At Giant Oak I get to apply economic thinking to find bad guys and make the world more safe.
Tell me something about the work you do: I develop some of Giant Oak's analytics, and make sure they are powerful and useful. I also spend a lot of time writing and maintaining software, and doing a little bit of everything.
Why did you come to Giant Oak: As I saw the world at the time, there was an increasing focus on applied use of data and statistics in a variety of contexts. Also, my training as an economist lead me to a really deep wariness about drawing interpretations out of data - it's so much easier to do it wrong than to do it right. In part, I came to Giant Oak so that I could appeal to my inner Don Quixote: I want to make sure data is never mis-interpreted, anywhere. But more importantly, of all the contexts where data could be applied, trying to find bad behavior was one where it was clear that my work would make the world a better place.
What do you do when you aren't at work: I travel, eat, cook and spend time with my wife and family. I also like spending time with my wife and family.
Prior work experience: I was a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisors.
Education: PhD in economics from University of Maryland and BS in Physics from MIT.