RAMAN A. SHAH, PH.D.
As a data craftsman, I save leaders money using statistics. My independent work has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, but I've focused lately on helping local governments.
I'm formally educated in hard science. I earned a Bachelor's in chemistry from Caltech and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from The University of Chicago. Between these degrees, I completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America, teaching high school mathematics on the Southwest Side of Chicago.
I've worn many hats since then: software engineer at an analytics startup, computational scientist managing an academic research group, and principal data scientist in Capital One's model risk office. My passion is to build things and help people. My favorite things in life are simple and meticulously overbuilt. I quit my day job in 2018 to live these values even more fully and haven't looked back.
At its best, this work happens at the interface of the human and technical, threading a needle between an unsung analyst and an operational executive. The staffing is constrained, the world is changing quickly, and the software is bad. Without adequate tools in hand, the analyst, implementing vital institutional knowledge, is exhausted. The leader, confronted with constant operational risks, is flying blind.
Instead of hawking a migration to yet another (bad) software platform, I craft repairs to your workflows alongside your existing team and existing tech. Unlocking the decision-making tweaks waiting within your organization takes a certain alchemy of clean code, correct math, and common sense. The best changes verge on indescernible at first glance but have deep human consequences. Between technical exposure and newfound breathing room in their workload, the analyst feels empowered, recognizing the germ of a transformation in their skillset. The leader feels a quiet new confidence in the health of their operations. Complexity melts away, revealing a game-changing clarity of thought.
It never gets old.
I live in Rhode Island; remote-first since long before the pandemic, I work everywhere. Away from the desk, you may find me baking a loaf of sourdough bread, building something out of wood, birdwatching, or playing the violin.