Tim Hesterberg bio sketch

Dr. Tim Hesterberg is a Senior Data Scientist at Google. That means old.

Before that he attempted jobs at an electric utility, in academia, and

in software; at least he can drive a forklift. He received his

Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University, where he played a lot

of volleyball, got his B.A. in Math from St. Olaf College, where he

proved he can't sing, and claims he studied two years in Germany, but

has nothing to show for it.

He wrote Mathematical Statistics with Resampling and R, Wiley (2011)

with Laura Chihara of Carleton College, and got her to do most of the

work. It wasn't good enough, so they tried again in 2018.

He exploited two college students and a high school teacher to

write book chapters for teaching intro stats using resampling, then

added David Moore as a co-author so people would think it was worth

reading. He can't seem to stick to one thing; he's also written about

streams and earthquakes, electric demand forecasting, web traffic,

clinical trials, display ads, computer vision, and spiders walking

around spaceships.

He's a high muckety-muck for Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute

and the Interface Foundation (Interface between Statistical

Sciences and Computing). He helped write the ASA Guidelines for

Undergraduate Statistics Programs, so he could tell teachers how to


He was used as an example in "How to Give a Really Awful Presentation".

He runs or bikes to work. When he drives the accident rate in

Seattle skyrockets. He broke his toe at a Math contest.

He is a tree hugger, teaches kids to shoot rockets, make kerosene

torches and set rafts on fire, and has herded cats - I mean chaperoned

high school students - to set up computer labs in Guatemala, Ecuador,

and Costa Rica.