Tim Hesterberg bio sketch

Dr. Tim Hesterberg is a Staff Data Scientist at Instacart. He used to

be a Senior Data Scientist at Google. That means old. He earlier

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

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

work. The first version wasn't good enough, so they tried again, and again.

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 National Institute of Statistical Sciences. He helped write

the ASA Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs, so he could

tell teachers how to teach.

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.