Since creating the first data science specific blog on the internet in 2012, Ryan Swanstrom has been named as a thought-leader in big data and listed as one of the most influential people on the internet for data science. Ryan currently works as the Director of Data Science for Unify Consulting, where he helps companies use data to solve problems. Previously, he worked at Microsoft, Wells Fargo, and large government defense contractors. Ryan has a PhD in Computational Science and Statistics from South Dakota State University. He lives in South Dakota with his bride and five children.