Dr. Dobbins joins FACTOR as Director, Data Science

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FACTOR expands its leadership to meet industry needs; hires Dobbins, former Data Scientist at Ingram Barge Company

Dr. Dobbins has broad, multi-modal transportation experience and can deliver game-changing data-driven insights to our clients across industries.

FACTOR, INC., a leader in solving challenging risk management problems, announced the addition of Dr. James Dobbins as Director, Data Science, to its growing team of specialized professionals.

“I am very excited to grow data science and analytics capabilities at FACTOR,” Dobbins said. “There are numerous opportunities to leverage existing strengths at FACTOR and help clients realize the full potential of their data. I am thrilled to be a part of FACTOR’s advanced team.”

Dr. Dobbins comes to FACTOR from the Ingram Barge Company, where he started the Business Intelligence and Analytics department in 2015 and served as a Data Scientist. Dr. Dobbins helped Ingram tackle big data problems and use data in unique and innovative ways to improve operational effectiveness, increase fuel efficiency, and reduce vessel maintenance costs. Prior to Ingram, he served as Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR) and held an appointment as a Research Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Dobbins’ research focused on freight data analysis, network optimization, transportation safety, and data visualization.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Dobbins has joined the FACTOR team to expand our data science and analytics capabilities,” said John Minor, President & CEO. “Dr. Dobbins has broad, multi-modal transportation experience and can deliver game-changing data-driven insights to our clients across industries.”

Dr. Dobbins holds certifications from Tableau, Oracle, and Microsoft, including Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he holds a dual license of 3rd Assistant Engineer, oceans, unlimited horsepower and 3rd Mate, oceans, unlimited tonnage. He served 18 years as a commissioned officer in the US Naval Reserve. Dr. Dobbins earned his PhD and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

For more information, please contact Mark Lepofsky at 615-321-4848, email info(at)EssentialFactor(dot)com or visit the FACTOR website at http://www.EssentialFactor.com.

FACTOR, INC. is a specialized firm that delivers essential expertise to its clients enabling them to better manage the risks inherent in their operations. FACTOR applies advanced methodologies, technology, and data analysis to support risk-based decision-making and ensures safe operations for our clients. Formerly named Visual Risk Technologies, FACTOR has been solving challenging risk management problems in the transportation, energy, chemical, and public sectors since 1997.

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