Robert Clements

Data Science Instructor, Aspiring Writer and Creative Coder

Ex-industry Data Science practitioner and leader


I am an Industry-to-Academia convert, currently an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Data Science program at the University of San Francisco, and formerly a Senior Director of Data Science. I have about ten years of industry experience as both an individual contributor and manager, mostly in machine learning. At one time, when I was feeling particularly ambitious, I led a team of 20 data scientists. For all of the exciting details about my past roles and publications, please visit LinkedIn. Maybe one day I will add my stylish CV, created with R Markdown, to this site. 

My career journey thus far has been short, but winding. While working the 8:00-5:00 industry grind and raising two daughters I became short-sighted, focusing only on my next salary bump, bonus, or attaining a more prestigious job title. I never had the time or energy to work on things that I’ve been wanting to do for years, such as writing a blog or book, learning more about generative art/models, or even just creating my own little website like this one. My hope after my mid-life pandemic-inspired career change back into academia is that I can focus more on doing what I actually enjoy doing – teaching and mentoring the next generation of data scientists, and being creative with data and code.

Education & Experience


  • BA Mathematics - Humboldt State University
  • MS Statistics - University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD Statistics - University of California, Los Angeles

Places I've Worked

  • University of San Francisco, MSDS Program
  • Optum, UnitedHealthcare
  • Walmart Labs
  • GE Digital, GE Aviation, Exelon Corp
  • Verisk Analytics
  • German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)

Fun Facts

  • Born and raised in San Bernardino, California
  • Pre-kids I was a cinephile, lindy-hopper, and guitar player
  • Post-kids I am a baker, juggler of random toys, and story reader


Journal Articles


 Posts are here.


Data Science Beginnings: this is a podcast I started for the Data Institute at the University of San Francisco. If, for some odd reason, you want to hear me talk to AI practitioners about their lives, careers, and advice for the next generation of data scientists, please check it out.


I am simply the worst at being social, so my social media is limited to LinkedIn. Connecting with me there, or through email, is the best way to contact me.

I haven’t been all that active on Github since my postdoc. My industry job, and family, kept me pretty busy, so there’s nothing worth forking at the moment.