Dr.Timothy Lee joined WPA Intelligence in April 2016 and worked as one of the data scientists at the Ted Cruz presidential campaign in 2016. He is currently the senior data scientist at WPA Intelligence. Using his expertise in mathematical modeling, operations research and machine learning, Tim modeled turnouts, candidate ballots and various voter behaviors for numerous local, special and statewide elections.
Some of his accomplishments include correctly predicting election turnout in the State of Alabama 2017 special primary election and candidate ballot in the state of Washington Legislative District 45 within 1% of error. He also applied his expertise in operations research and graph theory to help maximize the efficiencies of campaign logistics and field operations for numerous campaigns.
A perfectionist with a broad knowledge in various branches of applied mathematics, Tim is determined to demonstrate to the political world the beauty and power of big data when true mastery of numbers and the art of data science are executed on a set of data. Tim received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute specializing in operations research. He was born in Pyong Yang, the capital of North Korea and his family escaped North Korea and came to the United States as political refugees in 1998.
Featured Winner Interview:
AAPC: What does being a 2018 AAPC 40 Under 40 Award winner mean to you?
Timothy: As a person who entered the political consulting industry only 2 years ago, receiving a AAPC 40 under 40 award is a tremendous honor and will be one of the defining moments of my career.
AAPC: What’s next for you this year?
Timothy: Continuing to help our clients win the upcoming primaries and general elections, while pursing my goal of achieving perfection in my field. I will never reach perfection but the desire, hope, and this opportunity to pursue this goal makes me start everyday full of energy and determination.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Timothy: I have been surrounded by truly great mentors, gifted and talented friends, and coworkers throughout my career. Every day they have pushed me and taught me to become a better person and a better professional. Last but not least, my work ethic has played a significant role in my achievements. My worth ethic is derived from watching my parents growing up. To me, they have shown a text book example of refugees and immigrants pursing the American dream, their pursuit is why I have had my opportunities for success.
AAPC: What advice would you give to a young professional who has their eye on being a future 40 Under 40 Award winner?
Timothy: Passion, Intensity, and Desire.