Sean Burrows

Burrows serves as the chief technology officer and chief software architect of Ascend Analytics, a company that provides risk management models for energy companies. Such work may seem a far cry from forestry, but not according to Burrows, who minored in statistics and says his doctoral work using spatiotemporal statistical techniques in forests was good preparation for the work he does now. “Much of today’s forestry involves statistics,” says Burrows. “If you know how to use statistics, you have a broad ability to analyze and understand data, whether it’s in academic forestry or in the private sector.”