Ben Cooper

Data Solutions


Hi, my name is Ben!

I believe that data can change the world, and with this mindset I help companies and organizations to clean, analyze, visualize, interpret, and communicate their data. I am a dynamic data enginner/data scientist/python developer with a broad background. This gives me a toolset to apply data engineering and data science to different domains, develop end-to-end solutions, and communicate with stakeholders.

I have an MS degree from Northwestern University, and an MS degree from the University of Minnesota.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, music, mtb, nordic skiing, cooking, and I am a professional flyfishing guide for the Hayward Flyfishing Company.

2016 MS Degree Plant Biology Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden 2021 Ecological Data Analyst Tucson Audubon Society Contractor to The National Park Service 2023 Genomic/Phylogenetic Research Assistant The University of Minnesota Applied Data Science Program MIT Professional Education and Great Learning

Data Science

My combined expertise in data science and software engineering enables me to collaborate on end-to-end projects. Click on the images below to learn more about the methods I use:


Machine learning regression methods

Time Series

Machine learning time series methods


Decision trees, random forest, XGBoost

Recommendation Systems

Matrix factorization, collaborative filtering, content-based, hybrid systems

Natural Language Processing

NLP methods, nltk, spacy, sklearn

Deep Learning

Computer vision, neural networks, TensorFlow

Other Services

Through my professional and educational experience, I have developed expertise in many different aspects of data, programming, and computer science including software engineering, web development, data analytics/data viz, and data management. Click on the images below to learn more!

Data Management

Data querying, scraping, cleaning, and processing

Data Analytics

Data analysis, statistics, machine learning, deep learning

Software Engineering

Requirements Specification, Agile Methodology, Software Development

Web Development

Django, Jekyll, html, CSS

Data Visualization

Dashboarding, storytelling, other (usually programming based) dataviz




This publication, published in the Journal of Systematic Biology, is the culmination of my first Master's Degree at Northwestern University.

It is a deep dive into the evolution of group of plants called the 'Sundrops' using genomic and bioinformatic tools.


Contact Me

Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like a copy of my resume. For open source projects, please open an issue or pull request on Github. If you want to follow my work, look for updates here or find me on Github or LinkedIn.