Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Gregor Thomas

Funded Fellow 2011/2012
Non-Certificate Demographic Trainee
QERM MA 2012

Gregor Thomas (formerly Passolt) is a Business Intelligence Engineer at Amazon and Instructor for UW’s Professional and Continuing Education program in Statistical Analysis with R Programming. He formerly served as a data scientist at Partners for Our Children, a public-policy think tank based at the UW School of Social Work that focuses on child welfare. He used R programming language extensively in his work for analyzing and modeling administrative child welfare data, most often using survival models and time series analysis. He has authored several R packages, some on the Comprehensive R Archive Network and others for organizational and personal use. He has also presented on research applications with R at a Society of Social Work Research conference. He loves how R enables reproducible research and provides frameworks for automating report generation.

Thomas received his MS in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington and was honored as a fellow of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. He also has a BS in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. He taught physics and calculus in rural Tanzania for two years with the Peace Corps and authored a textbook to accompany the Tanzanian basic applied mathematics syllabus.