Tim Kao has been with CNA since 2015, most recently as research program director for the Data Science Predictive Analytics Program. During his time at CNA, Kao has implemented innovative approaches to research, including machine learning, agile project management scrums and human-centered design. He has also advanced CNA’s work in cloud computing environments, interactive data visualizations, and data science for both client and corporate requirements. As a data scientist, he worked on a range of issues for the Marine Corps and led CNA’s Performance to Plan (P2P) effort for the Navy Undersea and Surface Warfare Enterprises.
Before coming to CNA, Kao served as an officer in the Marine Corps. His service included leadership roles in special operations, space command, jungle warfare and operations research. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with deployments in 2003 and 2007. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.
Kao holds an M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MBA from the University of Colorado.