John Montalbo

Data Scientist for Travis County

The University of Texas Pan American, B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, M.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences
The University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D. in Mathematics

My name is Dr. John Montalbo, and I am currently a Data Scientist with Tarrant Counties Auditor’s Office, specifically, the Risk Evaluation and Consulting (REC) department. I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but I have had the great pleasure of living throughout the United States during my childhood. I recently (2020) received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as an MSc in mathematics from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a BSc from the University of Texas Pan American. It was during my BSc in Edinburg, Texas, that I met my wife, Suzy.

I have authored six scientific papers ranging in topics from mathematics education and standards to inverse problems and solutions, as well as received two graduate teaching awards during my doctorate for my commitment to undergraduate education.

Directly after graduation, I began my tenure as a Data Analyst with Tarrant County, where I created data infrastructures and reporting techniques to help with the decision-making process for people living with HIV. I used advanced statistical methods to measure health outcomes, direct funding, and services in the most efficient ways possible. This was not only intellectually stimulating work but also fed into my natural desire to help others.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

My doctorate

What are your passions and hobbies?

TV shows, movies, books, video games

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

Progress has always been made by two flames burning in the human heart – the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better tomorrow.

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