Noah W. Burbank

Department of Management Science and Engineering

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Stanford University                                                                         PhD    Defended May 2015

Stanford, CA

Department of Management Science and Engineering

Specialization in Decision Analysis


Stanford University                                                                         MS      June 2010

Stanford, CA                                                        

MS in Management Science and Engineering (3.93 GPA)


Stanford University                                                                         BA       June 2008

Stanford, CA

Department of Philosophy

with distinction, specialization in Philosophy and Literature (3.99 GPA)


Selected Awards and Scholarships

Phi Beta Kappa (Invited Junior Year)

The George Porter Baldwin graduate fellowship in the School of Engineering (full funding for the first year of my doctorate)


Research Publications

“Everyday DA: The Essence of Decision Analysis.” Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University, 2015 (forthcoming). Advisor Ronald A Howard (Professor of MS&E), Committee Members: Ross Shachter (Associate Professor in MS&E), Burke Robinson (Consulting Professor in MS&E), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Professor of Comparative Literature), and chair David Hills (Professor of Philosophy).


Teaching Experience



Decision Analysis I, Fall 2013. Prepared and delivered 16 out of 18 lectures for 220 student graduate level core courses in Management Science and Engineering curriculum.

Lessons in Decision Making, Spring 2014. With a budget of $0, managed a lecture series which included John Powers (CEO of the Stanford Management Company), Casey McGlynn (partner at WSG&R), Chris McNamara (professional rock climber), Dr. Mark Melcher (transplant surgeon), Dr. Thomas Fogarty (cardiac surgeon, venture capitalist, and medical device developer), Dr. Gro Brundtland (former Prime Minister of Norway), Dr. Adam Seiver (Senior director and chief of medical affair and therapeutic care at Philips), Admiral Jim Ellis (former Commander of United States Strategic Command), Annie Duke (world champion poker player), Colonel Charles Miller (National Security Council Director for Iraq 2009-2011), and Prof. Jean-Pierre Dupuy (director of Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée).

Course Assistantships


Probabilistic Analysis, Fall 2010 and Fall 2011.

Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2015, and Spring 2015; Head Teaching Assistant, Winter 2013 and Spring 2013. Guided 2-4 teams per quarter in marketing project with local companies in a diversity of fields including e-commerce, gaming, venture capital, dining, and social media.

Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs, Summer 2012

Strategic Decision and Risk Management (executive education), September 2013.

Decision Analysis I, Fall 2012 and Fall 2014; Head Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013

The Ethical Analyst, Spring 2013

Decision Analysis II, Winter 2014

Decision Analysis III, Spring 2014

Decision Analysis Applications, Winter 2015

Introduction to Decision Analysis, Summer 2015; Head Teaching Assistant Summer 2013 and Summer 2014. 

Voluntary Social Systems, Winter 2014

Lessons in Decision Making, Spring 2013 and Spring 2015


Curriculum Development

Lessons in Decision Making, Spring 2014. Redesigned syllabus to produce more engagement with students and to deliver more value to speakers. Syllabus available upon request.


Conferences Organized

Imitatio Conference, Conference Organizer, November 2010. Organized a two-day academic conference to present new research, application and developments in Mimetic Theory.


Other Professional Activities

Data Scientist and Advisor, AlphaBoost, August 2011 – February 2013. Created Content Impact Predictor (CIP) to predict social media post performance, worked on Markov Decision Process model for social media management.

Data Scientist and Ghost Writer, Epic Media Group, July 2012. Exploratory data analysis and probabilistic structure for publisher/offer risk prediction. Ghost wrote positioning articles for social media marketing division.

Music Director and Webmaster, The Stanford Storytelling Project, September 2007 – June 2010. Wrote theme music, mastered and edited shows post-production for podcast. Managed website content.

Market Research Intern, Bojam, Inc., June 2009 – January 2010. Market research, competitor analysis, managed beta program, gathered and consolidated customer feedback. 

Market Research Intern, Surgicruise, Inc., June 2009 – September 2009. Market research on medical tourism.

Head Student Advisor, Stanford Overseas Studies, September 2007 – June 2009. Organized and executed outreach events. Ran orientation for overseas students before leaving campus.

Intern, McSweeney’s Press, September. 2005 – March 2006. Intensive fact checking for articles in The Believer.

Textbook Editor, Summer 2006 and Summer 2007. Edited and structurally reorganized the typescript of: “Fibroids, menstruation, childbirth, and evolution: The fascinating story of uterine blood vessels.” Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark; 2009; ISBN: 978-1-60494-170-8 written by Fred Burbank, M.D.

Other Skills

Foreign Languages – Spanish (Advanced), Portuguese (High Intermediate)

Programming Languages – R (Fluent), Matlab (Advanced), Python (High Intermediate)