Data Scientist
Data Scientist


Nick Betzsold came to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2016 as an undergraduate intern within the Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling (currently Math, Stats, and Data Science) group. After completing his degree, he transitioned to a Post Bachelor's Research Associate position. In this capacity, Betzsold continued his research in national security and infrastructure risk analysis, power grid data analytics, R Shiny web app development, and various data/statistical analysis projects. He obtained his master's degree and transitioned to a full-time role as a data scientist in 2018.

Betzsold has led project tasks devoted to artificial intelligence and machine learning, statistical computer programming and R package development/deployment, and risk tool concept of operations development, often playing a leading role in the engagement with sponsors and stakeholders. He also led a PNNL Quickstarter research project exploring the use of game theory for quantifying system deterrence effectiveness. In 2022, Betzsold obtained his Project Management Professional certification, and he is currently a budding project manager at PNNL. His work is primarily within the National Security Directorate for various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components, and he currently serves as the Aviation Security and Soft Targets DHS Subsector Lead.

Research Interest

  • National Security
  • Aviation Security
  • Soft Target Protection
  • Risk Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • MS in data science, Northwestern University
  • BS in statistics, Brigham Young University
  • Project Management Professional

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Working Group Co-Chair, Homeland Security Analysis, Military Operations Research Society