Benjamin Knisley, M.S.

Lecturer of Computing, Software, and Data Sciences

Product Engineer/Data Scientist at Esri

Office Phone: (951)-552-8252
E-mail: bknisley@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 376-K
Office Hours: T, R: 7:30am - 8:30am, 10:30am - noon

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S. Applied Mathematics California Baptist University 2017
B.S. Applied Statistical Analysis California Baptist University 2015
  • Courses Taught

    *Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications
    *Applied Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
    *Introduction to Statistics

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    *Biostatistics
    *Computational Geometry
    *Analysis of Algorithms and Optimization
    *Stochastic Processes
    *Machine Learning
    *Algebraic Statistics
    *Abstract Algebraic Structures
    *Spatial Statistics
    *Reliability Theory
    *Renewal Theory
    *Measure Theory
    *Software Design

  • Teaching Experience

    As a Product Engineer/Data Scientist at Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) I work at the intersection of research in spatial and statistical analysis to assist in the development of user friendly software that leverages complex algorithms. My work primarily involves teaching and implementing algorithms and pseudo-code into high-quality performance tools and application components.

    I served as an adjunct professor of mathematics teaching statistics courses for 2 years previously at California Baptist University.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Mar 2019 - Esri Developer Summit. Palm Springs, CA Insights Team, Presentation and delivered talk scheduled for “Python and R Integration with Insights for ArcGIS”

    Jan 2018 - Joint Mathematics Meeting San Diego, CA Knisley, B., Carothers, L. Presentation and delivered talk scheduled for“How High Impact Undergraduate Health Research Initiatives Can Be Discovered and Implemented in The Statistics Classroom.”

    Sep 2017 - 2017 Western Users of SAS Software Conference (WUSS 2017) Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, CAKnisley, B., Morgan, J., Carothers, L., and K. Haigh. Presentation and delivered paper on“Integrating Health Data Sources to Identify, Stratify, and Predict High Utilizers of Public Systems”, September (2017). Print.

    Oct 2016 - MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Cal State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Knisley, B., Morgan, J., and Carothers, L. Presentation and delivered talk on Multiple Logistic Regression Classification for Clinical Decision Modeling Support Systems for High User Populations Across Multiple County-wide Entities.

    Oct 2016 - San Bernardino County, Department of Behavioral Health, CA Knisley, B., Morgan, J., and Carothers, L. ”Multiple Logistic Regression Classification for Clinical Decision Modeling Support Systems for High User Populations Across Multiple County-wide Entities.,” August (2016). In press.

    Sep 2016 - International Journal of Public Health Science,Perez, M., Knisley, B., Crosby, G., Zheng, S, and M. Barth. ”Obesity Prevalence and Dietary Intake of Antioxidants in Native American Adolescents,” IJPHS 5.3 (2016): 222-227. Print.

    Jun 2015 - International Journal of Public Health Science, Knisley, B., Crosby, G., Carothers, L and M. Barth. ”Health Risk of Obesity in Native American Adolescents,” IJPHS 4.2 (2015): 94-101. Print.

    Apr 2014 - College of Allied Health Student Research Open House, California Baptist University, Riverside, CAKnisley, B., Crosby, G., Carothers, L and M. Barth. Presentation and delivered talk on Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis.

    Apr 2014 - MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Concordia University, Irvine, CA Knisley, B., Crosby, G., Carothers, L and M. Barth. Poster presentation on Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis.

    Mar 2014 - Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CABarth, M., Wigginton,W., Stipeak, H., Crosby, G., Knisley, B. and L. Carothers. Presentation and delivered talk on ”Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis”

    Feb 2014 - Annual Natural and Mathematics Science Meeting, California Baptist University, Riverside, CABarth, M., Wigginton,W., Stipeak, H., Crosby, G., Knisley, B. and L. Carothers. Presentation and delivered talk on ”Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis”.

    Jan 2014 - Joint Mathematics Meeting Barth, M., Wigginton, W., Stipeak, H., Crosby, G., Knisley, B. and L. Carothers. Presentation and delivered talk on ”Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis” Joint Mathematical Meetings, Baltimore, Md Jan 15-18, 2014.

    Oct 2013 - MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Barth, M., Wigginton,W., Stipeak, H., Crosby, G., Knisley, B. and L. Carothers. Presentation and delivered talk on ”Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis.” MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Meeting, Oct. 12, 2013.

    Sep. 2013 - World Congress in Food Science and Technology, Barth, M., Wigginton,W., Stipeak, H., Crosby, G., Knisley, B. and L. Carothers. ”Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis.” World Congress in Food Science and Technology,Hangzhou, China., Sept. 23-25, 2013.

    Feb 2013 - Annual Natural and Mathematics Science Meeting California Baptist University, Riverside, CA Knisley, B. Presentation and delivered talk on What is Enough? An analysis on the ’fairness’of the California lottery.


  • Church Membership & Activities

    Magnolia Church - my wife and I currently have attended this church for more than 6 years.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I am forever indebted to and grateful for my mentors, teachers, and instructors for their encouragement, wisdom and knowledge over the years. I especially would like to thank my beautiful wife (my high school sweetheart) who's love, prayers and personal sacrifice has carried and transformed me through these many years and continues to.

    *Reading
    *Collecting books
    *Plays saxophone
    *Classical music
    *Being outdoors in nature

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live." - John 14:19

    “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:1-6

    "According to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord's work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and thirty years. For the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ: the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself."
    - George Müller (1805-1898), Christian Evangelist/Author and Director of the "Ashley Down Orphange" in Bristol, England; He cared for 10,024 orphans in his life.

    "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S Lewis, "Mere Christianity"

    "It is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over over any soul be loved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet all love will, one day, meet with its return."
    - George MacDonald, "Phantastes"