Tim J. Gabel is the executive vice president of Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences (SSES) and is helping guide RTI’s Big Data strategy. Mr. Gabel joined RTI in 1983 with technical training in both statistics and computer science and has served in a variety of leadership roles during his career, including the head of the Research Computing Division and the vice president for Survey and Computing Sciences. Mr. Gabel helped pioneer RTI’s early efforts to conceptualize and develop Internet applications for research activities and has extensive experience directing data collection and data processing activities for scientific research studies. Now he is leading the effort to align RTI to meet the demands of big data so that RTI’s researchers can answer questions that until recently, were impossible to quantify.
As head of SSES, the largest of RTI’s business units, Mr. Gabel manages an annual revenue of approximately $400 million and more than 1,500 professional staff who conduct a variety of research, development and technical assistance projects. Most of the SSES portfolio involves large-scale data collection and management, with an emphasis on complex methodological, statistical, and epidemiological approaches to important public policy issues in health, environment, education, economics, public policy, and social welfare.