Faculty and Staff

Tim Coburn, Ph.D.

Professor of Data Analytics
Interim Chief Data Scientist
Interim Director, Advanced Computing and Analytics Lab

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.S., Abilene Christian University
B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University

Joining Meharry in a part-time role in July 2021, Dr. Tim Coburn serves as professor of data analytics and interim chief data scientist. He has had an extensive career focused on interdisciplinary applications of statistics, analytics, data science and systems, and computing at the interface of business, science, engineering, and technology. While his work has largely targeted the energy and transportation sectors, his research has also encompassed a number of issues in the health sciences, nutrition and related human factors.

Coburn’s professional experience encompasses numerous technical and leadership roles in academia, industry, business and government. In addition to his work at Meharry, he concurrently serves as professor of systems engineering at Colorado State University and research associate in the Colorado State University Energy Institute, research affiliate in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and lecturer in the Global Energy Management program at the University of Colorado-Denver. Additionally, he holds a join appointment in the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Coburn previously served as director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce at The University of Tulsa and as professor of energy and operations management. Prior to his time in Tulsa, he was the Mesa Petroleum Professor of Statistics and Management Science, director, School of Information Technology and Computing, and associate dean for technology initiatives in the College of Business at Abilene Christian University. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, teaching health statistics and epidemiology.

Research Interests

  • Human impacts of energy systems
  • Relationship of greenhouse gas emissions and respiratory illnesses
  • Intersection of business, engineering, and technology with medical innovation
  • Data competency in health care systems
  • Predictive analytics and modeling in health sciences
  • Health policy