Joe Ryan

Head, Center for Statistics and Visualization / Research Visualization Engineer


Joe Ryan is the Head of the Center for Statistics and Visualization at the University of Denver. At DU, he focuses on building interactive visualization tools with the goal of translating the outputs of scholarly research for consumption by the general public. With his background in software development and academic research, Joe serves as a guide and a leader for scholars at DU who are interested in leveraging the powers of visualization in their own work. Joe develops custom visualization applications using a host of contemporary web technologies and visualization tools, like d3.js, Mapbox, and others. Joe also provides visualization development and mentoring skills for Tableau Desktop.

Joe has worked at a number of premiere research universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Syracuse University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  where he has built award-winning projects in a number of domains, including digital humanities, library wayfinding, and campus cyberinfrastructure.

MS, Library and Information Science, Syracuse University, 2007
BA, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001


Catherine Durso

Research Statistician

dursoThe Center’s statistical consultant, Dr. Catherine Durso, earned her PhD from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology. Her consulting practice includes projects using linear mixed effects models, hierarchical models, generalized linear models, machine learning methods, statistical cluster detection, Bayesian analysis, and spatial statistics.