Chris Townsend leads software development teams and work on web applications, cloud-based distributed computing systems, and data processing with Python, R, Go, SQL and other technologies in the Center for Data Science.

Prior to joining RTI International, Mr. Townsend was a senior software engineer for Applied Research Associates, Inc. working on commercial product development, massively parallel cloud-based compute systems and developing web-based APIs and software-as-a-service products.

Mr. Townsend has extensive experience managing software product development teams, implementing Agile Scrum and Test Driven Development methodologies and programming in: Python, SQL, Go, C and C++, and JavaScript. Mr. Townsend also has experience designing, developing, and performance tuning large transactional and analytic databases in multiple database technologies.