Joseph C. Robertson, PhD



  • Doctor of Philosophy - Computational Science and Statistics, South Dakota State University, 2018
  • Master of Science - Statistics, South Dakota State University, 2014
  • South Dakota Teaching Certificate, Highly Qualified Mathematics, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science - Mathematics, Colorado State University, 2006

Completed Doctoral Research (PhD)

Joseph Robertson (2018).“The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination: A Framework Proof of Concept using Data Science”. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University.

Completed Master's Research (M.S.)

Joseph Robertson (2014). “A Comparative Verification Study of Seasonal Outlooks Using Neural Networking and Historical Analog Strength Tools in South Dakota and Neighboring Climate Divisions.” Department of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University.


Thomas Horan, Joseph Robertson, Joseph Mbugua (2018). Using GIS to Improve Tribal Safety: Applications, Trends, and Implementation Dimensions (CTS 18-19). Roadway Safety Institute, University of Minnesota.

Research Contributor

Native American Technology Research Center (2018). Build Effective Land Management through GIS. Info-Tech Research Group.

Current Employment

  • Chief Data Scientist, Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC, 2016- present
  • Joseph Robertson, Statistical Consulting Services, 2014 - 2016
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Precision Agriculture Initiative - South Dakota State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - South Dakota State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2012-2015, 2017-2018

Previous Educational Employment

  • Mathematics Coach / Upper Level Mathematics Instructor, September 2010 - May 2012, Flandreau Indian School
  • Middle School Math Instructor (6th, 7th, 8th Grades), August 2008 - May 2010, Crow Creek Tribal School
  • Adjunct Faculty Member (Mathematics), January 2009 - May 2010, Lower Brule Community College

Mato Ohitika Analytics Current Research & Development Topics

Artificial Intelligence: CNN, RNN, Tensorflow, Natural Language Processing, Iot Analytics

Machine Learning: Support Vector Machines, Image Classification, Deep Learning

Database Management: R: RSQLite, dplyr, csv, SAS

Python Libraries: Sci-kit Learn, numpy, NLTK

Geo-Spatial Analysis: ArcGIS Pro, Spatial Analyst tools, Survey123, Workforce, Collector

Graduate Academic Topics of Study

  • Inference for Data Science
  • Statistical Inference I & II
  • Geospatial Analysis & Modeling
  • Statistical Computing & Simulation
  • Asymptotic Statistics
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Predictive Analytics I & II
  • GIS Data Creation / Integration
  •  Multivariate Analysis
  •  Regression I & II

Current Professional / Graduate Development

  • Keynote Speaker, National Native Health Research Training Conference, August 2018
  • South Dakota State University REU Graduate Mentor, 2015-2018
  • Diversity Liaison South Dakota State University NSF REU Grant Committee, 2015-2018
  • AISES Adviser, South Dakota State University, 2015-2016
  • AISES Graduate Mentor, South Dakota State University, 2012-2015
  • South Dakota State University Student Liaison, NASA Space Grant High School Summer Program, 2014
  • South Dakota State University Representative, International Super Computing Conference, 2013
  • South Dakota State University Success Academy Liaison, Flandreau Indian School, 2010-2012
  • Flandreau Indian School Leadership Team, Flandreau Indian School 2010-2012
  • Approaches to Teaching Lakota Culture, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, June 2010
  • Dakota STEP Data Review workgroup (Mathematics 7-12), South Dakota Department of Education, 2010-2012
  • Techniques of Curriculum Mapping, University of South Dakota, 2010
  • General Education Teacher, Local School Performance Plan (LSPP), Crow Creek Middle School, 2008-2010
  • Teacher Assistance Team Leader (TAT), Crow Creek Middle School, 2008-2010

K12 Teaching Assignments

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Statistics

Graduate Consulting Assignments by Department

  • Survey Design & Analysis, College of Nursing, South Dakota State University
  • Survey Design & Analysis, College of Dairy Science, South Dakota State University
  • Generalized Linear Models, College of Engineering, South Dakota State University
  • Generalized Linear Models, College of Agriculture Engineering, South Dakota State University

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Assignments

  • Remedial Mathematics / Pre-Algebra
  • College Algebra
  • Survey of Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Assignments

  • Statistical Methods I & II
  • Statistical Inference I & II
  • Statistical Computing & Simulation


  • South Dakota State University Data Science Symposium. 1st Place Poster Presentation, 2018
  • ESRI UC Tribal Story Map Challenge, 3rd Place Winner, 2016
  • American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship Recipient, 2012-2015
  • South Dakota State University Sigma Chi Research Society - Research Award for Original Master’s Thesis, 2014
  • NSF CSEM Scholarship Recipient, 2005-2006
  • Lumb Scholarship Recipient, 2004-2006
  • Louis Stokes CO-AMP Scholarship Recipient, 2002-2004

Previous Leadership Activities

  • Leadershape Institute Graduate, 2006
  • Colorado State University President’s Diversity Committee, 2005
  • President - Native American Student Association, 2006-2007
  • Vice-President - American Indian Science and Engineering Society, 2005-2006
  • Eagle Feather Tutoring Program - Native American Student Services, 2004-2006
  • North Star Peer Mentoring - Native American Student Services,  2005-2006
  • Colorado State University Representative - Uniting American Indian Student Voices, 2005
  • Native American Student Services Representative - Colorado State University Ram Welcome, 2005-2006

Past Relevant Work Experience

  • Private Mathematics and Statistics Tutor - (600 hours), 2004-present
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant - Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University (520 hours), 2004-2006
  • Mathematics Tutor - Native American Student Services, Colorado State University (250 hours), 2004-2006

Volunteer Opportunities (500+ hours)

  • Career Day Professional - Tiospa Zina Tribal School, 2016-2018
  • Science Fair Judge - Enemy Swim Day School, 2015-2018
  • SDSU Facilitator / Chef - Authentic Indian Taco Sales Fundraising Events, 2012-2015
  • Volunteer - South Dakota State University Pow-Wow, 2012-2016
  • CSU Facilitator - Native American Ropes Course, 2006
  • CSU Facilitator - Christmas Toy Drive for Night Walker Enterprises, 2006
  • CSU Facilitator - Art Show with Donated Art from Various Native American Artists, 2006
  • CSU Facilitator / Arena Director - Colorado State University Pow-Wow, 2006
  • CSU Facilitator / Chef - Authentic Indian Taco Sales Fundraising Events, 2003-2006
  • CSU Facilitator / Chef - Native American Student Services Welcome BBQ, 2006
  • CSU Facilitator - “Tattoo on My Heart” Film with Director Charlie Abourezk in Attendance, 2005
  • Volunteer - Colorado State University Pow-Wow, 2003-2006

Undergraduate Research Experience (REU)

Mark Siegel, Joseph Robertson (1994). “Molecular Evolutionary Investigation of the Early Gene Bicoid in Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila virilis.” Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

Keith Weaver, David Tritle, Joseph Robertson (1993). “Genetic Analysis of Determinants Required for Stable Inheritance of Enterococcus Faecalis Plasmid pAD1.” Department of Biomedical Sciences, Sanford Medical School, University of South Dakota (published).

E. Howard Coker, Joseph Robertson (1992). “A Study in the Vibrational Stark Effect of Alkali Halide Crystals.” Department of Chemistry, University of South Dakota.