Kenneth Qin

Research Analyst, Office of the Chief Scientist


Areas of expertise:
Data science, cloud application development, data privacy and security, air quality, microbial ecology

Kenneth Qin a research analyst in the Office of the Chief Scientist. He is the lead developer of the Air Sensor Workgroup (ASW) Data Platform, a cloud-based data analytics hub that aims to make air quality information more accessible to researchers, policymakers, and the general public. He is also interested in building digital infrastructure to advance data-driven solutions for sustainable agriculture and land management while maintaining equitable forms of data governance.


Kenneth has a background in statistics, ecology, and environmental science. As a student at Stanford University, he studied soil microbial responses to global change and the role of big data in addressing social and environmental issues. He was also a Schneider Fellow for Audubon California, where he identified least-conflict areas for renewable energy development in California. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Scientist, Kenneth was a technical expert in the Sustainable Agriculture Program, where he helped to develop a strategy to promote sustainable land management practices through the communication of data and metrics across food supply chains.


  • M.S. Statistics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Biology with Distinction and Honors in Ecology & Evolution, Stanford University


Qin, Kenneth, Dirzo, Rodolfo, and Peay, Kabir. (2016). Soil microbial community responses to long-term multifactorial global change in a California annual grassland ecosystem. Stanford Digital Repository.