Javier Tapia

Lead Data Science Engineer

Javier Tapia joined Tillable in February 2019 to spearhead the effort to manage and interpret all the data the company gathers. He holds three degrees in electrical engineering—a bachelor’s from the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru; a master’s from Northern Illinois University; and a doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He brings more than 20 years of experience in signal processing and data analytics to his responsibilities in Tillable’s engineering division. Among other things, Javier’s work plays a key role in estimating what would be a fair rental price for a particular piece of farmland.

Even with his years of experience in other fields, Javier says the decision-making process in farmland rental was something he didn’t expect.

“Learning what the landowners and the farmers care about surprised me. I used to work in a trading company, where it was all about how much money you can make, quickly buying or selling at the best price. At Tillable, it seemed like the same idea, but the farms may not go to the highest bidder. Often the contract goes to the person who has the best knowledge about the property, who is going to treat the property better, as the landowner sees it. It’s a completely different perspective from trading—same mechanism, but different perspective.”

The people on the team are very friendly. Whenever I have a question, they’re always willing to help.

What do you like about Tillable? “I like working with friends,” Javier says. “I knew Corbett for a long time—we previously worked together for about 12 years. And the people on the team are very friendly. Whenever I have a question, they’re always willing to help. I also like the flexibility, and the fact that we’re really all working for a common goal and trying to make it better.”