Sam Scarpino

External Professor

Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and holds academic appointments in Marine & Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Health Sciences. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into decision support and data science/AI tools across diverse sectors from public health and clinical medicine to real estate and energy.  For his contributions to complex systems science, he was awarded the Junior Scientific Award by the Complex Systems Society and made a Fellow of the ISI Foundation in 2017.


Scarpino’s research spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, including: forecasting and predictive modeling, complex network analysis, epidemiology, genomics and transcriptomics, social networks, and decision making under uncertainty. He has given over 100 keynote, invited, and professional presentations at international conferences, has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, and is a Deputy Editor at PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  Scarpino's research on COVID-19, Ebola, whooping cough, and influenza has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, VICE News, Bloomberg, Stat News, and numerous other venues. Scarpino earned a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and was a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow from 2013 - 2016.