VP Data Science and Platform Engineering
Paul joined Benson Hill in 2016 as Vice President of Data Science and Platform Engineering overseeing the data science and systems biology groups as well as software development. Paul brings over two decades of experience in genetics, breeding, data science and enterprise platform design to support Benson Hill’s rapid growth in advanced analytics and digital platform strategies. Prior to joining Benson Hill, Paul served as director of R&D information technology analytics at Monsanto where he developed and led the company’s first advanced analytics team, inventing solutions using machine learning, pipeline simulation, geospatial analytics and operations research. These discoveries transformed Monsanto’s discovery, development and manufacturing pipelines and set the stage for the future of data science at Monsanto. Skroch held prior leadership positions developing systems for genotyping, molecular and predictive breeding, pipeline analysis and advancement.
Paul completed his postdoctoral training at Washington University, Saint Louis. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.