Doctoral Student Bios

Zachary M Drake

Zachary M Drake

Zachary M Drake

Crime Prevention, Environmental Criminology, Crime Analysis, Data Science, Computational Criminology, Systems and Operations Modelling, Cyber Crime, Cyber Security

Zachary Drake is a Ph.D. student in Criminology, Law and Society. His areas of study are focused in the quantitative understanding of crime trends, rates, prevention, and policies. Zach is currently a data scientist with Deloitte Consulting, LLP where he helps federal, state, and local government agencies improve their systems and processes for collecting, analyzing and leveraging data to drive decision making. He was previously a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where he supported the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Training and Technical Assistance Center. At BJA NTTAC, Zach worked with federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice leadership to coordinate the federal support, implementation, and performance measurement of training and technical assistance to criminal justice agencies in the field. 

Zach is passionate about infusing big data, machine learning, and data science to improve criminal justice and security organization decision making and performance evaluation. He believes these technologies and approaches can be used in a structured, methodologically valid, research-oriented approach to unlock knowledge and understanding in ways that supersede past research approaches.

Also, Zach is interested in the applications of crime prevention and deterrence using non-government tactics. Specifically, these tactics include crime prevention through environmental design, situational crime prevention, cyber security, and the role of place managers and communities in crime control and security. The enhancement of these approaches produces a lower cost, higher yield, and less politically volatile solution to crime reduction at all ends of the criminal justice spectrum. 

Courses Taught

CRIM 471 - Prevention and Deterrence of Crime


Academic Degrees:

M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society; George Mason University, 2017

B.S. in Integrative Studies (Criminal Justice, Organizational Communication, and Geographic Information Science); Kennesaw State University, 2015

Professional Training:

Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science; Microsoft, 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program; U.S. Coast Guard, 2015


Associate Certified Analytics Professional; INFORMS

Security+; CompTIA