The path to a data science career often takes unexpected twists and turns. Data scientists have professional backgrounds as varied as journalist, systems developer, or—in the case of University of Wisconsin Master of Data Science student Halee Mason—lab scientist. We sat down with Halee with a few questions about her experience in the online program. Here, in her own words, the Westfield, N.Y. native shares how she went from lab scientist to data scientist, what drew her to this particular program, and what advice she would give to someone considering a data science degree. [Read more…]
If you’re a student in the online UW Master of Science in Data Science program, summer can save you time.
How much? Consider this example:
Say you take two courses each spring and fall semester, and you take summers off. You would earn your Data Science degree in three years.
Now, imagine you take two courses during summer semester, too. If you did this, you’d graduate with your master’s degree in just two years.
Summer matters a lot. Make it count. [Read more…]
Though only halfway finished with his UW Master of Science in Data Science, Nicholas Sondelski already knows his future lies in data-driven manufacturing.
Nick is the IT manager at Pointe Precision, a Plover, Wis. manufacturing company, where he’s witnessed the dawn of Industry 4.0—or, the evolution of “smart factories.” Today, these facilities produce a tremendous amount of data that can be used to automate and improve manufacturing technologies.
“Data is exploding right now,” he says, “but manufacturing needs more professionals who can study and interpret this data.” And Nick sees opportunities here—for manufacturing and for his career. [Read more…]
“If you’re navigating a dense information jungle, coming across a beautiful graphic or a lovely data visualization—it’s a relief. It’s like coming across a clearing.”
Renowned data journalist David McCandless said this. His work will pop up several times in this post, and for good reason. His data visualizations are among the best, like candy for the eyes and the brain. (WARNING: You could kill several hours looking through his website, Information Is Beautiful.)
A great data graphic can change the way we see the world. To demonstrate how creative and investigative—as well as illuminating—data science can be, we selected nine of the most fascinating data visualizations on the web. [Read more…]
Spring has sprung… and so has summer registration!
We know, we know. Thinking about next semester is a tall order. But whatever your plans for summer—camping, gardening, or taking a family vacation—online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science courses are flexible enough to fit right in with your summer activities, giving you the freedom to study when and where you want while still having time to relax. [Read more…]