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…]
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…]