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 data scientist, you probably recognize the names DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacher. Not only are both often credited with popularizing the term “data science,” but they also exemplify the modern data scientist—that is, one who applies his or her data-savvy expertise in any setting that demands it, including healthcare, e-commerce, social media, and journalism—just to name a few.
Patil, the chief data scientist at the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, boasts an extensive resume that includes stints at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, Skype, PayPal, and eBay. [Read more…]