On January 12, join the conversation as data science professionals discuss current data science industry trends, share career experiences, examine the career outlook for data scientists, and break down the future of the field.
From seasoned professionals to recent data science graduates, you’ll hear from a diverse group of people passionate about data science. These individuals will share details about their own career journeys and offer advice about advancement to help you chart your path into data science. Join the conversation on Wednesday, January 12 from 12-1 p.m. CST.
Specific topics include:
- Evaluating the current data science landscape—what do employers expect of today’s data scientists?
- Discussing the future of the field—how are the roles of data scientists changing? Where are the gaps and opportunities for data scientists?
- Diversity and inclusion in data science—what is being done to improve data science equity?
- Exploring career pathways into data science—panelists share career experiences and offer advice.
Missy Wittmann is a Data Solution Engineer at American Family Insurance where she has worked for over 30 years. She is the past President of the Wisconsin Data Management Association and is a past member of the DAMA International Board of Directors. Missy is very passionate about data and learning. In this ever changing world of technology, data and learning go hand in hand.
Carolyn Challoner, IT Instructor, Data Specialist Program at Fox Valley Technical College
Carolyn is an Instructor for the newly created Data Specialist Program At Fox Valley Technical College. In this role, she is responsible for designing and delivering the curriculum. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Western Connecticut State University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and most recently a Master of Science degree in Data Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2018. Over the last 30 years, she has held positions in Quality Engineering, Information Technology, and Marketing at companies in the Fox Valley including Plexus, Miller Electric, and most recently, Kimberly-Clark. In her previous roles she designed and developed Statistical Process Control training, managed enterprise wide reporting and database systems, and managed global marketing analytics projects. Outside of work, Carolyn is an avid runner. She has also served as treasurer and board member of several local charitable organizations.
Rebecca Wells, Data & Analytics Catalyst at Trane Technologies; Rebecca Wells is a Data and Analytics Catalyst at Trane Technologies where she has worked for 20 years. As a Catalyst, she is responsible for developing strategies to scale data and analytics within the Commercial division. This includes design of a dedicated data and analytics function, upskilling and reskilling professionals, retaining and hiring talent, and much more. Rebecca is very passionate about helping people connect the dots between the why of business goals and the what & how delivered through data and analytics.
Brent Ferrier, Principal Data Scientist, Oshkosh Corporation
Brent Ferrier is the Principal Data Scientist for the Oshkosh Defense business unit at Oshkosh Corporation. He is responsible for the strategy, implementation, and value creation of all data science initiatives within Oshkosh Defense. Brent has 10 years of experience working in data science where he owned the process from business requirements gathering to full implementation and solution monitoring. He is an alumni of the MSDS program. In addition, Brent has a MS Cybersecurity with a focus in Public Policy from Georgia Tech giving him expertise in data regulations and how policy affects the data science workflow. Brent is also a 2022 graduate of the UW Parkside MBA program with a focus in supply chain management. This program has given him business expertise to help build better data science solutions.
Jennifer Cox, Academic Program Manager, University of Wisconsin Extended Campus
Since 2007, Jennifer Cox has been employed by the University of Wisconsin System in the areas of research, program/project management, and information science. She completed the MS in Data Science degree program in 2018 and is now the Academic Program Manager for the UW Data Science Program. Her greatest data science interest is in the use of data in business strategy and decision-making.
Michael Paul, Senior Success Coach, University of Wisconsin Extended Campus
Michael is a Senior Success Coach at UW Extended Campus. He has supported students in the Data Science programs since 2015 and has worked in higher education for 15 years. As a success coach, he assists Data Science students in improving their connectedness to the program, their campus, and online resources.
This webinar is presented by the University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Data Science and Graduate Certificate in Data Science.
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Learn data science fundamentals and advanced concepts to make meaningful insights from data in a flexible, online format with the University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science or Graduate Certificate in Data Science. Courses are designed and taught by distinguished University of Wisconsin faculty who contribute diverse expertise from fields including statistics, computer science, information systems, marketing, and economics. Gain the skills you need to succeed in data science positions such as data scientist, data analyst, data engineer, marketing analyst, analytics manager, business intelligence developer among others.
A Partnership Of:
- UW-Eau Claire
- UW-Green Bay
- UW-La Crosse
- UW-Stevens Point