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Add to Calendar 2/26/2016 11:00 am 2/26/2016 America/Chicago Physics Careers Seminar: "From Astrophysics to Data Science" DESCRIPTION:

After a PhD and two postdocs studying theoretical cosmology, I fell in love with Chicago and wanted to try something new. As such in 2013 I started looking for a data scientist position and soon landed at Groupon, a large Chicago-based tech company. In my new career I use the same skills and tools that I once used to study the Universe to study the world of e-commerce. My work involves answering complex questions with massive heaps of historical data, along with using machine learning techniques to optimize the business. I will discuss the pros and cons of this career change, the day-to-day life of a data scientist in tech, and how one might prepare to make such a transition, and I will field any questions anyone has regarding my trajectory and this exciting career path.

Bio: Dr. Ali Vanderveld is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Groupon. Ali joined Groupon in 2013 after completing a KICP research fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During her academic career, Ali was a member of the development teams for several space telescope missions, including the SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP), the High Altitude Lensing Observatory (HALO), and Euclid. Ali received her BS in physics from the UIUC Honors Program and her MS and PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University.

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Dr. Ali Vanderveld, Senior Data Scientist, Groupon

204 Loomis Laboratory (Interaction Room)

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Physics Careers Seminar: "From Astrophysics to Data Science"

Speaker Dr. Ali Vanderveld, Senior Data Scientist, Groupon
Date: 2/26/2016
Time: 11 a.m.
Location:

204 Loomis Laboratory (Interaction Room)

Event Contact: Lance Cooper
Sponsor:

Dept. of Physics

Event Type: Alumni Speaker Seminar
 

After a PhD and two postdocs studying theoretical cosmology, I fell in love with Chicago and wanted to try something new. As such in 2013 I started looking for a data scientist position and soon landed at Groupon, a large Chicago-based tech company. In my new career I use the same skills and tools that I once used to study the Universe to study the world of e-commerce. My work involves answering complex questions with massive heaps of historical data, along with using machine learning techniques to optimize the business. I will discuss the pros and cons of this career change, the day-to-day life of a data scientist in tech, and how one might prepare to make such a transition, and I will field any questions anyone has regarding my trajectory and this exciting career path.

Bio: Dr. Ali Vanderveld is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Groupon. Ali joined Groupon in 2013 after completing a KICP research fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During her academic career, Ali was a member of the development teams for several space telescope missions, including the SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP), the High Altitude Lensing Observatory (HALO), and Euclid. Ali received her BS in physics from the UIUC Honors Program and her MS and PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University.

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