At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week data science fellowship to help our Fellows land industry jobs. We love Fellows with diverse academic backgrounds that go beyond what companies traditionally think of when hiring data scientists. Athena was a Fellow in our Fall 2016 cohort who landed a job with Brighterion.
My background is in astronomy. My research consisted of developing and performing computer simulations of star formation in the early universe. The goal of these simulations was to better understand what stellar clusters looked like in regions of the universe that telescopes cannot observe. Thus I was already familiar with computer programming and visualizing data. This was very helpful in the transition to data science. Knowing how to present my research clearly to a range of audiences — both beginning students and other experts in the field — has helped as well!
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
Tons! Just about everything I know about machine learning I learned at TDI. I met lots of great, friendly, and supportive people through TDI as well. This includes the instructors and mentors as well as the other fellows in my cohort, many of which I’m sure I will keep up with for many years to come. Through TDI I’ve also made contacts with other companies and data scientists in the San Francisco Bay area, which has been quite helpful in getting those job interviews! Continue reading