Data Science Careers Virtual Panel

Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Drew Harry, Alex Litvak, and Issi Romem
Join as as we talk with data scientists about their current positions, including tools they work with, interesting challenges they tackle, and advice about securing an amazing data science opportunity. This is an informal panel discussion, so have your questions ready!

Drew Harry is a researcher, engineer, and designer passionate about social technologies that create meaningful communities around shared experiences. He leads the science team at Twitch which helps guide the the organization to make high quality data driven product decisions. He received a Ph.D and M.S. from the MIT Media Lab, where he built and studied new platforms to support collaborative work, study, and play. You can explore his work at http://web.media.mit.edu/~dharry/.

Alex Litvak studied computer science and technology management at UC Davis and is now a seasoned software engineer with experience at tech startups and Fortune 500 companies. He leads a small engineering team at BuildZoom, an online marketplace bringing together remodeling contractors and homeowners. Data forms the core of BuildZoom's business and their information processing challenges involve ingesting, normalizing, geocoding, classifying, aggregating, and visualizing a data set representing construction data. Day to day, Alex works on the data pipeline that moves millions of records through the painstaking processes between raw ingest and beautiful visualization.

Issi Romem is a researcher and economist who loves cities, real estate, and maps. He is chief economist at BuildZoom, an online marketplace bringing together contractors and homeowners, where he uses the company’s vast set of proprietary data to generate new data products and stories. In the past, he has managed staff in support of economic litigation, has consulted for the Bay Area Council on matters involving transportation, real estate and the regional economy, and has served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley, where he occasionally teaches a course in economic statistics and econometrics.

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May 11, 2018