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Krysten Thompson

Alumni (MIDS 2019)


Master the fundamentals of data science in order to use machine learning for problem solving.


Data Science


Most of my career has been focused in the area of eCommerce and digital marketing at software companies, from Intuit to Symantec.

My most recent position was at a data analytics start-up. As one of the first ten employees, I worked closely with the data science and data engineering teams. In this position, I was exposed to big data and macine learning, and a whole new world opened up to me. 

Naturally analytical (even as a child), I decided to pursue a career change into data science. 

Participation in UC Berkeley's Master of Information and Data Science program is the culmination of a year spent learning python, a 12-week part-time data science course in SF, and attending/networking at over 18 data science meet-ups in the Bay Area.

I also have a passion for traveling off the beaten path. In the summer of 2016, I went into remote areas of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and, separately, followed the Silk Road through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Last updated:

September 22, 2023