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Standing Out as a STEM Graduate: Alumni Spotlight on Bernard Beckerman

At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week Data Science Fellowship Program 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. Bernard was a Fellow in our Fall 2016 cohort who landed a job with Uptake.


Tell us about your background. How did it set you up to be a great Data Scientist?

I studied Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University for my PhD. Graduate school prepared me with an array of technical skills including programming, statistical analysis, and the ability to build, communicate, and defend a scientific argument. These are all important in producing data science products and presenting them to those at all levels of a corporate structure.


What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?

TDI helped me leverage my programming and critical thinking skills toward a career in data science by giving me essential skills and project experience that made me stand out from other advanced-degree STEM graduates. These include machine learning, parallel programming, and interactive data visualization. TDI also connected me to a cohort of accomplished students that has been a great support as I’ve started my career.

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