Student Success Stories
Whether through their capstone projects or through competitions, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science program are turning data into knowledge that can, and will, be used to inform decisions in the real world. Below are just some examples of the successes they’ve achieved to date:
Earlier this month, we welcomed the latest cohorts for the MDS Vancouver, Okanagan and Computational Linguistics programs.
Students joined us from across the globe and several time zones over Zoom as they got to know each other and the MDS team.
While the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the MDS program to move temporarily online, we are still happy to welcome our fifth! MDS Vancouver cohort, the third MDS Okanagan cohort and the second MDS Computational Linguistics cohort.
Let’s get to know the MDS Class of 2021.
An avid learner who enjoys working in interdisciplinary and diverse settings, Swapil Paliwal’s interest in the education field led him to a job within the analytics team at Apex Learning, an online education company in Seattle. His subsequent role as full-time Data Scientist exposed him to the enormous value, challenges, and applications of data analytics in multiple areas of the business.
For Connor Lee, it was a strong self-interest in data collection and analysis and an unrelenting desire to improve his technical abilities that led him to an important realization.
Data science was the field he had been looking for.
It was during her undergraduate studies where Kaitlyn Hobbs developed a true appreciation for data science. While completing her biochemistry degree, Hobbs often found herself favouring dry labs involving statistical analysis and introductory programming. After completing her thesis in comparing biome classification software efficacy, Hobbs thought it only natural to follow her interests and pursue formal data science learning.
It was during her time working as a data analyst at Nigerian start-up that opened up Chidera Okoma’s eyes to the world of data science.
“It helped me see the impact of data insight in decision making,” she explained.
Prior to deciding to do a Master of Data Science degree from UBC, Cari Gostic planned on pursuing a PhD in climate studies but after 4 years of studies and a couple of summer research internships she decided that a Doctorate wasn’t the right path.
As a professional translator, Toshiko Shibano has always been interested in machine translation. In particular, she wanted to know how linguistic data were processed in deep learning models and wanted to be able to test out her hypotheses about how to improve current machine translation models.
Prior to joining the UBC MDS Computational Linguistics (CL) program, Shibano ran a translation business in Japan that specialized in financial accounting for almost 20 years.
It was his passion for soccer that Rob Blumberg first encountered the world of data science.
“I was particularly interested in learning about these models and algorithms that were capable of uncovering meaningful insights about soccer games from data which did not seem to contain obvious patterns,” he explained.
After completing his undergraduate degree in computer science from Vancouver Island University, Ravi Gill was fully committed in moving directly into the workforce. However, Gill’s senior undergrad project involved using machine learning to look at social media metadata over time (number of likes, shares, etc…) and try to predict the next most popular musician.
Before Reiko Okamoto entered the UBC Master of Data Science program, she was pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Health at Lund University in Sweden. It was during this program where her interest in data science was first sparked.