The MSDS program values the professional and career development of our students, and continue to make substantial investments in these areas. From employing a full-time career services professional to hosting info sessions and tech talks with government and industry leaders, our students are provided with countless opportunities to understand and apply their academic work to real-world problems.
“What sets the University of Virginia’s data science program apart from many others is the focus on solving data science problems. Unlike many other programs, the program here does not focus on only using one tool like SAS. The data science program focuses on the idea of how to solve data science problems instead of how a tool like SAS is the only way to solve them. The real world lacks textbook examples and the ability to actively work through problems is a skill in great demand especially at a company like Intel.” -- Andrew Lightner
Andrew Lightner is a Business Intelligence Analyst at Intel. At Intel, Andrew’s work will focus on natural language processing and data visualization. He is a graduate of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University where he graduated summa cum laude. At the University of Virginia, Andrew honed the skills necessary to become a data scientist in the inaugural data science masters program. Andrew has had previous work experience in the medical device field, working for Sound Technology, the medical ultrasound division of Analogic.
"Combining mathematics, statistics and computer science, the MS in Data Science Program at UVa is a great transition between college and career, where you will obtain theoretical knowledge in the data science area and be in touch with real-world data science problem during the capstone project in the last semester. " -- Yingbo Zhai
Yingbo was born in China. She achieved her B.A. in Financial Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Virginia in 2014. She will earn her M.S. in Data Science from the UVa's Data Science Institute in 2015. (Prior to college, she had won the first place in the National Olympic Mathematics Competition in China, where she realized her passion in mathematics.) During summers at UVa, she had interned at Deloitte and China Merchants Security and holds a SAS certification. In addition, Yingbo is a national second class athlete in table tennis in China. (She believes the experience of playing table tennis givers her a unique perspective in analytical thinking.) After graduation this spring, she will be an Advanced Analytics Associate at Deloitte Financial Advisory Analytics.