Technical and Organizational Challenges for Data Scientists – SIAM News

By Catherine Micek

~ As a freshman in college, I decided that I wanted to be a math professor. I’d always valued learning and had been interested in teaching from a young age. My desire to teach mathematics was twofold. I enjoyed the challenge of communicating a dense subject by breaking down complex ideas and explaining them step by step, and I loved learning about the applications of mathematics across diverse fields like physics, computer science, and music. As a professor, I knew I could continue learning through research while sharing my love of math with students. With this goal in mind, I pursued a Ph.D. in applied mathematics.

Yet by the time I obtained my degree, I was no longer certain that I wanted to continue in academia…

Catherine Micek (third from left) and her team, K-Means Business, hard at work during 3M’s Data Intelligence Global Hackathon, which took place in April 2019. The team placed third. Image courtesy of Ghulam Jafferi.

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