Zach loves looking for kernels of truth hidden within data and using that knowledge to bring understanding into novel situations.
Zach has spent the last eight years collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data from particle accelerators all over the United States, putting to use his PhD in nuclear physics. He's helped pioneer statistical analysis, simulation, and data collection techniques to make measurements from hundreds of terabytes of physics data. During these efforts, Zach has worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Kentucky Accelerator Lab, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His passion is combining technical and programming skills with the educational chops he developed as a professor in order to create an intuitive, hands-on learning experience. In his free time, Zach plays numerous instruments, climbs rocks, and eats green chiles.
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Talk: Roadmap: How to Learn Machine Learning in 6 Months (Chicago Data Science Conference 2017)
Article: Recommendation Engines for Dummies
Alice, a Metis data science instructor, enjoys making complex things easy to understand.
Alice comes to Metis from Cars.com, where she started as the company's first data scientist, supporting multiple functions from Marketing to Technology. During that time, she also co-founded a data science education startup, Best Fit Analytics Workshop, teaching weekend courses to professionals at 1871 in Chicago. Prior to becoming a data scientist, she worked at Redfin as an analyst and at Accenture as a consultant. She has her M.S. in Analytics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from Northwestern University. She blogs about analytics and pop culture on A Dash of Data. Her blog post, "How Text Messages Change From Dating to Marriage" made it onto the front page of Reddit, gaining over half a million views in the first week. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring, and loves using data to tell fun and compelling stories.
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Article: Geek of the Week (GeekWire)
Damien looks to data to build simplified models of the world, to help us understand and reason about it.
Damien has experience bringing esoteric subjects down to Earth. After completing a PhD in cosmology, he spent his time developing project-based learning in physics, math and computer science at small liberal arts colleges. He loves developing projects that are relevant and interesting, while still highlighting the important concepts. After leaving the classroom, Damien worked as a curriculum designer and data scientist for a small San Francisco recruiting startup for people looking for coding jobs. When he's not working on lectures, Damien can be found studying Wing Tsun, playing Go, or on a photo hike.
Ashley is a passionate Career Advisor who enjoys helping job seekers realize their full professional potentials and assisting them with finding their dream careers.
Ashley has 5 years of experience as an employment professional. She started her career as a technical recruiter, and most recently worked at DeVry University as a Career Advisor supporting the technical programs. Working in both a recruiting and advising capacity has given her a strong understanding of the recruitment process and what employers seek in a quality candidate, especially in the technical industry. Ashley is excited to be a founding member of the Chicago Metis team. She can't wait to get started working with students and graduates to assist them with identifying what they want out of a career and helping them find the career they are looking for. Outside of work Ashley enjoys staying active through rec sports and running, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
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Podcast: Tech Scene Chicago
Caroline is passionate about forming meaningful relationships with students and helping them reach their greatest potential.
Caroline comes to Metis with four years of experience providing student support and serving as a Designated School Official to international students. She thrives on providing excellent customer service and creating a comfortable learning environment. Caroline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from The University of Manchester. She enjoys traveling, animals, and learning about different cultures.