101 Practical Uses for a Statistics Ph.D. presented by Sydeaka Watson
Abstract: In the ten years since I earned a statistics Ph.D., I’ve enjoyed a diverse set of professional experiences as a professor, biostatistician, data scientist, and consultant with jobs touching multiple industries – including government, academia, telecommuncations, and pharmaceuticals. I’ve supported and led STEM diversity efforts as Chair of the Committee on Minorities in Statistics in the American Statistical Association (ASA), co-Organizer of the Dallas chapter of Blacks in Technology, and as Organizer of the Dallas chapter of R-Ladies Global. I’ve volunteered my data science expertise to tackle important social justice issues. And I have also experienced the joys and challenges of starting my own data science consulting practice.
Wow, what a ride!
In this presentation, I will reflect on my academic and professional journey, noting the skills that helped me bridge the gap between statistics and data science. I will highlight selected statistics and data science projects that I’ve worked on in my various roles, both personally and professionally. Finally, I will also share my current research interests and discuss the types of technologies and modeling strategies that are useful in my work.