USciences Hosts Data Science Roundtable on Campus

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on November 19, 2019

USciences Data Science Roundtable

USciences hosted a dozen professionals working in the field of data science on campus on November 7, 2019, as part of a series of events with students, faculty, and staff. The individuals, which included four USciences alumni, spoke about the future of the field and how the next generation of data science students can be best prepared to enter the industry. 

Attendees included: Gerri Brown-Broadnax Ph/Tx’84, senior director of data management at Syneos Health; John van Stekelenborg, director and group lead of methods and analysis at Johnson & Johnson; Kathleen Frenia Cohen PharmD’98, senior project director for Real World Solutions at PRA Health Sciences; Max Kanevsky BC’99, President and CEO of Pinnacle 21; Sheldon Kong, PhD, head of research strategy in data generation and observational studies at Bayer Pharmaceuticals; Rajvi Mehta, advanced data analyst at Vanguard Group; Kafui Nukunya, director of data science at Comcast; Laura Schultz, data science in the department of biomedical and health informatics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Grant Fiddyment, data scientist with the Philadelphia 76ers; Sam Ebb, vice president of business strategy and analytics at the Philadelphia Flyers; Simon Kassel, data scientist at Azavea; and Yauheniya Cherkas, associate director and data scientist in Global Medical Safety at Johnson & Johnson.

Students and faculty had a chance to meet and mingle with the experts during lunch in Wilson Hall. The lunch conversation was followed by a round table discussion about trends in the field of data science, the Data Science curriculum at USciences, and ideas to support the next generation of data scientists.

USciences launched its bachelor’s degree in Data Science in 2018, enrolling its first class this fall. Data science is one of the most in-demand and highest-paid careers making it a valuable choice for students. This meeting was the beginning of a conversation with these individuals, their companies, and other partners in order to support Data Science students with experiential opportunities including internships, capstone projects, shadowing, and mentorship. This relationship will also help to keep USciences’ curriculum, relevant as the industry evolves. 

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