Data Scientists under attack!! Let's help them together

Friday, October 15, 2021 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Walter Library 402

Sharath Dhamodaran (OptumLabs)

Imposter Syndrome intensifies each day with growing expectations of being a data scientist. You need to have strong quantitative and technical skills (mathematics, statistics, computer science, operations research, optimization, machine learning), business knowledge and consulting skills (problem formulation and framing), relationship and communication skills (advising, negotiating, and managing expectations), computing skills (general-purpose, statistical, mathematical, databases, business intelligence, big data, cloud), and the list goes on. No one can do it all. Data Scientists that do 70% of these are the best of the best. Let me save you some anxiety by sharing my ongoing journey navigating this challenging and rewarding career.

I lead a team of data scientists focused on creating healthcare machine learning products for our internal and external customers at OptumLabs, part of UnitedHealth Group. I have 8 years of professional experience solving interesting real-world problems using data science. Outside of work, I enjoy interacting with students and professionals and helping them transition to data science. I also compete in cricket tournaments in Minnesota.