Class of 2016
Principal Research and Planning Analyst
Southwestern Community College District (San Diego, CA)
Before starting in the MS Applied Statistics program at TC, I was determined to enter a PhD program for Clinical Psychology, but after taking courses in the MSAS program, I found my true passion in statistics and data science and quickly redirected my educational journey. Since graduating in 2016, I have worked in educational research in the California Community College system, applying methods of data science, predictive analytics, causal inference, and structural equation modeling (and hopefully one day, machine learning techniques) to build and analyze educational data. Currently, I lead a team of researchers at SCCD on projects that focus on testing and improving initiatives and programs that increase access and support for students in higher education, especially for underserved student populations. In addition, I have been building foundational infrastructure for sustainable database management, data sharing between local institutions of education, financial planning projections, and data visualization suites for faculty and administrators at the college.
The MS Applied Statistics program at TC was an invaluable opportunity for me; the instruction was current and advanced, the faculty were encouraging and positive mentors, and the courses were designed to include assignments and projects that directly translate to employable skills. Not only did the program set me up to be successful in my current role, but it also allowed me to cultivate and live my passion for data.