Pujeethaa Jakka (MS ’19), data scientist at Pattern Computer Inc., credits the iSchool’s courses in applied business research, data visualization, and data mining with playing a crucial role in helping her achieve her professional goals.
Where do you work, and what is your role?
I work as a data scientist at Pattern Computer Inc. This startup engages in exciting and groundbreaking projects, focusing on pattern discovery in data mining. I work on building models and own a platform to visualize high dimensional data as well as the valuable insights from our pattern discovery engines. I also serve as the gatekeeper for data.
What do you like best about your job?
I love the opportunity to wear multiple hats and work on creative projects.
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in IM?
I have always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, and I liked the blend of courses that the MS/IM degree program offers. Students have the flexibility to choose from areas such as data science, business consulting, and security. My courses focused on data science and business consulting. That gave me a holistic view of the business as well as data world.
How did the iSchool help you get to where you are today?
When I first started at my current job, I developed a VR visualization product in collaboration with another company. I was able to apply the skills I had acquired from Professor Song’s Business Intelligence Group assignments at the iSchool. I had to do market research, competitor analysis, etc., which I worked on as part of the course. Professor Turk's Data Visualization course and Professor Torvik's Data Mining course played a crucial role in helping me achieve my professional goals.
What advice would you like to share with iSchool students?
My advice to iSchool students would be to always have the big picture in mind and work toward it. Students need to have an idea of where they want to be and what they want to do after they complete their studies. This insight plays a crucial role in helping them decide which courses they should take each semester. Students should take every opportunity to practically apply the knowledge learned from their various courses.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love crafting and making home decor pieces. Cooking is something that I love, too.