Alumni of Zipfian Academy

Alumni of our full-time training programs join some of the most demanding data science teams in the San Francisco Bay Area - and beyond. Many participants enter the program with a strong background in engineering, data analysis, or the quantitative sciences. Each builds a capstone project utilizing the skills learned in the program. To join our growing alumni network, apply to Zipfian Academy

 

SUMMER 2014 Alumni

Jonathan Lee Data Science - Analyst, Uber Before: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc, Sandia National Laboratories Project: Behavior-based driver routing using GPS traces

Jonathan Lee

Data Science - Analyst, Uber

Before: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc, Sandia National Laboratories

Project: Behavior-based driver routing using GPS traces

Ethan Cheung Director of IT, Kite Pharma Before: IT Manager and Senior Analyst Project: Volio, a market volatility predictor

Ethan Cheung

Director of IT, Kite Pharma

Before: IT Manager and Senior Analyst

Project: Volio, a market volatility predictor

Bruno Wu Data Scientist, Move.com Before: AVP, RREEF/Deutsche Bank Project: Automatic FAQ generation for MOOCs

Bruno Wu

Data Scientist, Move.com

Before: AVP, RREEF/Deutsche Bank

Project: Automatic FAQ generation for MOOCs

Tripti Saxena Data Scientist, Townsquared Before: Computer Science PhD, Vanderbilt University Project: User recommendation system for social networks

Tripti Saxena

Data Scientist, Townsquared

Before: Computer Science PhD, Vanderbilt University

Project: User recommendation system for social networks

Prasad Telukuntla Data Scientist, Move.com Before: Software Engineer Project: Sales360, a sales intelligence platform 

Prasad Telukuntla

Data Scientist, Move.com

Before: Software Engineer

Project: Sales360, a sales intelligence platform 

Erin Burnside Data Scientist, Asana Before: Food Scientist, FONA International  Project: Expert Engine: Finding expert witnesses for patent litigation

Erin Burnside

Data Scientist, Asana

Before: Food Scientist, FONA International 

Project: Expert Engine: Finding expert witnesses for patent litigation

Jeff Fossett Data Scientist, Airbnb Before: Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton Project: YUMM: A Yelp Summarization Miner

Jeff Fossett

Data Scientist, Airbnb

Before: Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Project: YUMM: A Yelp Summarization Miner

Jana Thompson NLP Engineer, Idibon Before: Consultant, Analyst, and Linguist Project: The Language of Fraud

Jana Thompson

NLP Engineer, Idibon

Before: Consultant, Analyst, and Linguist

Project: The Language of Fraud

Stephen Smith Data Scientist, Atlassian Before: Analytics and Marketing Manager Project: Supervised prediction of high value retail e-commerce customers

Stephen Smith

Data Scientist, Atlassian

Before: Analytics and Marketing Manager

Project: Supervised prediction of high value retail e-commerce customers

Wini Tran Product Hacker, BrightRoll Before: Operations Manager Project: Predicting emerging artists from HypeM's latest blogged artists

Wini Tran

Product Hacker, BrightRoll

Before: Operations Manager

Project: Predicting emerging artists from HypeM's latest blogged artists

Eric Jeske Data Scientist, Square Before: Financial Analyst & Manager, Apple Project: Detection and analysis of behavior-driven Twitter communities

Eric Jeske

Data Scientist, Square

Before: Financial Analyst & Manager, Apple

Project: Detection and analysis of behavior-driven Twitter communities

Dan Saber Data Scientist, Coursera Before: Operations Analyst, Salesforce Week-by-week blog about ZIpfian Academy: Saber Metric Insights

Dan Saber

Data Scientist, Coursera

Before: Operations Analyst, Salesforce

Week-by-week blog about ZIpfian Academy: Saber Metric Insights

  Mijail Gomez Data Scientist, Humin Before: MS, Statistics Project: Predicting Parkinson's

 

Mijail Gomez

Data Scientist, Humin

Before: MS, Statistics

Project: Predicting Parkinson's

Michael Kemp Machine Learning Engineer, Skymind Before: Sustaining Software Engineer, Splunk Project: Medical diagnosis prediction based on ICD9

Michael Kemp

Machine Learning Engineer, Skymind

Before: Sustaining Software Engineer, Splunk

Project: Medical diagnosis prediction based on ICD9


Winter 2014 Alumni

Melanie Warrick Data Scientist, Change.org Before: Software Engineer; Business Consultant at Accenture Blogged weekly about Zipfian Academy: All The Tech Things

Melanie Warrick

Data Scientist, Change.org

Before: Software Engineer; Business Consultant at Accenture

Blogged weekly about Zipfian Academy: All The Tech Things

Alex Mentch Data Scientist, Facebook Before: PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering Project: Search Engine for State Legislation

Alex Mentch

Data Scientist, Facebook

Before: PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering

Project: Search Engine for State Legislation

Zain Dossani Data Scientist, Project 100 Before: Postdoc, Molecular and Cellular Biology Project blog: Classification of personal energy usage data

Zain Dossani

Data Scientist, Project 100

Before: Postdoc, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Project blog: Classification of personal energy usage data

Hyon Chu Data Insights Sr. Analyst, Accenture Tech Labs R&D Before: Entrepreneur; Consultant Project Blog: Uncovering latent influencers in Yelp! data

Hyon Chu

Data Insights Sr. Analyst, Accenture Tech Labs R&D

Before: Entrepreneur; Consultant

Project Blog: Uncovering latent influencers in Yelp! data

Linda George Senior Technical Writer, Hortonworks Before: Researcher, Psychology Project: WorkVibes, curated company reviews

Linda George

Senior Technical Writer, Hortonworks

Before: Researcher, Psychology

Project: WorkVibes, curated company reviews

Anmol Garg

Associate Data Scientist, Tesla 

Before: Statistical Analyst 

Project: Prediction of performance of NFL rookies in fantasy football

Ike Okonkwo Data Scientist, Merchant Atlas Before: Data Science Intern at Rezscore; Data Analyst  Blog Highlight: 12-week summary of Zipfian Academy

Ike Okonkwo

Data Scientist, Merchant Atlas

Before: Data Science Intern at Rezscore; Data Analyst 

Blog Highlight: 12-week summary of Zipfian Academy

Jun Zhang Product Specialist, Twitter Before: Product and Program Management at Yahoo! Project: Mobile ad revenue optimizer with machine learning

Jun Zhang

Product Specialist, Twitter

Before: Product and Program Management at Yahoo!

Project: Mobile ad revenue optimizer with machine learning

Bradley Jacobs Data Scientist, Airseed Before: PhD in Astronomy Project: Data-driven webapp for saving money on airline tickets

Bradley Jacobs

Data Scientist, Airseed

Before: PhD in Astronomy

Project: Data-driven webapp for saving money on airline tickets

Patricio Ovalle Data Science Intern, Udacity Before: Mathematical Economics student Project: Identifying potential movie filming locations with similarity and tagging

Patricio Ovalle

Data Science Intern, Udacity

Before: Mathematical Economics student

Project: Identifying potential movie filming locations with similarity and tagging

Leon Barovic Data Scientist, Lumiata Before: Software Engineer at AT&T; Data Network Analyst  Project: Real-time comparative sentiment analysis for Twitter

Leon Barovic

Data Scientist, Lumiata

Before: Software Engineer at AT&T; Data Network Analyst 

Project: Real-time comparative sentiment analysis for Twitter

Casson Stallings Data Scientist, Future Advisor Before: Lead Mathematician & Statistician Project: Network analyses of data about tech startups

Casson Stallings

Data Scientist, Future Advisor

Before: Lead Mathematician & Statistician

Project: Network analyses of data about tech startups

Zack Desario Instructor, Zipfian Academy Before: Professional Poker Champion; Dataviz Consultant Project: Analysis and D3 visualizations of text history

Zack Desario

Instructor, Zipfian Academy

Before: Professional Poker Champion; Dataviz Consultant

Project: Analysis and D3 visualizations of text history

Scott Dennen Independent Equity Trader Before: Independent Equity Trader Project: Visualization tool in D3 for tree-based analysis of stock price changes 

Scott Dennen

Independent Equity Trader

Before: Independent Equity Trader

Project: Visualization tool in D3 for tree-based analysis of stock price changes 

Jonathan Bower Data Scientist & Water-Energy Consultant Before: Project Manager Project: Tool for startups to target and find relevant potential investors

Jonathan Bower

Data Scientist & Water-Energy Consultant

Before: Project Manager

Project: Tool for startups to target and find relevant potential investors


Fall 2013 Alumni

Carlo Torniai Data Scientist, Tesla Before: Ontologist, Oregon Health & Science University Project: Could you be a Data Scientist?

Carlo Torniai

Data Scientist, Tesla

Before: Ontologist, Oregon Health & Science University

Project: Could you be a Data Scientist?

Frank Taylor Data Scientist, Personagraph Before: Technical Sales Engineer; Physicist Project: NLP-based classification of comments on DISQUS

Frank Taylor

Data Scientist, Personagraph

Before: Technical Sales Engineer; Physicist

Project: NLP-based classification of comments on DISQUS

Tim Elser Data Scientist, Flyr Before: MA in Economics, University of Pittsburgh Project: Personalized event recommendations for quantified self enthusiasts

Tim Elser

Data Scientist, Flyr

Before: MA in Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Project: Personalized event recommendations for quantified self enthusiasts

Motoki Wu Data Scientist, Lingonautics Before: PhD Candidate, Quantitative Ecology Project: Mapping and interpolation of data from Fukishima quake

Motoki Wu

Data Scientist, Lingonautics

Before: PhD Candidate, Quantitative Ecology

Project: Mapping and interpolation of data from Fukishima quake

Anson Whitmer Data Science Supervisor, AKQA Before: Postdoc, Cognitive Psychology at Stanford  Project Blog: Similarity matrix of neighborhoods in SF

Anson Whitmer

Data Science Supervisor, AKQA

Before: Postdoc, Cognitive Psychology at Stanford 

Project Blog: Similarity matrix of neighborhoods in SF

Lisa Colvin Sr. Director of Computational Linguistics, Lingonautics Before: Data Architect, NASA Project: Semantic-based song popularity classifier

Lisa Colvin

Sr. Director of Computational Linguistics, Lingonautics

Before: Data Architect, NASA

Project: Semantic-based song popularity classifier

Henry Chen Sr. Research & Development Engineer, Lingonautics Before: Data Manager, Theoretical Physics Postdoc Project: Finding a Noodle in a Haystack

Henry Chen

Sr. Research & Development Engineer, Lingonautics

Before: Data Manager, Theoretical Physics Postdoc

Project: Finding a Noodle in a Haystack

Amanuel Tewelderberhan Data Scientist, Personagraph Before: Researcher, Theoretical Physics at Lawrence Livermore Project: Sourcing optimal locations for wind farms 

Amanuel Tewelderberhan

Data Scientist, Personagraph

Before: Researcher, Theoretical Physics at Lawrence Livermore

Project: Sourcing optimal locations for wind farms 

Jin Huang Data Scientist, Lumiata Before: PhD Candidate, Social Network Theory at Caltech Project: Causal inference engine for winning NBA games

Jin Huang

Data Scientist, Lumiata

Before: PhD Candidate, Social Network Theory at Caltech

Project: Causal inference engine for winning NBA games

Paul Minton Data Scientist, Change.org Before: Data science & computing MOOC Junkie Project: Targeting Last.fm users most likely to convert to premium   

Paul Minton

Data Scientist, Change.org

Before: Data science & computing MOOC Junkie

Project: Targeting Last.fm users most likely to convert to premium   

Rob Parrish Data Scientist & Data Product Manager, Radius Before: Research Scientist & Tech Support, Akonni Biosystems Project: Predicting default of loans on LendingClub

Rob Parrish

Data Scientist & Data Product Manager, Radius

Before: Research Scientist & Tech Support, Akonni Biosystems

Project: Predicting default of loans on LendingClub

Mickael Le Gal Product Data Scientist, TricTac Before: Quantitative Research Manager Project Blog: Predicting popularity of articles on Reddit

Mickael Le Gal

Product Data Scientist, TricTac

Before: Quantitative Research Manager

Project Blog: Predicting popularity of articles on Reddit