Background: M.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, 2015; B.E. (Hons.) Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, 2015; Senior Software Engineer II, goIbibo.com (Gurgaon, India)

Why data science? I clearly remember the first time I shopped online. I bought a laptop bag, and soon after I started getting personalized advertisements of bags while surfing the net. A conversation with my brother revealed that even traditional retailers had started targeting customers using analytics to improve marketing efficiency. At goIbibo.com, the largest online travel agency in India, I learned how data was being used to transform the travel business by working first hand on analytics initiatives. While working there, I decided that I wanted to further study data science.

The UVA Data Science Institute is home to some of the most renowned faculty in this domain. The short 11-month duration is another attractive feature of the MSDS program. Moreover, the capstone project that is sponsored by real world clients will provide me with an opportunity to apply classroom learning to present-day issues facing different industries. Finally, the MSDS program historically has a small cohort size that will provide me with an incredible opportunity to forge valuable professional and personal connections.

Research and Career Interests: I want to work on projects that I am really passionate about - deriving actionable insights from masses of unstructured data to contribute to key business decisions. Long-term, I aspire to create real value by leading large-scale, challenging, transformational projects. I will gain the technical know-how to lead these projects from the MSDS program.

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