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Monday December 2
Zach Button

Data Science: Why the "Best Job in America" is Perfect for Math People

Data Science has been named Glassdoor's #1 "Best Job in America" for four years straight - what's so great about working with spreadsheets?  In addition to the well-publicized matters of exceptional job demand and high earning potential, Data Science is much more than simple spreadsheets, offering opportunities to work with cutting-edge technology and advanced mathematical techniques every day.  Whether the task is to design the optimum product or save an endangered species, Data Science is more ubiquitous than ever, and the demand for candidates with strong educations in mathematics is only increasing.  This presentation will give a high-level view of the interesting math that appears in Data Science and walk through the key skills a math major should pursue to break into the field.

Zach Button is a Data Scientist at C2FO, a financial technology start-up in Kansas City.  He earned his Dual B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics in 2013 and his M.S. in Statistics in 2015, all from K-State, and he will remain a Wildcat for life.  In his free time, Zach loves looking for ways to apply data science techniques to his other passions, like football and the automotive industry.

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