I am a civil engineer with a master’s in structural engineering, who worked in the automotive industry, oil and gas, aviation, and data science. I know my journey has been very different from others in this league, but it has been tied to the core of my thirst for problem-solving.
While working at GE with oil and gas for structural stability and durability, I encountered statistical analytics. I delved deep into data to draw insights concerning the six sigma way and basic standard statistics, given that I am six sigma green belt certified. For me, this was the critical turning point when I started looking for answers through data science and considered it an exciting discipline.
I’m lucky to have had a fascinating range of work profiles. From looking at data to interpret what was happening in the actual oil field, I moved to aviation, where I was tasked with identifying anomalies that were occurring in the engines. I then moved to sourcing and determining what needed to be purchased vis a vis the right quantity and demand. I also helped some event management companies with a global presence improve their efficiency at exhibitions, and attract the right kind of target group.
I’ve always believed that data science is not very domain-specific. If you understand the subject well, there is no dichotomy between the problems and the use of data science to deploy models or even envision solutions.
When it comes to youngsters today, data science is more like a buzzword for them. If you aren’t sure of where you want to be, how can you do justice to yourself or your peers? I believe it’s always worth exploring more if you don’t know enough. Be involved, read more on the subject, speak to the right people at industry forums or otherwise, and evaluate whether it excites you enough to contribute to the field.
Data or Numbers are more than my bread and butter. Even when I’m unwinding, I end up finding ways to keep myself entertained with patterns and strategies. I’ve realized that there is no switch that I can turn on or off as it’s a passion that defines me. I’m immensely motivated by Daniela Witten, a biostatistician, and I keenly follow her work. I feel that a little bit of motivation never goes waste!
Meet Smitha Ganesh – Expert AI Practitioner and Industry Veteran