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Introduce Yourself!

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

Introduce Yourself!

Two years ago this month, we launched the DataRobot Community. Now, we’re taking a moment to thank members who have been around since the beginning, say “Hello!” to newer members, and formally welcome everyone.

To help everyone get to know each other, please share a few words about yourself. Okay, I’ll start.

I'm Linda Haviland, DataRobot Community Lead. In early 2019, I joined the DataRobot product documentation group (technical writing was my forever career). Within months I moved to the Customer Experience team to help build out the brand new DataRobot Community. I’ve always enjoyed discovering how content can help users; now, I get to create the best experiences for our community of brilliant and motivated users. It’s pretty cool.

Outside of work, you can usually find me biking, boating, or hiking around Connecticut and Rhode Island, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. When biking or walking my 13-year old Labrador retriever, I’m usually plugged into a tech podcast or audio book. (Know some good ones?)

You can reach me directly here in the Community by sending a private message, or email me at linda.haviland@datarobot.com.

Now, how about you? Please feel free share whatever you’d like; these are just some ideas:

  • What part of the world are you from?
  • What are your favorite hobbies?
  • How do you use DataRobot?
  • What tips and topics would you like to learn more about in the Community?

We’re looking forward to your introductions!

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29 Replies
a_shoop
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hi folks! My name is Alex Shoop, but you can call me Shoop! I joined DataRobot in April 2019 and I work as a Software Engineer in R&D Engineering where I work in a team building enhancements to the platform centered on Trust & Explainability. I work out of my hometown in New Haven, CT but I bounce around the world between Boston, Tokyo, and Paris.

 

I like to jog, practice Kyudo martial arts on weekends, and have a hobby in photography and video production.

 

Pleasure to meet you!

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey @a_shoop - thanks for sharing your story!

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Thodoris
Data Scientist
Data Scientist

Hey everyone, 

 

Friends call me Theo so please use that! I am a Data Scientist at DataRobot and my favorite part of the job is taking unstructured problems and structuring them in a way that they can be solved with ML.

 

I use DataRobot in combination with Python very frequently, hence why you will see many of my articles in our community Github. My personal record is 3000 models built for a single-use case. Luckily the final model was good so it was worth all the electricity I used

 

Reach out and say hi!

jas0n
Data Scientist
Data Scientist

Hi everyone!

My name is Jason and I've been a Data Scientist with DataRobot since April 2021. I'm from the Eastern United States. I use R, Python and a little bit of Java. I enjoy dogs, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

Pleasure to meet you!

MariaVasiliadis
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hi DataRobot Community! My name is Maria. I'm based in Boston, and I joined the DataRobot team in April 2021. Call me crazy, but I truly enjoy re-framing business problems into data science problems. I'm passionate about living and promoting a data-driven culture! At work, I research and interview our users, and I use DataRobot to get insights on the datasets I work with. Outside of work, I love traveling, playing music, and pushing my own boundaries. My latest hobby is learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu!

 

Feel free to reach out to me via private message if you'd like to chat!

 

Megan
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hello hello hello!

 

I'm Megan and I work on the Customer User Intelligence team doing all kinds of fun research projects that help us deliver a better experience. The best part is that I get to dog food DR to solve DR business challenges. I'm really interested in understanding how people got where they currently are, and helping them get to where they want to go. When I'm not doing cool AI stuff here, you can find me hiking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains or traveling with my family in our silver twinkie (airstream) affectionately named 'La Bambi.' 

 

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey @jas0n ! Wondering if you listed your "likes" in any particular order?  Because I would definitely have dogs at the top of my list

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IraWatt
Laser

Hey all, my name is Ira. I'm based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where I work as a consultant in Data Science/Analytics and BI. Most of my DataRobot work has been in demand forecasting although thanks to the community and university I have had great fun experimenting with the rest of DataRobot's feature set.

My hobbies include badge hunting on the community and FPV drone racing. I also enjoy keeping active, from going to the gym to the occasional jog...unless it's raining :D. 

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey @IraWatt! I've seen you all over the Community, so it's great to see your background and interests.

Also, interesting that you're a fair-weather jogger. Do you get many fair-weather days in England? Or maybe that's how you keep your jogging in check?  

Cyant_DR
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hey DR Community! 

 

I'm Corey Yant, DataRobot PLG Marketing Coordinator. I joined DataRobot in April 2021, so a little under a full year now. You may know me as the person who's replying to all the Trial Support tickets but people around the company know me as someone to help in a variety of different areas surrounding support, Google Analytics, Tableau, or data pulling and analysis. I'm someone who loves numbers, analytics, and organization so that projects flow seamlessly. DataRobot is a fast paced environment but the opportunities both at the company and what's been built and being built within the platform is so exciting. I love all the use cases surrounding sports and the predictions that can be made are endless. 

 

Outside of work, I live in Columbus, Ohio and yes I am a huge Buckeye. I graduated from The Ohio State University (Yes I included 'The' here but it drives me nuts when Ohio State people always put it in front....). I am an athlete all the way and you can always find me lifting weights, playing soccer, hiking, or shooting some hoops in my off time. Big foodie and traveler as well but love to learn about small businesses and new products being introduced that can help change the world (Why I love the show Shark Tank....I'd choose Mr.Wonderful or Mark Cuban). 

 

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any question surrounding trial or anything else! 

Megan
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hi Ira!

haha I'll admit England's famously boring weather is a great excuse to avoid jogging @Linda 

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Hi Megan!

Sophia
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hello all, 

My name is Sophia, and I joined DataRobot in June of 2021. I'm part of the DataRobot University team on the more administrative side of things, working out of the Boston office/area. If you send in a ticket to DRU there's a good chance that I'm the one who will answer it. On the clock, I can answer questions about subscriptions, scheduling classes, DRU account issues, promo codes, etc. Off the clock, my specialties are knitting, cooking, Middle English literature, and the history of parkour. 

Bruce
Micro Servo

I have a background in engineering and mathematics with a doctorate, and experience in optimal control of ocean wave power and general background in mining and heavy industry. I have been focusing on activities that would today be called data science and have been moving officially in that direction for a while - currently I have my first position that is titled "data scientist" rather than variations on optimal control specialist. I have lived and worked in multiple countries and feel more a citizen of the Earth than a specific country.

 

My hobbies include mostly technical studies in mathematics and engineering. I have a strong interest in the foundations of statistics and data science - but also in relativity and the work on warp drive. On a personal note - I am more than open to anyone who wants to chat on these topics.

 

I usually find that any mathematics or science topic can lead to information helpful in practical data science. 

Doctor Youness
Linear Actuator

Thank you so much Linda for your comment.

Dr. Youness El Hamzaoui, is a professional research scientist, industrial engineer, and theoretical physicist and full time profesor. Having a strong experience in data science, machine learning, statistical analysis, optimization, control and cybernetics.
Dr. Youness El Hamzaoui, is the Managing Director of the International Appraisal Expertise in Consulting (IAEC), expert in valuation advisory services as appraising real estate and expert in appraising machinery & equipment.
• Languages Spanish, English, French, Arabic.
HOBBIES
Fishing, reading, writing, swimming, sports, traveling, reading, cooking, watching good movies, listening to music, running, biking, dining out with family.

NickHaughey
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hi Everyone!

I'm Nick Haughey. I've been with DataRobot since June of 2018 and build and manage the infrastructure and delivery of DataRobot University programs and services to grow the customer education business across the company.

 

Outside of work? Seems I'm always in front of this laptop. But on the weekends, a luxury to me is being able to sleep in a bit, and then slowly ease into the day with news, coffee, research, running errands without being on a schedule, and practicing mindfulness.

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

Your introductions are great! @Bruce , "citizen of the Earth" - how many countries have you NOT visited or lived in I wonder? And, @Doctor Youness I'm guessing your courses are really interesting!

Hey DataRoboters! So great to see many of our team here. Ah, @NickHaughey , hope you're stepping away from the laptop asap today. And @MariaVasiliadis - I did not see you coming out with "My latest hobby is learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu!" That's awesome! Let us know you get new belts.

I'm enjoying reading everyone's stories and getting to know you all better, and I know other members are checking in, too. Keep the intros going, folks!!

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juliam
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hey DataRobot Community!

 

My name is Julia Matthews, and I joined DataRobot in the spring of 2021. I'm on the Customer and User Intelligence team, where we're putting user interviews and insights to work improving the DataRobot experience, using DataRobot itself! As part of gathering your feedback, I run the Product Advisory Board, a board of customer peers who meet to discuss DataRobot product strategy—reach out to me if you'd like more info. I'm also a proud member of PrideBots, DataRobot's LGBTQIA+ collective.

 

These days I live in Boston, but I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find me sweating it out in the yoga studio, building furniture for my apartment (kissing my security deposit goodbye), and playing fetch with my cat. My latest undertaking—building a computer game! 

 

Reach out to me via private message any time.

Linda
Community Manager
Community Manager

@juliam Hey there!

Just a thought: if you had 2 cats, they could play laser pointer fetch by themselves, while you build that computer game.

DREnthusiast
Linear Actuator

Hey y'all!

 

My name is Kamal Raydan. You might have seen the barrage of questions I had on many topics previously under the name of DREnthusiast!


I worked as an ML Engineer & Data Scientist for the better part of a year exploring and indulging my curiosties in emerging technologies. One of those technologies was DataRobot; and my oh my was there a lot of good stuff to learn. 

My favorite part of all of it was the sheer jaw-dropping excitement I had when I discovered all the great visualizations DR had to offer and how they all contributed a piece to the puzzle. Seeing that I am a very visual person, DR took away the "How" and left me, with all my creative juices, to figure out the "What" and "Why".

 

*P.S Not that I do not like creating visualizations, though DR's visualizations satiates that need

Feel free to drop me a message if you want to discuss anything DR, DS related!

LeahSalinas
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Hi Everyone,

I am Leah Salinas from Dallas, TX and this is my first week at DataRobot as a BDR. I'm thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization, the culture was a huge draw for me as well as AI and it's capabilities to change the world in a positive way.

A little about me: total book nerd, I usually read several at once, I am an artist/ costume designer and cosplayer. Married my college sweetheart and we have one son who is 11 and smelly. 

Looking forward to meeting others and growing with this fantastic organization!

Leah

 

Megan
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Welcome to DataRobot Leah! Looks like we have something in common. My 9 year old is smelly too.

Megan
DataRobot Employee
DataRobot Employee

Lol. That running chicken gif has me all... 

 

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