Industry Office Hours with Beam Solutions: A conversation with three data scientists

Edited by Anna Liang

Kevin Feng, MEng ’18 (IEOR), Tennison Yu, and Liying Li from Beam Solutions sit down to talk to us about their unique career paths in data and where they think the industry is headed in the near future.

Kevin Feng, Head of Data Science

You pivoted from a background in oil and gas to data science. How did the MEng program help you pivot in your career?

How do you think data science will evolve in the near future?

What advice do you have for the next generation of data scientists? What skills should they focus on learning in grad school?

Now, more than ever, it’s critical for data scientists to have some level of interpersonal skills and business understanding to know how/what they can do to leverage their skills into real value.

You have a fun data science related Instagram account! What inspired these visualizations?

Tennison Yu, Data Scientist

What interests you and/or your company in working with MEng students?

What is your vision for data science in next 5–10 years?

What advice do you have for the next generation of engineers? What skills should they focus on learning in grad school?

Liying Li, Data Scientist

What inspired you to study data science?

Data Science covers everything about data. It gives me the possibility to explore different industries and different roles in data. In my first role as a data scientist, I perform a combination of tasks ranging from a data engineer to a data scientist to a data analyst, and I can deal with data in a wide range of companies and institutions. The potential of my role itself attracts me most.

Where do you see the industry heading?

What excites you about being a woman in data science?


Connect with Kevin, Tennison, and Liying.

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