Meet the Newest DSA Faculty Member
Dr. Daniel McSkimming
Daniel has a PhD in Bioinformatics from University of Georgia and a Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from UB. His research interests focus on data science techniques to explore the human microbiome (See a list of his publications on ResearchGate.)
Daniel was hired as an Assistant Professor at Buffalo State in June of 2022. This Fall he will be teaching a section of CIS 512 Introduction to Data Science & Analytics as well as a new course he has developed, DSA 587 Statistics Applications to Data Science with R.
Daniel is originally from Buffalo. He is excited to be back and surrounded by family and friends. Aside from programming and data analytics, he enjoys outdoor activities like sailing, kayaking, hiking, and snowboarding. He also enjoys baking and cooking, and is currently on a scone and lemon curd kick. However he also likes making non-edible things: he is finishing up some built-in bookcases and also likes to play with oil paints every now and then. Gardening makes him feel more self-sufficient and he enjoys growing food for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
DSA Fall 2022 Seminar Series
The Value of Mentorships for Data Analytics Professionals
Monday September 12 | 5-6 PM
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for Sidetime
Better First Dashboard
Monday September 26 | 5-6 PM
Senior Decision Support Consultant, Highmark
Application of ML and Data Science to Optimize Mission Planning and Execution
Monday October 17 | 5-6 PM
Michael Moskal & Erika Swiatowy
CIO and Senior VP, Information Exploitation Sector for CUBRC | Software Engineer/Data Scientist for CUBRC
Monday November 21, 5-6 PM
Sr Technical Consultant/Curriculum Lead
Mohammad is a Data Analyst for CCNY inc. In his position Mohammad handles everything involving their data warehouse, developing access databases for external clients, managing various dashboards, designing custom SQL queries, developing and designing dashboards, developing data management scripts and automation, and managing multiple junior analysts.
How did your experience in DSA help you find your first job?: It directly helped me land my job through the power of networking. The program introduced me to Kim Herrington who invited me to the famous Buffalo BI Workgroup. Here I was able to meet some of the folks over at CCNY and was able to interview with them, allowing me to land a job with them directly. But, networking was only one of the puzzle pieces that assisted me in landing my first job. The emphasis on data analytics's social and ethical sides resonated with my employer and gave me the extra edge when landing my job.
What was your favorite part of program?: My favourite part of the graduate programs was the versatility of the courses. The whole program was designed for those who have a daily life outside of school, allowing them to fit in this opportunity to their busy schedule easily.
What advice do you have for current students?: Use the available industry connections affiliated with the program. They are there for your benefit and will gladly give a helping hand to those who seek out their guidance.
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Is Data Scientist Still the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century?
In 2012 the Harvard Business Review published an article stating that being a data scientist was the “sexiest job of the 21st century”, 10 years later does this claim still hold true?
Data science jobs are still in high demand. "By 2019, postings for data scientists on Indeed had risen by 256%, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts data science will see more growth than almost any other field between now and 2029."
The field has also advanced, while many data scientists still spend much of their time cleaning data there have been huge technical advancements and have become a more well established career.
Meet the Mathematics Department GA and DSA Student
What is your background?
I just recently graduated with my bachelors in Applied Mathematics at Buffalo State. I am currently attending my first semester in the DSA program and I’m also a part-time Junior Analyst at CCNY Inc.
Why did you choose Buffalo State?
After graduating high school I chose Buffalo State mainly because it was very close to home. I’m now returning to Buffalo State for my graduate degree because they have a phenomenal Data Science program. The few graduate courses I have taken as an undergrad broadened my skills and prepared for the position I’m currently at with CCNY. Besides the material taught, the staff work diligently to make sure there are tons of opportunities to network, find jobs or internships, and build on your resume.
What are your future plans?
As of right now my plans are to finish my graduate degree at Buffalo State while also working part-time at CCNY. Once I graduate with my masters I hope to come on full-time with the same company.
What are your hobbies/ what do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I like to read comic books or play video games. Collecting old comics (mostly Marvel) is a big hobby of mine. Other things I like to do are to watch football and play tennis.
Data science in the everyday
Fields Medals in Mathematics
The Fields Medal is a prize awarded once every 4 years to 2-4 mathematicians under 40 years old by the International Mathematical Union. Four mathematicians were awarded his prize on July 5th. The newer award winners are:
Hugo Duminil-Copin, 36, who studies the phase transition in a model of magnetism.
June Huh, 39, who did not start a career in mathematics until he was 23 years old. His work focuses on the field of combinatorics, an area of math that figures out the number of ways things can be shuffled.
James Maynard, 35, works on prime numbers, specifically the Twin Prime Conjecture, that there are there are an infinite number of twin primes.
Maryna Viazovska, 37, the second women to receive a Field's medal. Her research focuses on proofs for higher-dimensional equivalents of the stacking of equal- sized spheres.
Check out these visualizations from the New York Times showing where gun violence occurs in Chicago and how the areas with the greatest amount of gun violence also have higher rates of poverty and economic neglect.
Buffalo State Data Talk
Check out the most recent episode of Buffalo State Data Talk. Episode 22: Ethics and Health Insurance data with Onyinye Daniel from Highmark Health.
In this episode Onyinye Daniel, Vice President, Data & Analytics Strategy at Highmark Health, talks about her career in healthcare from the research side, to working at a hospital and now on the payer side in health insurance. Listen to the episode to learn how Onyinye’s background in health policy and bioethics has shaped her career