The Data Science Experience

Public Sector

Data scientists in the public sector improve policies and programs that affect millions of lives. Here are some of their stories.

Qais Hatim

Data Scientist
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

How do certain drugs affect the liver? Qais, a data scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, analyzes potential outcomes to find out.

An expert in industrial engineering, advanced statistical modeling, machine learning, data analytics and operational research, Qais holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and dual Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Cheryl Bolchoz

South Carolina Department of Corrections

Cheryl explains how she developed a model to analyze inmate behaviors, making it easier to predict future acts of violence.

Now working with the South Carolina Department of Corrections as a biostatistician, Cheryl earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of Charleston and a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina. She is the founder of Alpha Datalytics, LLC.

Team Hackanadians

Data Scientists

Learn how this team of data scientists created an IoT application that manages traffic lights when emergency vehicles approach.

Team Hackanadians are data scientists from Canada that won the SAS Hackathon Data for Good Award. Headed by Heather Friesen from B.C., this team includes Amir Hossini and Sara Agakhani from Calgary and Prabhpreet Sidhu from Toronto.

Kim Chantala

Programmer Analyst
RTI International

Kim shows how to maximize the value of applied government data with SAS macros that handle data inconsistencies and anomalies.

With experience developing SAS macros that revolutionize data preparation, Kim has published her work in “The Data Detective’s Toolkit." She has a BS in Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Biometrics from the University of Colorado.

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