Interview with Kirsten Smayda, Data Scientist at Pear Therapeutics

by Vael Gates In early December, I interviewed Dr. Kirsten Smayda, data scientist at Pear Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Smayda studied Cognitive Psychology and Voice Performance at Boston University for her undergraduate degrees, got a Master’s degree in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned a PhD in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of Texas at Austin. She was an Insight Data Science Fellow before she began working at …

Interview with Katherine Luna, Data Scientist at Apple

by Vael Gates Dr. Katherine Luna works as a data scientist at Apple, and kindly agreed to an interview with Beyond Academia, a student-run group aimed at providing resources for PhDs pursuing careers outside academia. Dr. Luna previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from Stanford, and a PhD in Physics from Stanford. She went on to work at Guardian Analytics as a data …

Interview with Dr. Lisa Feldkamp, Classics PhD, a science writer at the Nature Conservancy

by Vael Gates Dr. Lisa Feldkamp is a science writer for the Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science blog. She’s had an intriguing career path, and earned her PhD in Classics before going on to write for the Nature Conservancy. I sat down with her recently as a blog writer for Beyond Academia, interested in how she got to where she is, and what her job as a science writer is like. — The job of …

From a Developmental Biology PhD to Museum Experience Developer: Interview with Dr. Anja Scholze

  “I think I have the only job that exists like this in the world.”   Anja Scholze has every reason to believe those words are true. As the Experience Developer and Program Manager for Biotech & Health at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, she designs exhibits focused on cutting edge biotechnologies that are the first of their kind in the museum world. Scholze received her PhD in Developmental Biology at Stanford …

Corporate research at Agilent: a casual conversation with scientist-in-industry Nick Sampas (PhD in physics)

by Vael Gates Nick Sampas, a PhD in physics, is a senior research scientist at Agilent Technologies. He kindly sat down to talk with me about his job and how he got to where he is. I’ve known Nick for a long time, and know the basics of his position: he is one of the few industry scientists who has spent much of his career at a single company, working at Agilent pursuing biotech research …