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My Journey to Becoming a Data Scientist
Hello, my name is Alan and I am an experienced data scientist and machine learning engineer with over 12 years of experience. Originally from Mexico City, I am passionate about using data to solve complex business problems and develop innovative data products.
My interest in computer science stemmed from my childhood dream of becoming a software developer. However, during my college internship, I worked with statisticians and was intrigued by the models they built and the process of constructing them. That experience led me to take as many machine learning, data science, and statistics courses as possible during my undergraduate and graduate computer science programs, as well as after graduation.
In the early years of my career, I made a conscious effort to move away from general software development and focus on data science. I was fortunate to land a job at Microsoft, where I was mentored by a seasoned statistician and had the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners who emphasized the importance of fully understanding business problems before developing solutions.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have diverse experiences, from working for small startups in various industries to consulting for some of the biggest companies in different fields. I have also had the privilege of working under exceptional leaders who empowered and supported me, teaching me the value of prioritizing working with great managers, leaders, and colleagues.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my partner Carla, indulging in delicious cuisine, snowboarding, hiking, and embracing all that life has to offer. You can follow our adventures on Instagram or on our blog.