Congratulations to Stevens Institute of Technology senior Namankita Rana, who is the recipient of Liaison’s third Data-Inspired Future Scholarship. Rana is simultaneously pursuing her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Management and Master of Science degree in Financial Analytics, with an expected graduation date of May 2019. She plans to use her scholarship from Liaison toward her final year in school.
“Receiving this scholarship is truly a blessing,” said Rana. “My goal is to use data science and machine learning to provide actionable insight and benefits to a cause that is bigger than me. Whether it’s working for a humanitarian organization like the United Nations or simply looking at open source data in my free time, I see myself using data science methods to analyze data and make predictions that will achieve some good. This scholarship aligns with my goal and the way I feel about data. It also helps with the expenses of obtaining two degrees so that I can focus on the future.”
Currently, Rana is interning at Credit Suisse where she works in a data science role within Cyber Security, helping to detect serious threats. Additionally, Rana has interned in machine learning and data science at New York Life where she developed predictive models to forecast mutual fund redemption values and to predict customer behavior. She also built data visualizations for life insurance products.
Rana’s application video discusses the importance of machine learning and how machines can use data to determine trends and then make predictions, highlighting Rana’s work developing machine learning models to predict the performance of a mutual fund.
Rana has completed several academic and independent projects during her time as a student. These include building a data model to discover factors influencing student performance in secondary schools and analyzing data to explore global trends in female education and enrollment. Rana was previously the acting president of the Society of Women Engineers at Stevens Institute. She is a columnist for her college newspaper, discussing the experience of pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career as a female.
Congratulations to Mercer Island High School senior Zoe Sheill, who is the recipient of Liaison’s second Data-Inspired Future Scholarship. Sheill, a National AP Scholar who scored a perfect 800 on the mathematics portion of the SAT, plans to use her scholarship from Liaison to major in computer science when she enters college next year.
“I’m honored to receive this scholarship from Liaison — it’s perfect for my future field of study,” Sheill said. “Artificial intelligence is changing the world, and data is driving amazing new breakthroughs every day. I’m incredibly excited about the possibilities, and I’m grateful to Liaison for this award, which will help me achieve my academic goals in a data-driven future.”
Although she’s still in high school, Sheill has an impressive list of achievements already. She successfully completed a paid internship at Microsoft, where she created a browser extension that extracts webpage metadata to save research citations. Sheill is currently interning at Pioneer Square Labs in Seattle, where she is working on an augmented reality content management system.
Sheill’s application video emphasizes data’s importance in driving AI breakthroughs, highlighting her work using open source software libraries for deep learning models and a project to automate test question generation using natural language processing.
A talented flutist, Sheill is a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Flutist in the All Northwest 6-State Band. She performed a concerto for flute with the Seattle Symphony. Sheill is president of Instruments for Change, a nonprofit organization that raises money to purchase instruments for low-income students in the Seattle area. Sheill also founded the Homeless Education and Living Project to raise money and collect goods for people in need.
Antonio is the worthy recipient of Liaison’s first-ever data-inspired future scholarship. He is now putting his scholarship earnings to good use at Stanford University, where he plans to pursue a career in cutting-edge data research to help expand machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications into new fields that will solve business and societal challenges.
“It’s a great honor to win this scholarship from Liaison, especially since it’s a perfect match for my field of study,” Ferris said. “One of my personal goals is to pay my own way through college, and this generous scholarship from Liaison Technologies really helps!”
“Our society is built on data, and it’s getting more complex, with data becoming deeply involved in how people live their lives,” he continued. “I’m fascinated by the possibilities to improve society with the ability to better analyze and take action based on new data-inspired insights.”
A National Merit Scholar and National AP Scholar, Ferris, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, already has an impressive list of accomplishments to his name. He developed and released a free smartphone app to help consumers calculate the true cost of credit card purchases and make smarter financial decisions. In 2015, he founded a non-profit that leverages technology to empower anyone to help solve world problems and formed a Science Helps chapter at his school. Ferris is proficient in numerous programming languages and 3D modeling, has participated in the highly selective Barrett Summer Scholars Program for Engineering, Stanford’s Speech and Debate Summer Institute, and completed Stanford’s Machine Learning class through Coursera while still in high school.
Award: One student will be selected each semester to receive a $5,000 scholarship
Application deadline for fall semester: May 31 (recipient announced by June 30)
Application deadline for spring semester: October 31 (recipient announced by November 30)
Submit entry to: email@example.com
Are you fascinated by data and the role it plays in today’s (and tomorrow’s) society? Here at Liaison, we encourage our employees, customers, and YOU to ponder the many aspects of our lives and businesses that are impacted by good—or bad—data practices. How can we better leverage data to change industry? How can we best protect data and people’s privacy? What does the data-inspired future hold?
As the amount—and potential—of data continues to dramatically increase, the answers to these questions are sought by leading professionals of every field. So there’s no time like the present to wrap your mind around the many implications of ever-increasing data volume, variety, and velocity, and get a head start on your data-inspired career! That’s the purpose of this scholarship—to encourage and support students as they consider the influential role of data and apply their talents to drive innovation.
Thank you for your interest and good luck!