With a PhD in physics, Aous “Alex” Abdo was actively looking to strengthen his analytical skills in data science. For the past 12 years, he was working as a scientist and researcher for various stressful roles in the Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Defense and several universities across the US.
He was searching for a solution online and came across a tweet from Coursera for the Data Science Specialization. He immediately enrolled. Throughout the courses, he was able to sharpen knowledge he previously had but also got exposed to a variety of new techniques and skills such as: best practices of obtaining and cleaning data in preparation for exploratory data analysis, understanding trends in the data through statistical inferences, and other tricks to better utilize the open source statistical language R.
After completing the Specialization, he listed his credentials on his online profiles and was contacted by a number of recruiters for interviews in data science. With the content from the Specialization fresh on his mind, he was able to tackle challenging questions directed at him head on.
Alex now has a new job as a Lead Data Scientist at HP. He is using skills from the Specialization on a daily basis in his new role. You can connect with him @aousabdo.