Data Science in the Finance and Economics Sectors

ADSA Career Panel Series

Symposium

October 12, 2021
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Virtual Participation

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ADSA Career Panel 
Data Science in the Finance and Economics Sectors
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM PT
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The ADSA Career Panel Series is a career symposium offered by the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) Career Development Network to help early-career data scientists (graduate students, post-docs, newer faculty) navigate interdisciplinary career paths in data science, understand what jobs are available, and how they differ by domain area. Attendees will hear from diverse and experienced data scientists about their education and career paths, the skills expected of these positions, where and how to seek these types of positions, and what to expect when working in these fields. This session will feature the following panelists: 

  • Garret Christensen is a Financial Economist at the FDIC. His research interests include housing and consumer finance, poverty programs, and meta-science and reproducibility. Before joining the FDIC, Garret was an Economist with the US Census Bureau, a staff researcher with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), and a data science fellow with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). He also taught economics at Swarthmore College and conducted water, sanitation, and hygiene research in western Kenya. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Charlie Manzanares is a Senior Manager (Economist) at Amazon, managing a team of economists, applied scientists, data scientists, and business intelligence engineers working in Prime to develop econometric/machine learning models of Amazon Prime demand. These models are used to inform strategic decisions on Prime membership prices, product bundling strategies, new benefit introductions, add-on memberships, and digital content investments.
  • Dhruv Sharma, a Senior Financial Analyst at the FDIC, graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, with B.S. in Management Information systems, completed a Master’s in Systems engineering at UVA and Doctorate at GWU in Systems engineering.  He worked at Fannie Mae for 8 years in automated underwriting AI expert system, then was a Credit Risk Manager at Pentagon Federal Credit Union for 4 years and has been a data scientist at FDIC since 2012.

Speaker(s)

Garret Christensen

BIDS Alum – BIDS Data Science Fellow

Garret Christensen is a Financial Economist in the Division of Insurance and Research at the FDIC. His research interests include housing and consumer finance, poverty programs, and meta-science and reproducibility. Before joining the FDIC, Garret was an Economist with the US Census Bureau, a BIDS Data Science Fellow, and a research fellow with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), a program of the Center for Effective Global Action. He also taught economics at Swarthmore College and conducted water, sanitation, and hygiene research in western Kenya. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has since conducted research for the WASH Benefits public health randomized trial for Innovations for Poverty Action and Emory University and has taught economics at Swarthmore College.