Visiting Transamerica Data Scientist to Speak About Machine Learning and Career Opportunities

Posted on 8/27/2019 9:01:42 AM

Stephanie Fitchett, a data scientist at Transamerica, will visit the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Fitchett is visiting as part of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics visiting lecture series. She will give three presentations during her visit.

From 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fitchett will meet informally with students in Stright Hall, room 205. At 3:30 p.m. in Stright Hall room 226 she will present “Data science, machine learning and some examples from life insurance underwriting,” a lecture designed for students with a background in statistics. The talk will start with a general discussion of machine learning, then focus on some specific machine learning models under development for life insurance underwriting.

At 6:30 p.m. in room 126 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (note the room change), Fitchett will give a talk for general audiences on “What could I do in industry? A handful of statistics and mathematics projects where science and business drive the questions.” Fitchett will discuss career opportunities in industry for students of all majors with a background in mathematics and statistics.

Stephanie Fitchett holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Nebraska and an MS in statistics from Colorado State University. Following a postdoctoral position, she spent 12 years as a faculty member at Florida Atlantic University's Honors College and at the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked as a statistician in industry for the past seven years, first at Sandia National Laboratories, and later at Neptune, a small environmental consulting firm. In her current position as a data scientist at Transamerica, a life insurance company, she builds statistical models that leverage corporate and external data to facilitate underwriting of life insurance policies.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is an avid whitewater kayaker.