Ph.D. in Mathematics, June 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, June 2002, University of California, Irvine
After working for several years as a quantitative analyst in investment management, I switched careers and became a data scientist at Tala. We are a financial technology company in Santa Monica, California, focused on expanding financial access for 3 billion under-served global customers in the emerging middle class. I received my Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT under Lars Hesselholt. My thesis was in algebraic topology. My current areas of interest include machine learning, data science, programming, probability theory, and statistics. I thrive on leveraging advanced mathematics and machine learning to uncover meaningful insights that deliver improved quality of life at scale. I am also passionate about education and mentoring students in STEM fields.