Rebecca Nugent is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Texas, she received her PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington. Read on to hear how she’s revolutionized the data science curriculum here on campus.
Her research interests lie in the identification and extraction of meaningful patterns in high-dimensional data, techniques which she tries to apply daily to her own life. She has spearheaded the rapid growth of the Carnegie Mellon Statistics Undergraduate program and the development of modern, interdisciplinary curriculum including serving on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for “Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective." She is the recipient of the 2013 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service, the 2015 William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching, and the 2015 American Statistical Association Waller Education Award for innovation. She firmly believes that everyone is already a data scientist.