DSTI Student Testimonial by David Tribble

Every year, DSTI trains students to become data science and big data specialists. This testimonial will give you a better understanding of what we can provide to your profesional career. Read what current students and alumni have to say about their experience at DSTI.

David Tribble

Autumn 2016 cohort
On-Campus student

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Explain your background before DSTI

Telecommunications Management, Engineering, and high value contract management

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What compelled you tor return to school after many years? 

I am a Californian, which means that I am the product of a culture that is constantly changing, reinventing itself, producing innovation and change with reckless disregard to conservative ideas like age. It is very common in California to return to school for a Master’s Degree or even PhD during middle age years. Higher education in my home culture is not something that is considered reserved for only the young.

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Why did you choose the data science field?

Data Science, analytics, computer driven analytics and data driven decision making is the future trend in every direction of the work environment of California today. If you take a close look at any industry, retail to manufacturing, health care to financial services, you will find various business plans to utilize current data, and create new future data sources to make better informed decisions. Therefore, five years ago I made a personal plan to acquire these skills to better prepare myself for the emerging business environment. The changes in the business environment of California often are highly accelerated compared to other markets of the world.

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Where do you work now? 

I am ending my engineering project this summer for DSTI, looking for new positions on the West Coast of the United States for 3rd Quarter 2018.

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Why did you choose DSTI? 

chose DSTI because of the close relationship the school has with industry and business. I consider these relationships to be very important. Plus, I like the focus upon practical and applied Data Science, vs. the theoretical research model of a traditional university.

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Describe your experience at DSTI in 3 words.

Expanding Future Horizons

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What did you like the most at DSTI?

The close relationship with SAS and AWS, and the training provided by these partners. I enjoyed studying at the Sophia location, as well as Paris locations.

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What’s your biggest accomplishment at DSTI?

I really enjoyed Semantic Web Technologies. As a Californian, I also learned to master the French transportation algorithm known as the Paris Metro, along with its companion algorithm known as the TGV.

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What would you like to say to future students?

Pace yourself. The program is challenging and holding unrealistic expectations will only lead to frustrations. Support and collaborate with your classmates instead of being competitive. Enjoy and take advantage of the social events and networking with DSTI. Be open to the idea that the most challenging classes you take, might become over time the area of data science you enjoy the most and take up a career in the future.