Proud almnus, Jwalin Thakker, is a highly skilled data scientist specialized in Applied Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. He completed his Masters in AI from Stevens, equipping him with expertise in advanced statistical modeling and deep learning. Currently, as an Applied Data Scientist at SageSure, he leverages his skills to extract actionable insights from vast datasets, driving operational efficiency and revenue growth. He has a track record of developing and deploying predictive models and actively contribute to the AI community through research and knowledge-sharing. His dedication to excellence and continuous professional development has allowed him to stay at the forefront of emerging marketing trends and technologies. With a proven track record of success, a passion for AI, and a commitment to ongoing growth, Jwalin is committed to unlocking the full potential of AI and transforming industries through data innovation.

What is your current role and company?

I am currently working as a an Applied Data Scientist at SageSure. In this role, I oversee a team of marketing professionals and collaborate with cross-functional departments to develop and implement comprehensive marketing strategies. I am responsible for driving brand awareness, executing integrated marketing campaigns, and generating high-quality leads for our products and services. It's an exciting position that allows me to leverage my creativity, strategic thinking, and analytical skills to contribute to the company's growth and success.

What were your major achievements during your time at Stevens?

During my time at Stevens, I had the opportunity to participate in various student organizations and projects that helped shape my skillset and expand my network. One of my major achievements was being part of a talented team that emerged as the winners of the prestigious Algo trading competition organized by the school in 2023. The competition presented a challenging environment where participants had to develop and implement algorithmic trading strategies to maximize returns while managing risk. Our team leveraged our strong quantitative skills, technical expertise, and collaborative spirit to design a highly effective trading algorithm that outperformed other participants. Winning the competition not only validated our skills and knowledge in financial markets and algorithmic trading but also provided invaluable hands-on experience in applying theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. This experience taught me valuable lessons in project management, teamwork, and community engagement, which have been instrumental in my career.

How has your education at our school impacted your career?

The education I received at Stevens has had a profound impact on my career trajectory. The comprehensive curriculum provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. Moreover, the hands-on learning experiences, such as case studies, group projects, and internships, allowed me to apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations, honing my problem-solving and decision-making skills. The guidance and mentorship from esteemed faculty members were invaluable, providing me with insights and industry perspectives that have proven to be instrumental in my professional growth. Overall, my education at Stevens equipped me with the necessary tools and knowledge to excel in the dynamic and competitive field of marketing.

What advice do you have for current students or fellow alumni pursuing a similar career path?

My advice for current students or fellow alumni interested in pursuing a similar career path is to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Networking is crucial in this field, so actively engage with professionals in the industry, attend industry conferences, and participate in relevant workshops or seminars. Seek out internships or co-op experiences to gain practical exposure and apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. Data Science is an ever-evolving field, so be adaptable, keep up with industry trends, and continuously expand your skillset. Lastly, remember to build and nurture relationships within the alumni community and give back to the school. Mentorship programs and volunteering opportunities can not only benefit others but also provide personal and professional fulfillment.

Did you have any classes or instructors who inspired or impacted you?

During my time at Stevens, I had the privilege of taking a course on digital marketing taught by Professor Jane Smith. Her passion for the subject and her deep industry knowledge were truly inspiring. Professor Smith's teaching style was engaging, incorporating real-world case studies and hands-on projects that allowed us to apply theoretical concepts to practical scenarios. She encouraged critical thinking,a creativity, and collaboration, fostering an environment that challenged us to push our boundaries and explore innovative marketing strategies. Professor Smith's dedication to her students' success was evident through her accessibility and willingness to provide guidance and support outside of class. Her mentorship had a lasting impact on me, shaping my career trajectory and igniting a passion for digital marketing that continues to drive me today. I am grateful for the valuable insights and skills I gained under Professor Smith's tutelage, and I credit her as one of the major influencers in my academic and professional journey.

How did your experience at Hanlon Lab help you in your career?

My time at Hanlon Lab, specifically working in the servers team, played a pivotal role in shaping my career as a data scientist. The practical experience I gained while at the lab laid a strong foundation for my journey into the world of data analytics and beyond. During my tenure at Hanlon Lab, I had the opportunity to work with cutting-edge server technologies, gaining hands-on experience in managing, configuring, and troubleshooting servers. This exposure enhanced my technical skills and instilled in me a deep understanding of the underlying infrastructure that supports data-driven operations. The supportive and experienced faculty at Hanlon Lab played a crucial role in my career development. Their mentorship and guidance were instrumental when I sought an internship opportunity in the company where I currently work full-time. In conclusion, my experience at Hanlon Lab's servers team has been instrumental in propelling my career forward as a data scientist. The technical acumen, support from dedicated professors, and hands-on exposure to server technologies have been invaluable assets in my professional journey.