Rachel Thomas is the cofounder of fast.ai and a researcher in residence at USF Data Institute, where she teaches numerical linear algebra. Rachel helped create the free Practical Deep Learning for Coders MOOC, which 50,000 students have started. Previously, she worked as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist and engineer at Uber, and a senior instructor at Hackbright. Rachel is a popular writer on data science and diversity in tech. Her writing has made the front page of Hacker News and Medium, has been included in newsletters by O’Reilly, Fortune, crunchbase, and Mattermark, and has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. Rachel holds a PhD in mathematics from Duke.
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