Rachel Schutt

Rachel Schutt
Senior Research Scientist, Johnson Research Labs


Dr. Rachel Schutt is a Senior Research Scientist at Johnson Research Labs. Prior to that, she was a Senior Statistician at Google Research in the New York office. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia’s Statistics Department, and is a founding member of the Education Committee for the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia. Rachel is co-authoring a book (with Cathy O’Neil) called “Doing Data Science” to be published by O’Reilly in 2013.

Her interests include statistical modeling, exploratory data analysis, machine learning algorithms, and social networks, as well as the ethical dimensions of Data Science, and using Data Science to do good. She holds several pending patents. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities.

She earned her PhD from Columbia University in Statistics, and Masters degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from the Courant Institute (NYU) and Stanford University, respectively. Her undergraduate degree is in Honors Mathematics from the University of Michigan.


Data Science Ballroom AB
Rachel Schutt (Johnson Research Labs)
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Rachel Schutt, Senior Research Scientist at Johnson Research Labs, will discuss her Columbia Data Science course: her motivations for teaching it, how she designed the curriculum, how the NYC tech community was involved, and what impact, if any, she had on her students. She thought about the course as testing the hypothesis: It is possible to incubate awesome data science teams in the classroom. Read more.


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