Laurie Skelly is a Data Scientist at Chicago-based data consulting firm Datascope Analytics. She is passionate about tackling the intractable and removing the barriers between the human and the technical components of a problem. Connecting a real-world problem to its ideal technical solution is an art and a science, and Laurie excels at designing systems that create the perfect match for a client’s needs. She has led and contributed to projects for Datascope clients, who range from regional nonprofits to international Fortune 50 giants and represent a broad collection of business sectors and verticals. In addition to the practice of data science, Laurie is at home at the front of a classroom. She is a lead on the course design team behind the Metis Data Science Bootcamp scheduled to launch in 2014. Laurie received a BA in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and a PhD from the Integrative Neuroscience Program at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation employed machine learning algorithms to model the neural circuitry of emotion in incarcerated psychopathic offenders.