Q: What is it like working as a Data & Operations Analyst in your current industry?
Neyda: Coeur Mining produces silver and gold and there are tons of opportunities in the natural sciences for data enthusiasts. There are not as many tech-focused employees at my location, but this creates an opportunity to be involved in projects that span from data cleansing all the way to machine learning and app creation. I have ample resources for upskilling, have time for personal development, and I have the luxury of looking at data throughout all departments at the mine site.
Q: What activities or programs at Rice (or after graduating from Rice) have helped you develop skills and prepared you well in your current position?
Neyda: D2K Lab (Capstone project), ArcGIS & Geospatial Analysis, Toastmasters (public speaking), Technical Writing and Communication, Digital Communication, Leadership Coaching through CoachRICE and Leadership Seminars
Q: If there's one piece of advice you would like to share with Data Owls, what would that be?
Neyda: Practice communication skills just as much as you practice for a math test. You will always need the power of storytelling to sell your data science results.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Neyda: I love to hike, read, and cook. I was excited to move out to Nevada for my current role and be closer to the Sierra Nevada Mountains/Lake Tahoe Region. When I'm not in front of my computer, I am spending the majority of my free time outdoors.