Hans-Peter Hoellwirth

Data Science Program Ambassador

alumni
Originally from
Linz
Austria
Currently living in
Linz
Austria

I currently work as an IT project manager for MIC Customs Solutions in Linz, Austria. I already worked for that same company for several years after high school in several different positions (programmer, software engineer, and business analyst). I then spent 4 years studying Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh (including a exchange year at the University of Richmond) before I joined the BGSE Data Science program.

Interview

As someone with an IT background who already took some machine learning courses in my bachelor degree at the University of Edinburgh, the BGSE data science program mainly attracted me because of its well-balanced mix of statistics, applied IT, and economics - something I didn’t find in any other program at that time. I enjoyed many aspects of the program - the variety of offered courses, the close contact with the professors and lecturers, and fellow students from with so many different backgrounds and nationalities you become friends with. Even though I am currently not (yet) working as a data scientist, I still feel I can apply much of the obtained skill set in my current job and even in my daily life, for example to critically question conclusions someone has drawn based on some data, to visualize data in a way that effectively conveys information, or simply to understand the value and potential of a given data set.