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Guest of the Week (2/3/17): Janet George, WD, a Western Digital company

Guest of the Week (2/3/17)

Janet George, Fellow, Chief Data Officer, WD, a Western Digital Company

Congratulations Janet! You are theCUBE Guest of the Week.

As the demand for computer scientists grows, technology companies are taking things into their own hands by fostering the next-generation of innovators. WD, a Western Digital company, is an industrial data powerhouse that encourages a culture of diverse learning cycles for internship programs to help the new guard understand failure and how to learn from it. At the forefront of this education are automation tools, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, and by allowing students to access it in the real world, WD is offering experiences interns could never get in a classroom.

“We treat our interns as a real value add. … They have tremendous access to data so they get to play with all this industry data that they would never get to play with, and they can quickly bring academic background academic learning to that data,” said Janet George (pictured), fellow, chief data officer/scientist/big data/cognitive computing at WD, explaining how her company works with internships and universities to cultivate future data scientist.

“The [data scientist] role has evolved … if you don’t have that business acumen, how do you look at the critical problems, how do you communicate? … Ask the right business questions and understand why that matters,” she stated.

George spoke to Lisa Martin (@Luccazara), co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile live streaming studio, at the Stanford Global Women in Data Science Conference at Stanford University to discuss what skills are necessary for today’s computer scientist.

Read more about our Guest of the Week here and here.

Follow Janet on LinkedIn, and check out all of our coverage of the Stanford Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference.

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