Jacob J. Zuliani ’20 is in an enviable position.
The Sutton, MA, resident is currently choosing from four or five different positions for employment after his upcoming graduation this year. “I’m looking at a variety of options,” he said.
Jacob, set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Data Science from UMass Dartmouth, says his opportunities at the University paved his way. “I’ve been able to push myself and explore my own research interests,” he said. “I have received the advice, help, and resources to get it done.”
Data scientists analyze information to create models to predict consumer behavior. Big data is big business today, as companies seek to capitalize on data to improve their market share in an environment where customers expect enhanced value.
Jacob created an internship at start-up data company Blustream, which works with retailers to analyze consumer behavior and provide companies advice for improving customer experience. For example, if a car company finds their customers are dissatisfied with performance and it can be tied to a lack of maintenance, the company can create ways to reach out to their customers proactively, to remind them to get service before they have trouble.
UMass Dartmouth provided him ample opportunity to hone his skills, he said. Jacob is president of the Big Data Club, where their team recently came in second place overall at the Brown University Datathon. “At the event, companies present real-world problems that we solve. Our problem was for Citizens Bank in Rhode Island, to create a model to predict the number of new home buyers.” The team was judged on several metrics, including the ambitiousness and inventiveness of their solution.
“At UMass Dartmouth you can build your own experience,” he said. “If you’re motivated to take chances, you can get the support and resources you need.”