STATS in Action - Zach Kurtz

February 23, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

STATS in Action presents:

Zach Kurtz

"A statistician's 12 rules for success in industry"

If you've been looking at statistics jobs in industry, you already know that there are many opportunities. Some of these are better than others. Knowing the differentiating factors may help you to sort out what you're looking for sooner, ultimately enabling you to go further with your career. Drawing on one marginally illustrious statistics career, this talk will introduce concrete recommendations ranging from social dynamics to specific statistical tools.


Zach Kurtz (Statistics Ph.D., CMU 2014) is a machine learning research scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He has worked on projects in fields as diverse as cyber security, software engineering, public transit, social work, marketing analytics, ecology, medicine, and human rights. His dissertation built on capture-recapture theory to introduce a new method for estimating the sizes of partially observed populations.  At the Software Engineering Institute, Zach developed new evaluation methodologies for open-ended cyber warning competitions, built text-based classifiers, and designed cyber incident data visualization tools. Although he did not realize it at the time, he began his statistics career at the age of 14 with a school project on tagging Monarch butterflies near his childhood home in rural West Virginia.

Location and Address

232 Cathedral of Learning

4200 Fifth Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15260