Dr. Anna C. Gilbert
Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan
“I had spent my summers in graduate school at Bell Labs, so I wanted to return to Bell Labs after graduate school. I received an NSF Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed me to be jointly at Yale University and AT&T Labs-Research. After one year in that position, I was hired at AT&T as a member of technical staff and I worked there for seven years. It was a wonderful experience -- many real data applications, incredibly talented and fun colleagues, and an exciting place and time to work. In 2004, I moved to the University of Michigan, where I joined the Mathematics Department. I have been here ever since!
My research focuses on many different aspects of data science in a variety of applications, from electrical engineering to bio-informatics. I teach a course in numerical linear algebra frequently and I am always trying to put in modern data science applications.
Everyone needs to learn how to think algorithmically, to be proficient at coding, to be flexible and creative, and to really listen to people in applications areas. Outstanding data scientists can come from a variety of backgrounds, not just computer science majors.
I decided to become the WiDS Ambassador at the University of Michigan to showcase the talented faculty and exciting research that we have going on at UMich. My colleagues always impress me!
My advice to women who are considering data science as a field of study or work is to be both fearless and curious!”