Exploring the World of Data Science (in Every Major)

Everyone can be a Data Scientist – even you! Data Science is transforming careers in every industry and the need for skills in Data Science will continue to grow. Hear from Lake Forest College trustee Liam Connell MLS ’17, about the evolution of Data Science and its impact on careers in the future. Plus, learn about the new Data Science Degree program at Lake Forest from Professor Arthur Bousquet and find out how you can get involved. Liam Connell received a B.A (Mathematics, Philosophy) and a Master of Management Science (an early term for Data Science) from University College, Dublin. He worked for IBM Ireland International Software Center, and then moved to Wall Street where he worked a Director of Fixed Income Trading Systems and Risk Management Systems for Salomon Brothers. Liam was a Managing Partner and CTO for Hull Trading Company, the world’s first algorithmic trading firm. He then became the Managing Director for Equity Trading Systems at Goldman Sachs. Liam is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded and served as CEO for Allston Trading, one of the world’s largest futures trading firms.  Liam used his data science training for all of his professional life. Algorithmic data requires advanced techniques to identify subtle patterns in vast databases of market data. Since he retired as CEO of Allston Trading in 2011, he has applied advanced machine learning techniques (e.g. deep neural networks, various boosted decision tree algorithms, kalman filters) to develop strategies trading his own capital. He is also sponsoring multiple independent quantitative research projects by...