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ASA and Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium: Alice Zhou

Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE)
  • Colloquium 4:10-5:10 p.m., CUE 114 |
  • Refreshments 3:30-4:00 p.m., Neill 216 (Hacker Lounge) |
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 957 3299 3828 |
  • Zoom Meeting Passcode: 526581
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About the event

Title: A Statistician’s Journey in High Tech World and Cracking the Big-tech Interview

Abstract: In this talk, I’ll share my personal journey as a statistician navigating
the dynamic landscape of different Amazon divisions for seven years,
climbing the ranks with four promotions, working as an individual
contributor and leading diverse tech teams. My experience spans
managing software engineers, data engineers, data scientists, research
scientists, and economists, not just collaborating with them but also
interviewing them. I’ll offer practical insights and tips for preparing for
tech job interviews, with a touch of humor: imagine trying to explain a pvalue
at a party! Please note, this talk will focus on my experiences and
interview preparation, and will not cover specific research topics or Amazon

Speaker’s Bio: Alice has been a Machine Learning Science Manager at
Amazon for over seven years. She has led various applied science teams
in developing neural network assembly architecture, overseen engineering
teams building AI sandboxes for AWS, and guided data engineering teams to
streamline production processes. Alice also developed a recommendation
system for Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA). Actively involved in the machine
learning community, she served as the Vice President of the American
Statistical Association’s Puget Sound chapter for four years and currently
serves as an industry board member for the WSU Data Science program. She
has been a reviewer for AMLC in 2019 and 2020, and for IEEE in 2019. Alice
holds a master’s degree from Purdue University.