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Chidinma Nze studied journalism in college, then digital media at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. After graduation, she began working in PR and digital marketing.  After a few years, Chidinma developed an appetite to grow beyond her role. Then,...
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Each member of the team behind the Aviation Accident Analysis project had unique reasons for joining University of Minnesota Data Visualization and Analytics Boot Camp.  Tejal Kotkar was engineering at tapQA when work visa issues became an obstacle. Savita Hirilall...
Joseph Smith grew up around Nolensville, Tennessee, where he spent his time with a variety of hobbies — from flying general aviation aircraft, to playing guitar and later, practicing Judo in Knoxville. These experiences confirmed for Joseph that variety...
As the lead anesthesia technician in a Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center, Chris Lichliter spent his workdays assisting anesthesia providers during transplant and trauma surgeries. His leadership supported a successful eight-person team — but the...
Clare Liu got her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Sydney. She worked as an accountant for a while, realized it wasn’t for her, and switched to graphic design — which she ultimately decided wasn’t for her...
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With cybercrime on the rise, the need for cybersecurity professionals is greater than ever. But as a developing field, it’s not always the most obvious career choice. For Ryan Mohr, it took spending time in an unfulfilling IT job...
When Amanda Neal graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Education and Geographic Information Science (GIS), she decided to pursue a career in teaching. But after a number of fulfilling years as an educator, she was ready...

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