Carnegie Mellon University
March 18, 2020

Pittsburgh Welcomes Women in Data Science

Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a virtual Women in Data Science event.

By Stacy Kish

Stacy Kish
  • Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 412-268-9309

Initiated at Stanford University, the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference now boasts more than 150 satellite conferences across the world every year “to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field.” Carnegie Mellon  will host a virtual event for the Pittsburgh area on March 20 and 21.

According to Kayla Frisoli, a Ph.D. student in Statistics and Data Science at CMU and one of the conference organizers, Pittsburgh is key to data science, which has grown to be a data science hub. Frisoli believes women in data science are on the forefront of innovation in the city. 

“Our speakers highlight how diverse the field of data science is,” said Frisoli. “I think it’s really important for individuals, especially young women, to see that there are many ways to define what a successful data scientist looks like.”

In light of the public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the third annual Women in Data Science Pittsburgh @CMU event will be held using a virtual format with no in-person receptions, networking or talks. A schedule of events and registration information can be found on the WiDS website.   The panelists will be a mix from industry, academia, and government including graduate students from different CMU departments.

In recognition, Pittsburgh City Council President Theresa Kail-Smith sponsored a proclamation to designation March 21 as ‘Women in Data Science Day’ in Pittsburgh.

“We are so incredibly proud of the data science community in Pittsburgh and beyond,” said Rebecca Nugent, the Stephen E. and Joyce Fienberg Professor in Statistics and Data Science at CMU. “When it became necessary to convert the event to a virtual format, the entire community enthusiastically helped us put together amazing content.  Our speakers bring a very diverse set of data science perspectives and opportunities, and we can’t wait to share them with everyone.

There is no cost to attend the virtual event.  Registrants will continue to have the opportunity to submit their resume to be shared with our sponsors. 

WiDS Pittsburgh@CMU received sponsorship from General Motors, Microsoft, ThermoFisher Scientific, Google, Novetta, Amazon and the Heinz College at CMU.