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Alumni Spotlight: Xiao Bai

xiao118 March 2015—Meet Xiao Bai, a 2013 graduate of the MS in Statistics Program, who shares her insights and experiences of life after graduation. 

What did you do in the year immediately following graduation?

I joined Freescale Semiconductor Inc. as an Enterprise Business Intelligence Analyst, in addition to getting married in China last December!

What do you do for a living now?

I am still working at Freescale on a team called Advanced Analytics. Our team helps different business groups across Freescale by building analytic statistical models, giving them deep insight into their data and providing references for decision-making.

What do you enjoy most about your current career position?

My position is a perfect fit with my statistical background. Plus, in every project there are opportunities to learn new things and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding.

How do you think the MS in Statistics program prepared you for the job you have now?

I would like to say that I feel lucky to be part of the program. It prepared me with solid statistics fundamentals as well as the ability to carry out practical analyses. The training I received makes it easier for me to pick up new knowledge and skills in my career.

What advice would you give to current MS in Statistics students who aspire to follow a similar career path?

Make the best use of your summer vacation and apply for an internship as early as you can. The earlier you begin to do this, the better you will prepare yourself for when job opportunities are knocking at your door.

Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who helped you when you were here at UT?

Actually, during my two years of study I received a lot of help from many professors, advisors and peers. I would like to specifically thank Dr. Matt Hersh. He was always patient in answering my questions in class. He also strongly encouraged me when I was applying for an internship opportunity and for my current job at Freescale.

What is your most memorable moment as a student?

If this won't make me sound too nerdy, I want to say it's those days and hours that I spent at FAC working on my homework!


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