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SDS Faculty Spotlight: Steven Hernandez

IMG_1513.JPGSteven Hernandez is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.

Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas. Former musician. Graduated from, then later taught at, Anderson High school. BA in Mathematics and MS in Statistics from UT Austin. 

What led you to choose statistics as your field?

I chose statistics due to the fact, in my opinion, that it is the most applicable form of mathematics. It doesn't matter what industry you are a part of, statistics will definitely have its part. Also, I thought a deep understanding of statistics would help my fantasy football teams . . . it has not :(

Tell us about a project or piece of research you have worked on while here at UT.

I will be the first to admit I am not much of a researcher; I am a teacher at heart and find much joy helping others understand a subject that can be difficult for many people. 

Who is your role model, in the statistics field or otherwise?

Role model for life, my dad. Role model for academics, my high school Algebra and Statistics teacher, Mr. Gary Adam. 

What is your favorite song at the moment?

My favorite song overall is "Over Funk" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers . . . it's a B-side and should have made the album!

What is your favorite food/meal?

This question changes on a weekly basis . . . but if I had to say at the moment, a good greasy bacon cheeseburger from the Crown and Anchor.

If you were not teaching, what would you be doing?

If I wasn't teaching, ideally I'd be a statistical analyst at ESPN!

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