Jared Webb is BlueConduit’s Chief Data Scientist. Here’s a quick Q&A with Jared.
Why did you join BlueConduit?
I wanted to see the research that we did at the University of Michigan scale to communities across the country. Having worked closely with Flint, I learned a lot about the right and wrong ways to use data to manage a lead service line replacement project. I want to make sure that cities and utilities everywhere can use the best practices that we have helped pioneer to help champion public health and maximize public funds.
What professional experience and expertise do you bring to BlueConduit?
I am a former mathematician that found applied data science. I bring technical understanding of the elements that drive modern data science and have developed expertise related to how data science can power lead service line replacement programs. While I was connected to academia, I ran or participated in several research groups and student organizations that studied fundamental machine learning research and applied data science techniques.
What does a day in the life of BlueConduit’s Chief Data Scientist look like?
I spend a lot of my time working one-on-one with other members of the data science team to support their work. When I’m not in meetings, I try to take a crack at a few interesting data science research projects that could point toward future technical innovations and potential new product offerings at BlueConduit.
What work accomplishments are you most proud of and what goals have you prioritized for this year?
By far the accomplishment I’m most proud of is helping to build the amazing team at BlueConduit. I am consistently humbled by the talent and care that my colleagues show as we solve complex problems together.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I love to spend time with my wife, Rachel, and my two children, Silas and Phoebe. We like to make new kinds of food and explore the outdoors together. I also love cycling and am actively pursuing perfection in homemade corn tortillas.