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Melissa McNeill

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After growing up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Melissa graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2015 with a B.S in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration. Interested in how computers can be used to process information to help answer tough questions, she made use of her electives to focus on the “Information and Intelligent Systems” track of her degree plan.

During her time at Texas A&M, Melissa was able to spend two summers interning at Microsoft. First, she worked on a team with two other interns to develop a recommendation system that suggested code libraries to developers. Through research for this project, Melissa was exposed to data concepts like collaborative filtering and vector space retrieval. During the second summer, she worked as a program manager intern on the Internet of Things team. For one project, she chose to interview researchers from several distinguished universities to learn how embedded systems can be used in disaster scenarios. These internships, along with her related coursework and outside research, really helped give her an initial picture of the analytics industry.

Melissa was attracted to the study of analytics partly because of its growing number of applications across many diverse industries. She is particularly interested in how data analysis can be used to help people and is excited to learn more about how analytics is used in nonprofits, healthcare, law enforcement, and government. At Northwestern, she is greatly looking forward to diving into the data of real world problems and discovering new opportunities from her talented classmates.