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Nick graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at Northeastern University in 2020 with a B.S. in BioEngineering and a minor in Mathematics. With a concentration in medical devices, he discovered an interest in the software side of medical device development. Nick worked on hardware and software for projects such as an autonomous mobile robot used to search rooms and a heart rate variability monitor. Towards the end of his time at Northeastern, Nick focused his elective classes on data science courses, as he discovered his passion was for analytically solving problems and creating data models rather than the mechanical design and testing aspects of engineering.

While studying at Northeastern, Nick completed three 6-month, full-time co-ops at industry positions to apply his technical skills in a professional setting. His first position was as an actuarial analyst for John Hancock Life Insurance in Boston. In this role, he led a project that created a user-friendly application which automated a life insurance valuation algorithm in VBA. Nick’s second co-op was completed at Becton, Dickinson and Company as a Research and Development Engineer. Using statistical techniques, he designed, performed, and analyzed data from benchtop mechanical tests and clinical trial studies for a novel diabetic insulin pump. His third role was as a Post-Market Engineer at Abiomed, Inc. where he diagnosed root causes of over sixty unique field failures of active Impella heart pump implants. Root causes were discovered by analyzing numerical and graphical device data and by conducting visual, mechanical, and fluidic experiments on returned failed devices. Nick earned the lead in a deep-dive investigation into one recurring failure of heart pump rotor blades that had a previously undiscovered root cause. All three co-op positions required Nick to perform data analysis tasks and translate findings into communicable insights geared towards an audience with a non-analytical background.

Nick is excited to explore the exploding field of data science. His passion has been math ever since he started elementary school, so a career with a rigorous application of math is the only path he can imagine. Northwestern’s MSiA program will give him the opportunity to apply the skills he learns through real-world projects and sharpen his data communication skills. Eventually, Nick hopes to be involved with a data-focused scientific team with a world-changing goal or lead a company while using data-driven decision making.