DAAM’s 1st Industry Day was a success! It provided students an opportunity to network with professionals and learn about data science. 

There were 22 students and 12 professionals in attendance. Five project presentations given by students showed just the tip of the iceberg of ongoing data science activities on campus. The panel session sparked plenty of interesting discussions among students and professionals. This event set a tone for next year’s Industry Day and we strive to grow it to be one of the premier events organized by students. 

Presentation Awards:
1st Place: Daniel Croce (“Growth Opportunities in the Motorcycle Market”)
2nd Place: Adam Stogsdill (“Leveraging GANs to Model Gesture Spaces to Improve Human-Robot Interaction”)

Panel theme: What digital skills are needed by an engineer in the industry today and how to develop them?  

Jan 18th, 2020, BPX Energy Office, Downtown Denver

1st Place: Daniel Croce (“Growth Opportunities in the Motorcycle Market”)
2nd Place: Adam Stogsdill (“Leveraging GANs to Model Gesture Spaces to Improve Human-Robot Interaction”)


Matthew McElhaney

  • Matthew McElhaney is the Program Lead for Drilling and Completions focused Technology projects for BPX. Prior to working for BPX he was an Operations Engineer for Chesapeake Energy in their Northern Marcellus field office and an infantry officer in the United States Army. Matthew has a Bioengineering Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, and an in progress Masters in Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley.

Sam Hoda 

  • Sam Hoda, Principal Data Scientist at Well Data Labs. He obtained his PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on optimization and artificial intelligence. His professional career spans several industries including SaaS, logistics, oil & gas, telecommunications, and digital advertising. Sam has over 15 years of experience working on Data Science & Analytics projects and is a co-author of several patents.

Samantha Fox

  • Samantha Fox is a Senior Product Analyst at B3 Insight in Denver. She graduated from Mines in 2000 with a BS in Engineering Physics. While attending Mines she was employed at a startup data company, where she learned database skills and basic programming. After graduation, she chose to continue to work in this field because it was interesting and lucrative. Today, she manages data products at B3, where they have built a geospatial platform for data discovery about everything involving oilfield water (sourcing, production and disposal).

Matthew Roos

  • Dr. Matthew Roos is a neuroscientist and engineer. He obtained his PhD in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, studying the function of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the rodent auditory system. He also holds degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. He currently works as an independent contractor under the business name Binary Cognition, constructing deep learning models for computer vision and other AI applications. He has experience in a variety of computational domains including brain-computer interfaces, automated speech recognition, natural language processing, and physical layer wireless communications. His interests include AI for IoT and Edge computing, neuroscience-based AI, unsupervised learning, and artificial life. Dr. Roos recently joined Colorado School of Mines as adjunct faculty, teaching data science in the computer science department.

James Brown

  • Graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2015, worked at Xentity (a contracting firm) since graduation as a “Data Developer”. Xentity is focused on data – Big data, geospatial data, IOT data, and Open data. My focus is in the Open data government space, supporting various groups in publishing, maintaining, and use of government data by the public. Current projects consist of:
  • – Designed data management process for the Colorado Business Intelligence Center. This is designed to publish data that will help business decision makers make better data-driven decisions. We also support participants in the GoCode competition using the data to build data analysis and applications for those business decision makers.
  • – Maintain the data.doi.gov stack, a web service for open data that is part of the Department of the Interior (USGS, National Parks, Fish & Wildlife, etc). Work with people on compliance, harvesting, and various development issues.
  • – Support the data.gov developer team on system design, utilization of the service, development operations, security, and general bug fixes. Data.gov drives to have all federal public data for public use.

Joshua Dostert

  • Josh Dostert is an accomplished Business Analyst and Project Manager working as the current Program Manager for the Business Intelligence Center (BIC), which is an open data initiative of the Secretary of State’s Office. Graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2016. BIC initiatives include a variety of community building and technical solutions, including a workshop series that advises tech and entrepreneurial companies across the state to leverage Public Data as their common wealth in collaboration with the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado as well as the Go Code Colorado competition (GoCode.Colorado.Gov). Josh is passionate about transforming data into actionable decisions, and works to facilitate making data available from all of the agencies he works with for the benefit of businesses in Colorado. Dostert is well versed in Power BI, process improvement, and gardening.

Professionals Attending the Event

Emmanuel Alexander, Account Manager,  TEKsystems

Werner Kuhr, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Mines

Donny Boulanger, Program Manager, Industry Relations at Mines Foundation

David Doig, Assistant Director of Fiscal Planning and Analytics, CU – Denver

Rudy Lacovara, Data Platform Founder