Dr. Jessica Kirkpatrick is a product data scientist at Slack. Previously she has worked at Hired, Chegg, and Microsoft.
Before making her transition to the private sector in 2012, Jessica earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley, where she studied some of the most distant and brightest known objects in the universe, quasars, and worked with large and complex data sets. Today, instead of spending her days finding patterns in the structure of the universe, she spends them finding patterns in the behaviors of people in order to make technology work better for us all.
In addition to her work in private industry, Jessica maintains an active role in giving back to the astrophysics community. She is a blogger for Women-in-Astronomy, Astrobetter, Women 2.0, and Lady Paragons. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the American Astronomical Society and served on their Committee for the Status of Women in Astronomy for 4 years.
You can follow her on Twitter: @berkeleyjess.
She will live on Nov 28 starting at 930 AM PT for one and a half hours during which she will answer as many questions as possible.