Schinria Islam Uses Data Science for Social Science Insights at Uber
Schinria Islam has a curious job title: Senior People Research Analyst at Uber. It’s her job to couple data science with social science to study “the employee experience at Uber.” She’s part of Uber’s People Analytics team that provides data and research about the company’s global workforce.
Can you talk about your job at Uber?
What is the most interesting aspect of your job?
Why did you decide to return to university?
What motivated your decision to pursue a Ph.D.?
How did you develop your interest in applying data-science to solve sociological problems?
I am a first-generation Bengali-American and my parents immigrated to the United States about 30 years ago. I was lucky to be born in the U.S., but exposure to poverty and inequality while visiting Bangladesh at a young age played a huge role in my development and in shaping my interests. So even as I’ve explored different roles in research and analytics, I’ve always been primarily guided by my desire to understand and improve the human condition.