2021 Alumni Notes 2013-2014
I’m in my second year of my Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The transition back to student life has been difficult, but I’m learning so much in my program. I’ve been working on some great side projects and collaborating with researchers from Mayo Clinic. Outside of school and work my time has been spent with my new mini dachshund, Monty. He has tiny legs, but we love spending our time by Lake Michigan and exploring the nature in the Midwest — when it’s not one degree outside.
Chris and I had a baby in May 2020! Amelia is the happiest and easiest baby ever. She has improved our lives so much, and it has been incredibly fun watching her grow and become a tiny, independent human. I’m in my third year with Accenture and am loving the challenges and learning opportunities that come with the job. Chris is in his second year with GoDaddy and recently got promoted to Senior Manager of Data Science. We are both so fortunate to have the luxury of working from home together during the pandemic. Hit Chris up if there are any grads interested in applying their stats knowledge at a cool company!
In November I completed my Ph.D. in computational science- statistics from San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. It is crazy to be finally done with all my education! I am currently navigating the job market, looking for work as a data scientist in San Diego or remote. Since the pandemic started, I have lost 115 pounds, which I’m sure makes me quite the outlier, but I feel the best I have felt in years!
In 2019 I moved to Atlanta, Georgia with the love of my life, and fellow Cal Poly stats alum, Christina Garcia. In 2020 I proposed to Christina, and we plan to get married in May 2021 — depending on the state of the pandemic.
I am working as an online marketing analyst at Ansira alongside another Cal Poly stats alum, Mat Adams. I have been there for almost seven years now!
See update for Ariana Montes Moore, class of 2014.
Suzanne Nelson Coulter
This past year I have continued working remotely as a biostatistician at the College of American Pathologists. I provide statistical expertise on a scientific resource committee charged with researching laboratory quality improvement.
In other news, I got married in September! What was supposed to be a 100+ guest wedding turned into a mountain elopement in Asheville, North Carolina.
Diana Said Capurro
I’m still working at Sephora, working in client insights and analytics. Unfortunately with the pandemic and not getting into the office, the number of goodies that I get has decreased. On the other hand, my cat has never been happier and hangs out next to me while I work and expects me to pet her throughout the day. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. 2019 was a busy year. I got married in August and traveled to Costa Rica for the honeymoon.
My husband and I also went to Germany and Georgia (the country) that year, which was a blast. Definitely recommend trying Georgian food and wine if you ever get a chance — khinkali and any type of khachapuri is a must. We were going to go to Argentina in 2020, but that got cancelled with COVID. We’re not sure when we’ll be travelling internationally again and where we would go, but my husband is dying to go to Uzbekistan.
During my free time during the pandemic I’ve been trying to get away from screens as much as possible. I’ve been reading a bunch (26 books since September!), cooking and baking (going to make a babka tonight), with the occasional cross stitch.
Kaity Sutter Murphy
Hello all! Two large events have happened in my life since our last newsletter. Last summer, I married my now husband in a small wedding with just our immediate family in attendance. Then, earlier this year, we both learned we passed our last actuarial exam and are now Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Our dog is super excited for this achievement as we have more time to play with her on the weekend. Apparently the dog park is more fun than sleeping in my office while I study. Who knew? Hope everyone is doing well!