Meet Tadd Wood, a 2010 UNO graduate from the College of Business Administration. Tadd is the co-founder and chief data scientist for Contemporary Analysis (CAN), a start-up that helps companies sort through its data and fix its problems.
As a data scientist at CAN, Tadd consults with Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller companies, about how to use predictive analytics to find patterns in its data. He uses these patterns to explore and predict what will likely happen next in its business.
“Starting out, the term ‘econometrics’ was about the closest thing to what we were trying to do,” says Tadd. “ Predictive analytics didn’t become a buzzword for three more years.”
Tadd’s daily routine is not very predictable. Some days he’s meeting with clients and building relationships. Other days he’s developing solutions to problems that are completely new to him.
How did UNO help him achieve his goals?
“When we (Wood and UNO alumnus Grant Stanley) were starting out, we were lucky enough to have professors to bounce ideas off of as well as give us insight based on their career experiences,” says Tadd.
One thing Tadd would’ve done differently while at UNO?
“I would have taken some classes on the computer science side. I had a pretty good math and statistics foundation when we started, but not having a programming background didn’t allow me to scale my solutions until I was able to teach myself."
Fun Facts about Tadd
Favorite study spot: The library (it’s quiet but also social enough to see familiar faces)
Favorite free-time activity: exercising and traveling
About the UNO College of Business Administration
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About the UNO Alumni Association
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