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SSA Vic Mentoring Night

  • 21 Jun 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (AEST)
  • The Clyde Hotel
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  • We recommend getting the membership (only $20 for students) so you can take advantage of discounts on our other events and workshops during the year

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Hi Victorians! SSA Vic invites you to come join us at The Clyde Hotel to talk about careers in statistics and data science with experienced statisticians and data professionals! We will providing finger food so bring your questions and your networking spirit with you! Due to limited space, we can only accommodate a maximum of 40 attendees so reserve your spot early!


Bonnie Li uses her quantitative skills to help solve policy problems. After completing and enjoying her undergraduate program in Actuarial Studies, she turned to her passion in public policy and joined the public service. Bonnie has since found many opportunities to apply mathematical techniques to a wide range of problems in various government departments, while broadening her skillset. More than 10 years on, Bonnie now leads a team of mathematical modellers in the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Jessica Kasza is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Monash University, where she has been since 2013, after postdocs at the Universities of Copenhagen and Adelaide. In her role at Monash she does biostatistical research, biostatistical consulting, and biostatistical teaching. She's also President of the SSA, and in that role is keen to ensure that the statistical community in Australia is inclusive, respectful, welcoming and diverse.

Lidija Turkovic is a statistical data scientist and is currently working as a Director of Data Science at the Australian Taxation Office. After completing a PhD in biostatistics at The University of Melbourne in 2014, Lidija has worked on a diverse range of projects, building statistical and machine learning models from 'big data' across academia, private sector and government. In recent years, her focus was on strategy and leadership of large-scale projects with passion for developing products and services that serve the Australian community.
Her current work includes development of prescriptive models and recommender systems to optimize business decision making and improve client engagement.

Michelle Lakhmani is a Data and Reporting Manager at Funlab. She graduated with a Masters of Data Science at Monash University. Soon after she started her data science career at Nimble as a Marketing Data Analyst in 2018. She designed and implemented various marketing and financial models that helped the company save time and increase sales. Now, she works at Funlab where she is tasked to deliver real-time accessible reports and analysis to the stakeholders of the company.

Nicholas Armstrong obtained his Ph.D (Physics) in 2000 from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He joined Aerospace Division at Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), under the Australian Department of Defence in 2011, after a period as a post-doctoral researcher and scientist in the university and commercial sectors. As a senior defence scientist, Nicholas has undertaking research in probabilistic risk and reliability, Bayesian, and maximum entropy methods, and has applied it to materials physics in the Propulsion, Power and Energy group.

In 2018, Nicholas was awarded a prestigious DSTG Chief Defence Scientist Research Fellowship. The goal of the Fellowship is to develop a stochastic model for microstructural damage accumulation prior to crack initiation, and the use of this model in the lifing of aero-propulsion components and assessing overall fleet risk.

Rob J Hyndman FAA FASSA is Professor of Statistics and Head of the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. From 2005 to 2018 he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. Rob is the author of over 200 research papers and 5 books in statistical science. He is an elected Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2007, he received the Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to statistical research, especially in the area of statistical forecasting. In 2021, he received the Pitman medal from the Statistical Society of Australia. For over 30 years, Rob has maintained an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organizations around the world. He has won awards for his research, teaching, consulting and graduate supervision.

Stephen Leslie is a statistician working in the field of mathematical genetics. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford in 2008. After graduating Stephen was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Statistics at Oxford. He was awarded one of Oxford’s prestigious Nuffield Department of Medicine Scientific Leadership Fellowships. In 2012 Stephen returned to Australia to establish his own research group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and since 2016 he has been at the University of Melbourne, in the Schools of Mathematics and Statistics, and Biosciences, and Melbourne Integrative Genomics. In 2016 Stephen was awarded the Woodward Medal by the University of Melbourne, the University’s highest award for research by faculty. In 2019 Stephen was awarded the Moran Medal of the Australian Academy of Science.
Stephen's work covers several aspects of statistical and population genetics. His main interests are in detecting and controlling for population differences in genetic data; typing complex genetic variation, with a particular focus on immune-associated loci and autoimmune disease; and performing statistically rigorous analyses of the relationship of genetic variants to disease.

Patrick Robotham, Head of Signal at Magic 

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