Darren Devine – An Introduction

Hi everyone, My name is Darren Devine. I’m 25 years old and currently live in Derry, Northern Ireland. My hobbies include 3D printing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Marine fish keeping.

I am a recent graduate from Queen’s University, Belfast in Mechanical Engineering, and I will soon be graduating with a MSc in Data Science from Ulster University. I work in the manufacturing sector as a Business Data Specialist for a company called Nelipak Healthcare Packaging. I have recently taken this position, having previously worked as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer for Terex Finley soon after completing my undergraduate degree.

I first became interested in Data Science through a year-long work placement as part of my undergraduate degree with Seagate Technology, Derry, where I was introduced to the possibilities for the company when you could utilise all its data. I was surrounded by enthusiastic individuals who inspired me to pursue this path and to continue my education within the field.

I believe Data Science is an exciting field to be involved with as it is constantly evolving and improving, with new techniques and technologies being developed. Data Science involves the collection, storage and analysis of all sorts of data in the hopes to extract key information. From this, we an improve our daily lives by way of developing AI to help us with speech recognition, fraud detection, healthcare and manufacturing, to name a few.

The purpose of this blog is to provide an introduction to Data Science, discussing my personal experience in gaining employment within the discipline of Data Science, to give advice, and to promote continuous learning and improvement. It is my hope that this blog will be a useful resource to prospective graduates, those beginning a career in Data Science, and those within the field already who seek a young and fresh opinion. As I am still in the beginnings of my Data Science journey it is my intention that this blog will provide a real time representation of the data world and I would love to share this journey with all the readers.

Key topics for discussion:

  • Live projects and findings
  • Interview skills
  • Advice for current and prospective students
  • Technical advice
  • Local events and meetups

Thank you for reading the first installment of my blog, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and tips with you all.

Darren Devine