Data Science with the Stars: An Interview with NASA’s Chris Mattmann

We caught up with Chris to learn more about his work with NASA, his responsibilities as Principal Data Scientist, and what gets him excited about the future of data science. Q: What led you to your current career at NASA? A: I was a computer science undergrad at USC, and I received an email soliciting CS students to work in Earth science at JPL. My initial mentor and the person who hired me was Dr. Robert Raskin. Rob was someone who I would aspire to be like over time – he was a trained PhD in atmospheric sciences from Michigan who had grown to be known as a computer scientist since he taught himself databases, ontologies, information modeling, etc. Rob gave me a lot of freedom at JPL to hone…


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