Alumni Stories

We encourage QSS alumni/ae to contact us with news they would like to share.

Alumni Story: Edmond Macri ’94

I still use skills I learned in the MSS major everyday. I head up the marketing and analytics teams at Wayfair.com. We are a very data driven organization. Every day I need to work with data scientists doing complex modeling and marketers doing a lot of quantitative analysis. Understanding how to visual data well and know where analysis seems off ties back to a lot of the basics Joel taught. For me, MSS is still super relevant and broadly in the marketplace with the growth of "big data" we need more people who know how to do this type of work well. (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Sara Burbine Potter ’91

After Dartmouth, I went on to Brandeis University to get my MA in International Economics and Finance. From there, my first two jobs were working as an economist, first at DRI/McGraw-Hill in Lexington, MA (now IHS Global Insight) doing econometric forecasting, and then at Toyota Motor Corporate Services in New York, NY where I was a research economist. I have now been at my current employer, FactSet Research Systems in Norwalk, CT, for just over 15 years. For my first 11 years here, I was primarily working on the integration of economic databases into our client software platform. For the last four years, I have focused on building the applications that display our economic and benchmark data for our clients. I also write monthly economic topical articles for my company's web site, and present on economic topics to both our clients and fellow employees. The MSS major ties directly into what I am doing today — working with economic statistics. (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Scott Prescott ’86

I am currently Director of Instruction at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in NH. This position is similar to being a principal in a brick and mortar school, which I was previous to taking this position. This position allows me to work with schools around the state to help them figure out how to use online education to expand students opportunities for learning. The MSS program taught me how to think out of the box, which serves me well in this position. We are offering a complementary alternative to what has been available to students for the past several decades. We are totally competency based, run off of an asynchronous model, provide flexible pacing, flexibility in time and location for learning, and are developing opportunities for students to master competencies through experiences such as internships, travel, and independent study. Although the existing establishment is slow to change, we are helping to change the way students, parents and schools look at education. (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Cathy Green Solomon ’82

I am a political appointee in the Obama administration, currently serving as Chief Financial Officer for the Executive Office of the President (the cluster of 11 offices including the White House, National Security Council, US Trade Representative, and the Council of Economic Advisers that support the daily operations of the Presidency). In this position I work with budget and accounting numbers every day, and am often required to interpret and explain this financial information for other political appointees. I rely heavily my MSS training as I look at the data analytically, identify trends, and explain potential implications for our operations. I am very grateful to the MSS Department, and to Joel Levine in particular, for encouraging and nurturing my interest in data analysis. (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Helen Hemminger ’81

I picked MSS because I liked to see how math could be applied to social science questions. After Dartmouth, I went on to a 20+ year career in managing human services. I always had more than a passing interest in the data. When I was director of a homeless shelter, I wondered, is it a better outcome if the people who are homeless leave for housing within a month or is it better if they stay 3 months but the return to the shelter rate is lower?  In 2005, I was self-employed grant writing and helping shelters develop affordable housing. In that context, I learned how to do housing market analyses which is certainly an application of math to social science. From working on housing initiatives, I was introduced to GIS — Geographic Information Systems or computer mapping. I was so fascinated I went back to school one course at a time at the undergraduate level at the University of Southern Maine. I took 5 classes for a certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems. That new skill and my back ground in Math Social Sciences, allowed me to start a new career focused on data analysis in the world of health systems.

Alumni Story: Helen Hemminger ’81

I picked MSS because I liked to see how math could be applied to social science questions. After Dartmouth, I went on to a 20+ year career in managing human services. I always had more than a passing interest in the data. When I was director of a homeless shelter, I wondered, is it a better outcome if the people who are homeless leave for housing within a month or is it better if they stay 3 months but the return to the shelter rate is lower?

Alumni Story: Michael Wilkinson ’79

I have had a chance to combine my math and SS skills into a full career. I have taken the process skills from math and combined them with the people skills of SS. Today I am the managing director of the largest professional facilitation and facilitation training company in the US. We lead executives and teams through a variety of processes, including strategic planning, team building, issue resolution, process improvement, etc. It's a fantastic combination of the hard and soft skills of MSS. (10/2014)

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