Past Meetup

Inaugural WiMLDS meetup in Corpus Christi

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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

University Center- Oso Room 221 · Corpus Christi, TX

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, UC, Oso Room 221


Welcome to the group! We are excited to organize our first WiMLDS meeting in Corpus Christi. We have invited several lead data scientists from Amazon, Climate Corporation,, and more. There is also a great opportunity for networking. We love to hear from our members during 2 minutes lightening talks! This can simply be an introduction to the group about who you are and what you work on. This is open to everyone and we encourage people of all skill levels to give a talk. It's a great way to introduce yourself to the group!

We hope you can join our first official meetup to help us shape the direction of this group.

Speakers: Dr. Erin LeDell, Dr. Marian Farah

Scalable Machine Learning in R and Python with H2O

Erin LeDell is a Machine Learning Scientist at, the company that produces the open source machine learning platform, H2O. Erin received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. Before joining, she was the Principal Data Scientist at (acquired by GE in 2016) and Marvin Mobile Security (acquired by Veracode in 2012) and the founder of DataScientific, Inc. Erin is the founder of the Women in Machine Learning & Data Science meetup organization ( and co-founder of R-Ladies Global (

Digitizing Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities

Marian Farah leads the Weather Science International Expansion team at The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company. The Climate Corporation aims to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. For the last three years, Marian has been leveraging big data and cloud computing to build, validate, and deploy scalable models using weather data, agricultural and geological surveys, and satellite images. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation, Marian was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge. During her fellowship, she developed Bayesian non-parametric methods for calibrating epidemic evolution and biomarker models. Marian earned her PhD in Bayesian Statistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011.

Hope to chat soon!

Maryam Rahnemoonfar

WiMLDS lead organizer

Assistant professor of Computer Science