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Master of Chaos: Data Science Panel Presented by Walmart Labs

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Don't miss our Data Science Discussion Panel Presented by Walmart Labs! We'll be talking to data science experts about chaos engineering and more! Join us for a night of discussion, learning, networking, pizza and beer!


**all attendees will need to sign a NDA and photo release form for Walmart Labs upon arrival** Forms are available to view as photos below!

6- 7pm: Networking
7-8pm: Panel Discussion
8-8:30pm Audience Q&A
8:30-9pm Networking & Wrap Up


Rhonda Avlonitis | Software Engineering Cloud Native Enablement at Walmart Global eCommerce

Rhonda joined Walmart in 2015, she is responsible for Cloud Native Enablement Architecture, Opensource, Training and Governance for e-Commerce and Retail applications in the Cloud. Prior to joining Walmart, Rhonda lead Application Centric Infrastructure (SDN) at Cisco Systems along with Data Center Resiliency Programs for She is passionate about Women in Engineering and leads Women of Walmart, a forum for the empowerment of Women in Engineering and tech roles.


Vilas Veeraraghavan | Director of Engineering, Walmart Labs

Vilas joined Walmart Labs in 2017 and leads the teams responsible for the Testing and Deployment pipelines for eCommerce and Stores. Prior to joining Walmart Labs, he had long stints at Comcast and Netflix where he wore many hats as Automation, Performance and Failure testing lead. He loves breaking things and debugging complex workflows in distributed application ecosystems

Manjunath Vasishta | Director of Data Science & Engineering, Malwarebytes

Manjunath is the Director of Data Science and Engineering group at Malwarebytes. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of Information Technology with a strong track record in building Big Data, Data Science, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solutions. Currently he is managing a highly energetic team of data engineers, web engineers, data analysts and data scientist in building and managing world class Big Data infrastructure and enabling business in harnessing power of data with machine learning and AI. He holds Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information Science from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.

Vaidyanath Venkitasubramanian | Director of Machine Learning, Course Hero

Vaidyanath joined CourseHero in 2017 and leads the applied machine learning team. Prior to this, he worked at various companies including Eventbrite and Verizon in various data engineering and data science roles. He loves thinking about education policy and using machine learning and NLP to solve interesting challenges in education.

Panel Questions:

1. How has data science progressed throughout your career?
2. What does chaos engineering mean to you? Are you using it yet? If so, in what way?
3. What problems are you currently solving?
4. How has data science played a role in your field and where do you see it going?
5. When do you start chaos engineering?
6. Is chaos engineering just stress testing?

One brand. One experience. Walmart Labs is the technology arm of Walmart reimagining retail for 260 million daily shoppers. Their teams of engineers, designers, and product leaders are experimenting for a smarter future—where online and in-store shopping is an interconnected, consistent, and customer-first experience.

**We currently have two staffing firms dedicated to offering career counseling services to our members, so we ask that recruiters not join this group. Any outside recruiter will be removed, thank you for understanding!