QC Data Analytics in the 1990s
Prof. Mindy Rhindress (Data Analytics) discusses her experience as a student in her program during the early-1990s.

Professor Mindy Rhindress is a valued faculty member and Mentor-in-Residence at Queens College’s Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. She is also one of her program’s highly-successful alumni, with a very successful corporate career that culminated in a senior executive at the major marketing research firm Abt Associates.

It often surprises Data Analytics students that our program is decades-old, with a long history of training students to apply quantitative social science to public and private sector enterprise problems. Check out this gem we found!

By the way, that’s MacArthur award-winning computer scientist Stefan Savage, who worked as a lab assistant back in the day!

In our inaugural episode of The QC Pod, we ask Professor Rhindress what it was like to study analytics back in the 1990s. She talks about how QC students were trained to evangelize the idea that enterprises should give all their knowledge workers a computer of their own, and should teach people to use them! We talk about the resistance to computers back in the 1990s, how a male-dominated executive culture thought it too emasculating to type up your own work, and how people like Prof. Rhindress were able to capitalize on their understandings of what techs did to better work with them as a business executive.

Queens College’s Master’s Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research continues that tradition today by training students in today’s cutting-edge data analytics and applied social science. It is an outstanding program with a great placement record (at a fraction of the cost of our private school competitors). Applications are free for Queens College students.

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