My Journey as a Data Scientist / IT Engineer

It was long ago, when I was a curious kid on how the world works.  I like the science experiments in school, watched the Beakman’s world.  There are times that I’m thinking what will it be if no one has invented the light bulb, the engine motor, and many other things like the cellphone and computers.

On my journey, I had met a computer when I was in Elementary level.  My uncle left me a computer with Windows 3.0 on it, I tried exploring it, used Microsoft Office, read a book about DOS (Disk Operating System) and saved tons of diskettes with Microsoft Word Documents, Powerpoints, and played with Visual Basic for Application.  During my highschool, I met two programmers.  One who taught me and showed me DOS-based programming languages like C, Pascal, QBASIC, DOS and Visual Studio especially Visual Basic.  I read a book that they are using Teach Yourself Visual Basic in 21 Days, it’s fun and easy to understand so I tried creating some of its contents.  Wrote a couple of DOS batch files program.

On my 4th year highschool, I tried to take the examination for IT Engineers.  I just tried it, but since I have no mentor, I got a fairly almost passing score for IT Engineer examination, a Japanese standard certification given by JITSE (Japanese IT Standards Examination) now PhilNITS (Philippine National Information Technology Standards) which is under ITPEC (IT Professional Examination Council) headed by JITEC (Japan IT Engineers Examination Center).  One of the youngest taker at the age of 16.  After some years after taking up BS IT (college) I successfully passed the exam at the age of 20.

I was sent in Yokohama, Japan to undergo for the Training Program for IT Engineers in Asian Countries in 2007.  The youngest in the batch at the age of 20.  My expertise is COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language).  Learned Linux, JSP and other technologies including the Japanese culture.

I’ve helped OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) community to grow here in the Philippines as a Project Manager, today e-Kindling is handling the project, and they have deployed a pilot OLPC in some parts of the Philippines.

On 2010 I was sent again to undergo for Bridge Systems Engineers training (coordinating Systems Engineer) in Tokyo.

In the past, I used to do the full Software Development Life Cycle as a Systems Engineer.  I have done some work as a Network Surveillance engineer too in a contact center.  Lately, I worked with a social media site too as Systems Administrator.  My stay in Friendster have helped me learn more of monitoring systems, automating, testing and Quality Assurance work on systems.

I’ve helped some organizations as a consultant too in the past.

I’ve learned how to cook servers using Chef and other tools, linux, python, perl.  From there I started to love data, from MySQL to MongoDB, to CouchDB, using logs, AWS cloud services, Munin, Nagios.

After some time I’ve been interested to learn R, but then it led me to learn the Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins University through Coursera.  I took several courses on Data Analysis, Analytics, Process Mining and more.

Today, my learnings, combined with my experience with systems engineering, data, consulting and things I’ve learned from Marketing and Business school (MBA) helped me to become a Data Scientist / IT Engineer.  I also learned Online Marketing and Virtual Profession, so I know how to work remotely well from a guru in the Philippines named Jomar Hilario.

Nowadays, I’m exploring to learn more Mathematics from Pure to Applied, doing some research, Genomics, BioInformatics and other applications of Data Science, Science and Technology. – Sway Data Scientist Ri – Rowen

  • Rowen Remis R. Iral