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Harshitha Palegar

Liberal Arts Major(s): Social Data Analytics
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

For me, the best part of my time working at Boeing was touring the factory and seeing what it takes to construct a plane. It was very encouraging to see that what my team does has an effect on society and the end product of what Boeing does. During my time in the factory, I was told stories and the history of my team's contribution to the Boeing mission statement. It really put our goal into perspective and showed how we fit into the larger picture. I was able to see how many different teams and their efforts come together to create something amazing, which was really rewarding.

This experience greatly impacted me and changed the way I thought of my major and the classes I have taken in the past

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience greatly impacted me and changed the way I thought of my major and the classes I have taken in the past. I was able to implement what I learned in a classroom setting into the real world and produce meaningful results. I was able to use data analytics methods and predictive analytics to find patterns and trends. I then had the opportunity to present my findings and talk about the course of action to take as a result. I learned so much by using real world data, and, more importantly, I learned how to conduct data analysis for certain sectors and have it tailored for specific goals. It taught me the many dimensions of analytics and how to adapt to address the problem or question at hand.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being a security and protection intern with Boeing has given me the opportunity to use data analytics in a security context. This in turn has opened my eyes to the possibilities and the many different applications of data analytics. It has also inclined me to go toward security- and maybe even national security-driven data analytics professions.

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