Institute for Applied Computational Science

Alumni profile: Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16

At Amazon Marketing Services, Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16, is part of a team that offers advertising solutions to help Amazon vendors reach new customers and drive sales at Amazon.com. Petschek, who serves as Senior Marketing Program Manager, oversees the development of tools and analytics that support Amazon’s internal marketing teams, which include elements like automation and prediction modeling using historical datasets.

Destination data

With its 28-mile-long azure lake, framed by the snow-capped Alps, the picturesque city of Como, Italy, is a popular vacation destination for entertainment royalty, including George Clooney, Madonna, and Sting.

Paparazzi keep track of these famous visitors, but how can municipal officials monitor the way the other 1 million tourists who visit Como each year travel among the districts and attractions in this medieval city?

Pushing boundaries

“Be the smart girl. . .The best way to fight implicit bias is through hard work.”

That was the advice Margo Seltzer, Hershel Smith Professor of Computer Science, offered to more than 100 female technologists, researchers, and students who gathered in Cambridge, Mass., for the global Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS), a daylong event to inspire, connect, and educate women in tech.

Everything’s negotiable

With more than 1.5 million listings worldwide, featuring everything from an Irish preparatory school that sleeps 70 to a tiny cabin in upstate New York that barely has room to lie down, Airbnb enables travelers to find accommodations that suit their tastes to a T.

But how do customers know they are getting the best possible price?

Picture perfect plates

Whether they are surfing the web in search of surf and turf, or browsing for the perfect grass-fed beef burger, more than 90 percent of U.S. consumers search online for restaurants, according to a study by market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.

Computefest

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science, ComputeFest is an annual program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in data science and computational science and engineering.

Built for speed: Designing exascale computers

“Imagine a heart surgeon operating to repair a blocked coronary artery.

Someday soon, the surgeon might run a detailed computer simulation of blood flowing through the patient’s arteries, showing how millions of red blood cells jostle and tumble through the small vessels. The simulation would identify the best repair strategy.

With a fast enough computer, it could all be done in a few minutes, while the operation is under way.”

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