Head of Data Science Development Program, Chevron
Aaron Schaffrina has been heading Chevron’s Data Science Development Program since 2012. By his own admission, he is much more of a Decision Analyst than a Data Scientist. Most notably, he used Decision Analysis to model and frame what became Chevron’s Microsoft data center sale/cloud agreement as well as multiple cybersecurity, end user, networking and digital projects. On the data science front, Aaron has framed multiple data science opportunities (to determine if the project has enough value to pursue) and has used data science solutions as inputs for a DA model. His approach to framing data science opportunities and using data science inputs for DA models has been used throughout Chevron’s business (upstream, downstream, midstream and corporate).
Data Science is a nascent and increasingly popular interdisciplinary field, wherein the data scientist uses large datasets to derive insights and inform decisions. Despite this, Decision Analysis is rarely mentioned as a necessary skill for a data scientist. What are the decision making gaps in Data Science, and what can — and should — decision […]