Duke Alumnus Uses Data Science to Win Awards, Partner with Students

October 20, 2015

Elliott WolfDuke alumnus Elliott Wolf (Trinity ’08) is the director of analytics at Lineage Logistics, which has won a Data Impact Award from Cloudera in the Data Driven Transformation category.

Cloudera’s awards recognize achievements in advancing security, affecting social change and driving business value with data. Other winners include global industry giants such as Costco and Visa.

Based in California, Lineage Logistics is the second-largest cold storage warehousing network in the world.

As an undergraduate, Wolf pursued a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, served as student body president of Duke Student Government and participated on teams and in classes that went on to be part of Bass Connections and the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD).

He took part in a freshman Focus program called What If? Explaining the Past, Predicting the Future, which was taught by Professor Anita Layton and had a modeling component that was cosponsored by Bass Connections.

Later on, Wolf provided problems for other students in Professor Layton’s class, and the students presented their solutions to him and his team.

Data science interns, Lineage Logistics Data+ teamAnd Wolf arranged for a data science internship at Lineage Logistics through the Data+ summer program at iiD, which is cosponsored by Bass Connections.

Wolf shared a photo of the team on July 4 (right): “We grilled burgers while our physicist explained analytical and numerical methods for solving the heat equation. Anne Talkington and Rachel Yin worked with Chris Eckman, one of our analysts, to implement in Matlab. Fun times all around.”

Learn more about the award and the Bass Connections project team Modeling and Simulation, watch a video featuring Wolf and Layton, and find out how to get involved with Bass Connections.