Saturday Jun 22, 2024

6. Riwaj Pokhrel

Riwaj Pokhrel discusses his recent transition from Astronomy to Data Science, the factors that led to this decision, and his current role as a Data Scientist. He then compares what he expected out of this transition with what his current experience is. He talks about networking and other important transferable skills. He shares how he has regained some of his original love for Astronomy after his transition. Finally, he shares advice for people who are hoping to transition to Data Science.  




  • Intro Music: Tonight At Eight by Shane Ivers - (no relation)
  • Outro Music: Savour The Moment by Shane Ivers - (no relation)
  • Co-Hosts: Jeffrey Silverman and Joseph A’Hearn
  • Recording: Jeffrey Silverman
  • Editing: Joseph A’Hearn
  • ATDS Podcast Logo: Joseph A’Hearn
  • Thumbnail Headshot Image: Riwaj Pokhrel
  • Thumbnail Design: Joseph A'Hearn


  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:30 - Astronomy Background
  • 6:10 - Transition to Data Science
  • 16:28 - Current Data Scientist Role
  • 23:56 - Expectations vs. Reality about the Transition
  • 28:00 - Technical and Transferable Skills
  • 40:50 - Sharing the Love of Astronomy as a Data Scientist
  • 45:32 - Total Solar Eclipse 2024 Experience
  • 49:00 - Final Thoughts about the Future of Data Science
  • 56:40 - Outro

#Astronomy #DataScience #Transitions #Podcast #ATDS #Astro2Data

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