Dr Susan Mulcahy is the Director of the Data Sparks Programme, the innovative student placement programme matching a real world industry project on data science with a team of our postgraduate students. This programme sits within Imperial Business Analytics, the research centre focused on bringing data science research closer to the world of business. Susan was previously the Senior Education Fellow of the Data Science Institute (DSI) at Imperial where she developed the educational offering of the DSI for internal students and external industry engagements. She is also a Lecturer in Data Analytics at Ada National College for Digital Skills. Having also facilitated technical courses for corporate clients since 2013, Susan enjoys teaching/facilitating/presenting technical topics to a general audience.
Susan received her data-driven PhD from Imperial's Bioengineering Department in 2016 where she researched indicators of traumatic brain injury using MATLAB on datasets collecting over 500 million data points per patient per day. In addition to this, she has an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the USA. Susan has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2002.
For outside interests, Susan seeks out adventure. In 1999, she spent three months riding her bicycle across the USA. These days, she can be found rowing weekly on the Thames (anything from singles to 8s, outside of lockdown), hiking up a rugged mountain in the Scottish Highlands, or sleeping in a tent in her back garden in London (which she did for 82 consecutive nights in lockdown v1.0 in search of a local adventure.)
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller