My Monash with Professor Di Cook
I’m Di Cook and I’m a Professor in Business Analytics in the Econometrics and Business Statistics Department at Monash University. My role is to provide leadership in building a research program and also in educational offerings that tackle the new area of research in business analytics. I grew up in a small town in northern New South Wales, close to the beach and did my undergraduate studies at the university in Australia. and continued on to the United States to complete a master’s and PhD in Statistics. When the Monash Business School was formed, the Dean was keen to form a business analytics group focussing on research and education and made a senior position available. this is a great opportunity to develop my career in a new direction. That position was advertised on Rob Hyndman’s blog and I noticed it and thought, this is a great opportunity to develop my career in a new direction. Melbourne is a great location professionally. There are many, many different Meetup groups, and particularly, there is a very very strong data science Melbourne Meetup group. Melbourne’s got a great outdoor lifestyle. Particularly with the coastline right nearby. We can see amazing marine life. Melbourne has a great food and coffee culture. There are restaurants of all sorts of different cuisines and so it’s pretty much what you can imagine you can eat, you can find it here. The Monash Business School is a very congenial place to work and we like to hang out with each other outside the work day. We like to go to the Botanic Gardens, and watch movies. We like to go to the beach. I’m also a tennis mad player and I like to play tennis several times a week with colleagues on campus. The Business School at Monash University is very progressive and very supportive of research. It is different from many other business schools across the globe in that it has a social conscience and a mission to improve society generally. Monash Business School’s research culture has what we might consider the ‘big umbrella’ view, which means that it’s inclusive. This makes the environment a great place to combine different ideas to come up with something entirely new. The research that’s happening today in universities will have a direct impact on the lives of the future. I’m Di Cook and this is My Monash.