He realized that Computer Science was the right path for him at 8 years old, when his uncle gave him his Pentium II to play around with. Today he is 25 and he is very close to fulfilling his dream: become a talented Data analyst. Here’s our interview with Muhammad Usama, an Applied Data Science student at Università degli Studi dell’Aquila.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Muhammad Usama, I’m from Lahore, a beautiful city in Pakistan, and I’m 25 years old. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and I’m currently attending the Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science run by the University of L’Aquila. I fell in love with computers when my uncle gave me his Pentium II to play around with: I was 8 years old back then.

What’s your degree all about?

This degree provides a strong foundation in the collection, processing, analysis, visualization and reporting of data. It will enable me to learn how to draw data-driven conclusions, while being compliant with data protection policies.

Why have you chosen this path?

Actually, data feels home to me. I feel comfortable with myself whenever I deal with large sets of numbers.

What do you love the most about your degree program?

I love its practical side, such as the possibility to obtain useful information by analyzing junk data. Junk data is unorganized: you therefore need to apply functions to make it useful for a company. This program, furthermore, gives me the chance to explore the world of Cyber Security, a topic I’m really interested in, which involves the application of technologies, processes and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber-attacks.

What are your future goals?

Become a talented Data Analyst, whose job is to identify, gather and analyze big data and make numbers accessible to companies through easy-to-understand graphs, charts, tables and reports.