The Mount is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Rebecca Portier as the newest member of the Computer Science faculty. Professor Portier brings over 25 years of experience in programming, computer systems, software development and technology management to our campus. She has worked for such prestigious organizations such as Chevy Chase Bank, General Dynamics, Wells Fargo, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics and her B.S. in Computer Science from Westminster College and her M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University. Most recently, Professor Portier earned a Data Science certificate offered by Johns Hopkins University through Coursera.
With that certification Professor Portier will play a key role in the Mount’s new minor in Data Science. Data Scientists apply programming, statistics, and mathematical techniques to answer questions that involve huge data sets. Data Science is being used in the fields of business, medicine, and criminal justice just to name a few and jobs in this new field are blossoming.