As part of Amazon’s Alexa natural language understanding program, Niki helps build the speech and language solutions behind Amazon services. Learn how the BMLSc Program helped get her to where she is today and some of her favourite memories from the Program.
What is your current career or educational program?
I work as a Language Engineer at Amazon. After completing the BMLSc Program, I pursued a Master of Data Science at UBC.
Describe what you do.
I work at Alexa’s natural language understanding team. Our team builds the speech and language solutions behind Amazon services. We help Alexa develop logical and stable language modelling. What I love about my work is I get to impact customers directly and help to build a better experience for them.
How did your BMLSc degree help you to get where you are now?
The BMLSc Program helped me develop an analytical and logical point of view when dealing with complex problems. The Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Seminars in Current Topics courses motivated me to understand statistics better and become more data-driven.
What is the most valuable experience you gained from the BMLSc Program?
The BMLSc Program is a very intense program and the most valuable lesson I learned during the two years was how to prioritize and plan. I learned how to discipline myself to maintain focus for long hours of studying and work; I see its benefits to this day.
What did you enjoy most about the program or what is your favourite memory from your time in the BMLSc Program?
The close friendship that our cohort had together! I really cherish the memories.
What do you see yourself doing in the future with respect to your career?
My focus is to accelerate developing my career and pushing myself forward. I see myself working and leading more impactful projects.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
I would love to go to Egypt and see the great pyramids.