By Sabrina Strauss, Office Manager
Valor Water has since its founding supported interns by giving them an opportunity to get an insight into the world of water utilities, software engineering and product development. 2019 has been no exception to this.
Our two University of San Francisco Data Science interns Jian Wang and Yihan Wang finished their 7 months long practicums end of June, and everyone at Valor wishes them well in their careers! Jian and Yihan worked closely with Valor’s Data Scientist Dr. Bahman Roostaei since the beginning in November 2018. Yihan's focus was predicting the likelihood of service interruption for a customer based upon their payment behavior. He worked on projects including: developing a pipeline to preprocess data, train and evaluate models and predict the probability for such events to happen. Jian focused on two problems: Forecasting the consumption of each individual customer using mathematical models, and, clustering the consumption histories of customers along with relevant metadata. This included correlating each forecast or each cluster with the flagged meters.
Beginning of June, we welcomed our 3 summer interns: Jordan Manthey, a student at UC Berkeley, with expected graduation in 2020, who is working with the Software Engineering Department; and Celine Clausen and Amanda Jennings from Norway, who are both enrolled at the NHH Norwegian School of Economics, with an expected graduation in 2021. They are supporting the Product and Development team during the summer. Jordan, Celine and Amanda will be with Valor Water until end of August. Each one of them will be introduced with individual posts on the Valor Blog in the upcoming weeks.