Student Spotlight: Neil Dewar

This is the first in an ongoing series that highlights the incredible students enrolled in our online masters degree programs.

Name: Neil Dewar

Program: MS in Information Management

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Job Title: SVP, Global Client Information Strategy

Company: PIMCO

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Q. How do you define information management?

To quote Bill Gates … “How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose”. Information management is a growing professional discipline that puts structure and definition around the acquisition, storage, manipulation and exploitation of information.

Q. What made you want to explore a career in information management?

In high school in the 1970s and 1980s I was amazed with what could be done by programming the first microcomputers. In college I continued to study computer science, but also got a buzz from working on solving practical problems in Operations Research and Mathematical Modeling classes. As my career progressed I found that I had many of the skills required for a leadership role in information management.

Q. What were you doing prior to the program?

I started the program in 2015. I was in a similar role to my current position, but the scope of my responsibilities has expanded since then.

Q. What are you doing now?

I manage a team of 20 data engineers, analysts and data scientists who are responsible for the for stewarding and obtaining insights from our company’s client information.

Q. How are you applying what you are learning in your program?

I apply my learning every day at work. My courses in data science, advanced analytics, data management and visualization have all contributed to my professional skills, assisting me both in my own analysis, but also in coaching members of my team.

Q. What do you plan to do after you graduate with your MS in Information Management?

I will continue applying my skills to contribute to PIMCO’s growth, while helping define and direct the highest levels of service to our clients. I will also continue learning as I define my professional success in terms of what I am able to learn and adapt to create new opportunities. I am interested in further studying the ethics of data science and, in particular, how ill-considered analytics can harm diversity and inclusion.