||Alena graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Mathematics, and additional honors
including the Dean’s List, Senior Honors Award in Mathematics, and Phi Beta Kappa.
She then completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Statistics at Rice University, and did postdoctoral
work at the University of Michigan, developing statistical methodology for a new clinical
trial design, followed by two years of teaching undergraduate statistics classes.
After working at a wind energy company doing financial modeling and market analysis,
Alena found her current position as a Data Scientist in the Modeling and Analytics
Center of Excellence at Chevron in Houston, Texas. She first started in the Health,
Environment and Safety group there, developing predictive analytics to reduce the
occurrence of incidents. Currently, Alena applies statistical methods to challenging
problems across Chevron, including cybersecurity, reliability, and reservoir management. She
also developed and is teaching an Introduction to Data Science course for all of Chevron. Alena's
hobbies include sewing and traveling.