Matt Maresca - Data Scientist

Being that this is my opportunity to create a résumé of my own design, I figured I'd take advantage of the creative freedom and show a bit of my personality in addition to the traditional skills and experience. If you would like to download a copy of my standard resume, here you go!

Background Story

The Road Not (Yet) Taken

An economics major I was

Staring at my first big decision;

I might follow the financial buzz

But I'd be doing that just because

I had still not yet found my vision.

Drew University

Bachelor's - Economics
  • Graduated cum laude.
  • Studied in university's Semester on Wall Street program.
  • Double-minor in business management and history.

I went into Drew having no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I came out with a deep appreciation for many fields, particularly the business world. At Drew, I participated in the university's "Semester on Wall Street" program and played one game of fall baseball before retiring with a career .333 batting average.

Considered sports agent life with stealth

But the legal side seemed like no fun;

My passion was not in building wealth

Rather helping those discover health;

Thus my road through wellness had begun.

New York Sports Clubs

Personal Trainer - Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Created personalized training programs for client.
  • Specialized in correcting postural distortions and faulty movement patterns.
  • Sold personal training packages and assisted in gym membership sales.

My original crazy career plan was to bootstrap a sports agent practice. My idea was to begin by training amateur athletes and then representing them in their professional careers. Unfortunately, I wasn't enamored with the legal side of things and also decided it was much more rewarding to be able to work with people who needed help transitioning to a more healthy lifestyle. My specialization was in corrective exercise, in which I focused on correcting postural distortions and faulty movement patterns.

I found a road with no one on it

And invited others by my side;

Often we'd approach an open pit

And learn ourselves to build our transit

Yet the rewards came before the ride.

Fit Ignition LLC

Various Business and Consulting Projects
  • Designed and developed websites for multiple clients.
  • Ran online promotional campaign for a dietitian's book launch (Reached Amazon top 100).
  • Partnered in creation of online nutritional coaching program.

What is a non-traditional path without a portion filled with various projects? It may not be apparent to the onlooker, but everything I've done to this point has been part of a single overarching theme. I left NYSC to pursue a project with a dietitian, which led to other projects with other dietitians and massage therapists. All of this was while maintaining a private training practice. These projects were part of my desire to reach more people than the few I could work with on a one-to-one basis. Along the way I helped promote a book launch, designed and built several websites, promoted private practices via diginal marketing, and created online coaching programs.

Twas here that I began to tinker

Web dev and programming self-study;

Pondering like Rodin's The Thinker

I needn't fall hook, line, and sinker

For beaten paths that seemed so muddy.


Web Development and Programming
  • Built own CMS from scratch for blog and website. (Django)
  • Built app for tracking training client progress. (Reactjs, Node.js, Django)
  • Current fun projects include building an autonomous robot.

I started my web development mini-career by building a few custom wordpress sites for myself, as well as several friends and business partners. I also spent time assisting a pro dev with some of his projects. After realizing I hated <? php ?>, I learned python and built my own CMS with django. I really wanted to build something to help with my training clients, so I began building an app to track their progress. Around this time, Reactjs became all the rage, so I spent quite a bit of time learning it before converting the front end of the app and my blog to be fully Reactified. I also learned the joys of deployment on Heroku and just enough about nginx to get the front and back ends playing nicely together. The experience gave me all sorts of crazy ideas, which ignited my desire to learn as much as possible about programming.

I'd often seek roads without access

In hopes of one day earning my pass;

The process surely would not lack stress

Others might call it a full-stack mess

While I calmly entered my next class


The Non-Traditional Education
  • Worked through many online courses in data science, programming, and mathematics.
  • Try to read 2-3 research papers per week.
  • Developed personal learning approach to deepen understanding from first principles to frontier.

For the past several years, there has not been a time in which I haven't been participating in at least one online course or educational program. I've gone through courses in physics, multivariable calculus, neuroscience, computer architecture, algorithms, machine learning, statistics & probability, multivariable calculus, linear algebra, data analysis, convolutional neural networks, probabilistic graphical models, and others. Part of this was pure curiosity, part was in preparating for a data science bootcamp, and part was an intense desire to do something extraordinarily meaningful with my life.

A road is but a road forever

A lonely path need not be single;

The bond of solitude would sever

And surround me with those more clever;

Wisdom expands when intermingled.


Data Science Bootcamp
  • 12 weeks of full-time immersive training in machine learning, statistical analysis, and programming.
  • Built several end-to-end projects from data acquisition to modeling.
  • Projects focused on gaining experience with a data pipeline while using real-world sources.

There are some people who will roll their eyes when they read about a data science bootcamp. But if you've read this far, I'm fairly confident you aren't one of them. I joined Metis to get some focused instruction and peer support to complement my self-education. To me, it was a natural—yet exciting—step on my journey. I didn't sleep much during those 12 weeks, as I was determined to fully immerse myself in the data science experience. The projects were great, but the people I met during (and after) the program are what I'll take with me everywhere I go. I learned, and continue to learn, so much from the diverse set of characters that I was surrounded by on a daily basis. Thank you all.

That leads me to the road not taken

Perhaps one which I have yet to find;

My journey is a lot to take in

But the road need not be forsaken;

Together may we explore in kind.

[Your Company Name Here]

Data Scientist - The Road Not (Yet) Taken
  • Looking for my next challenge.
  • My emphasis is interesting work, having at least a little room to utilize my creativity, and growing my skills.
  • Feel free to contact me any time.

This paragraph will one day be dedicated to the company that took a chance on a guy with an interesting background, a creative thought-process, an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and a strong desire to do meaningful work. No, I do not (yet) have a Master's or Ph.D. No, I do not have 8+ years of experience in whatever you might want 8+ years of experience. But I simply ask that you think about where you want your company/team/project to be a year from now. With that thought in mind, let's sit down and discuss how I just might be what's needed to get you there.

"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."

-Albert Einstein


Below you will find a heatmap that represents a self-assessment of certain technical skills that may be of use in future roles. It is by no means a complete or scientific assessment, but rather an honest evaluation of my current comfort level.

  • Python
  • SQL
  • Javascript(React, Node)
  • R
  • English
  • Scikit-Learn
  • Numpy
  • Pandas
  • Keras
  • Scrapy
  • Tensorflow
  • Matplotlib
  • OpenCV
  • Geopandas
  • Convolutional Neural Networks
  • Linear Regression
  • KMeans
  • Random Forest
  • Naive Bayes
  • Recurrent Neural Networks
  • Computer Vision
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Web Scraping
  • GIS/Geospatial Analysis
  • Probabilistic Graphical Models
  • Bash Scripting
  • Strong
  • Comfortable
  • Capable
  • Some Experience

Relevant Coursework

  • Mathematics for Computer Science (MIT OCW)
  • Probabilistic Systems Analysis and Applied Probability (MIT OCW)
  • Intro to Linear Algebra (MIT OCW)
  • Linear Algebra Foundations to Frontiers (edX)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MIT OCW)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MIT OCW)
    Economics (Drew University)
  • Econometrics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Wall Street and the Economy
  • Micro/Macroeconomics
  • Money and Banking
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting