Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tom Goode

What is your name?
Tom Goode

What was your graduation year?

What were your major(s)/minor(s)?

Where are you currently working or in school? What is your job title (if any)?
Primarily a MSP Student at CMU, also a part-time EMT and part-time data analyst for the City of Pittsburgh EMS.

Where are you from originally? Where do you live now?
Originally Boston, living in Pittsburgh now to attend CMU.

What drew you to the Carnegie Mellon Statistics program?
I originally majored in mathematics, but was drawn to the applicability of statistics. The ability to apply theory to real-world situations and problems, coupled with the fantastic faculty and engaging coursework, led me to switch into the Statistics program during my undergraduate career.

What was your favorite Statistics class or project? Which class do you wish you had taken?
My favorite Statistics class was Professor Nugent's 36-401 Modern Regression. I really enjoyed the ability to delve into an analysis and draw meaningful conclusions from real-world data sets.

Describe any research experiences or internships you had while at CMU. What did you like best about them?
While an undergraduate at CMU, I interned as a data analyst for the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, for the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Emergency Medicine, and for the City of Pittsburgh's Bureau of Emergency Medical Service. While these opportunities were very different, I found myself enjoying the ability to draw on my basic understanding of statistics and find unique ways to contribute or explore a problem.

What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you end up in your current job/school?
I enrolled in the MSP program after graduation, and interned as a data analyst with Pittsburgh EMS the summer before the graduate program began. I also work part-time as an EMT on an ambulance in the Munhall/Homestead area when classes are not in session.

Tell us about any CMU student clubs or organizations in which you were involved.
I was heavily involved with CMU's Emergency Medical Service. The volunteer, student-led agency responds to all medical emergencies on campus and works closely with Pittsburgh paramedics. In addition to volunteering my time "on duty" and responding to over 700 emergencies, I was eventually promoted to Captain and oversaw all aspects of patient care and medical operations.

What advice would you give to an incoming student or new Statistics major?
My two pieces of advice would be to explore as much as possible and engage with staff and faculty. CMU and Pittsburgh have so much to offer, from student activities to research opportunities. Getting out of the classroom and supplementing education with experiences helps combat the inevitable stress and pressure every student feels. As an undergraduate who struggled, my graduation and success would not have been possible without the significant support of advisors, professors, and deans. I have yet to encounter a department as friendly and understanding at the Statistics department at CMU, and encourage each incoming student to take the extra time and introduce themselves to their professors.

How do you like to spend your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I am deeply involved in prehospital medicine, and love spending almost all of my free time involves working or volunteering as an EMT. When I'm off the ambulance, I enjoy exploring the city and finding the best places to eat and drink.

Which movie or TV character best matches your Statistics/Data Science personality?
Johnny Gage

If you could be any statistical distribution, which one would you be and why?
I might be the Poisson distribution because (apart from being underrated and super helpful when understanding rarity) it's a little random, like me.