5 Questions

Michael Erdely
Data Engineer

When did you join Ozette?

I came to the company in February 2021.

What motivated you to become a Data Engineer?

Originally, I studied electrical engineering at UCLA and really fell in love with all things engineering. Later, I evolved my focus into Data Engineering because over time, I started to find data and the truth it holds highly compelling. Especially to human related needs. Because we live in a data-driven world, and I wanted to help people make the right decisions around the data that’s available to them.

What prompted you to come to Ozette?

I was looking for something where my work passion for data could coexist with my passion for helping others. As an engineer that isn’t always easy to do, but Ozette provided me the perfect opportunity to merge the two.

What does a typical day at Ozette look like?

Usually, it involves a lot of listening to others and trying to digest problems they are working on. Typically, that means thinking about ways to help them be more productive while also meeting my own tasks to deliver new features to our offering. I think of Data Engineering as the enabler for data scientists to do their job much more productively and to be able to scale their tasks to a system-wide level versus an individual computation level.

What does the future look like at Ozette to you?

For me, the future here is about streamlining the democratization of data within the company so that we can more effectively process that data at scale and make it so that others in the company who have curiosity about the data have the means to dig into it and fulfill that curiosity through science. I enjoy finding ways to make data keep up with anything people in the company are doing.