CAROLINA VON ESSEN

SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST - GRUNDFOS
RESEARCH GUEST - AARHUS UNIVERSITY and VILNIUS UNIVERSITY

ABOUT ME


I am an Argentinian woman formally educated as astronomer. My current main job is as senior data scientist at Grundfos, an awesome, massively large Danish company that produces among others water pumps. We use artificial intelligence to bring smart solutions to some of the companie's challenges. 


In the past I worked as an assistant professor and previously to that as post-doc at the Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC; Aarhus University,  Denmark), and the Faculty of Physics (Vilnius University,  Lithuania). My main area of expertise lies within the exoplanetary sciences. I started working as post-doc back in 2013 at the Institute for Astrophysics Goettingen, with Prof. Stefan Dreizler. I will never forget that experience and I'll always be grateful to him. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for his support.


In October, 2013, I received a PhD in Natural Sciences at the Hamburger Sternwarte (Hamburg University, Germany) working on several aspects of transiting exoplanets under the supervision of Prof. Juergen Schmitt.


In August, 2010, I obtained a master degree in astrophysics, at the Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences of La Plata (National University of La Plata, Argentina). I am beyond thankful for the free education I got in my home land. It allowed me to have everything I've earned so far. 


Along my years as astronomer and data scientist I have been involved in many activities connected to the development and improvement of my work environment, which I personally find a super important task to do.

During my undergraduate studies I was a member of the board of advisors for the Faculty's dean and vice president of the office of student activities. Along the three years of my PhD I was selected by my peers to be student representative, not only linking students with supervisors, but also coordinating the articulation between the University of Hamburg and the University of Goettingen, both participants of my PhD funding entity, the German Graduiertenkolleg 1351. Along my post-doc and assistant professor positions I carried out various activities, such as being member of the board of Kvinder i fisik, member of the equality committee at SAC and posteriorly at the Physics and Astronomy Department, and organizer of SAC's seminars. My -rather loud, a bit annoying- voice earned me a meeting with the rector and vice-rector of Aarhus University. Even though things did not change that much, I am happy for this accomplishment. I tried as hard as I could.

Lucky me, Grundfos allows me to carry out such activities as well. I try to motivate young women to experiment with science and technology, to allow them to think in the possibility of following a STEM career path, just as I did :).