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A Self-Taught Standout’s Thirst for Education

September 24, 2018

LMI Staff

Harboring an early love for politics, Kyle Redfield chose to study political theory and constitutional democracy at Michigan State. To build out his college experiences, he tutored at the athletics center, did telemarketing for the university, and interned for a global trade compliance management firm.

In his first semester, he took an economics course and quickly discovered that economics aligned exactly to his way of thinking. He picked it up as a second major and eventually graduated with undergrad degrees in political theory and economics. Soon after, Kyle made the big move to Washington, D.C., and started a two-year program at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where he compiled data sets and reports related to federal health programs, including the increase in Medicare Part B cost, Medicare quality measurement, and the growth of Affordable Care Act premiums on the exchanges.

The projects he worked on gave him solid exposure to Medicare and Social Security data, cost analyses, budget processes, and literature reviews. All of this piqued his interest to what more could be achieved, so he taught himself how to code and learned the fundamentals of data science.

While he aspired to complete a Ph.D. program, life for Kyle took a detour. Looking to extend what he was learning in the real world, he began working at LMI soon after his CBO program ended. He found this was the right decision, as he was immediately able to wield his new-found knowledge of Medicare and data science in LMI’s Health market.

Working with many innovative and talented people like Brant Horio and Owen Witek in the LMI data analytics community, Kyle greatly benefited from the mentorship and informal training he received. Their successes reinforced his desire to further his formal education so he could do more. Kyle soon took full advantage of LMI’s tuition assistance program while continuing to work on highly visible client projects. Now he’s pursuing a master’s in data science at the University of California-Berkeley.

It is Kyle’s long-term aspiration to utilize his broad data science skills in politics one day. Until then, you’ll see him training for marathons or volunteering with Destination Imagination, a STEAM program for K-12 students in which he participated during his adolescence.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing where Kyle’s data science skills take him.

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