Design Director, IDEO Palo Alto
As a data scientist, I design intelligent products and systems that improve people’s lives—especially by expanding our creativity and inspiring us to solve problems in new ways.
What you won't learn from my bio:
I'm a chess has-been. I was ranked pretty highly in the middle-school chess circuit in Turkey, until I got distracted with being a young rebel in high school.
Irmak Sirer is a Design Director helping to lead IDEO’s Design for Augmented Intelligence (D4AI) offer. His focus is combining the perspective and tools of data science and human-centered design, to create new technologies and solutions that improve people’s lives.
Prior to IDEO, Irmak was a Partner at Datascope, a cutting-edge data science consultancy based in Chicago. At Datascope, he helped companies across industries solve a diverse range of problems through data science, such as helping Motorola Mobility keep a pulse on their customers’ online opinions as soon as a product is released, building a tool for Procter & Gamble to automatically find their experts around any topic or query to significantly increase collaboration, and designing and launching a highly successful 12-week data science bootcamp for Kaplan Test Prep.
Irmak has conducted and published research in leading scientific journals on a wide range of topics, including public school systems, web browsing behavior of masses, efficiency levels of global airline networks, species conservation in ecology, language topic models, and optimizing DNA sequences for high gene expression.
Technically, Irmak holds MS and BS degrees in Material Science from Sabanci University, MS and PhD degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University, and an Art History minor from Sabanci University. Practically, he believes in merging knowledge from different disciplines to help figure out the right questions to ask and problems to solve.