Max Mershon

Master’s in Business Analytics ’19

Hometown: Evanston, IL

Pre-Daniels Experience: After my undergraduate education, I worked at Accenture for two years and then three years at a startup that developed software for private equity firms. I also worked at an NGO in Uganda for a few months.

Hobbies: I enjoy rock climbing, photography and volunteering within the refugee/immigrant community in Aurora, CO.

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

Graduate school teaches you to think a certain way. Get to know people outside of your major and the business school itself in order to challenge your thoughts and assumptions.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

Denver has all the features of a big city, but it’s more accessible than New York City, San Francisco or Chicago. I also like that Denver has a population who cares.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels because the output of the Master’s in Business Analytics program aligns well with what the industry needs and wants, which are skills in data management, analysis and communication. Upon completion of the program, I hope to land a data analyst/data scientist role at a tech company.

What has surprised you the most about business school?

was surprised by all the group projects and presentations at Daniels. As an engineering undergraduate, we didn’t have those! As a result, I’ve significantly improved at creating and delivering presentations. I’ve also enjoyed working with others because it helps bring different perspectives to the table when solving a problem.

Is there a particular class at Daniels that really stands out?

Python, Data Warehousing and Predictive Analytics were the most interesting and impactful classes I’ve ever taken. Python is the primary technology used for advanced data analysis and machine learning. The Predictive Analytics class taught us the process of modeling using Python technology, and the Data Warehouse class taught how to get the data needed for the analysis.

Are you involved in any clubs or student groups?

I’m a Social Enterprise Fellow with the University of Denver’s Barton Institute for PhilanthropyIt’s a great way for DU graduate students to get real-world experience by addressing social and economic challenges.