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Denis Bajic sees the Illinois Tech data science program as a key factor in his current professional success.

He greatly appreciates its hands-on approach to solving actual problems using tools and theories as an effective learning experience. It gives students the opportunity to actively get involved, confront challenges, and show their capabilities to the world outside of Illinois Tech.

Bajic grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and has always had a deep interest in math. At age 12, he discovered that “programming” was cool and acted on that passion by enrolling in the undergraduate computer science program at Illinois Tech.

As a recent graduate of the data science program, Bajic offers the following advice for anyone interested in enrolling at Illinois Tech:

“Get involved early and often. Don’t see your professors as just teachers, but as resources to really help you start your career,” he says. “There are so many things that you can learn outside the classroom, but it all starts with you. Ask questions. Get advice. Take on fun projects. You’ll easily get way more bang for your buck in your education, as well as in your future.”

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