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ACE-DS offers certification programs for those who are aspiring to be Data scientists.

Big Data

Engineering Certifications

Big Data

Analytics Certifications

Big Data

Scientists Certifications

Associate Big Data Engineer(ABDE)

$620

Senior Big Data Engineer(SBDE)

$675

Associate Big Data Analyst(ABDA)

$620

Senior Big Data Analyst(SBDA)

$675

Senior Data Scientist(SDS)

$750

Associate Big Data Engineer
Principal Data Scientist(PDS)

$1050

Associate Big Data Engineer

Millicent Ochieng's Experience at the ACE-DS

My name is Millicent Ochieng, and I am currently a Machine Learning Research Scientist at Microsoft, where my research focuses on advancing Generative AI for African LowResource Languages. Prior to my role at Microsoft, I was a Research Intern at Harvard, working on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computer Vision research.

My journey began with a first-class honors degree in BSc Applied Statistics with Computing from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, in 2018. Initially, I was uncertain about the direction to take with my degree in Mathematics. However, after receiving advice from my Dean at Moi University – Professor Ambrose Kiprop, I discovered the African Center of Excellence in Data Science (ACE-DS) at the University of Rwanda. This discovery marked a turning point in my career aspirations.In September 2019, I was awarded a scholarship from IUCEA, funded by the World Bank, which enabled me to join ACE-DS. This opportunity transformed my career trajectory. ACE-DS had a partnership with Harvard University, which provided me with a solid foundation in Machine Learning and AI.

During my time at ACE-DS, I focused on Computer Vision for my thesis, specifically on Transfer Learning for Precision Agriculture. My work was supervised by Professor Weiwei Pan from Harvard University and Melanie Fernandez, a Senior Researcher at Microsoft. The knowledge and skills I gained through this program were invaluable.Before graduating from the University of Rwanda, I secured a position at Microsoft as a Machine Learning Research Scientist, where I now work on generative AI research.

I extend my gratitude to the ACE-DS community, especially Dr. Charles Ruranga, Dr. Kabano Ignace, Dr. Charles Nzaramyimana, and all the lecturers. Their support was crucial to my success. Coming from Kenya, I felt welcomed and supported throughout my education in Rwanda.

 Joining ACE-DS was one of the best decisions for my career. The education, mentorship, and collaborative environment provided me with the expertise and confidence to excel in AI and machine learning. I highly recommend ACEDS to anyone looking to advance their skills and career in data science.

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