This month, we’re going to get to know one of our data scientists, Enrico, a bit better.
Tell us a little about yourself, Enrico.
So I’m from Dronero, which is near Cuneo. It’s not so far away from Torino where I live now. It’s just one hour by train. During the week, I stay here, but sometimes on the weekends I go back to my parents’ home so I can have some time with my family and my friends that are there.
Outside of work, I have a couple of hobbies. I just started playing tennis. That was a discovery from the pandemic period because other sports were not allowed because of the contact between people. Tennis was one of the few sports you could play without any contact with your opponent. So I started playing, and I’m very happy about it. I like tennis so much.
For a long time, I’ve been dancing. I just started a new tap dancing class. It’s a kind of old-fashioned dance, but I like it. I also go mountain biking on the weekends sometimes. Finally, I like music. I play the piano and sing, as well. I don’t get to play as much as I did some years ago, but I try to make the time.
What do you do at Evo?
I am a data scientist at Evo. My job is to take care of the products: from developing new features that are required by current clients or that we will present to new clients to maintaining the tools we already have. We fix any bugs and adapt tools for new clients.
I also follow some more specific projects. At the moment, the project I am most involved in is for a power and utility client. This is a project that I took charge of from the very beginning, and now it’s going live for the client. We are doing some tests with the client, which is good to see.
What do you love about your job?
I like the great environment at the office. It’s a very nice team of people and a very young team of people. We all work together to solve problems.
What makes Evo a unique company to work for?
Well, this was my first working experience, so I don’t have a lot to compare Evo to, but comparing my experience to the experience of some of my friends’ experiences at their jobs, Evo’s better. Having a friendly environment where people all work together to solve problems instead of pitting someone against others is not so common. It’s not something you can take for granted.
Because of that, it’s actually easier to solve the number of problems that arise daily. I like to think of new solutions to problems, and the environment around me helps me do that.
How’d you end up at Evo?
I heard of Evo during university in my Stochastics and Data Science course, maybe in one of my classes or through a classmate. I didn’t attend any job fair or similar event. After I graduated, I went to the Evo website to see if they were hiring and they had an open position. I just applied to Evo and that was it! I found my way here.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Evo?
I would say that it’s the project I was mentioning before for the power company. I suppose it’s not so difficult technically, but it was a challenge to start this project from scratch and bring it fully live. I was able to be there from the very beginning, discussing needs with the client, and then implementing a full, working solution. It’s the first time I did something like that.
Of course, I also worked on some other tools from the beginning, but this one was a little more complicated, a little bigger project. When you have to take care of the whole project from the beginning, there are a lot more issues. It’s a bigger responsibility, and you have to find solutions to some issues that you don’t usually have to think about. When I’m working on other, more established tools, I don’t have to think about many issues. They have already been solved by someone else. I just do small changes to adapt to the client.
What excites you about Evo’s future?
You can never say what’s going to happen at Evo, so that’s quite exciting. When new clients arrive, new products are required, bringing new challenges. I think the fact that everything is not so pre-determined is something exciting. You have to adapt and face each new problem and each new challenge with your skills and your team.
What is it like working on the Evo team?
It’s a very friendly environment. You don’t feel the hierarchy too much. You work with everyone at the same level, and if you have a problem you always have someone that is ready to help you.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in becoming a part of the EvoFamily?
Of course, I would suggest he do it for all the reasons I have said before. If you want to work in a nice environment with new challenges every day, Evo is a good fit.
Especially for data scientists. I’m speaking from a data scientist’s perspective, and Evo’s a particularly great place to work for us. We are doing things related to what I studied with more impact. If you want your skills to be applied in some real-world applications, Evo’s the right fit.
About the author
Kaitlin Goodrich is Evo’s main storyteller who helps communicate Evo’s message to the world.
Kaitlin received her BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages at Georgia Tech and then an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Turin. She worked in Latin America doing education outreach for U.S. binational centers and has since worked as a content writer for international clients.
In her free time, she likes to travel or curl up with a good book.