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Mahsa Rostami • (979) 820- 4682 • • Authorized to work in the U.S.


Creative and self-motivated Data Scientist with four years of experience in handling data-intensive projects, certified
in Applied Statistics & Data Mining, graduate of a top-ranked mater’s program in industrial engineering. Developed
skills & experience in the following areas:

Machine Learning • Big Data Science Tools (R, SAS, Python, JMP, Hadoop/Hive, and Apache Spark) • Data Mining
• Database Programming • Statistical Analysis • Data Modeling & Visualization •

July 2015 – May 2016 Certificate in Applied Statistics & Data Mining, GPA: 3.75, Texas A&M University
Aug 2014 – May 2016 Master of Industrial Engineering, GPA: 3.4, Texas A&M University
Aug 2008 – May 2013 Bachelor of Business Administration, GPA: 3.2, University of Isfahan

• Experience with data science tools such as R, SAS, and Python
• Experience in relational database systems and data warehouse systems such as SQL Server
• Strong knowledge of Excel, SQL, and Tableau

2017-Present Compliance Data Scientist, MoneyGram International
• Utilizing a deep understanding of statistical and predictive modeling concepts, machine-learning
approaches, clustering, and classification techniques as well as recommendation and optimization
algorithms in order to solve a large variety of business problems based on stakeholder’s
recommendations and needs.
• Processing complex, large scale data sets used for modeling, data mining, and research, as well as
interpreting data, developing recommendations based on findings, presenting findings, and translating
the data into an understandable presentation/document for various job levels within the Company.
• Working across Compliance teams to engage stakeholders, understand problems, and gather data,
analyzing data on special projects within Compliance, acting as a partner with the business, leading
discussions on analytics for enhancements to controls, and summarizing and explaining complex data
to a wide range of audiences.

2014- 2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Engineering Technology, Texas A&M University
• Instructed the Mechanical Power Transmission and Fluid Power Technology Laboratory
• Prepared lecture presentations, and graded exams, quizzed, and weekly lab reports

2012 – 2013 Associate of International Marketing, Setaak Industrial Group

• Assisted in international marketing research and communications
• Helped negotiate international sales and prepare pro-forma invoice
Jan 2018 Agent risk-ranking model enhancement, MoneyGram International
• Enhanced the model for predicting risk of MoneyGram agents based on volume, fraud rate, and
suspicions-activities to also include reports filed against agent, and repeated findings on agent
• Utilized statistical and predictive modeling concepts and approaches to constitute a standardized scoring

Dec 2017 Model to predict fraud and suspicious activity, MoneyGram International
• Built a random forest classification model to predict fraudsters based on transactional volume, value, link
to other fraudsters, one-to-many or many-to-one sending, numbers of utilized agents, and location
• Shared the result with compliance teams to gain their insight and utilize the model in decision-making

Oct 2017 Rules model to prevent fraud targeted at senior customers, MoneyGram International
• Created a model to set rules for transactional threshold based on age band, value, and location of fraud
• Utilized decision trees algorithm implemented on millions of transactional data

Aug 2017 Transactional velocity analysis, MoneyGram International

• Assessed the dollar value, volume of transactions, and number of customers impacted by daily, weekly,
and monthly stop rules
• Helped the Rules team set smarter business rules to prevent fraud but not overly limit the customers
Jun 2017 Anomaly detection in transactional social networks, Data Engineering Challenge
• Created real-time platform to analyze live-stream data of purchases within a social network of users
• Utilized Depth Limited Search algorithm to detect any shopping behavior that is far from the average
within the social network of a user to the third degree

Mar 2015 NBA basketball players salary prediction and clustering, Texas A&M University
• Utilized regression and random forest algorithms to predict the salary of basketball players based on real
NBA data on performance metrics such as catch and shoot, defense, drives, passing, possession, pull up
shooting, rebounding, efficiency and speed and distance
• Built a clustering model to group the current NBA player’s according to their abilities and performance


Jan 2010 Ranked as Highest GPA among all Undergraduate Students
Department of Business Administration, University of Isfahan
July 2008 Ranked in the top 1st percentile in Mathematics and Physics Nationwide Exam
University Entrance Exam, ranking more than 500,000 participants, Iran

2016 – 2017 President of Aggie Social Organization, Texas A&M University
• Organized events and activities for students to socialize
• Provided a network to explore indoor & outdoor adventures

2012 – 2013 Student Body President in Business Scientific Association, University of Isfahan
• Planned conferences, scientific events, and industrial visits
• Arranged extracurricular classes and group-study meetings