How the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure Changed Students’ Lives (Part 1)

As a students-first organization, we strive to transform our learners’ lives every day. All of our Nanodegree programs and scholarships are guided by this one mission: To train the workforce in the careers of the future.

Our partnership with Microsoft aligned with this mission and we were thrilled to launch the Machine Learning Scholarship program for Microsoft Azure. Soon after we added the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program and Developer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program

Little did we know that this partnership could positively impact the lives of so many students. We’re pleased to work with Microsoft on the Machine Learning Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, and we’re also inspired by the students that have used this opportunity to gain new skills. 

To celebrate our learners, we selected a handful of empowering stories from students who participated in the first phase of the scholarship program. And as you read these testimonials, we hope that you’re inspired to further your education — regardless of the program.



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Machine Learning for Big Data

In the past few years, more data has been produced than in the millennia of human history before. This data represents a gold mine in terms of commercial value and also important reference material for policy makers. But much of this value will stay untapped — or, worse, be misinterpreted — as long as the tools necessary for processing the staggering amount of information remain unavailable.

In this article, we’ll look at how machine learning can give us insight into patterns in this sea of big data and extract key pieces of information hidden in it.



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Machine Learning for Data Analysis

Over the course of an hour, an unsolicited email skips your inbox and goes straight to spam, a car next to you auto-stops when a pedestrian runs in front of it, and an ad for the product you were thinking about yesterday pops up on your social media feed. What do these events all have in common? It’s artificial intelligence that has guided all these decisions. And the force behind them all is machine-learning algorithms that use data to predict outcomes.

Now, before we look at how machine learning aids data analysis, let’s explore the fundamentals of each.



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The Best Machine Learning Engineer Jobs of 2020

Machine learning is no longer a sci-fi concept, but an actual application of AI technology we use every day. Machine learning engineers focus on developing computer programs that can access data and use it to learn themselves.

Their daily work involves helping machines learn by creating and fine-tuning training datasets, developing machine learning models, and testing these datasets and models on machines. The goal is for the machine to be able to make informed decisions without the direct instruction of a human.



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What to Expect During a Machine Learning Engineer Internship

Internships are a great way to supplement your school coursework and get your foot in the door to a new career.

An internship is basically a sneak peek inside the day-to-day work of a full-time machine learning engineer, with the added bonus of getting mentorship.

Getting an internship in a tech field is incredibly useful and can help you fill out your resume when you’re looking for your first full-time job.

Plus, the projects you build as an intern go beyond what you learn in school because you will work with real data and solve actual business problems for the company.



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Introducing Microsoft and Udacity’s New Training Collaboration and the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure

In line with our mission to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future, Udacity is thrilled to announce brand new training programs with Microsoft to help professionals learn highly coveted skills with Microsoft. This collaboration kicks off with the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure, opening today, through which students will have an opportunity to earn a scholarship to the new machine learning Nanodegree program with Microsoft Azure.



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