Eliazar Dimalapang

Eliazar Dimalapang

Biostatistician, Physiology Department, Auckland District Health Board
Master of Analytics

The Master of Analytics prepared him well for his current role, says Eliazar Dimalapang who is now the biostatistician for the physiology department of the Auckland District Health Board.

“The Master of Analytics not only develops your advanced analytical and database skills but also your research skills.

“It’s a perfect fit for my current position because I support the research activities of clinical staff by providing a  comprehensive statistical analysis service, including database extraction and the provision and advice of study design, data management, analysis and interpretation. I do a lot of predictive analytics and conduct research as well. My studies have prepared me well for my role.”

Ready to take on the world
Deciding to study the Master of Analytics was easy, says Eliazar who came to AUT as an international student from the Philippines.

“Companies are inundated with data and sometimes they don’t know how to make use of all this data. They need data analysts who can translate the data into actionable insights.

“I already had a master’s degree in statistics, and felt that if I wanted to further develop my passion for data analysis the Master of Analytics was the right choice and would enable me to learn about other areas of data analysis, including data mining and data warehousing.”

It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted, Eliazar says.

“The Master of Analytics offered the right combination of theory and hands-on experience. It caters to professionals from a variety of disciplines, and the academic staff at AUT were approachable. I believe having a supportive learning environment increases academic success.”

Connected to industry and business
The research project he completed as part of the Master Analytics was one of the highlights of his studies, Eliazar says.

“For my research project, I conducted a predictive analysis using forensic data for the Institute of Environmental Science and Research. My analysis provided insights into how New Zealand prevents, responds and supports the recovery from crime. My mentors were very supportive, and I always received valuable feedback.”

He also appreciated the networking opportunities throughout his studies.

“As an international student AUT’s strong industry connections were a significant factor in my decision to study at AUT. The Department of Mathematical Sciences regularly invited people from different industries to discuss their work in analytics. They provided us with excellent ideas and tips on how to become successful as a data analyst.”