Meet a Tiger: Matt Chambers
Good data leads to good decisions. But reading data isn’t always easy. This Tiger makes complex data easy to understand. Through graphics and other visual strategies, he weaves a story using data. Meet Matt Chambers.
Title: Data Architect
Years at Clemson: 8
What I do at Clemson: I work on the data analytics and visualization team within the Office of the VP for Finance and Operations. I provide data analytics and visualization solutions that help leadership find insights and make strategic decisions. I specialize in creating visualizations for presentations, interactive dashboards, and data storytelling. Data visualization is visual communication; data is presented in graphical formats in order to convey information. Basically, I create graphics from data and use that to tell a story or inform decisions. An infographic is one form of data visualization. Data stories, presentations, or interactive dashboards can be another.
What I love about Clemson: I grew up in the area and went to Clemson for graduate school, earning an MBA in 2010, so I’ve always had a fondness for the university. What I really love about Clemson is the people. I’ve met so many great people in my eight years at Clemson, and there are many that I consider great friends and mentors.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Recently, I was selected as a Tableau Zen Master, and this is something I’ve worked really hard for over the last two years. So what is a Tableau Zen Master? “Zen Masters are selected by Tableau employees and customers who vote for the past year’s most outstanding practitioners of the company’s software. In order to be designated a Zen Master, Tableau users must meet a number of criteria, which include demonstrating their deep understanding of data visualization, sharing their expertise as teachers and evangelists, and contributing innovative ideas and designs to the larger data visualization community.” To be chosen among the 27 best practitioners of data visualization using Tableau is both very exciting and humbling. I was also the only representative from higher education.
Where I see myself in five years: Continuing to use my skills in data visualization and analytics to help people see and understand their data.
Last thing I watched on TV: The Office. I’ve recently been “rewatching” the entire series on Netflix.
Guilty pleasure: I am a sports geek, so I’ve always been interested in sports data. I spend a lot of my free time creating data visualizations about sports for fun.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I competed in the Iron Viz competition at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last year. I had to create a data visualization in 20 minutes in front of more than 5,000 people. It was definitely the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever done.
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