Dr. Shelby Wilson

"The ability to do math is something that you build. It doesn't just fall out of the sky. Keep working at it; you will do fine."

Dr. Shelby Wilson
Dr. Wilson for In the press

Quick Facts

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STEM + HERSTORY (February 2022)

Current role

Senior Data Scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Spelman College
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland.


Using data to solve complex problems
In our February 2022 – STEM + HERstory box, Dr. Shelby Wilson shares that math has been a part of her life since she was born, and how she started out pursuing a biology career but what changed her mind to swap to a career in mathematics and computer science. She tells about working within her career while she was in school, math courses that hooked her into data science, and even how she has been involved with Covid studies.

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“We have to constantly remind ourselves that it's okay to feel what we feel but we must move forward anyway. Don't let feeling unconfident stop you from progressing. Just do it scared! ”

Dr. Shelby Wilson
Dr. Wilson for in the press