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#WeAreArity Wednesday: Mel Hanna

Arity · April 3, 2019 · 2 min read
In our #WeAreArity series, we shine a spotlight on Arity employees each week. Meet, Data Scientist, Mel Hanna.

When Mom asks me what it is that I do again, I say…

At Arity, I build mathematical models that help predict a driver’s true cost to insure based on his/her actual driving behavior.

In your own words, what is Arity?

Arity is a predictive analytics company focused on providing value to insurance and shared mobility companies through insights and algorithms built on billions of miles of driving data.

My favorite mode of transportation is…

My bike.  It’s carbon free, I burn off some calories, and I almost never have trouble finding a parking space.

On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me…

Running down to Lake Michigan with my yellow Labrador, Sydney. She loves to swim so we’ll play some fetch in the water before running home.

If you could volunteer for any cause, what would it be? Why?

I adore dogs so I spend Wednesday evenings at my local animal shelter, feeding and walking the pups.

Most people don’t know I…

Cross-country ski every chance I can get during the winter—the more snow, the better!

The theme song of my life is…

”Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer.  It’s such a positive song that always provides an extra boost of motivation when I’m on a long run.

Talk to your rideshare driver or silent ride? 

Silent. I’m an introvert, and I need that time to recharge.

Would you get in a self-driving car? Why or why not?

Yes, I would.  People seem to underestimate just how dangerous everyday humans are as drivers. I think we’re at the point where these self-driving algorithms are at least as safe as your average guy behind the wheel.

Favorite innovation pioneer?

Thomas Edison. Talk about a guy who just wouldn’t quit. When working on the incandescent lightbulb, he said: “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways this won’t work”.  I try to channel his dogged optimism when things aren’t going my way.

Want to be like Mel? Check out Arity’s open positions. 

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