2019 TEF Speakers

Emily Glassberg Sands

Emily Glassberg Sands is the Head of Data Science at Coursera, the world’s leading platform for higher education. 40 million learners come to Coursera to advance their skills in courses and degrees offered by university and industry partners including Yale, Stanford, and Google. Emily’s team builds the statistical models and machine learning algorithms that power content discovery and scale an engaging and personalized learning experience. Her team also leads the measurement, experimentation, and inference that informs Coursera’s product and business strategy, and develops the analytical products and direct data access for the company’s university partners and enterprise customers.

Emily holds a doctorate in Economics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton. Her academic research blends experimentation, econometrics, and machine learning to understand labor markets and consumer decision-making, and has been featured in the popular press including the New York Times and National Public Radio.