At the time of last month’s announcement, there was one local employee. The company is now looking for nearly 40 more.
“We had a good turnout this morning from WVU students, and then the DataRobot team also met with faculty, staff and leadership just to introduce themselves directly to our WVU team,” said Jack Thompson, director of corporate relations for WVU. “Now, they’re meeting with community members, and it’s been a strong turnout throughout the afternoon into the evening.”
The job fair was held at the Erickson Alumni Center, and the company was hiring for various technical positions including IT, payroll, customer-facing data science, engineering and financial management.
“The job fair will help build upon this momentum and showcase the talent available to support technology jobs here in West Virginia,” according to a DataRobot statement. “DataRobot plans to bring new jobs in the fast-growing technology sector to West Virginia through expanded hiring in software engineering, professional services and customer support.”
The statement added that data “will fuel tomorrow’s economy and DataRobot and West Virginia will lead the way.”
Thompson said the collaboration between the university and AI company is great for the community.
“I think that they’re willing to invest in their partnership with the university, but also in the state,” Thompson said. “Economic development and its impact on the community is really important and they get that — and they want to be here, so it’s a great partnership.”
At an event last month announcing the partnership, DataRobot CEO Dan Wright said West Virginia has untapped talent.
“And if you tap into that talent and that technical expertise, and you combine it with companies like DataRobot, you can create innovation, you can create change that has a positive impact not just on West Virginia, but on the entire world,” Wright said. “And that’s what we see as the partnership opportunity here. West Virginia has a pioneering spirit, the same way that DataRobot does.”
At the June press conference, WVU President Gordon Gee said the “unique and exciting partnership” will help the university and West Virginia to advance in the post-pandemic world.
“We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to harness change and make it work for us,” Gee said. “There is no better example of a partnership in one that we’re announcing this afternoon between West Virginia University and DataRobot, a company that enables organizations to leverage the transformational power of artificial intelligence, turning that data into valuable insights.”
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