Mariah Norell

Mariah Norell

Data Scientist & Lecturer

Amazon Web Services

San Jose State University


Currently, I’m on the People Analytics team at Amazon Web Services (AWS). I’m also a Lecturer at San Jose State University teaching core HR classes. I find it exciting to bring my scientist-practitioner background to the classroom and watch my students grasp the competencies of fundamental business principles.

Previously, I was a Data Scientist and Consultant at Aon helping companies elevate their HR strategy through People Analytics. I enjoyed working with clients to identify and mitigate potential pay equity gaps within their organizations. Some other projects I worked on included workforce planning, organizational risk assessments, benchmarking, and automating existing business processes with Python.

  • People Analytics
  • Data Vizualization
  • Being Skeptical of Data
  • Coffee Enthusiast
  • MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018

    San Jose State University

  • BA in Psychology, 2016

    Sacramento State University




People Analytics Specialist
Amazon Web Services
May 2021 – Present California
Adjunct Lecturer
San Jose State University
Aug 2018 – Present California

Teaching Portfolio:

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (BUS3 150)
  • Human Resources Analytics (BUS3 152)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSYC 170)
Data Scientist and Consultant
Jun 2017 – Mar 2021 California


  • Pay Equity Analysis
  • Organizational Risk
  • Strategic Workforce Planning
  • Psychometrics
  • Conjoint Analysis
  • Process Automation


Fundamentals of Accelerated Data Science (with RAPIDS)
Learned how to build and execute end-to-end GPU-accelerated data science workflows to quickly explore, iterate, and get work into production. Applied a wide variety of machine learning algorithms to perform data analysis at scale.
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Scrum Foundation Professional Certificate (SFPC)
Learned Scrum Framework, theory, and principles based on the official Scrum Guide.
Databases and SQL for Data Science by IBM
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Qualtrics Research Core Expert
Applied logic and survey flow elements, analyzed text and data, and employed Qualtrics API to automate and streamline processes.