Rod Albuyeh

Rod Albuyeh, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Academic Degrees

PhD – Political Science – University of Southern California
MA – Political Science – University of California, Santa Barbara
BA – Political Science – University of California, Irvine

Areas of Interest in Artificial Intelligence

Scalable systems, machine learning platforms, time-series tabular data.


Dr. Rod Albuyeh is Principal Data Scientist at Labcorp, specializing in end-to-end model development, machine learning operations, and platform infrastructure. Prior to joining Labcorp, he was instrumental in the success of several high-profile AI projects in the Silicon Valley FinTech and global HealthTech spaces, serving in lead data science and machine learning architecture roles at Intuit, Oportun, Figure, and Resmed.

Before starting his career in machine learning, Albuyeh was a Winifred Greenleaf Allen doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California, where he obtained his PhD in Political Science with a quantitative specialization. This grounding in academia sparked a passion for teaching and led to his current commitment to serving the next generation of AI professionals. He also teaches occasionally at UC San Diego’s Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, teaching courses on machine learning systems and foundational principles.

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