Skopia is the personal blog of Nate Wilairat. Skopia is Ancient Greek for lookout-place, watchtower, or peak.
I am data scientist and a graduate student in statistics at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I am enrolled in the MS program, which for me has consisted of the first and third years of PhD coursework. I returned to grad school to receive a rigorous education in statistical theory and to gain exposure to machine learning. Now that I'm finishing up, I'm experiencing more and more moments in class where I think to myself, "dang, this is rad!"
I'm also an enthusiastic if intermediate climber. My climbing accomplishments include: Pico de Orizaba, Mont Blanc, Mt. Rainier, Forbidden Peak, Prusik Peak, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. Shasta, Black Peak (WA), Cosmiques Arête, assorted climbs on the Snow Creek Wall, and many crags, smaller peaks, and boulders.
I was born and raised in Berkeley, CA and attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where I received my B.A. in Environmental Analysis and minored in Biology. I am 4th-generation Japanese-American and 2nd-generation Thai.
I put together a video of my climbs and travels in 2015. I re-watch it occasionally for inspiration.