Cort McElmury, Data Scientist

Alight Spotlight: Meet Cort McElmury, Data Scientist

Alight Analytics Spotlight

Alight Analytics is excited to welcome Cort McElmury to the team as our new Data Scientist!

As part of our Business Intelligence and Data Science division, he helps clients harness their marketing and sales data for predictive analytics, attribution modeling and other advanced strategies.

Learn more about Cort in his Q&A!

Cort McElmury, Data Scientist

Cort McElmury


Data Scientist

But what do you actually do at Alight?

I look at data, and I create some awesome predictions about what’s happening and what’s going to happen using my superhuman powers (code).

You love your job because …

I get to basically tell the future and work with software and tools that have the power to change the world.

What did you do before you came to Alight?  

My first full-time job was as a data analyst at Strategic America, which involved wrangling data, building Tableau dashboards and doing some machine learning, among other general data tasks.

I learned about Alight during my time there when our two-person data department ended up using ChannelMix to help make our jobs at least four times easier.

Marketers are your favorite people because …

They’re ultra-creative people who come up with the craziest ideas that actually work most of the time. And when those ideas don’t work, they come up with crazier ones that do.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?

I DJ a bit and produce electronic music! I picked up some production software a couple years ago and have been learning and improving since then, mostly making remixes and a few originals.

I’ve played piano since I was 4 and saxophone since I was 10, which made it a bit easier to pick up music production, but there’s always so much more to learn.

People are always surprised to learn that you …

Set off airport metal detectors (worst superpower ever). Just kidding — I don’t actually, but I have metal wires in my chest, a plate and screws in my ankle, and I used to have a plate in my arm as well.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
  1. Finish reading “A Song of Ice and Fire” and write my own ending before GRRM does.
  2. Probably watch the entirety of “The Office.” I’ve seen most of the episodes here and there, but never watched all the way through the entire series, start to finish.
  3. Learn guitar and make more music.