Fra Valsecchi


Senior Designer & Data Scientist

Fra is a Senior Designer in Data Science working out of the Chicago studio. Fra’s passion is to explore ways people can use data and algorithms to arrive at smarter choices and live every day a little easier. Since joining IDEO, she has embraced being at the outer edge of her comfort zone on a daily basis.

Before joining IDEO, Fra spent about a year and a half at Clarity Insights and a couple of months at Datascope. During this time, she worked both as a team leader and a team member to help Fortune 1000 companies leverage data and analytics to make more informed decisions. She worked on and learned from projects involving a variety of numerical techniques and technical challenges, and she has gained experience in industries ranging from healthcare, to manufacturing, to finance.


Before becoming a Data Scientist, Fra was at Northwestern University studying the formation and evolution of gravitational waves, black holes, and planetary systems, writing papers, mentoring students, and presenting at conferences. She has a BS in Physics from the University of Milan (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from Northwestern University.


Outside of Data Science, Fra enjoys running, biking, picnicking (or really any activity that involves enjoying the briefly human-friendly Chicago weather), cooking, working on DIY decorations for her apartment, and eating gelato.

Fra Valsecchi's Sessions at Big Data Ignite 2019