Data Science Masters

The Capstone Project Experience

In the final two quarters of the program, students gain real world experience working in small groups on a data science challenge facing a company or not-for-profit. At the conclusion of the capstone project, sponsoring organizations are invited to attend a formal Capstone Event where students showcase their work. Capstone projects typically span a wide range of interests, including energy, agriculture, retail, urban planning, healthcare, marketing, and education.

Examples of Previous Capstone Sponsors

  • Adobe
  • Amplero
  • Boeing
  • Biblioteca Italiana Seattle
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU
  • Clobotics
  • Equal Opportunity Schools
  • iSchool, UW
  • JLL
  • Kids on 45th
  • Microsoft
  • Milliman
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Tiller
  • Urban Planning, UW
  • Zillow

Examples of Past Projects


Visualizing Gentrification in Seattle

MSDS students Deepa Agrawal, Angel Wang, and Erin Orbits created an interactive mapping tool to visualize gentrification in Seattle.

Sponsor: Urban Planning, University of Washington


Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Inventory in Real Time

Capstone researchers Havan Agrawal, Toan Luong, Vishnu Nandakumar, and Tejas Hosangadi explored new methods for optimizing supply chains and product placements to improve sales.

Sponsor: Clobotics


Predicting Soil Moisture with Machine Learning

MSDS students Samir Patel, Rex Thompson, Michael Grant, and Dane Jordan developed machine learning models to accurately estimate soil moisture using satellite imagery.

Sponsor: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University