Data Science Masters

Student Profiles


June 10, 2021

Meet the Organizers of the COVID-19 Hackathon

Recently, we caught up with current MSDS student Sepi Dibay and recent MSDS alumna Deepthi Hegde on their successful COVID-19 Hackathon from summer 2020. Bios: Sepideh (Sepi) Dibay immigrated to the United States in 2009 and pursued her Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Epidemiology. She did her postdoctoral research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer…


December 18, 2020

Student Profile: Florencia Marcaccio

Hi Florencia! Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m originally from Argentina. Before coming to the U.S., I worked as a Big Data Analyst for Telefonica, a telecommunications company. In this position, I developed Machine Learning models and KPIs to improve the quality of their services. I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an…


July 17, 2020

Student Profile: Vikrant Bhosale

Hi Vikrant! Tell us a bit about yourself. I was raised in Mumbai which is the financial hub for India. It is also a densely-populated city with almost 19 million people. I completed my bachelor’s degree in electronics in 2000. Since then, I have been working as a software engineer. I moved to the U.S….


June 19, 2020

Incoming Student Profile: Meet Alison Gale

Hi Alison! Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Virginia in a suburb of DC. I majored in Computer Science at Brown University, but outside of my major, I was very interested in Math and Economics. During my final semester, I took an Intro to Data Science class which helped spark an interest in…


March 31, 2020

Student Profile: Matthew Rhodes

Name: Matthew Rhodes Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University Undergraduate Major: Computer Science Tell us a little bit about yourself. Born and raised in Detroit, I come from humble beginnings. I discovered my love for computers early in life by playing video games on my mom’s PC and my Nintendo 64. After graduating from high school,…


November 21, 2019

Student Profile: Andréia Sodré Nichols    

Name: Andréia Sodré Nichols            Job Title: Data Scientist Company: Microsoft Tell us a bit about yourself. I currently work as a Data Scientist at Microsoft. I’m originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I moved to the U.S. four years ago. I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Administration, focusing on behavior and decision making. I…


September 30, 2019

Summer Internship Profile: Prakhar Agarwal

Name: Prakhar Agarwal Position: Machine Learning Intern Company: Apple Inc. Location: Cupertino, CA. Congratulations on your summer internship! Tell us about the position. I worked on Knowledge Extraction for the Maps team at Apple. My internship involved natural language processing, feature extraction and building a context-aware human intent inference. I was involved in the entire pipeline,…


July 26, 2019

Incoming Student Profile: Meet Ruian Yang

Tell us about yourself. My name is Ruian. I was born and raised in Zhengzhou, China. I moved to Seattle in 2012 and started my undergrad at UW majoring in Biochemistry. While working in a Biophysics lab during my third year, I developed interests in math and programming and decided to also pursue a minor…


May 24, 2019

Alumni Profile: Charles Duze

Part-Time Student, Class of 2019 Undergraduate: Syracuse University Current Employer: Zillow Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born in Benin City, Nigeria. At about 11 years old, I left home for the first time to go to a boarding school four hours away. Although extremely challenging at first, they were some of the…


July 20, 2017

Geoff Coyner

Undergraduate: University of Washington (Economics) Part Time Student Current Employer: Microsoft (Analytics, Supply Chain) What attracted you to the program? I work in BI & analytics today and am interested in moving into a data scientist role. I had a foundation in statistics, data structures and algorithms when I entered the program, but was eager…