Faces of UMSI
Meet some of the current students and recent alumni who typify the wide range of interests and backgrounds at the School of Information.
Abpreet Kaur is inspiring women and girls as a leader in learning and education tech.
Emma Shpiz is traveling the world, amplifying student voices and advocating for equity in sports.
Fernando Carretero is empowering his fellow Latinx students by building community and professional networking opportunities among his engineering peers.
Shaelyn Albrecht is using information and UX design to ensure every voter's voice is heard.
Brendan Palkowski is a transfer student whose computer science background started him on the path to his current, narrower and more passionate focus: data analysis.
Somya Bhagwagar is using storytelling to leave filter bubbles behind.
Verity Sturm combined her love of words and figures into a double major in English and information.
Allison Thorsen is bringing new life to pieces of the ancient world with her new exhibit, Literature in Fragments: Lost Greek Works at Michigan.
Hope Tambala is telling stories through data in order to change health care in the Dominican Republic.
Jaklyn Nunga, a Peace Corps volunteer, has traveled from LA to UMSI to Ecuador in order to learn how to truly work with and for a community.
JoAnna Lincoln is a first responder when it comes to heavily damaged archival materials -- fire, smoke, water, mold, mildew, pests.
Joe Soonthornsawad is utilizing his time at UMSI to study how people understand tracking and data mining on social platforms, and designing tools that encourage people to take action to protect their privacy.
Kangning Chen is embarking on grad school and motherhood while working at the intersection of policy research and data analytics.
Maggie Davidson is seeking ways to break down barriers in information processes in order to make it easier for people to get the help they need.
Matthew Cloutier is teaching students about music, marching and data-oriented programming as a graduate student instructor -- while pursuing his own studies in human computer interaction.
Matt Garvin is working from his home to turn unforeseen hurdles of 2020 into learning opportunities.
Novia Wong is implementing UX solutions in special education classrooms in order to help children thrive.
Regen Le Roy is using library science and technology to make music education more accessible.
Rohit Mogalayapalli is harnessing the power of analytics to improve Michigan Athletics as the founder of the Michigan Sports Analytics Society.
Salma Siddiqui is combining data science with organizational development to become a recruiter with employees' best interests at heart.
Emily Trumpower is learning how to use data analytics to improve NICU care.
Faith Reynolds is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar on track to an MHI.
Ayansola Akanmu envisions using his education to work on real-life applications of machine learning and computer vision.
Carlo Tak is a data scientist from South Africa who is boundlessly curious about his own field.
Jenna Mekled is leaning into a career shift from auditor to data analyst in business and accounting.
Stacey Beck is a new mom and a licensed physical therapist interested in how data can generate solutions to real-world health problems.
Brad Thompson is looking forward to gaining a nuanced understanding of technological evolutions in a field he's worked in for decades.
Anthony Giove is building and adding to his data science toolkit as a professional software developer while pursuing a passion in sports analytics at the same time.
Daeryong Seo is a professional data scientist driven by a sense of service and responsibility in his work with dangerous computational algorithms and social issues.
Ermias Bizuwork is a self-starter looking for a challenge as he continues his data science education.
Kyle Balog has chosen to Go Blue for a second time as he supplements a bachelor's in industrial and operations engineering with data science studies.
Rachell Calhoun wants to develop software that will help healthcare providers practice more inclusive data science.
Ani Madurkar is a data analyst who found a passion for data science while working in a neuroscience research lab.
Nesma Silman has found that data science can play an important role in customer satisfaction.
Manel Mahroug is a full-time mom and biologist by training who wants to use machine learning to improve patient care.
Allan Martell is working at the intersection of technology and human rights to share collective memory in post-conflict societies.
Cindy Lin is taking an interdisciplinary, international and intergenerational perspective while bringing science and biohacking to makerspaces.
Megh Marathe researches how people with epilepsy come together in online communities to construct notions of time.