Melanie Phillips

Political Science

My name is Melanie L. Phillips. I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Charles and Louise Travers Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. My research examines how women’s political representation in African countries is shaped by the intersection between the rules governing candidate selection and the norms associated with gendered family roles. I use a combination of empirical methods in my work, including survey, experiments, and in-depth fieldwork.

Louie Ortiz

IUSE Undergraduate Advisory Board
Data Science

Louie is a third-year transfer student majoring in Data Science with an emphasis on Cognition. He hopes to analyze how data—both at the computational and human level—can advance our understanding of technology and its socio-cultural implications. He is a part of the IUSE Undergraduate Advisory Board; helping make Data Science at Berkeley inclusive and accessible to all.

Abhishek Roy

IUSE Undergraduate Advisory Board
Data Science

I'm Abhishek Roy and I'm double majoring in Economics and Data Science. I've been a part of D-Lab's IUSE project since Spring 2020 and have truly found an organization that is not only passionate about Data Science but also strives to expand its reach equitably to all communities. I am involved in Research and Project Management roles in various departments and labs at Berkeley and I'm an Editor at the Berkeley Economic Review. I love diving into anything at the intersection of Data Science, Economics, Business, and Computational Social Science. Whenever I'm free, I love writing...

Isaac Sloan

Research Fellow
Data Scholars Program

Having experienced the inequities in our public education system, I have a passion for exposing and addressing the barriers low-income minority students face through data science. I am an active supporter of improving our society through data-driven solutions. My technical background in mathematics and data science combined with my applied research skills have allowed me to make an impact on our education system. I am actively looking for opportunities to collaborate with individuals and organizations that are passionate about bridging the intersections of data science.

Alex Bruefach

Discovery Graduate Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering

Alex is a PhD Candidate in materials science and engineering developing image processing and machine learning techniques for extracting information from electron microscopy datasets. Her primary focus is understanding what information is transferred from various feature representations of images. She has extensive experience collaborating across boundaries and is passionate about brainstorming innovative approaches to challenging data science problems!

Joel Chang

Data Science

Joel is a third-year undergraduate student from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is a Data Science major and has been with the D-Lab since Fall 2019.

In terms of hobbies and interests, Joel loves to play and watch basketball, play the guitar, and watch shows on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime (some of his current favorite shows: Atlanta, Superstore, Suits). Feel free to ask him about any questions you have or just to chat!

Raul Montellano

Data Science

A fourth-year student who works in the D-Lab as a UTech. I love to play board games, long runs, and trying new food. Connect with me on LinkedIn (:

Shusheng Li

UTech Management
Data Science

Shusheng is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Data Science and Economics. He is currently a part of the UTech Management team at D-Lab. Shusheng loves playing all types of sports because it's a great way to stay fit and be together with friends. Working as a UTech Front desk, Shusheng loves helping others and directing them to the right resources available.

Daniel Lobo

Computational Social Science Fellow

Daniel Lobo is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and a Computational Social Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. He believes that individuals make choices based on their preferences within a social context. Thus, his sociological project, like those of Émile Durkheim and Pierre Bourdieu, seeks to reveal the social in the apparently most individual forms of behavior. He is interested in how social conditions, both material and symbolic, shape the choices individuals make within our political economy–choices like where to live, who to...

James Hall

Department of Statistics

James Hall is a graduate student in the Statistics MA program at University of California, Berkeley. He is a husband and father to three awesome kids. Originally from Baltimore, MD, James earned his bachelors in Mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2011, and served as a U.S. Army officer. He’s served as a leader at multiple levels within large organizations with a professional focus on visualizing and communicating complex analysis to decision makers. James’ experience and coursework give him expertise in navigating different statistical methods,...