MIDS has a great curriculum focused on providing industry-relevant skillsets in data science. The term "industry-relevant" is used by almost all program catalogs and home pages, but to mention it is one thing and to really have those kinds of courses is another thing. I did not find any other program with courses such as Data to Decision and Data Decision Dialogues. MIDS also has a year-long capstone project which shows the program's commitment to indoctrinate students with real-world data science skills.
What excites you about data science?
I love the art of storytelling using data. After all, who doesn't like to sound smart by demystifying a myth or giving an insight that people aren't aware of? I am also excited by the fact that data science can be used for the betterment of public sectors such as education, healthcare, transportation, etc. Unlike other technological fields, say, software or web development, data science today is in a nascent stage, and it's growing rapidly at the same time. Data scientists in upcoming years will provide a direction as to where this field will be headed. This responsibility excites me too.
What research area are you most interested in?
I'm interested in natural language processing and its applications such as analyzing social media data and building state-of-the-art language models using machine learning.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am an avid runner and bicycler. I also read a lot of non-fiction books, blogs, and articles, especially about productivity.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I'm an INFJ personality type which constitutes only 1% of the world population. Although I'm an introvert, people tend to like and enjoy my company, perhaps because of my great sense of humor.