Derek Wales
First Name: Derek
Last Name: Wales
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: United States
Education: US Military Academy, Missouri University of Science and Technology


Most problems are people problems, and I felt the MIDS focus on combining many different subjects would allow me to make the most impact in any field.

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
~Colin Powell

Data Science is the best possible field to take complicated problems and simplify them.

What research area are you most interested in?

 Immigration, as the world becomes flatter we need to understand how the movement of people affects all of us.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I was a decathlete at West Point so sports are close to my heart, but I also enjoy building models, playing chess, and hanging out with friends and family.

What is one interesting fact about you?

Competed in a Cross Fit competition in Croatia. I have also been to over thirty countries and was detained by Russian Immigration Officials when I visited St. Petersburg.