Vishaal Venkatesh
First Name: Vishaal
Last Name: Venkatesh
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: India
Education: University of IL , Urbana/Champaigne


MIDS is one of the most versatile programs out there - allowing students to combine data science with various other disciplines. As a chemical engineer, MIDS can be tailored to my unique background by providing the fundamentals in the computational and statistical sciences while simultaneously allowing me to gain business acumen via internships and the capstone project. The field of Chemical Engineering is yet to experience the data revolution and I’m confident that MIDS will equip me for the future.

What excites you about data science?

The most exciting thing about data science is its endless possibilities. We are merely looking at the tip of an iceberg, and as data creation increases so will algorithms and methods to process them improve. The future looks dynamic and vibrant and that’s what excites me the most about data science.

What research area are you most interested in?

I’m most interested in the area of data-driven discovery. Simply put, these are complex models that are capable of discovering novel entities based on existing information. While it is yet to be completely realized in the practical world, data-driven discovery has huge implications in the fields of drug and material discovery. Ideally, these models will be able to synthesize novel drugs/materials specific to an application set forth by the user. This has the potential to vastly streamline and enhance the fields of medicine and materials-based engineering.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a huge fan of 70’s/80’s rock and roll music – particularly Queen and David Bowie. I also enjoy cooking, going out with friends, working out, and playing video games.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I was lucky to win a lottery to attend a soccer camp by AC Milan. I told my friends I’d met David Beckham there (I didn’t – but most believed me).