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🙋 Staff

See the Office Hours page for the office hours schedule. If you’d like to meet with someone and can’t make it to their office hours, feel free to send them an email to schedule an appointment.

Coordinator and Methodology Instructor

Suraj Rampure he/him

Welcome to the DSC capstone program! 👋 I’m in my second year as a lecturer in Data Science at UCSD. Prior to moving to San Diego, I was a student at UC Berkeley, where I also taught Data Science. And before that, I grew up in Windsor, Ontario – make sure to tell me if you’re also Canadian! 🇨🇦 Outside of the classroom, you’ll find me learning how to cook, FaceTiming my dog 🐶 back home, watching basketball, or somehow being randomly selected to win gift cards on morning talk shows.

At UCSD, I’ve taught DSC 10, 40A, 80, and 90, but I’ve never been involved in the capstone sequence, so I’m looking forward to learning alongside you all for the next 20 weeks. Here’s to a great year! 😊

Teaching Assistants

Keng-Chi Chang he/him

Hi I’m Keng-Chi, a PhD student in the Political Science department studying online behavior on social media, computational social science, and more recently political internet memes. I’m originally from Taipei, Taiwan (so I’m a bit picky about tea and boba 🧋). I’ve been TA for DSC180 before and I genuinely enjoyed talking with students and guide them to build their own project. Outside of work, you’ll find me moving things in Rimac or enjoying independent films.

Expertise: Anything social science related (misinformation, social media, ethics, spatial, finance, health)

Can help with: R, social data collection, data visualization, causal inference, NLP, time series, spatial data, Python

Domains: A03, A09, A11, A12, A13

Praveen Nair he/him

Hey! I’m Praveen, from Fremont, California, and I’m currently a master’s student in computer science here at UCSD. I just graduated this past year from UCSD’s data science program, so I’ve been down this road before, and I know how challenging but also exciting this capstone can be. I can’t wait to see how everyone’s projects develop over the next year, and I’m here to help however I can with that process! In my free time, I watch a lot of sports, read books from Geisel, and struggle to play the guitar.

Expertise: Machine learning ethics/fairness, linguistics, social science (especially political science & education)

Can help with: Python, R, NLP, sklearn, visualization, text data, fairness metrics, statistical tests

Domains: A02, A05, A06, A10, B10, B12

Sourav Ravikumar he/him

Hello, welcome! My name is Sourav. I’m from India and I’m a second year master’s student in the Computer Science department. My academic interests are in Distributed Systems as well as in Artificial Intelligence. I’ve worked as a Software Engineer in the industry for a little over 2 years - I can help you understand the best software engineering practices, how to structure->write->test->ship your code, and general coding hygiene. I can also help you with data visualisation and machine learning. In my free time, I love flying my drone, hiking and video editing.

Expertise: Software engineering, machine learning

Can help with: Python, SQL, Tableau, web services, CUDA programming

Domains: A04, A07, A15, B17

Teresa Rexin she/her

Hello! My name is Teresa and I was raised in Sacramento County. I graduated from UCLA in Fall 2020 with a B.S. in Applied Math and minor in Statistics; I am currently a second year Statistics Master’s student at UCSD. I TA’d for DSC 180AB and DSC 10 last year, and I also have a few years of experience as a Data Science Intern at Intel & Microsoft–I am looking forward to sharing how to apply the skills from DSC 180 to your future careers! In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, exploring the beaches & hiking trails in SD, baking/cooking new recipes, and reading fiction novels.

Expertise: statistical/ML methods & models, data visualization, communicating with domain experts

Can help with: R, Python, SQL, Power BI, data cleaning/engineering, times series, data visualizations, presenting to technical vs. non-technical audiences, internship/career advising.

Domains: A01, B03/B19, B04, B13

Samanvitha Sateesha she/her

Hey everyone! I grew up in Mysuru, India and completed my undergrad studies there. I am a CS grad student and I have done numerous data science projects in my undergrad. I am excited to be a TA for DSC180A and eager to explore the new ways I can help you all around. I love meeting new people and I am always up for a chat. So, feel free to say hi if you see me anywhere :) Outside of the class, I am either trying a new recipe, reading a novel or watching a series. Excited to work with you all!

Expertise: Machine learning, Python, NumPy, pattern recognition, text preprocessing

Domains: A08, A14, B01, B09

Yuyao Wang she/her

Hi!! My name is Yuyao Wang. I was born in Luoyang China, and I am a 4th year graduate student in the math department with a specialization in statistics. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. I am very excited to assist DSC 180, and looking forward to working with you all this quarter!! :)

Expertise: Statistics

Can help with: R, causal inference, survival analysis

Domains: A16, A17, B02/B05, B06, B18, B20

Weiwei Wu he/him

Hello everyone! I’m Weiwei, from Hangzhou, China. I am currently a fourth-year Statistics PhD student in the math department. I’ve TA’d for MATH 183 Statistical Methods for several years and am excited to be a TA for DSC 180B. I am eager to share my experience and discuss projects with you! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, going to beaches, and trying new restaurants.

Expertise: Statistics, machine learning

Can help with: R, causal inference, statistical methods

Domains: B07, B08, B14, B15, B16