Data Science Fall 2021 Capstone Project Showcase

Thursday, December 16, 2021
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm PST

Capstone projects are the culmination of the MIDS students’ work in the School of Information’s Master of Information and Data Science program.

Over the course of their final semester, teams of students propose and select project ideas, conduct and communicate their work, receive and provide feedback, and deliver compelling presentations along with a web-based final deliverable.

Join us for an online presentation of these capstone projects. Each team will present for twenty minutes, including Q&A.

A panel of judges will select an outstanding project for the Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award.


Mona Iwamoto, MIDS ’18, currently works at Microsoft as a data & applied scientists manager.  Her team focuses on shaping the business strategy for Microsoft Education and improving the ways technology can be used effectively in the classroom.  Prior to joining Microsoft, she managed a team of research scientists at Delta Airlines developing models and tools aimed at advancing airline performance and decision making.

Ranga Muvavarirwa, MIDS ’18 is a director of engineering at Google. He is a product development leader who leads highly talented, multi-functional teams to develop breakthrough digital products and applications that change the way users consume content while expanding market share in highly competitive environments. 

David Reiley is a distinguished scientist in the advertising-science group at SiriusXM Pandora and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information, where he teaches a course on experiments and causality in the data-science program. He previously spent more than seven years at Google and at Yahoo! Research, primarily working on experiments to measure the effects of online advertising. He started his career as an economics professor at Vanderbilt University and the University of Arizona.

Timothy S. Slade currently serves in the data integration, reporting, and analytics group of RTI International’s research computing division. In past lives, he has served as an expatriated project director in Kenya and Malawi, a headquarters project manager for various education interventions and research programs, and as an adult educator and classroom teacher. Over a 15-year career as an educator and researcher he has learned, taught, and worked in four languages on as many continents. His formal academic training is in data science, early grade reading, international studies, French language, and human physiology. He joined MIDS with the Spring 2018 cohort, eventually wrapping up his capstone in August of 2020.

Last updated:

January 18, 2022