May 19, 2019

Commencement Awards Honor May 2019 Graduates

The School of Information’s May 2019 commencement ceremony presented an opportunity to honor both faculty and student achievements.

Dean AnnaLee Saxenian presented awards for outstanding capstone projects from the Master of Information & Data Science program and the Master of Information Management & Systems program.

Students in both the MIMS & MIDS programs voted for their most outstanding instructors and gave awards to their classmates.

James R. Chen Award for Outstanding MIMS Final Project, 2019

Track 1

Improving the Enrollment Experience for Families
Varshine Chandrakanthan, Rajasi Desai, Kaushiki Priyam
Faculty Advisor: Jenna Burrell

Project Summary: Focusing on the school enrollment process of public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project’s aim is to make the enrollment process more understandable for the parents who send their kids to public schools. The project was done in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

Track 2

Devin Huang, Daphne Jong, Monik Pamecha, Jeffrey Chih-Chuan Yu
Faculty Advisor: John Chuang

Project Summary: Skindex is an AI-powered search and discovery platform that enables users to find skincare and cosmetic products that are compatible with their skin.

Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award, Spring 2019

SoundFlux, a Sound Based Fall Detection System
Romulo Manzano, Matt Thielen, Mike Frazzini

Project Summary: SoundFlux is a sound-based fall detection system that uses a neural network model trained from simulated human falls along with millions of open source sounds, to provide effective, low-cost, unintrusive, and privacy-sensitive peace of mind for the elderly and their loved ones.

Faculty Awards

Distinguished Faculty Award (MIMS program): Coye Cheshire

Distinguished Faculty Award (MIDS program): Maya Miller-Vedam

Student Awards

Students with the Most Spirit (MIMS): Mahmoud Hamsho and Michelle Chen

Outstanding Teaching Assistants (MIMS): Joyce Lee and Jake Mainwaring

Outstanding Teaching Assistant (MIDS): Krissy Gianforte


group photo the class of 2019
144 students graduated from the I School in Spring 2019, including 3 Ph.D. students, 49 MIMS students, and 92 MIDS students — our largest MIDS graduating class to date!
3 MIMS students with their advisor, Professor Burrell, and their project poster
Team “Improving the Enrollment Experience of Families” with advisor Jenna Burrell
3 MIMS students and their project poster
A portion of team “Skindex”
MIDS student Mike Frazzini accepts the award for “SoundFlux” from Dean Anno Saxenian
Mike Frazzini accepts the award for “SoundFlux”

Last updated:

May 27, 2019