Data Science Association

The GW Data Science Association (GW DSA) was founded in January 2020 by the data science graduate students and alumni. Their mission is to build a bridge for all data science students, including alumni, with the larger data science community across the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and to also create a collaborative environment for all University students interested in the field of data science. 



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Membership is open to any University student interested in Data Science.

Meet the Officers

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Jake Lieberfarb

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Hello everyone! I am enrolled in the BS/MS for Statistics/Data Science. As an undergraduate, I was a tutor for the statistics department for 4 years and a member of the Student Association as Director of Survey Design. I am very interested in exploring Bayesian Statistics and its application towards topics in Data Science. My free time is spent either playing my saxophone or watching Jeopardy! 


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Adina Dingankar
Vice President

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Howdy everyone! I am enrolled in the Data Science graduate program. I  pursued my undergraduate in Computer Engineering. Having demonstrated a prior experience with Big Data, Machine Learning and its applications, I am inquisitive in learning and working on Artificial Intelligence for HealthCare and the Finance sector. My pastime hobbies are blogging and reading (novels just to be precise). 


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Reha Manikandasamy
Cabinet Member

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Hi, everyone! I'm currently enrolled into the Data Science Graduate Program and I have a Bachelor's of Information Technology. I am interested in Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing. It's a pleasure to be a part of this Data Science Community and feel free to open my chat window if you have any questions.



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Naveen Palaka
Cabinet Member

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I am currently enrolled in my second semester of the MS Data Science program.  Computer Scientist with knowledge of predictive analytics optimization through actionable insights for Data-driven decision making focusing on NLP, Machine Learning & Neural Networks. My Intro to Data Mining course has inspired me to dig deeper into machine learning where I learned new algorithms and created a project in K-means clustering which boosted my knowledge.

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Zichu Chen
Cabinet Member

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I’m in my last semester of the Data Science graduate program.  I majored in Electronics Engineering in my undergraduate college at the University of Electronics and Technology Science of China. I’m interested in the application of machine learning, especially in medical imaging. I’ve completed research with the combination of convolutional neural networks and EEG.










The Data Science Association plans events geared towards connecting students together. 

Trivia Night - October 8, 2021

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Datathon - September 24, 2021

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