- Professors HV Jagadish and Vijay Nair hold organizational meetings on data science with university faculty
- Data science presentations and initial proposal made to university leadership
- Proposal for University of Michigan Data Science Initiative submitted to Provost by Brian Athey and H.V. Jagadish on behalf of a University of Michigan-wide committee
- Michigan Institute for Data Science is created. Brian Athey and Al Hero are appointed MIDAS co-Directors. HV Jagadish and Vijay Nair are appointed Distinguished Scientists in MIDAS, and are also recognized, as Co-Founders with Brian and Al. Eric Michielssen, U-M Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing (ARC), was also instrumental in the creation of MIDAS.