About MDST

The Michigan Data Science Team (MDST) is a club at the University of Michigan which brings together students of various disciplines through competitions structured around finding patterns in data. Sometimes we compete in public competitions online and sometimes we compete in challenges we create for ourselves. We also partner with other organizations to try and help people with their data problems. Sometimes we even make a challenge out of that!

Current Board

Eric Schwartz, Ph.D., Faculty Co-Advisor


Professor Eric Schwartz’s expertise focuses on predicting customer behavior, understanding its drivers, and examining how firms actively manage their customer relationships through interactive marketing. His research in customer analytics stretches managerial applications, including online display advertising, email marketing, video consumption, and word-of-mouth.

Jenna Wiens, Ph.D., Faculty Co-Advisor

Jenna Wiens is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare. The overarching goal of her research agenda is to develop the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform clinical data into actionable knowledge.

Danai Koutra, Ph.D., Faculty Mentor

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Danai Koutra is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Michigan, where she leads the Graph Exploration and Mining at Scale (GEMS) Lab. Her research interests include large-scale graph mining, analysis of multi-source network data, graph summarization, similarity and matching, and anomaly detection. Applications of her work span from analysis of social, collaboration and web networks to brain connectivity graphs.

Wesley Tian, President

Wesley is a senior dual-majoring in computer science and data science. Previously, he’s worked on applying machine learning to healthcare. He is currently doing research part-time at conversational AI startup Clinc, Inc. He is very interested in reinforcement learning. Outside of school and work, he enjoys running, meditating, and writing, in that order.

Jonathan Stroud, VP of Projects, Founder


Jonathan is a first year Ph.D. student in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). His research interests are in Machine Learning and Computer Vision, including deep learning, structured prediction, and knowledge representation.

Mukai Wang, VP of Education

Mukai is a senior majoring in data science engineering. He transferred to Michigan from Shanghai China in 2017. MDST opened his mind and played a critical role in leading him from novice to expert in data science. As the new VP of Education, he is responsible for providing valuable learning resources and leading tutorial series for beginners.

Seth Saperstein, VP of Communications

Seth is a senior studying data science, economics, and financial mathematics. His interests include game theory in machine learning, topological data analysis, and mobile app development.

Cory Laban, VP of Recruitment

Cory is a sophomore studying CSE and minoring in statistics. He is newly passionate about data science and data for social good. He will be hosting MDST bonding activities like pizza parties! trivia nights! and study table hangouts! Newcomers should talk to him about getting involved in MDST and learning data science basics.

Eris Llangos, VP of Finance

Eris is a senior studying financial mathematics and data science. He’s a huge sports nerd and is planning on pursuing a career in investment banking. Eris is responsible for funding all arrangements to planned MDST events and finding new opportunities that interest all MDST members.