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Stories from Data Science and Analytics Graduates and Alumni 

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Md. Kamrul Hasan- MSCS Graduate Program StudentMd Kamrul Hasan- PhD, Computational Sciences

Md Kamrul Hasan, is an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow at Marquette University 2018-19 and a graduate student of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) Department. As a fourth year PhD student in Computational Sciences program of MSCS department at Marquette, his research focuses on the development of a smartphone-based point of care tool to estimate the hemoglobin level noninvasively. The study considers two different approaches. For more information on Md Kamrul Hasan, please visit his graduate school web page.

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First, he is analyzing the lower eyelid-image data captured by different smartphones. His algorithm extracts the image pixel's color information and converts it to hyperspectral data to predict the clinically measured hemoglobin level. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Second, a 10-second fingertip-video captured under different (infrared) lighting conditions is processed for feature extraction. Deep Neural Network-based algorithm is applied to train the model for the hemoglobin level estimation. This project is funded by numerous grants from Ubicomp Lab, MSCS Department of Marquette. His recent work titled as “SmartHeLP: Smartphone-based Hemoglobin Level Prediction Using an Artificial Neural Network” is accepted in American Medical Informatics Association, 2018. His research has been published in Smart Health Journal on “Smartphone-based Human Hemoglobin Level Measurement Analyzing Pixel Intensity of a Fingertip Video on Different Color Spaces” in 2017.

Professor Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Chair of Computer Science and the director of the Ubicomp Lab is supervising Hasan's research work. Hasan's dissertation title is “BEst (Biomarker Estimation): Health Bio-marker Prediction Noninvasively, Ubiquitously and Frequently.” He has presented his work and attended workshops and conferences at other universities including Purdue, University of Chicago, Yale, Columbia, University of Southern California, and University of Colorado Boulder.


Drew Williams-Math, Statistics and Computer Science PhD studentDrew Williams- PhD candidate in Computational Sciences 

Drew presented at the 2018 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America in Washington D.C. on July 12-15. Her presentation received honorable mention in the student paper competition. 

 During her third year, Drew presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America's national conference in Washington D.C. Drew presented two posters: Access Ruler: An Accessible Measurement Application for Determining Accessibility in the Built Environment and xFACT: Developing Usable Surveys for Accessibility Purposes. Access Ruler relies on using a laser ruler, in conjunction with an iOS application that obtains measurements taken by the ruler and stores them in a list. Pairing the laser ruler with the application is a single-button process. Access Ruler improves the accessibility of the process of measuring building features for accessibility, in addition to retaining accuracy and ease of use. xFACT is a desktop application designed to assist in deploying accessible, usable assessments.  xFACT can create one survey for multiple types of assessments, and tailor it to the needs of the user with very little effort on their part, thus improving the assessment-taking process for determining accessibility, and other such uses.  


Francine Robinson - Master's in Computing (Alumni)

Coming from a non-technical background, Marquette University’s Graduate program equipped me with the skills necessary to enter the IT workforce.  After completing a vigorous IT boot camp, I was quickly immersed into courses, gaining knowledge in the areas of Network and System Administration, Business Systems, Database Systems, Enterprise Architecture, IoT, Computing, Security, and Predictive Analysis. During my educational tenure, I was given the opportunity to experience the variability that the IT field offers. Also, because Marquette used cutting edge technology, I was able to attend over half of my courses remotely, unknowingly preparing me for my current role as a Professional Business Systems Analyst in Application Engineering at Aurora Health Care, where I use the same technology to occasionally work remotely. Choosing Marquette was one of the best decisions that I have ever made, as I credit this program to helping me jump-start my career in IT!


Ricardo Franco - M.S. Computing, Specialization in Big Data and Data Analytics (Alumni)

As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist with an undergraduate degree in biology, I found that I really enjoyed analyzing data and desired a career where I could utilize my passion for healthcare and computer science. Marquette's graduate program allowed me the flexibility I needed to continue to work full time, take a wide range of classes and still complete my degree in two years. I was able to learn many of the most desired skills in the industry by professors whom were also professionals by trade with many years of experience in their respective fields. This allowed them the ability to relate material to their real world experiences, giving insights into the industry that I have since found to be invaluable. I am proud to say that right after graduating with an MS in Computing and specialization in Big Data & Data Analytics from Marquette University, I was able to obtain a mid-level Data Analyst position at the healthcare conglomerate, Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colorado.


Piyush SaxPiyush Saxena Computing Graduate Studentena- Ph.D. in Computational Sciences (Alumni)

Coming from a Civil engineering background Marquette’s was one of the very few programs that allowed me to leverage my experience as an engineer to succeed in an analytical field without excessive coursework. During my time I was exposed to some of the best research labs and industry-academia collaborations. One such collaboration with Direct Supply evolved into what became a significant part of my dissertation. That industry connection took professional development to new heights for me. I was able to do novel research while being empowered by leaders in academia and industry. The Computational Sciences program provides a sound support structure while encouraging the flexibility that drives innovation.  I currently work as a Data Scientist at Direct Supply in Milwaukee.  Direct Supply is a Senior-Living industry juggernaut. Using Deep Learning to improve the lives for American seniors, that is what the program empowered me to do!

Do you have a success to share with Marquette University's Graduate School?  We'd love to hear from you. Please fill out this form and tell us about your new job, presentation, publication, or any other award or honor.