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Whitney Davis
Undergraduate Intake Advisor

Whitney (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in February 2020 and is still in her current role as the DSC Intake Advisor. Whitney received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. She loves helping others, and enjoys working with students and faculty members within the growing field of Data Science!

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Meaghan Kelliher
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor

Meaghan (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in its first year as an academic program in June of 2018 as an Intake Advisor, and now serves as a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor for HDSI. Meaghan received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston College, before going on to receive her M.Ed in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For her, one of the most impactful parts of her role is supporting students as they discover their goals, passions, and purpose, and explore ways that they can impact their local and global community through the study of Data Science.

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Saura Naderi
K-14 Outreach Director

Saura Naderi ‘07 earned her engineering degree from UC San Diego Jacobs School just as the recession hit. Not satisfied by the opportunities available to her, she created her own. She volunteered, later becoming an employee, to create a program at UC San Diego where undergraduates and K-12 students could play and explore science and technology with art-themed engineering-based projects. After receiving the exemplary employee award at UC San Diego and the Athena Pinnacle award and invited to do a TEDx talk, she was recruited by Qualcomm to create a similar program named – Thinkabit Lab. Upon leaving Qualcomm, Thinkabit Lab engaged 14,000+ middle school students and has been replicated in many different environments from libraries and schools to universities and companies. Saura was also a contestant on SyFy’s Robot Combat League, was an “Adventure Person” on Nerdist, and is the color commentator for the world’s first giant robot fight held in Japan. One of the creative projects she is most proud of is envisioning, and leading a team of engineers and artists to create, a robotic dress that hugs people. Saura is leading efforts to broaden participation in Data Science by designing creative ways to engage a diverse population.

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Sonlong Nguyen
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor Student Affairs

Sonlong is a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Student Advisor at HDSI. Previously, Sonlong has served as a coordinator and academic advisor at Thurgood Marshall College and Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD. He is also an alum of UCSD where he received a BA in Urban Studies & Planning before going on to SDSU to receive his MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.

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Yvonne Wollmann
Student Affairs Manager
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Margaret Zuhlke
Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist

Margaret Zuhlke is the Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Prior to her current role, Margaret was the first academic advisor and staff member for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. During her time as an academic advisor, Margaret completed a Career Advising Certification through UC San Diego Extension, which led to a national certification as a National Workforce Development Professional. Margaret leverages her understanding of the curriculum to advocate for student career potential within industry while supporting current students and alumni with building career competencies and a confidence in abilities. She is committed to the Institute’s mission of training the next generation of data scientists by supporting the professional development of current students and alumni.

Student Affairs

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Yvonne Wollmann
Student Affairs Manager
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Saura Naderi
K-14 Outreach Director

Saura Naderi ‘07 earned her engineering degree from UC San Diego Jacobs School just as the recession hit. Not satisfied by the opportunities available to her, she created her own. She volunteered, later becoming an employee, to create a program at UC San Diego where undergraduates and K-12 students could play and explore science and technology with art-themed engineering-based projects. After receiving the exemplary employee award at UC San Diego and the Athena Pinnacle award and invited to do a TEDx talk, she was recruited by Qualcomm to create a similar program named – Thinkabit Lab. Upon leaving Qualcomm, Thinkabit Lab engaged 14,000+ middle school students and has been replicated in many different environments from libraries and schools to universities and companies. Saura was also a contestant on SyFy’s Robot Combat League, was an “Adventure Person” on Nerdist, and is the color commentator for the world’s first giant robot fight held in Japan. One of the creative projects she is most proud of is envisioning, and leading a team of engineers and artists to create, a robotic dress that hugs people. Saura is leading efforts to broaden participation in Data Science by designing creative ways to engage a diverse population.

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Margaret Zuhlke
Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist

Margaret Zuhlke is the Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Prior to her current role, Margaret was the first academic advisor and staff member for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. During her time as an academic advisor, Margaret completed a Career Advising Certification through UC San Diego Extension, which led to a national certification as a National Workforce Development Professional. Margaret leverages her understanding of the curriculum to advocate for student career potential within industry while supporting current students and alumni with building career competencies and a confidence in abilities. She is committed to the Institute’s mission of training the next generation of data scientists by supporting the professional development of current students and alumni.

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Meaghan Kelliher
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor

Meaghan (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in its first year as an academic program in June of 2018 as an Intake Advisor, and now serves as a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor for HDSI. Meaghan received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston College, before going on to receive her M.Ed in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For her, one of the most impactful parts of her role is supporting students as they discover their goals, passions, and purpose, and explore ways that they can impact their local and global community through the study of Data Science.

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Whitney Davis
Undergraduate Intake Advisor

Whitney (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in February 2020 and is still in her current role as the DSC Intake Advisor. Whitney received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. She loves helping others, and enjoys working with students and faculty members within the growing field of Data Science!

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Sonlong Nguyen
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor Student Affairs

Sonlong is a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Student Advisor at HDSI. Previously, Sonlong has served as a coordinator and academic advisor at Thurgood Marshall College and Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD. He is also an alum of UCSD where he received a BA in Urban Studies & Planning before going on to SDSU to receive his MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.

Executive Office

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Whitney Davis
Undergraduate Intake Advisor

Whitney (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in February 2020 and is still in her current role as the DSC Intake Advisor. Whitney received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. She loves helping others, and enjoys working with students and faculty members within the growing field of Data Science!

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Meaghan Kelliher
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor

Meaghan (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in its first year as an academic program in June of 2018 as an Intake Advisor, and now serves as a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor for HDSI. Meaghan received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston College, before going on to receive her M.Ed in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For her, one of the most impactful parts of her role is supporting students as they discover their goals, passions, and purpose, and explore ways that they can impact their local and global community through the study of Data Science.

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Saura Naderi
K-14 Outreach Director

Saura Naderi ‘07 earned her engineering degree from UC San Diego Jacobs School just as the recession hit. Not satisfied by the opportunities available to her, she created her own. She volunteered, later becoming an employee, to create a program at UC San Diego where undergraduates and K-12 students could play and explore science and technology with art-themed engineering-based projects. After receiving the exemplary employee award at UC San Diego and the Athena Pinnacle award and invited to do a TEDx talk, she was recruited by Qualcomm to create a similar program named – Thinkabit Lab. Upon leaving Qualcomm, Thinkabit Lab engaged 14,000+ middle school students and has been replicated in many different environments from libraries and schools to universities and companies. Saura was also a contestant on SyFy’s Robot Combat League, was an “Adventure Person” on Nerdist, and is the color commentator for the world’s first giant robot fight held in Japan. One of the creative projects she is most proud of is envisioning, and leading a team of engineers and artists to create, a robotic dress that hugs people. Saura is leading efforts to broaden participation in Data Science by designing creative ways to engage a diverse population.

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Sonlong Nguyen
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor Student Affairs

Sonlong is a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Student Advisor at HDSI. Previously, Sonlong has served as a coordinator and academic advisor at Thurgood Marshall College and Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD. He is also an alum of UCSD where he received a BA in Urban Studies & Planning before going on to SDSU to receive his MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.

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Yvonne Wollmann
Student Affairs Manager
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Margaret Zuhlke
Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist

Margaret Zuhlke is the Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Prior to her current role, Margaret was the first academic advisor and staff member for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. During her time as an academic advisor, Margaret completed a Career Advising Certification through UC San Diego Extension, which led to a national certification as a National Workforce Development Professional. Margaret leverages her understanding of the curriculum to advocate for student career potential within industry while supporting current students and alumni with building career competencies and a confidence in abilities. She is committed to the Institute’s mission of training the next generation of data scientists by supporting the professional development of current students and alumni.

Communications

Photo of Whitney Davis
Whitney Davis
Undergraduate Intake Advisor

Whitney (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in February 2020 and is still in her current role as the DSC Intake Advisor. Whitney received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. She loves helping others, and enjoys working with students and faculty members within the growing field of Data Science!

Photo of Meaghan Kelliher
Meaghan Kelliher
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor

Meaghan (she/her/hers) joined the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute in its first year as an academic program in June of 2018 as an Intake Advisor, and now serves as a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor for HDSI. Meaghan received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston College, before going on to receive her M.Ed in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For her, one of the most impactful parts of her role is supporting students as they discover their goals, passions, and purpose, and explore ways that they can impact their local and global community through the study of Data Science.

Photo of Saura Naderi
Saura Naderi
K-14 Outreach Director

Saura Naderi ‘07 earned her engineering degree from UC San Diego Jacobs School just as the recession hit. Not satisfied by the opportunities available to her, she created her own. She volunteered, later becoming an employee, to create a program at UC San Diego where undergraduates and K-12 students could play and explore science and technology with art-themed engineering-based projects. After receiving the exemplary employee award at UC San Diego and the Athena Pinnacle award and invited to do a TEDx talk, she was recruited by Qualcomm to create a similar program named – Thinkabit Lab. Upon leaving Qualcomm, Thinkabit Lab engaged 14,000+ middle school students and has been replicated in many different environments from libraries and schools to universities and companies. Saura was also a contestant on SyFy’s Robot Combat League, was an “Adventure Person” on Nerdist, and is the color commentator for the world’s first giant robot fight held in Japan. One of the creative projects she is most proud of is envisioning, and leading a team of engineers and artists to create, a robotic dress that hugs people. Saura is leading efforts to broaden participation in Data Science by designing creative ways to engage a diverse population.

Photo of Sonlong Nguyen
Sonlong Nguyen
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Advisor Student Affairs

Sonlong is a Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Student Advisor at HDSI. Previously, Sonlong has served as a coordinator and academic advisor at Thurgood Marshall College and Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD. He is also an alum of UCSD where he received a BA in Urban Studies & Planning before going on to SDSU to receive his MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.

Photo of Yvonne Wollmann
Yvonne Wollmann
Student Affairs Manager
Photo of Margaret Zuhlke
Margaret Zuhlke
Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist

Margaret Zuhlke is the Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Prior to her current role, Margaret was the first academic advisor and staff member for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. During her time as an academic advisor, Margaret completed a Career Advising Certification through UC San Diego Extension, which led to a national certification as a National Workforce Development Professional. Margaret leverages her understanding of the curriculum to advocate for student career potential within industry while supporting current students and alumni with building career competencies and a confidence in abilities. She is committed to the Institute’s mission of training the next generation of data scientists by supporting the professional development of current students and alumni.