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Christian Fowler
Academic Advisor
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Whitney Gardener
Financial & Faculty Assistant
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Kyle Hofer-Mora
Assistant Director for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives

Kyle Hofer-Mora serves as Assistant Director for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI).  In this capacity, Kyle works with a talented team focused on industry partnerships, as well as with faculty members, to strategically grow new graduate and professional programs.  He is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to promote and expand HDSI’s program offerings and overall reach.

Kyle joins HDSI after four years as the Director of Business Analytics Graduate Programs at California Polytechnic State University, where he was instrumental in the launch and growth of a master’s program in business analytics, as well as professional certificates offered through a partnership between the College of Business and Extended Education.   With responsibilities that included working with industry partners for student projects, organizing data analytics symposia, leading the Business Analytics Advisory Board, and serving as a member of the campus-wide Data Science Task Force,  Kyle has formulated ways to ensure program offerings stay at the forefront of trends in this emerging and dynamic field and continue to meet the needs of the marketplace.

The bridge between academia and industry is a space in which Kyle is quite comfortable, having 10 years of experience in the financial services industry prior to joining the university setting.  He holds an MBA in Global Business from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in Finance from CSU Fullerton.


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Meredith Longo
Program Coordinator & Undergraduate Student Advisor Student Affairs

My name is Meredith Longo, one of the program coordinators and undergraduate student advisors at HDSI. I formerly worked as a student services advisor at UCSC in the Baskin School of Engineering, and was a high school math teacher. I also earned my B.A. in Math/Secondary Education and M.Ed. at UCSD. My favorite things in life are my husband, everything Disney, and anime! My goal is to connect with students on a personal and professional level to best prepare them to excel in the growing field of Data Science.

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Vicente Malave
Research Engineer
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Erik Mjoen
Industry Relations Manager

As Industry Relations Manager, Erik focuses on building partnerships and collaboration between industry and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, with an emphasis on Research & Innovation, Recruitment, Continued Learning, and Leadership.

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Jennifer Morgan
Chief Administrative Officer
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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.

Sonlong Nguyen
Assistant Student Affairs Manager & Academic Advisor
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Andrea Perez
Fund Manager

My name is Andrea Perez (she/her/hers) and I am currently the fund manager at HDSI. I formerly worked at SIO Director’s Office in the business office as a Financial Services Analyst for 3 years and as an Administrative Assistant for almost 2 years. I graduated from UCSD in 2017 with a BA in Economics. My passion for finance and accounting makes my job so rewarding and fun! I love to analyze data, help and connect with others.

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Christian Robles
Academic Advisor
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Sidney Tran
Research Administrator

Sid joined HDSI in September of 2021 as part of the finance team that supports academic research at HDSI. Previously Sid had served similar positions at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Keck School of Medicine of USC. His primary role is supporting academic research by providing the financial and administrative duties for his assigned faculty staff. He is a recent resident of the San Diego and relocated to San Diego and UCSD in particular because of the opportunity to support the faculty staff with its multi-disciplinary research mission. His academic background includes a BS in economics from the University of Houston and an MBA in international finance from California State University Channel Islands.

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Sophia Tran
Industry Relations Specialist
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Mona Wang
Intake Advisor
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Logan Weidenhoffer
Executive Assistant to the Director

Logan Wiedenhoffer serves as Executive Assistant to the Director within the Halicioglu Data Science Institute and point of contact for the HDSI Business Office. Having joined UC San Diego in 2017, Logan has worked in a wide variety of departments across campus prior to becoming part of HDSI. As a member of the UC San Diego class of 2014, Logan holds a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology.