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Data Science


Abhijit Dutt, Ph.D. | Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Director, Data Science
Professor of the Practice, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE)

Abhijit Dutt has a PhD in Information Systems from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MS in Computer Science from University of Tulsa. Before joining UMBC, Dr. Dutt taught at George Mason University and Penn State University. Before coming to academia, he worked for more than ten years in companies such as Motorola, Tellabs and Cabletron; he developed software for different networking devices. Dr. Dutt was also an investigator of a NSF grant on Enhancing Distance Learning in Information Security.

Dr. Dutt’s research interest includes Data Analytics and Cloud Computing. He has published papers in peer reviewed journals such as Information Systems and e-Business Management. He has presented many research papers in peer reviewed IS conferences such as ICIS, AMCIS etc. Currently he is working on research papers on managerial issues in cloud computing.

Jim Kukla | Graduate Faculty

B.S., Computer Science, UMBC
M.S., Computer Science, UMBC

Jim Kukla, an adjunct professor with UMBC's Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering since 2014, has nearly 20 years of experience as a software developer, researcher, and educator. He co-founded and is the current CTO of RedShred, a software development company focused on helping business users extract critical information from unstructured text documents. In addition to years of experience with software engineering, he also has a strong background in management and leadership as well as a wide variety of development frameworks and languages (including reactjs, django, python, javascript, C++, C, java, lisp, mysql, postgresql, mongodb, elastic, and more).

He graduated from UMBC with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1997 and continued on in the department, earning his M.S. in 2000. His areas of focus included 3D graphics, visualization, and animation. In addition, he was an active member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon and the Computer Science Council of Majors. Jim brings a strong understanding of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and NLP to the Data Science department at UMBC.

Amen Ra Mashariki | Adjunct Instructor

Amen Ra Mashariki Ph.D., Information Engineering, Morgan State University
M.S., Computer Science, Howard University
B.S., Computer Science, Lincoln University

Amen Ra Mashariki, an adjunct professor with UMBC's Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, leads Urban Analytics at Esri. Esri is a digital mapping pioneer that builds big data and analytics software that provides location intelligence and insights for almost every industry.

As the head of Urban Analytics at Esri, Dr. Mashariki is responsible for the messaging and strategy for applying data science principles to urban challenges, ensuring that data-driven decision makers will realize impactful and positive outcomes in urban policy and operations. Previously Dr. Mashariki was Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York and the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. He ran the civic intelligence center that allowed one of the largest cities in the world to aggregate and analyze data from across agencies.

In 2012, Dr. Mashariki was one of eleven individuals appointed by the President of the United States to the 2012-2013 class of White House Fellows. Immediately after the Fellowship he was appointed the Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki currently serves as a Fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

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