Our Team

Our Team

Staff

Nickolas Vance

Director of Operations, SRTI Lab
Sr Social Media & Data Analyst, SRTI Lab

Nick leads the data analytics and innovation development teams for the Social Research and Technology Innovation (SRTI) Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nick has a B.A. in communication and an M.S in information sciences both from the University of Illinois. He has expertise in data analytics, technology prototyping, software development and social media analytics.

 

Curtis Donelson

Data Analyst, SRTI Lab
Alexa Project Lead

Curt is a data analyst with the Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab. His background is in behavioral health decision-making, with B.S. degrees in Psychology and Biology. He is currently working towards an M.S. in Data Science and performs machine learning and data visualizations in the SRTI Lab. He is also the lead developer on the Alexa skills project.

 

Chieh-Li “Julian” Chin

Data Analyst, SRTI Lab
Research Manager, iSchool

Julian Chin is a data analyst at the Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab. She is also a research manager at the Social Computing Lab led by Professor Jana Diesner in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool). She has a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences, and an M.S. in Computer Science. She is experienced in software development, web development, and data analysis. Her research interests focus on data ethics and regulations in research practices in the area of responsible computing.

 

Hannah Christensen

Data Analyst, SRTI Lab

Hannah Christensen is a data analyst at the Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab. She has a B.A. in Education and an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on student success. She has experience in data analytics, prototyping, and usability testing.

 

 

Yoon Lee

Data Engineer, SRTI Lab

Yoon is a data engineer at the Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab. Yoon has over 15 years of software development experiences and played role as a DevOps with Scrum agile framework. Yoon has a B.A. in management information systems and an M.S in information sciences.

 

 

Chen Wang

Research Programmer, NCSA

Chen Wang is a research programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and works on development projects for the SRTI Lab. Chen has a B.S. and an M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, and a M.S. in Bioenergy. She is experienced in software development, web development, and data analysis. Chen is the lead developer of the tool SMILE (social media analytics tool) within the Social Media Macroscope.

 

 

Joseph T. Yun, Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Accountancy
Director, Data Science Research Service, Geis College of Business
Faculty Affiliate, SRTI Lab

Dr. Yun has a B.S in computer science, an M.S. in advertising, and a PhD in Informatics. His research is focused on computational business and the technologies that surround it. He currently works at the Gies College of Business incorporating data science and large-scale computational systems into business research and teaching. Dr. Yun is the principal investigator of the Social Media Macroscope, an open research environment for social media analytics. Dr. Yun recently co-founded Marketing AI Partners (MAP) at the U of Illinois Research Park. MAP is a startup company focused on helping brands and agencies incorporate data science into their businesses. His professional website can be found at www.josephtyun.com.

Graduate Students

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Siddharth Shetty

Master’s Student in Information Management, School of Information Sciences, UIUC, ’21 

Undergraduate Students

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Jarrett Brunner

Statistics and Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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Divya Bhati

Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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JingTao “Skyler” Shi

Computer Engineering and Statistics, UIUC, ’21

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Abhinav Tekulapally

Mathematics and Computer Science, UIUC, ’20

Alumni

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Mrinoy Banerjee

Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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Zongjian “Jack” He

Statistics, UIUC, ’20

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Brian Ko

Computer Science, UIUC, ’20

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David Koruna

Statistics, UIUC, ’19

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Mackenzie Kirkham

Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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LingHsi “Althea” Liu

Innovation Developer, SRTI Lab
Master of Computer Science, UIUC
https://www.linkedin.com/in/linghsi-althea-liu-96774666/

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Louise Liu

Innovation Developer, SRTI Lab
Master of Engineering, UIUC

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Ram Muthukamaran

Statistics and Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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Rose Nowak

Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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Dingyu Peng

Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, ’19

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Ajaita Saini

Statistics and Computer Science, UIUC, ’21

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Kathy Tian

PhD candidate in Advertising, Marketing and Data Science, UIUC
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-tian-20382583/

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Cecily Wang

Innovation Developer, SRTI Lab
Master of Engineering, UIUC

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Yixi Wang

Economics and Statistics, UIUC, ’19

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Duorui “Rachel” Xu

Kinesiology with Computer Science minor, UIUC, ’20

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Jiachen “Lulu” Yao

Innovation Developer, SRTI Lab
PhD candidate in Advertising, UIUC

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