2021 Virtual Summer Program: How Can Data Predict What is Next?

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The Women in Engineering Program is also hosting WIE Change the World: An Introduction to Engineering. This program is geared toward high school aged-women who are considering majoring in engineering and potentially pursuing it as a career.  This week-long virtual program will introduce participants to the various disciplines of engineering through engaging lessons and lectures, hands-on activities, and conversations with faculty, staff, and students in the Clark School of Engineering.  

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2021 Virtual Summer Program: How Can Data Predict What is Next?


Program Overview

Are you interested in how data can predict "what's next," create compelling arguments, or guide our actions and decisions?  Then this summer experience might be for you! Data science demonstrates how we use data to characterize, visualize, and operationalize our decision-making processes. Modeling and analyzing data form the foundation of policies you are affected by, public planning you interact with, how economies operate, and more.  

This program offers a brief but sophisticated look at understanding data science and computational modeling using computer programming.  We'll use the open and free scientific Python computing toolkit to interrogate and find patterns in data.  And, you're not expected to have any previous programming or advanced math experience; basic algebra should be more than enough.  The program objectives are aimed at using and understanding real data sets in your modeling to answer questions and make predictions.  This program will help you to develop programming literacy to read existing code, make some code modifications, create and interpret visualizations, and think computationally about the world.  

Woven throughout the experience, you will engage with current women students in engineering and engineering professionals who can serve as mentors and role-models.  Virtual opportunities to connect may include panel discussions, presentations from professionals in the field, conversations about challenges and opportunities for women in engineering, community building activities, and more!  

*this is not a credit bearing program. It is meant to introduce high school-aged students to data science and computational modeling using computer programming.  


Brian Danielak
Dr. Brian Danielak
Keystone Instructor
A. James Clark School of Engineering

Brian's career has spanned teaching, researching, and being a practicing software engineer. His Ph.D. in Computing Education Research focused on how engineering students learn software design. In subsequent post-doctoral research positions, his work expanded to educational games, ethnography of engineering practice, and teaching computational modeling and data science. He then developed enterprise level web apps for educational clients as well as personally developing and releasing Transcriptase, a free qualitative data analysis app available on both Windows and macOS. Outside of work, Brian enjoys improv, games of all kinds, and being inspired by others’ favorite forms of geekery.

Program Dates: Monday, June 21, 2021 - Friday, July 2, 2021
Program Days: Monday - Friday
Program Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily
Optional Lunch Conversation and Facilitated Community Building: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. daily

The 2021 Virtual Data Science Summer Program cost is $325

The Women in Engineering Program is committed to providing access to our programs independent of an individual's financial circumstances. Scholarships are available to participants with demonstrated financial need. If you wish to participate in the program, but are unable to fully pay the program fee, please contact  women_in_engineering@umd.edu

Participation in this virtual program will require:

  • Broadband (high speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. 
  • A webcam and/or microphone for use during live sessions on Zoom.
  • Access to a web browser on a device.
  • A Google Account. This can either be a personal Gmail account or a school account if it is a Google account. 

Step One: Complete Registration Form

2021 Virtual Data Science Registration Form - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Step Two: Submit Payment ($325)

Submit the full $325 Payment. Upon completion of the Program Registration Form, you will be prompted to the UMD Payment Portal to submit payment. Your spot in the program is not secured until you have submitted payment.   

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need, please fully complete the registration form and then email women_in_engineering@umd.edu

All cancelation requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date. Cancelations less than 3 weeks from the start date are not eligible for a refund. Refunds are subject to a $50 cancelation/administration fee per registration. 

There are no credits or refunds for missed days due to changed work or vacation schedules, sick days, or other non-emergency reasons.

We recognize that extenuating circumstances exist. For cancellations due to extenuating circumstances, please contact women_in_engineering@umd.edu.