2020 Virtual Summer Program | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

2020 Virtual Summer Program: How Can Data Predict What is Next?

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The Women in Engineering Program in partnership with the Keystone Program is excited to offer an online summer program geared toward high school-aged women who are interested in engineering.  

Virtual 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, July 20 - Thursday, August 13, 2020
Program Days:   Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Program Times:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   

The 2020 Virtual Summer Program cost is $450. 

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 Becky Kenemuth at rzonies@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. 

Registration is now closed.  

Step One: Complete Registration Form
Registration for the 2020 Virtual Summer Program is now closed.

Step Two: Submit Payment
Submit Full $450 Payment. Upon completion of the 2020 Virtual Program Registration Form, you will be prompted to the UMD Payment Portal.  

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

Step Three: Sign and Submit Waiver
1. Download Waiver
2. Sign
3. Email Signed Waiver to Becky at rzonies@umd.edu

PDF icon2020 Virtual Summer Program Waiver

Your registration will only be considered complete once you have completed all three (3) steps.

Questions? Contact:

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director, Outreach and Recruitment
Women in Engineering Program