Our society has reached what we hope is an inflection point in its struggle with systemic racism. I am grateful to everyone who joined us for our recent town hall to discuss this issue, and to those who have offered their feedback and suggestions. We are putting together a strategy to address internal challenges, reflect on our own culture and practices, and to empower research that uses our expertise to offer data-driven insights and policy recommendations to build a more equitable future. More on that to come.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to present societies around the world with questions that require rigorous data analysis to answer. The need for data science skills is urgent and global. We are striving to meet this need by building a world-wide community of learners and practitioners.
Our education partnerships are part of our commitment to advancing the state of data science. They are built on our
MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science
, a collaboration with MITx that provides online learning in probability, statistics, data analysis, and machine learning. Through our partnerships, IDSS provides support to cohorts of learners in this program, from live instruction and regular feedback to individualized course materials put together by expert teaching assistants.
I am pleased to announce
our newest partner
: the Uruguay Technological University (UTEC) Program in Data Science. They are recruiting for their next cohort, and we will be holding a webinar about the program Thursday, July 16 at 11AM EST via their
The MicroMasters program recently held a virtual celebration for those who have completed all 4 courses and the exam – no simple feat, as these courses were designed by our faculty with an MIT level of rigor. Our first class of 189 MicroMasters credential holders come from 51 different countries. As this global network of skilled data scientists grows, we expect to be able to share more
stories about these intrepid learners
and the critical challenges they are tackling with their new, hard-won knowledge.
A couple personal notes: I am saddened by the loss of Michael Athans, a mentor who transformed LIDS into the multidisciplinary lab it is today. I am heartened, though, by the success of my colleague Ali Jadbabaie, a leader who has been instrumental in building IDSS into a thriving community with unique interdisciplinary academic programs and research. I predict great things for him and for Civil & Environmental Engineering as he takes the reins in the fall.
All my best for a safe and restful summer.
Munther Dahleh, Director
William A. Coolidge Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science