Interns in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Javier Andres Rojas Aguilera

Data Science Fellow: Social-Spatial Networks

Javier Andres Rojas Aguilera is a student in the Master in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Javier previously worked as an econometrician at the Colombian National Planning Department, where he developed a passion for data-driven policy-making and data visualization. He holds a B.A. in economics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Javier will work with HeRoP lab researchers to examine how social networks and social geography affect HIV and HCV risks among young persons who inject drugs from suburban and rural.


Zander Arnao

Summer Institute in Social Research Methods Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Zander is a third-year Public Policy student with a strong interest in applying data to the study of governance. He is a Fellow at the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods, and his research interests lie in studying the public regulation of technology companies, particularly social networks like Facebook and Twitter.


Margot Bolanos-Gamez

Research Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Margot Bolanos-Gamez is a second-year student at The University of Chicago studying both Environmental Science and Global Studies. She is part of the FLI network, as well as a recipient and member of Questbridge Scholars Program. Due to her interest in the intersectionality of environmental and public health, she has recently been accepted to the Global Health Alliance organization on campus as well as the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods to study GIS and spatial analysis to also apply in research of the relevant theme of the opioid crisis.


Ziqian (Alexa) Jin

Research Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Alexa Jin is a rising second year in the college studying Math and Economics. She is working with the CSDS on a spatial project that explores the multi-dimensional risk environment impacting the opioid crisis in the US.


Brian Li

Research Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Brian Li is a rising Senior at Naperville North High School. He likes digital art, web design, and programming, and is interested in the ways data science can be utilized to make a difference.


Rosalyn Lu

Research Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Rosalyn is a homeschooled rising high school senior who has a passion for computer programming, data science, and artificial intelligence. She hopes to play a part in how these technological areas of interest can be applied to research and the real world.


Ally Muszynski

Data Science Fellow: Measuring Accessibility

Ally Muszynski is a recent graduate of the College and holds a B.A. in Environmental & Urban Studies and Public Policy. In August she will graduate with an M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in GIS (MAPSS). She is interested in environmental equity and sustainability and hopes to pursue a PhD in this area of study in the future.


Clyde Schwab

Data Science Fellow: Build Environments

Clyde Schwab is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago with a BA in Geographical Sciences. He is interested in leveraging spatial data to generate better insight into urban phenomena and more effectively shape public policy using tools such as spatial data modeling, regression analysis, causal inference, and cluster analysis in the fields of public health, housing, and social justice.


Michelle Si

Center for Data and Computing RA, Center for Spatial Data Science

Michelle is an incoming Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. She enjoys behavioral economics and econometrics research and loves exploring how these fields shape public policy.


Rachel Vigil

Data Science Fellow: Measuring Accessibility

Rachel Vigil is a rising fourth-year student in the College majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies. She has a particular interest in the intersection of access to transportation and other health and safety metrics and is excited to explore those avenues with HeRoP this summer.


Christian Villanueva

Data Science Fellow: Build Environments

Christian Villanueva is a third-year student in the College majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies and minoring in Biology and Creative writing. He is interested in studying the spatial components of contemporary issues and learning new methods of analysis. In his free time, Christian likes to drink tea and watch terrible movies.


Eric Yoon

Center for Data and Computing RA, Center for Spatial Data Science

Eric is a rising high school junior at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. He has experience with web development and is looking forward to helping bring spatial data science to new platforms.


Jinfei Zhu

Data Engineering Fellow: Spatial Infrastructures

Jinfei Zhu is a student in the Master of Arts Program in Computational Social Science (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. Her recent research interests include analyzing and visualizing COVID-19 geospatial data and optimizing data solutions for transferring and utilizing time-series geospatial data.


Jinfei will work with HeRoP lab engineers on developing solutions for the US COVID Atlas, including enabling in-browser geospatial analytics and optimizing data management, compression, and loading processes.