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.


Vidal Anguiano Jr.

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Fusing his love for technology and smarter governance, Vidal Anguiano Jr. is driven to help government use data science and analytics more effectively, ethically, and equitably. He is excited by the prospect of local governments using spatial data science tools to implement localized, data-driven policy. He is currently a Data Science Consultant with Accenture Federal Services, specializing in implementing machine learning solutions for federal agencies. He holds a M.S. in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) from the Harris School of Public Policy and is a graduate of the College at the University of Chicago.

Vidal Anguiano

Fletcher Berryman

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Fletcher Berryman is a geographer and remote sensing specialist currently working with CARTO in New York City, a technology firm whose cloud computing platform provides GIS, web mapping, and spatial data science tools to commercial, academic, and governmental users. Berryman is most drawn to research questions that involve the intersection of geographers’ traditional consideration of “space and place” with modern technologies previously unavailable for use in examination, particularly in public health and international development contexts.

Fletcher Berryman

Shelley Hoover

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Shelley Hoover is a research administrator at the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Public Health.  She is also an adjunct lecturer with UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs teaching Web GIS.  Shelley has a B.A. in Geography from Michigan State, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from UIC. Her research interests include GIScience and public policy, participatory mapping, and social determinants of health. 


James Keane

Atlas Spatial Data Science RA

James is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MSc in Statistics. He aims to use data driven techniques to make inferences on the relationships of societal factors and environmental phenomena.


Qiwei Lin

HEROP Data Engineer RA

Qiwei Lin is a candidate for the Masters in Computational Analysis for Public Policy (MSCAPP) with a focus on machine learning, international development, urban and health science. His research interests include how to combine novel data sources and machine learning methods to inform the allocation of social support resources and to improve the measurement of development outcomes in countries where reliable official statistics are lacking. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Political Science from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.


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.


Jenny (Qiyun) Ni

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jenny (Qiyun) Ni is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She is currently double majoring in economics and statistics and is interested in social science research.


Sinduri Soundararajan

Atlas Design & Communications RA

Sinduri is a fourth-year student studying Public Policy, Environmental Studies, and GIS at the College and working towards her Master in Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy. She is excited to build on her passion for environmental justice and information accessibility by working on design and communications for the US COVID Atlas project.


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.


Andrew Warfield

Atlas Spatial Data Science RA

Andrew Warfield is a student in the Master in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) at the Harris School of Public Policy. Previously, Andrew was a Research Data Analyst for the Center for Geospatial Sciences at the University of California Riverside. He holds a bachelors in Public Policy from UC Riverside.


Calvin Zhang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Calvin is a student in the College. He majors in Economics with a specialization in Data Science. Expanding upon his interest in economic geography, he will assist in the empirical analysis of the expression of the new economic geography in the U.S.

Calvin Zhang

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.