Karina Acosta Ordonez

Visiting Scholar and Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Karina Acosta is a PhD student in the field of Regional Science with minor in Demography at Cornell University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Regional Economic Studies at the Central Bank of Colombia. She has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). Her research focuses on poverty, spatial statistics and population dynamics.

Karina Acosta Ordonez

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

Kenna Camper

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Kenna is a student in the College majoring in Visual Art. She is working on projects for the US Covid Atlas, and is interested in data visualization


Laura Chen

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Laura Chen is a fourth year at the College, majoring in Creative Writing. She is interested in storytelling via data visualization, digital analytics, and social media. She is currently working on communications for the US Covid Atlas project.


Andrés Crucetta

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Andrés Crucetta is a candidate for the Masters in Computational Analysis for Public Policy (MSCAPP) at the University of Chicago. He’s interested in using technology and data to create healthier communities. Prior to UChicago, he worked in the healthcare sector helping medical centers use data to create a better patient experience and reach more people. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Isaac Kamber

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Isaac Kamber is a student at the University of Chicago's College with a research assistanship of the Social Science Undergraduate Research Initiative. He is working on making sensor data from the Array of Things Project and satellite data from NASA more accessible to researchers and the public.

Isaac Kamber

Yutian Lai

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yutian is a second-year Masters in Computational Social Science (MACSS) student, interested in spatial data science.


Olina Liang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Olina is a rising third-year at the University of Chicago majoring in astrophysics. She is working on scraping and analyzing spatial data related to opioid overdoses in the United States.


Gabe Morrison

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Gabe is in his third year at the College and plans to major in Public Policy and Geography. Currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, Gabe is working on a project analyzing the spatial relationship between air quality and health (and improving his Spanish!). Gabe is thrilled to join the Center as a Research Assistant this quarter. 

Gabe Morrison

Emily Selch

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Emily Selch is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the University of Chicago. She is broadly interested in using spatial tools to better understand crime, housing, and opioid use disorder trends. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies from Middlebury College.


Fanmei Xia

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Driven by her passion for social equity, Fanmei aspires to create a sustainable environment that is conducive to children’s growth and development. Integrating data science and developmental psychology, Fanmei works to inform policymakers with evidence-based research. She also serves as the Co-President at the Harris Student Government. 


Jiaqi (Stephanie) Yang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Jiaqi Yang (Stephanie) is a first-year master student in the Computational Analysis and Public Policy program at UChicago. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Columbia University. Her research interests include interactive data visualization, machine learning algorithms, and applications of computational techniques in the public sector.


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