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

Marcos Falcone

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Marcos is a student in UChicago's MA Program in the Social Sciences who is currently concentrating in Geographic Information Science. Since graduating with a BA in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato di Tella, he has worked in the Argentine public and private sector. He is currently interested in the study of the intersection between voting patterns and spatial processes.


Yeqing Han

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yeqing Han is an MSc student in Spatial Data Science at the Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development at Henan University. Her core research interests include spatial modeling and Python programming. Yeqing is currently working on regional economic analysis with spatio-temporal models and remote sensing data.


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

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.


Yuming Liu

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Yuming Liu is a candidate in the MACSS program at the University of Chicago. He focuses on analyzing the spatial-temporal patterns and integrating data and spatial analysis to predict health outcomes. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Bard College.

Yuming Liu

Lorenz Menendez

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Lorenz Menendez is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics and Geography. He has a strong background in GIS on a variety of open-source and proprietary platforms. He previously interned with the City of Santa Clara on a project to optimize infrastructure asset management by redefining streets as surfaces in GIS.

Lorenz Menendez

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

Ryan Wang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Ryan is a master’s student in the social sciences. He concentrates on quantitative methods and social analysis, and his research area is in labor sociology. Ryan enjoys the computational approach to geographic sciences, and he is particularly interested in visualization of spatial data.


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

Hang Zhang

Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Hang Zhang is a second-year MSc student in GIS at the Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development at Henan University in the Henan Province of China. His core research interests include CyberGIS and crowdsourcing, R and Python programming, and the application of geographical data science to economic geography.