The leaders of the School of Data Science have a unique approach to data science based on integrity, collaboration, and innovation. Their positions and dedication to students ensure that our MSDS candidates pursue their studies within a meaningful, holistic framework, and apply the skills they learn from their time at UVA to make a difference with data in the world.

As an online student, you will learn from the same faculty that teach in our on-Ground program. You can learn more about our team here.

Leadership and Faculty

Philip Bourne

Philip Bourne

  • Founding Dean School of Data Science
  • Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering

About

Dr. Philip Bourne leads the School of Data Science. He joined in May 2017 from National Institutes of Health where he was the first Associate Director for Data Science.

“Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We are not only training data scientists in statistics, machine learning and computer science—we are showing them the critical importance of working with diverse partners, connecting information across fields and cultivating curiosity about the world around them.”

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Donald Brown

Donald Brown

  • Senior Associate Dean for Research and Quantitative Foundation Distinguished Professor in Data Science Data Science Institute
  • W.S. Calcott Professor Department of Systems and Information Engineering

About

Dr. Donald Brown, a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering became the founding director of Data Science Institute when it launched in 2013.

“We founded the Data Science Institute as a unique confluence of all 11 schools at the University of Virginia to solve the most important problems faced by science and society.”

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Rafael Alvarado

Rafael Alvarado

  • General Faculty School of Data Science

About

Dr. Rafael Alvarado is currently Research Faculty at UVA’s School of Data Science, where he teaches and conducts research on cultural analytics.

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Jonathan​ Kropko

Jonathan​ Kropko

  • Assistant Professor School of Data Science

About

Jonathan Kropko is an Assistant Professor who joined the School of Data Science in August 2019. Before coming aboard with SDS, Jon was a faculty member with the University of Virginia’s Politics department, and he has worked with the University since 2013.

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Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo

Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo

  • Associate Researcher School of Data Science
    Center for Data Ethics & Justice

About

Luis Felipe R. Murillo came to data science through anthropology. He began his career concentrating his research around science and technology, specifically in the investigation of computing from an anthropological perspective.

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