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Student Leadership Council

Data Science

The MSDS Student Leadership Council

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) at Northwestern University is one of the fastest growing and most established Data Science programs in the United States. The purpose of MSDS Student Leadership Council (SLC) is to help foster relationships among students in the program, alumni, and world-renowned industry professionals. The MSDS SLC creates opportunities and events that allow students and alumni of the program to grow their knowledge of Data Science and their professional networks. The Council is in process of planning their first kickoff event, which will take place in spring 2020. Stay tuned for more information.  

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Vision Statement

Graduates of Northwestern’s Master of Science in Data Science will feel a sense of comradery with their classmates and a deep understanding of the Data Science field in practice.

Mission Statement

The MSDS Student Leadership Council strives to serve the program by broadening awareness of Data Science in practice and building a sense of community in the graduate program.


2020–2021 MSDS Student Leadership Council Members



Ali Gowani

Ali GowaniAli is a Management Consultant with experience from top consulting firms. He has worked with Fortune 100 clients and start-up companies to increase efficiencies and improve profitability. His focus is in Digital Transformation (Agile & Analytics) and most recently, was engaged in various assignments at a global auto-manufacturer. In his spare time, he enjoys investing in real estate, as well as traveling with his kids.

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Sunny Yurasek

Sunny YurasekSunny currently works in Constellations Brands as Director, Business Lead - Revenue Management. Sunny is currently implementing SAP in an organizational digital enablement project; leading the initiative for the Revenue Management stream. During her spare time, she enjoys hunting down mid-century modern furniture while renovating her 113 year-old home in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood.   

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Chelsea Weiss

Chelsea WeissChelsea spent the last six years in healthcare IT as a technical project and program manager at an electronic medical records software company. She started her MSDS journey in the summer of 2019 and is thoroughly enjoying the experience! In her spare time, she likes to scuba dive, grow orchids and do a bit of online gaming — mmorpgs and mobas primarily.

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Logan Strouse

Logan StrouseLogan is a data-driven professional working for FedEx Custom Critical in Ohio. Currently, he is serving as an Analyst in the Decision Science and Innovation group, with a focus on pricing analytics. He has spent his career working through multiple different roles within the logistics space. He enjoys visiting new places through travel, along with exercising and reading when he has spare time.

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