Class of 2021

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Wenyang (Martin) earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from William & Mary in May 2020. Martin developed an interest in data science when taking a series of statistics and econometric courses. His passion grew stronger when he realized from his research and internships how data science can solve challenging real-world problems.

Martin participated in data science projects in various fields, including healthcare, finance, and foreign policy. In the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, he tested whether each state made the enrollment process for Medicaid more difficult during economic downturns by employing the survival analysis method to health survey data. In China Asset Management company, he improved the decision-making process for making investments by using PostgreSQL and Python to analyze key factors for various stocks. In the State Department Diplomacy Lab, he analyzed how the sentiment of China’s official media changed after key political events by using lexicon-based methods and machine learning models. In AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, he developed a web app with Python to automate the transfer of internal data and identify duplicate projects with natural language processing techniques.

After exploring various fields in his previous research and internships and realizing the huge potential of data science, Martin is looking forward to equipping himself with advanced data science skills in the MSiA program at Northwestern University and continuing his journey to use data analytics to solve complex problems.