MBS Externship Exchange

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The Rutgers Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree program runs an Externship Exchange opportunity for students and companies where we match up MBS students to corporate sponsored small projects. All projects and teams are directed by the Externship Coordinator, Dr. Nelson.

For companies:  We have companies submit projects related to any of our science concentrations. For example, we can conduct a research study, analyze big data, perform user experience design for customer improvement, create sustainability ideas, design new packaging, or any project that can add value to your team and to our MBS students. (See below for other examples.) Companies interested in submitting a project, please contact the Externship Exchange Coordinator, Dr. Christie Nelson at cnelson@dimacs.rutgers.edu.  For other ways to connect with our program, please see our Employer Partnerships page.

For students: The MBS Externship Exchange is a great way to get involved. Students can take the Externship Exchange for credit or just participate as "club". Projects typically run between 6-12 weeks, and students usually work 8-10 hours per week on the Externship projects. Often projects are completed by a few teams of students in groups of 2-3. Since students work on real projects, they often sign confidentially agreements with the company or organization. View some sample projects below.

Summer 2019

CCICADA/FLETC

Digital Forensics Project

  • Students analyzed digital forensics training and certification requirements for the Department of Homeland Security investigative units, State and Local Law Enforcement, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). They identified opportunities and gaps, and recommend measures to standardize training and certification across all of Homeland Security. This project is a part of the funded Department of Homeland Security project, “Best Practices for Sharing Digital Evidence” and is through the Criminal Investigations Network Analysis (CINA) Center of Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Mentors: Dr. Christie Nelson
  • Students: Drashti Patel; Hannah Fell; Yetunde Oloko

Church & Dwight

Supply Chain Data Analysis Project/Business Intelligence Project

  • Students analyzed a supply chain business case, proposed  insights and recommendations for delayed shipping/sales using data science and analytics.
  • Mentors: Alex Cunningham, Lori Dars
  • Students: Shreya Bagchi, Rachel Magley; Courtney Harris; Nnadilim Okafor; Romika Lunkar

Conrail/Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Analytics Practicum

  • Students identified trends to help impact the railroad industry and created a project proposal using advanced analytical skills and tools.
  • Mentors: Dr. John Betak, Dr. Trefor Williams, Dr. Christie Nelson
  • Students: Jhanani Ramesh (Lead); Ridhi Tatineni; Honghua Tao

Cool Kind Kids

Business Strategy

  • Students conducted research and provided social media support for the non-profit in its anti-bullying efforts
  • Mentors: Barbara Gilour, Kathleen Cashman, Lori Dars
  • Students: Angela Maeng (Lead); Foram Vaidya

Keller Williams

An Autism Directory/UX Design Project

  • Students improved a new, mobile autism resources web app to make it easier for parents to find services they need. It’s a mobile website that shows you where things are based on a map.  Just use 2 fingers to move the map locations to anywhere in the US. You could find schools, grants, scholarships, therapy, entertainment, learning, art, music, doctors, sports, camps. The resources can be located anywhere in the US and you can see on the map where some have already entered map points with information around Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Boston, Philly, and 20 other regions so far.
  • Mentors: Jonathan Asbell, Dr. Rupa Misra
  • Students: Chinazaekpere Chukwu (Lead); Arwa El-Hawwat; Marina Ferreira; Joshua Atienza

New Age Drinks

Market Research / Packaging Research & Game Design: Healthy Beverage Start-Up

  • Students conducted SWOT analysis, created a business plan, analyzed costs for R&D and production, and performed market research. 
  • Students brainstormed on a new board game and innnovative product/company partnerships.
  • Mentor: Sierra Hooshiari, Abbe Rosenthal
  • Students: Catherine Estelle Nkoutche Matsingang (Lead extern/MBS), WenLi Niu (MBS) Julia Buttgereit (Honor College) 

Social Media Marketing & Analytics Project

  • Students enhanced social media presence and implemented marketing strategy that aligned with the business goals through content creation, improved UXD, SEO, web analytics, and market research.
  • Mentor: Sierra Hooshiari, Abbe Rosenthal
  • Students: Hedy Makris (Lead Extern/ MBS), Cassie Miao (MBS) and Lily Zhang  

NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC)

Social Media Support

  • The NYSCC required help building and executing a social media strategy. Rutgers students attended and documented NYSCC events and meetings. They then created content that encouraged member interaction and fostered meaningful connections. This process included competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, social media messaging, consumer insight analysis, audience identification, and data analytics.
  • Mentor: Andrea Gafford
  • Students: Maria Sousa; Hyun Chung (Jackie) Cho

Rutgers Recreation

Rutgers Recreation Data Analysis

  • Student analyzed Rutgers Student Affairs, Rutgers Facilities, and Rutgers Recreation data and identified trends and correlations, including frequency of use, user demographics, academic year, GPA, schools, among others.
  • Mentors: Samantha Plum, Dr. Karen Bemis, Abbe Rosenthal
  • Student: Ryan Maiorano

Stryker

Predictive Analytics & Data Visualization

  • Students conducted data extraction, manipulation and visualization of the company's global sales and product performance data and created a dashboard using Power BI for use across Stryker business units.
  • Mentors: Alex Linke, Max Thomas, Wittenberg, Emily Baculik, Brian Richardi, Abbe Rosenthal (MBS)
  • Students: Namrita Gupta (Lead); Akanksha Sharma; Aparna Narayanan; Suraj Nagaraja

Wall Street Boot Camp

Wall Street Boot Camp/Industry Analysis

  • Students examined the transition of the coal industry to other sources of energy such as natural gas, nuclear, solar, due to its secular decline in domestic demand and increasingly reliant on exports to Asia.
  • Mentors: Ben Nelson, Dr. Rupananda Misra
  • Students: Patrick Gayle (Lead); Nick Palmiero; Devansh Meht;  Amarja Devraj Naik; Peiwen Hu; Allen Lu; Harrison Zhang

 

Spring 2019

Citi Ventures

Cities for Citi: : Design Thinking/User Experience Design

  • Citi Ventures and UXD students built a platform in which different cities are able to communicate the best things about their city. Students built a prototype platform and developed use cases for individual cities. This information is helpful to companies looking for a new location in which to set up a new office or headquarters, investors, people who are job hunting, and community members.
  • Mentors: Andrew Wegrzyn
  • Students: Bianna Cruz, Cally Simmons-Edler, Damini Bhatt (LEAD), Fiona Lee, Sneha Madhwani, Matt Tomasello, Juliet Ye, Nnadilim Okafor

Conrail

News Media Mining and Transportation Incidents

  • During the Analytics Practicum, MBS students were responsible for mining FRA data to gain additional insights about rail transportation incidents including location, timing, seasonality, type of vehicle, pedestrian accidents and more.
  • Mentors: Trefor Williams, John Betak
  • Students: Atul Patel, Sakina Presswala

DARPA / Dept. of Defense

Cyber Vulnerability Exploitation

  • Building simulators to simulate scenarios specified by DARPA, for which training data is supplied. Involves simulating information flow among four social networks of specific cyber security information from vulnerabilities to exploits to attacks.  
  • Mentors: Linda Ness, PhD, Carlos Muniz, PhD
  • Students: Tyler Kim (Lead), Zach Levine (Lead), Devanshi Jackson, Jhanani Ramesh

Food Innovation Center

Food Accelerator Research Project

Marketing Website Research Project

Partnership/Sponsorship Research Project

  1. Students worked on a project to review existing programs within the FIC for best practice and to help determine how to structure their new initiative, the Food Business Accelerator program. Students conducted research, analyzed data, presented reported results, and more.
  2. Students reviewed other food incubator/accelerator websites for best practice to help determine how to structure and design specific elements for the FIC new website. Students conducted research, performed website and content design, reported and presented data, made design recommendations, and more.
  3. The partnership/sponsorship research project aimed to review existing programs for best practice to determine how to structure their initiative. In this project, students researched similar programs, analyzed these programs and data, presented findings, and provided recommendations and marketing material to promote and move the initiative forward.
  • Students Project 1: Xiaofan Hu, Xiaomeng Ma, Wen-Li Niu
  • Students Project 2: Fay Alwattari, Claire Freij, Prachi Pate
  • Students Project 3: Virali Dhrangdhariya, Vaibhav Malik, Anthony Noto

New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Social Media Strategy

  • The NYSCC required help building and executing a social media strategy. Rutgers students attended and documented NYSCC events and meetings. They then created content that encouraged member interaction and fostered meaningful connections. This process included competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, social media messaging, consumer insight analysis, audience identification, and data analytics.
  • Mentors: Andrea Gafford
  • Students: Jackie Cho, Kayla Lash, Mangesh Nandanwar, Maria Sousa

Nielsen

Supply Chain Sustainability Impact Analysis

  • Using Nielsen historical data from 2016-2018, students produced an analysis of Nielsen's supply chain sustainability performance over time. Students produced two deliverables, including a spreadsheet and a power point deck with data presented for strategic decision-making.
  • Mentors: Jocelyn Azada
  • Students: Siddartha Pachhai, Devanshi Jackson

NJ State Police

Ballistics Criminal Network Data Analysis

  • Students performed data analysis on New Jersey gun crime, with a focus on exploring the networks between and among high risk individuals.
  • Mentors: Lt. Joe Brennan, Christie Nelson    
  • Students: Devanshi Jackson, Erin Ender, Rudy Winkler, Hasan Hamriani

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Mining Social Media and Web Data for Business Insights

  • MBS Students helped Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in creating a simple dashboard to integrate multiple social media and product review data sources to gain a clearer picture of the landscape of engagement, both at Ortho and its competitors.
  • Mentors: Hui Liu PHD-Senior Manager, process innovation, Feng Zeng, Analytics Engineer, process innovation
  • Students: Aditi Kulkarni (Lead), Shreya Bagchi, Ranjeeta Bhattacharya,, Aparna Jadhav, Cristina Panetta, Ridhi Tatineni, Chenzhen (Lily) Zhang (Honors College Student), Omisha Jyothi (Honors College Student), Ben Brik (Honors College Student)

Siemens

Cybersecurity

  • Students researched cyber physical threats in continuous process pharmaceutical manufacturing in coordination with Siemens and Rutgers ERC-CSOPS.  The pilot plant differs from traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing as it utilized the continuous process instead of batch processing. This means that the machinery is networked and controlled in real time based on sensing equipment dramatically increasing efficiency.  
  • Mentors: Ravendra Singh
  • Students:Zach Levine (Lead), Lizi Xie

TSA & CCICADA

Data Mining & Analysis

  • Mentors: Christie Nelson, Vladimir Menkov
  • Students: Jenny Chen (Lead), Ivan Mera, Daniel Pattathil (Honors College Student), Jacqueline Sun (Honors College Student)

Wall Street Boot Camp

Associate Analyst Function

  • A financial analyst boot camp to mirror what an associate analyst working for a Wall Street financial institution would be trained on.
    • Educated students on investment banking, fixed income, credit, private equity, and bond rating.
    • Students conducted industry-level analysis and company-level analysis, focusing on the chemical industry, including financial forecasting and application of a credit rating methodology and scorecard. In conclusion, students gave a final presentation where they delivered their recommendations.
  • Mentors: Ben Nelson, VP Senior Credit Officer
  • Students: Alec Ratyosyan (Lead), Trevor Johnson, Devansh Mehta, Luis Pena, Behrad Saleh, Jonathan Zhu, Justin Lee (Honors College Student)
Fall 2018

Becton-Dickinson

Voice of the Associate (VoA)

Students worked on text and data analysis through topic modeling with employee survey results using python for analysis and data visualization, based on country, region, functional area, the line of business, etc. Findings identified on which areas to focus or might need additional attention to help with risk prevention and mitigation.

  • Mentors: Hemen Patel
  • Students:
    • Felecia Liu, Aditi Kulkarni
    • Jenny Chen (LEAD), Rudy Winkler, Usama Saifi, Giang Le, Fiona Lee

Anomaly Detection 

  • Students supported the finance department focused on Travel and Expense (T&E). Objective was to predict any outliers of their offices’ expense reports (1.6 million records) and to data mine keywords that did not adhere to company policy. 
  • Students analyzed the significant deviations in the expenses (for ex. a meal for ~$4000, that hadn’t been accounted for) and also keywords within their parent expenses that did not fit with company policy. 
  • Students presented their findings which led BD to further explore ways to use sentiment analysis to predict any behavior that does not fit with their regulations and a dashboard to automate this. 
  • Mentor: Lilian Vinagre
  • Students: Aditi Kulkarni and Wanfei Luo 

 

Cancer Genetics Inc.

Tissues of Origin (TOO) Test Business Case/Analysis

  • The goal of this project is to perform a market research analysis of the oncology diagnostics industry to identify the best commercialization path for CGI’s TOO test. Students were to provide a Business Case document that will include industry map, PEST, SWOT, Porter’s 5 Forces, Top Line 5 Year Financials, and a business model canvas among other relevant market research analysis tools.
  • Mentors: Kishor Bhatia
  • Students: Estelle Gu, Sebastian Pesantez, Alysse Vindeed (LEAD), Haewon Park

Citi Ventures

Design Thinking

  • Students from both the MBS and Honors College examined the FinTech industry, researching new technologies and concepts such as: blockchain, cryptocurrency, tokenization, corporate bonds, and other areas to brainstorm innovative ideas.
  • Mentors: Leon Crutchley, Andrew Wegryzn
  • Students: Supreet Kaur (Lead), Linh Tran, Namrata Sampat, Honors College Students: David Tian, Amy Bangad, Sapan Shah

Conrail

Data Visualization and Analysis

  • Previously, Conrail completed a data cleaning and merging project, and now sought MBS students help to perform data visualization and analysis on that data.
  • Mentors: Christie Nelson, Trefor Williams, John Betak
  • Students: Alex Ngyuen, Zheng Cao, Ketan Walia, Ivan Mera

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

Data Analysis and Visualization

  • Students completed a preliminary statistical analysis of Field Human Resources data including visualizations and reports on data gaps and needs.
  • Students: Siddhant Pachhai

Food Innovation Center

 Food Accelerator Research Project

Marketing-Website Research Project

An Executive Summary Report of Food Industry in New Jersey

  • Students conducted survey of existing US and global food business accelerator programs, determining program structures, successes, and best practices. Then, they created a summary description of what a food business accelerator is. Finally, they analyzed and presented results of survey, including a set of food accelerator models.
  • Students reviewed other food incubator/accelerator websites to collect potentially effective attributes. Then, they recommended how to structure and design elements for a new Food Innovation Center website
  • Students were to identify and survey existing US and global food business incubator, accelerator, partnership, and sponsorship programs to identify how successful programs are structured. Then, they analyzed data to establish program models leading to recommendations on how to structure a successful partnership or sponsorship program. Lastly, they prepared marketing materials to promote this program to potential partners.
  • Mentor: Denise Bartone
  • Students:
    • Chunye Wang
    • Alec Ratyosan, Junchuan Zhang
    • Anish Pandian

Immunomedics

Project Management

Students learned how to conduct an end-to-end project. Project management included: agency analysis, team composition and resource analysis, best practices recommendations, business process and suggested optimization, E-PMO tools, change management, and more.

  • Mentors: Sean Cuttler
  • Students: Sakina Presswala, Vandit Narula

Never Fear Being Different & Vlog U

Business Plan

Data Analysis & Business Strategy

  • Students aided NFBD and VlogU with website and social media usability feedback, performed SWOT analysis, and fulfilled a business plan utilizing monetization pathways, volunteers, and foundations.
  • Students analyzed NFBD social media account (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) data, gave business recommendations based on data, recommended pathways of monetization based on data and market research, and more.
  • Mentors: Jordan Rooney
  • Students: Jose Collantes, Nnadilim Okafor, Aabha Joshi, Shreya Verma

NJ State Police

Data Analysis

  • Students were assigned a data analysis project to discover relationships between the state jurisdictions and applying it to participants in criminal shootings, revealing the networks between and among high risk individuals. The goal is to use this data to target participants in criminal shootings who have active warrants and pending charges.
  • Mentors: Geoff Noble
  • Students: Saifi Usama Nasi

NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC)

Social Media

  • Supported the social media chair with various charters including social media postings, scientific reporting, blog writing, event planning, analytics, and other activities supporting the NYSCC's membership and events.
  • Mentor: Andrea Gafford, Webmaster & Social Media Chair 
  • Students: Estelle Gu, Deanna Smith, Charles Xu, Kelly Patraju, Manessa Lormejuste, Britney Yates, Jiayi Yuan, Clarisse Aoanon

Rutgers Facilities

Examination of Collegiate Recreation Participation on Academic Success

  • Students conducted Collegiate Recreation Participation examination to understand the student demographic characteristics of students who utilize the recreation facilities at Rutgers University - New Brunswick and whether there is a relationship with academic success.
  • Mentors: Samantha Plum
  • Students: Erin Ender, Nicole Litterio, Yuhan Hung, Qinyuan Shao

Rutgers Student Affairs

Residence Hall Demographic Analysis

  • Students conducted a longitudinal trends examination of student demographic characteristics in the residence halls at Rutgers University - New Brunswick and determined whether patterns of self-segregation exist and to what extent.
  • Mentor: Dayna Weintraub
  • Students: Ridhi Tatineni, Arya Mohandas

Sepsis Alliance

Corporate Outreach

  • Students were to support the efforts of the Sepsis Alliance in prioritizing their corporate outreach by identifying relevant companies for possible funding and partnership. Students generated a database of all that might be in this space (companies sponsors, research, product development, etc). A secondary goal was to recommend database tools/applications/etc and then implement those methods.
  • Mentors: Tom Heymann, Lisa Anderson
  • Students: Eleanna Markis, Courtney Lee, Piyawadee Mahuttanaraks

Vydia

Data Collection and Data Quality Engineering

Data Science

  • Students set up an ETL pipeline from scratch using public API’s. Students used Python and leveraged Amazon Web Service EC2 & S3 to extract Twitter data around music artists, and later set up a pipeline to make this into a database of tweets and relevant attributes. Students leveraged Amazon Web Service EC2 and S3 again to create a secondary and different workflow to confirm its accuracy.
  • Students analyzed Video Virality by exploring the creation of additional UGC videos (third-party generated content on YouTube’s network). Students leveraged Amazon Web Services EC2.
  • Mentor: Rick Saporta
  • Students: Zach Levine, Ziad Amir

Wall Street Boot Camp

Wall Street Boot Camp

  • Students conducted industry-level analysis and company-level analysis, focusing on the chemical industry, including financial forecasting and application of a credit rating methodology and scorecard. In conclusion, students gave a final presentation where they delivered their recommendations.
  • Mentor: Ben Nelson
  • Students: Jenny Chen, Lizi Xie, Yansi Wu

WuXi

Quality Control and Data Protection

  • Students were instructed to create an automated quality control and data protection method to identify false positives and negatives in High Throughput Screening (HTS).
  • Mentors:Christine Brideau
  • Students: Anusha Sarma, Harshinder Kohli, Regina Ehlinger
Summer 2018

Cancer Genetics

Strategies to Monetize CGI’s TOO Test

  • Students performed a market research analysis of the oncology diagnostics industry to identify the best commercialization path for CGI’s TOO Test. Students provided a Business Case document including an industry map, PEST, SWOT, Porter’s 5 forces, top line 5-year financials, and a Business Model canvas among other relevant market research analysis tools.
  • Mentors: Kishor Bhatia
  • Students: Haewon Park, Sebastian Pesantez, Alysse Vindeed, Estelle Ruolan Gu

CCICADA & RUPD

Stadium Research

  • Students partnered with a Dept. of Homeland Security research group, Rutgers Police, and other major stadium venues to collect data on the performance of walk-through metal detectors used at stadium venues. The project involved: experimental design, hardware performance testing, data collection, data analysis, site visits, and more.
  • Students: Ivan Mera and Aditya Mittal

Conrail

Data Cleaning & Merging

  • Students performed data cleaning and merging of the following data: GIS data, maintenance description data, and operational numeric data.
  • Mentors: Jacob Fenno
  • Students: Prateek Jain, Kartheek Reddy, Jon McGuire

Immunomedics

Project Management Initiative

  • Students learned how to conduct an end-to-end project. Project management included: agency analysis, team composition and resource analysis, best practices recommendations, business process and suggested optimization, E-PMO tools, change management, and more. 
  • Mentors: Sean Cuttler
  • Students: Vandit Narula, Sakina Presswala

New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists

  • Student volunteers helped the NYSCC to build and execute a social media strategy. They attended and reported on NYSCC events and scientific board meetings. They created content that increased member interaction and fostered meaningful connections. Their work included competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, social media messaging, and audience engagement.
  • Company Mentor: Andrea Gafford
  • Students: Deanna Smith, Clarisse Aoanan, Estelle Gu, Kelly Patraju, Manessa Lormejuste, Brittany Yates, and Jiayi (Joy) Yuan

NFBD.org & Vlog University

Brand Name Growth

  • NFBD & VlogU sought MBS students for an interdisciplinary team including IT, social media, data analytics, and UXD. Students conducted social media analysis, usability feedback, creating a survey and apps, SWOT analysis, and more.
  • Students: Manish Kakati, Jhanani Ramesh, Alice Chiu, Jose Collantes, Casey Huckel

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Developing Self-Service Analytics for Recording and Trending of Biological Product Deviation Data

  • Students built a database to integrate multiple data sources and a user interface for data entry using R Shiny app for analytics, and predictive models/text mining to better manage the BPD reporting process.
  • Mentors: Hui Liu and Feng Zeng

Rutgers Student Affairs

Residence Hall Demographic Analysis

  • Students conducted a longitudinal trends examination of student demographic characteristics in the residence halls at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and determined whether there are patterns of self-segregation. Students used data analytics skills and tools to analyze a dataset that spanned 8 academic years with information regarding, campus, building, room number, gender, etc.

Collegiate Recreation Participation on Academic Success

  • The goal of this project was to understand the student demographic characteristics of students who utilize the Recreation facilities at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and whether there is a relationship with academic success.  Students used data analytics and visualization to reach this goal.
  • Mentors: Dr. Karen Bemis, Dr. Christie Nelson
  • Students: Arya Mohandas, Ridhi Tatineni, Kartheek Reddy, Karthik Keertipati, Siddhartha Pachhai

Sepsis Alliance

Corporate Outreach (Funding and Partnerships)

  • Students supported the efforts of the Sepsis Alliance in prioritizing their corporate outreach by identifying relevant companies for possible funding and partnerships. Students generated a database of all companies that might be in this space. Students also recommended database tools/apps/etc and implemented them.
  • Mentors: Thomas Heymann, Lisa Anderson

Vydia

Project 1

  • Students set up an ETL pipeline from scratch using public APIs. Students extracted Twitter data around music artists, and set up a pipeline to make this into a database of tweets and relevant attributes. After an ETL pipeline has been setup, a secondary and different workflow was established to confirm its accuracy. This was done in Python, and used Amazon Web Service (AWS) EC2 & S3.

Project 2

  • Analyze on Video Virality, exploring the creation of additional "UGC" videos (third-party generated content on YouTube's network, using R and Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2.

Wall Street Financial Analyst Bootcamp

Associate Analyst Function

  • As an associate analyst working for a financial institution, bootcamp educated students on investment banking, fixed income, credit, private equity, and bond rating. Students conducted industry-level analysis and company-level analysis focusing on the chemical industry, including financial forecasting and application of a credit rating methodology and scorecard.
  • Mentor: Ben  Nelson

WuXi

HTS Quality Control & Data Correction

  • Using R, MBS students created an automatic quality control and data correction program to integrate into WuXi’s HTS analysis process.
  • Mentor(s): Christine Brideau
  • Students: Harshinder Kohli, Anusha Sarma, Regina Taurino
Spring 2018

CCICADA, A Dept. of Homeland Security Research Center

Stadium Security Data Analysis

  • Exploratory data analysis and visualization was performed on hardware testing of walk-through metal detectors which were used in stadium venues.
  • Students: Aditya Gandhi, Ivan Mera

Conrail

Exploratory Data Analysis

  • Students were given several railroad related datasets including maintenance and operational data. Text mining was done on datasets, exploratory data analysis was performed, text data was scraped and cleaned and datasets were merged.
  • Mentors: Dr. Trefor Williams, Dr. John Betak
  • Students: Prateek Jain, Jonathan McGuire, Kartheek Reddy Mondeddu, Glenn Lautenbach

New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC)

Mergers & Acquisition Financial Case Study

  • Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification. Set up and optimize company pages within each platform to increase the visibility of company’s social content. Create relevant scientific content for our technical audiences and engage with our membership on an educational level to further the advancement of cosmetic science.
  • Mentor: Andrea Gafford
  • Students: Kelly Patraju, Estelle Gu, Clarisse Aoanon, Charles Xu, Britney Yates, Deanna Smith, Jiayi (Joy) Yuan

NJ State Police

Ballistics Data Analysis (Continued)

  • Finalized data visualizations and presented results.
  • Hosted by the NJ Ballistics Community of Interest Group who meet quarterly to discuss firearms evidence and processes to present their findings in May 2018
  • Presented results in February 2018 to over 50 law enforcement professionals representing multiple agencies including the Bureau of ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) from New Jersey and Washington DC, a NJ Prosecutor's Office, several NJ State Police offices, ballistics experts, Rutgers Centers on Policing, CCICADA and the Police Foundation from Washington DC, and others gathered to hear the results of an analysis of New Jersey ballistics data at Rutgers University.
  • Mentors: Major Geoffrey Noble, Robyn Johnston, Dr. Christie Nelson
  • Students: Aishwarya Gunde, Ingrid Wijaya, U. Saifi

VillageMED

Electronic Medical Records App

  • VillageMED is a nonprofit organization which provides healthcare services to children in Haiti. VillageMED has been providing mobile clinics in Haiti, and recorded patient information through paper files. We are working to develop a mobile friendly web app to store patient details electronically. The first phase of the project involved data collection, research, and interviews.
  • Mentor: Dr. Sunyoung Kim
  • Student: Damini Bhatt

Women in Data Science (WiDS)

WiDS Datathon

  • Dr. Christie Nelson was an official WiDS Ambassador, and Dr. Nelson along with the MBS department hosted a livestream of the WiDS conference as well.
  • From their website: The inaugural WiDS Datathon was a joint effort between the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford, Kaggle, Intuit, West Big Data Innovation Hub, and InterMedia, a grant recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, in their Financial Services for the Poor program. The data was collected by InterMedia to alleviate global poverty by learning how to help the world’s poorest people take advantage of widely available mobile phones and other digital technology to access financial tools and participate more fully in their local economies.
  • To find out more about the competition, go to www.widsconference.org/datathon.html
  • Mentor: Dr. Christie Nelson
  • Students: Regina Taurino, Gilat Mandelbaum, Sakina Presswala, Jeffrey Cooperhouse, Bao Chen, Jhanani Ramesh, Chunyu Huang
Fall 2017

CCICADA, a Dept. of Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Drone Detection Experiments at a Large Stadium Venue

  • Created and implemented an experimental design to understand drone detection software, and then analyzed performance.
  • Mentor: Dr. Christie Nelson, Assistant Research Professor
  • Students: Yue Liu and Ivan Mera

Social science project involving reviewing literature on the behaviors of violent extremists and then creating recommendations for a government hotline

  • Social science project which involved a literature review into behaviors of violent extremists and then creating recommendations for a government hotline number.
  • Mentor: Dr. Christie Nelson, Assistant Research Professor
  • Student: Ivan Mera

Analysis of a Large Sports Team’s Social Media

  • Performed statistical analysis and machine learning modeling on Twitter and Instagram social media data of a major sports team to understand implications for stadium security.
  • Mentor: Christie Nelson, Assistant Research Professor
  • Students: Ketan Walia and Ivan Mera

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)

High Dimensional Data Project

  • Developed a code and computed the intrinsic dimension of various real datasets (LIDAR data, simulated random data, etc.), comparing different algorithms. Research leveraged work from “Heuristic Framework for Multi-Scale Testing of the Multi-Manifold Hypothesis” by F. Patricia Medina, Linda Ness, Melanie Weber, and Karamatou Yacoubou Djima.
  • Mentor: Dr. Linda Ness, Research Scientist
  • Students: Michael Albuquerque, Kafung Mok, Ranvir Singh, and Narendran Sundara Mahalingam

Nielsen

Human Rights and The Supply Chain

  • 7 in 10 corporate procurement professionals believe forced labor may be in their supply chains. The UK Modern Slavery Act and the Dodd Frank Conflict Minerals disclosure have been regulatory responses to this problem. Students examined this topic, and focused on corporate disclosures on forced labor and conflict minerals in the electronic industry as relating to human rights and the supply chain. A comparative analysis of public disclosures related to the UK Modern Slavery Act and public disclosures related to conflict materials was performed.
  • Mentor: Jocelyn Azada
  • Student: Jay Patel

Impact Sourcing

  • Impact sourcing is an innovative sourcing practice with a mission to eradicate poverty through procurement. This research provided support in the development of resources that would be useful to Nielsen as well as other large companies who are implementing impact sourcing as part of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition. An analysis of impact sourcing for large corporations was performed, emphasizing success case studies for impact sourcing. The student also created a directory of major impact sourcing companies.
  • Mentor: Jocelyn Azada
  • Student: Subhadra Akella

Social Label Consumer Data Point

  • In recognition of the rise of conscious consumers in the U.S., the goal of this project for Nielsen was to evaluate current data points on forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains and recommend a consumer-friendly easy-to-use “data point” that could quickly and meaningfully communicate to consumers what the risk of forced labor/human trafficking is for a particular consumer-packaged goods product.
  • Mentor: Jocelyn Azada
  • Student: Yue Liu

 

NJ State Police Office of Forensic Sciences

Ballistics Data Analysis

  • Data science project exploring several ballistic forensic research questions, utilizing data from GUN-OPS and NIBIN.
  • Students: Aishwarya Gunde, Usama N. Saifi, and Ingrid Wijaya

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Analysis of MIMIC Medical ER Data

  • Students first completed CITI training for handling sensitive data and then worked with a medical doctor to analyze hospital ERs and ICU department admissions. This was performed on data from the MIMIC medical database.
  • Mentors: Dr. Saqib Baig, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow; Dr. Christie Nelson, Assistant Research Professor; and Dr. Karen Bemis, Research Associate
  • Students: Siddhant Garg and Denis Ngyuen

Wall Street Boot Camp

Mergers & Acquisition Financial Case Study

  • Participated in a boot camp to understand how corporate credit rating works, focused specifically on mergers and acquisitions.
  • Mentor: Ben Nelson, Vice President & Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investors Service
  • Students: Subhadra Akella, Advait Deodikar, Mengxi Liu, Vincent Omolo and Kevin Rupert
Summer 2017

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)

Inferring Spatio-Temporal Distributional Summaries of Agent Data

  • Examined the flow of agents through a large building with respect to spatio-temporal probability distributions. Analyzed entry/exit points for these agents. Determined spatio-temporal distribution of agents (using binary trees). Calculated average paths for agents using same building entry and exit combinations.
  • Students: Usama N. Saifi, Ranvir Singh, Narendram Sundara Mahalingam

Johnson & Johnson

Packaging Project

  • Participated in an MBS educational project sponsored by Johnson & Johnson to enhance the consumer experience of an OTC drug delivery system
    • Attended discussions with J&J R&D on the “insights generation to prototype development” process
    • Conducted consumer discussions to uncover insights to drive increased satisfaction with the product usage experience
    • Utilized online category landscape data and consumer insights to generate ideas to improve the primary packaging design
    • Presented lead package design sketches to J&J R&D team for consideration and further development
  • Students: Subhadra Akella, Maria Calderon, Princia Contin, Ria Khetan, Isha Majmudar, Vaishnavi Nanjundaswamy, Sebastian Pesantez, and Constantine Siozopoulos

NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness / Rutgers IC CAE

Certificate in Intelligence and National Security

  • Learned the basics of intelligence analysis and national security and explored current topics in intelligence and national security. Participated in scenario based simulation exercises with guidance from experienced facilitators from NJOHSP.
  • Student: Ivan Mera

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Data Visualization & Logistic Regression Modeling of MIMIC ER Data

  • Students first completed CITI training for handling sensitive data, next performed a background literature review to learn about the topic of medical ICU waiting rooms, and finally worked with a medical doctor to come up with a project goal that may be useful to hospital ERs and ICU departments while utilizing data available in the MIMIC database. Students extracted patients’ medical ICU data from a large SQL database. Once the students had the data in a usable form (after extracting and cleaning the data), they performed exploratory data analysis on certain data fields of interest, and finally built a logistic regression model to predict if ICU patients were at risk for mortality.
  • Mentors: Dr. Saqib Baig, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow; Dr. Christie Nelson, Assistant Research Professor; and Dr. Karen Bemis, Research Associate
  • Students: Supreet Kaur, Sri Harsha Reddy Devireddy, Karthik Keertipati, Kartheek Reddy Mondeddu and Siddhant Garg

Rutgers Student Affairs

Diverse Learning Survey Analysis

  • Analyzed early results from the Diverse Learning Environments Survey to aid Rutgers to understand the campus climate. Preprocessed and analyzed survey data in R and SPSS to understand the question response rate, missing values, and responses. Clustering analysis was also performed.
  • Students: Arshi Goyal, Aswani Katari, Shobha Thomas and Hangyu Zhu

SAS Certification

Learn to Use SAS

  • Some students were interested in learning SAS, so they came up with various topics to explore in order to prepare for a SAS Certification.
  • Mentor: Dr. Karen Bemis, Research Associate
  • Students: Hammad Khan and Sujith Thokala

Wall Street Boot Camp

Paint & Coatings Financial Case Study

  • Participated in a summer long boot camp to understand how corporate credit rating worked and learned to model like a Wall Street analyst. Led by a Wall Street professional. Student groups modeled five of the major paint and coatings companies, identifying relevant financial indicators and key drivers of future financial performance. Students learned to break down global business models, forecast financial performance, identify and analyze key financial metrics, apply real-world analytical methodologies, and compare conclusions to market trading prices for stocks and bonds.
  • Mentor: Ben Nelson, Vice President & Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investors Service
  • Students: Advait Deodikar, Ankita Gupta, Isha Majmudar, Ivan Mera, Vincent Omolo, Daniel Pittaro, Stephen Taras and Jingwei Zhang
Spring 2017

CCICADA, a Dept. of Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Professional Sports Team Data Analysis

  • Analyzed a patron satisfaction survey with respect to stadium security, and compared with the team’s patron ticket scan data to discover insights when visualized. Scraped social media data relating to the team for one season.
  • Students: Winston James, Hammad Khan, Aapta Paresh and Yue Liu