Student Profiles

The Master of Information and Data Science and The Master of Information and Cybersecurity programs are attracting data science professionals from across the country. Get to know just some of the outstanding students earning their degrees online at the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Sakhile Dlamini

  • B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colorado College
  • Spoke at the Standard Bank Data Conference 2021
  • Favorite Course: Cryptography

“The Berkeley program stood out as the program that was designed well to fit my needs…MICS has a good balance between technical knowledge and leadership skills in cybersecurity.”

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Divya Gorantla

  • B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
  • Invested in contributing to open source projects and giving back to the developer community
  • Favorite Course: Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning

“The biggest advantage of the I School is the diversity of peers, that provides a unique opportunity to learn from each other. With the teaching faculty having years of experience in industry, they provide a great understanding of data science applications in real world situations.”

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Annie Lane

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Minor in Systems Engineering from Boston University
  • Passionate about applying data science and encouraging the spread of it in the healthcare industry
  • Favorite Course: Experiments and Causality

“When you get curious about something, go explore it. See if you can apply something you’ve learned or seen elsewhere to the domain you’re curious about. There isn’t a prescribed set of steps to get to an impactful output — you’ll probably “fail” along the way, but that’s just learning what will not work so you can focus energy on what may work.”

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Tim Slade

  • B.A. in French Language and Literature and a B.S. in Exercise and Health Science (EHS) from Alma College
  • Spent the last seven years trying to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes across various sub-Saharan African countries
  • Favorite Course: Python for Data Science

“The I School’s greatest strength is the caliber of the student body. The professors are certainly strong — we have a really well-balanced mix of academics and industry professionals, and you can generally select your class sections to get more of one approach versus the other — but it’s really your peers in the program that make it worthwhile.”

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