Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider

Teaching Assistant Professor, Computer Science

· · · · waf@illinois.edu · 2215 Siebel Center

Open Office Hours

Spring 2019: Every Monday (starting Jan. 14), I hold open office hours from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in 2215 Siebel Center. Come by and say hello! :)
(For course-related matters, see my course-specific office hours on the course website.)

New Course: Data Science Discovery (STAT/CS/IS 107)

Throughout 2018, Karle Flanagan and I have been developing a new Introduction to Data Science accessible to everyone! We are piloting this course with 30 students from 30 different majors in Spring 2019 and will be offering it to over 600 students in Fall.

Find out more about Data Science Discovery (STAT 107) ▶

Data Driven Discoveries

As a computer scientist, the most important skill I can give to you is the ability to present your data in meaningful ways. Here are a few things I've worked with students on:

Gender Diversity at UIUC
By: Devin Oliver, Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Tina Abraham, and Kara Landolt
Published: October 2017
Grade disparity between sections at UIUC
By: Devin Oliver, Johnny Guo, Joe Tan, Jerry Li, Tina Abraham, Andy (Tianyue) Mao, Kara Landolt, Nathan Cho, and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
Published: May 2017
Every Gen Ed at UIUC, by GPA
: UIUC Best Original Content in 2016 by /r/uiuc
By: Kexin (Fiona) Fei, Caroline Breckenfelder, and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
Published: Oct. 2016
Illini Nation through 120+ Years of Illini Football
By: Ashley Simon, Nicole Ng, and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
Published: Oct. 2016
View All Data Driven Discoveries ▶


Current & Recent Courses Taught

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that world-class education is education that is worth sharing. If you are going through your life sharing the meals you eat, the sunset in the evening, and other ordinary things, your educational experience should be at least among those experiences (and, hopefully, exceptionally better).

Toward that end, classes I teach contain major components that are a sharable experience. More on this soon. :)

Independent Study / Senior Thesis

I believe the best education experience is a one-on-one experience. When I advise an independent study or senior thesis, I am making a commitment to you to work with you as we explore something new and interesting. Similarly, I expect you to be fully committed to the project.

If you have completed CS 205 (non-CS major) or CS 225 (CS major) and are interested in working on an independent study, let's chat about it!


Media / Research / Published Work

Media Coverage

A collection of some recent media coverage of some of the things I've worked on:

Data Driven Discoveries

Student-created work published online, designed to create high impact and engagement. In 2016, work in this category had over 18,000,000 interactions, including users from all 50 states and over 100 countries.

Journals & Conferences

Selected published research in traditional peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Workshops, Posters, and Talks

Selected works "In Progress" or initial research results, presented at peer-reviewed venues.

Everything Else

Noteworthy, but doesn't fit anywhere else:

Contact Me

The best way to reach me is by e-mail (waf@illinois.edu). Alternatively: