Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider

Teaching Associate Professor, Computer Science

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91-DIVOC: Flip the script on COVID-19

I recently made a visualization showing the COVID-19 website, allowing you to customize the scale, data, and more to nerd out on this data with me. Updated daily, using Johns Hopkins dataset:

91-DIVOC: An interactive visualization of the exponential spread of COVID-19 >>

d7 - Data Science Research Collaborative

I have started organizing my work with students as part of a Data Science Research Collaborative called d7. We’re just getting this collaborative started, but already have some fantastic work and so much more in the pipeline!

d7: Data Science Research Collaborative >>

Fall 2020 – CS 240: Introduction to Computer Systems

In Fall 2020, I am scheduled to teach CS 240: Introduction to Computer Systems. This course is a new course that I believe will help you more in your journey as a Computer Scientist than any other course – we’ll explore the introduction of cloud computing, system programming, and the underlying architecture behind it all!

Course Catalog & Registration >>

Data Visualizations

By: Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
First Published: March 2020
Updated daily with the latest COVID-19 data. Used by multiple governors; featured in Popular Mechanics, The Washington Post, Gizmodo, and others.
Perception of Probability Words
By: Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
First Published: July 2019
Pokemon Egg Move Calculator
By: Anna Buyevich, Emily Chen, Aravind Sundararajan, and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
First Published: April 2019
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
First Published: March 2019

All Data Visualizations >>

Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider

Short Bio

Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider is a Teaching Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). With a passion for data, he often teaches thousands of students each year in his courses on Data Structures, Data Visualization, and Data Science. He was selected as one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education scholars, awarded the Collins Award for Innovation Teaching, and has been consistently ranked as an excellent instructor by his students for the past ten years. His work on data visualizations has been used by governors of multiple states, featured by websites including Popular Mechanics and The Verge, and has been viewed by millions of readers.


Current & Recently 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 small group 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 225 and are interested in working on an independent study, let’s chat about it!


Recent Impact, Media, and Research

Invited Talks

I love sharing my passion of Computer Science and inspiring others to do amazing things. A few recent talks I have been honored to be invited to give:

Media Coverage

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


A few of the projects I have created or helped create:

Contact Me

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