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Data Innovation Lab lands on the STAR Campus, and brings on new fellows

The Tech Impact organization will make a home at the FinTech Building on the University of Delaware campus.

Data Innovation Lab's 2022-2023 fellows. (Courtesy image)
Update: A note about the organization's name change has been added. (1/17/23, 8:45 a.m.)

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The Data Innovation Lab has a new batch of fellows — and a brand-new home base in the new FinTech Building on the STAR (Science Technology and Applied Research) Campus at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Previously headquartered at CSC Station in Wilmington, the Data Lab, a division of Tech Impact, is making the move to make room for its growing slate of fellows, as well as to increase access to the UD community.

“This provides us the space we need to house our fellows, who work on data projects for social good including many projects for the State of Delaware in disciplines including education, workforce development, and health and human services,” Tech Impact CEO Patrick Callihan told Technical.ly. “Those services are now expanding to other areas, including developing products that help nonprofits manage and demonstrate their outcomes and impact. The building itself is a great space for us to collaborate with the university students, faculty, and other tenants that will occupy this innovation space on campus.”

The organization is formerly known as the Delaware Data Innovation Lab, but dropped the location “because the long term plan is to do this work on a national scale, like most of Tech Impact’s other services and programs,” Callihan said.

Among the Data Lab’s recent projects is a social impact reporting interactive dashboard in collaboration with Reach Riverside of the WRK Group, and a collaboration with the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association helping to track the distribution of chronic diseases in the state and make sure the needs of the healthcare workforce in Delaware are met.

The eight new fellows represent several different areas of expertise and focus. They are:

  • Maylene Ferrin, augmented and virtual reality
  • Kaitlin Canalichio, data science
  • Yüksel Karahan, data science
  • Evan Miller, data science
  • Dr. Tameca Beckett, data engineering
  • Yupeng Lei, front-end developer
  • Nile Miller, front-end developer
  • Jose Dominguez, front-end developer

The Data Lab is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowships for data engineer and data scientist. You can see all of Tech Impact’s current job openings here.

Tech Impact and the Data Lab will hold an open house at its new STAR Campus location on Jan. 23.

Companies: Delaware Data Innovation Lab / Tech Impact
People: Delaware Data Innovation Lab / Tech Impact / Patrick Callihan
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