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Graduate student profiles

With a depth and breadth of expertise, over 1,100 students make up the vibrant Faculty of  Mathematics graduate community. Read the stories below to learn more about a few of those students, and check back regularly for new feature profiles.  

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Jaskirat Bhatia | Data Science

Photo of Jaskirat Bhatia looking at a book in a libraryWhile in his undergrad, Jaskirat Bhatia was inspired by a class project using machine learning algorithms to learn more about the field of artificial intelligence. Bhatia applied to the Data Science graduate programs at Waterloo and received an offer to both the Master of Data Science and Master of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (MDSAI) program. He didn’t have to think twice to commit to MDSAI. “I couldn’t believe it. No other university was offering a program like this.” 

Entering MDSAI with minimal work experience, Bhatia found enormous value in his co-op term. In the Department of Chemistry, Bhatia worked with Professor Subha Kalyaanamoorthy by using his knowledge in machine learning to help create a model for repurposing an existing drug to treat COVID-19. 

At the end of 2020, Bhatia attended a virtual meetup to make industry connections and displayed a project he had completed as part of his program. One conversation led to another and Bhatia and his co-founder started a company called JEmotions, which uses AI to measure stress levels and connect users to mental health resources. “Thanks to the MDSAI program, I had all the knowledge I needed to take this chance.”

Read more about Jaskirat's experience.

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