MSDABC Cohort Leader Spotlight: Rui L.

July 30, 2019

Rui L. was elected by his classmates to be the Cohort Leader. As Cohort Leader, Rui is responsible for planning social events for his classmates and serving as a liaison between the students and program administrators.

Below, learn more about Rui's background, why he decided to pursue a MS in Data Analytics & Business Computing (MSDABC), and his reflections on the program so far.

Q: What was your undergraduate major?
A: I majored in Human Resource Management at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. I also minored in Finance and entered the stock market in China, learning stuff like economics and analysis of companies. Then came the big data elite program. Processing data and making decisions based on it is so fascinating that I devoted tons of time to programming.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a MS in Data Analytics & Business Computing? How did you hear about our program and what made you apply?
A: I heard about this program when the Admissions team came to my school. It dawned on me that I had been focusing on the tech side too much without knowing the business side, which is the real context and tech is the tool. I thought the program would be a good combination of business and analysis tools. Another attractive point was that this program would be in both Shanghai and New York. Staying in different places and having various types of experiences usually makes one more open-minded.

Q: What were your first impressions of New York City?
A: Lively, friendly.

Q: What is your favorite student experience so far in New York?
A: Orientation, one-on-one career coaching, discussion with professors, karaoke, and Coney Island trip.

Q: Choose a few words to describe your experience at Stern so far.
A: Exciting, instructive, unexpected.

Q: What is your favorite class so far? Why?
A: Decision Models & Analytics with Professor Jiawei Zhang. I consider optimization (the main topic in this class) to be very useful. Also, Professor Zhang is very patient and good at deriving problems from the business context and implementing them in math solutions.

Q: What class are you most looking forward to taking during the fall semester at NYU Shanghai?
A: Data Science for Business Analytics!

Q: What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering whether or not to apply for the MSDABC program?
A: The program requires a good grasp of some basics in calculus and linear algebra. We learn to apply basic rules in these two subjects and implement our models. Most importantly, students should have a growth mindset and curiosity to keep going further.

Thanks, Rui!