Rukhshan Mian, a Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) student is working with Harris assistant professor Eyal Frank to study the impacts of the 1996 Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, a landmark U.S. fisheries law whose future is in limbo. Using a first-of-its-kind national data set on fisheries management, the team can quantify the effect of this policy. Mian creates workflows to collect, manage and analyze data for the research project, including setting up data infrastructure, utilizing multiple programming and statistical languages (Python, Stata, RStudio) and cloud computing applications (AWS, Google Cloud).

“At the end of this fellowship, I will have gained more knowledge on the subject matters and how quantitative and qualitative tools can aid research. My exposure to cloud computing has been insightful. My current work focuses on using OCR and this has allowed me to look into and test Amazon Web Services and Google’s Cloud Services as well. Furthermore, it has made me more comfortable with using Python and Stata for data-management and collection.”