• Alden Bumstead

    Associate Director

    Alden Bumstead comes to the Data Science Initiative via a winding road through literary theory and gender studies, nonprofit consulting, and advocacy for mental health research. This has made her a jack of many trades and master of a few. She has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Duke University and a humanist’s fascination for science.  

  • Daniel Potter

    Director of Industry Relations


    Dan Potter is Director of Industry Relations for the Brown Data Science Initiative, and also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science.  He regularly teaches courses on Scientific Computing and Data Science. In addition to his responsibilities at Brown, Dr. Potter has been a Senior Advisor to Disciplined Alpha LLC since the firm’s inception in January 2013. In 2016 he became the... Read More

  • Samuel Watson

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Sam’s research in mathematical probability focuses on the interplay between discrete and continuous random geometry. He studies the convergence of random planar graphs outfitted with natural combinatorial structures to a fractal random surface called Liouville quantum gravity. He has worked on fractional Gaussian fields, which serve to model random behavior in fields as diverse as cosmology... Read More

  • Administrative Assistant


    A Providence native, Meg comes from a background in media arts, visual design and event planning, earning her BA from Emerson College. She worked previously at the Brown/NSF Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), among other higher education institutions. She continues to have a passion for learning and soon plans to finish her Master's of Interior... Read More