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Our Story

In June 2018, Northwestern Mutual, Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee announced the creation of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, a groundbreaking partnership that contributes to the formation of a technology ecosystem and advances southeastern Wisconsin as a national hub for technology, research, business and talent development, while creating an organic pipeline of tech talent in the area.


Our vision is to be a world-class institute that transforms our world through the power of data science. We inspire and cultivate passion for data science, galvanizing the brightest minds in the Milwaukee region to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and inspire the next generation of data scientists.


Our focus in three key areas – research, talent, and community – allows us to solve important business and community challenges by harnessing the power of data for research and scientific discovery, preparing the next generation of data science professionals to advance the region, and partnering with area non-profit organizations to address issues facing some of our most vulnerable populations.


What We Do

With nearly $40 million invested from the three partner organizations over a five-year period, the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute supports an endowed professorship at each university, research projects, new data science faculty, development of expanded curriculum, K-12 STEM learning opportunities and pre-college programming, including internships .


We aim to pair world-class education with hands-on experience that leads to job opportunities in the field of data science in the Milwaukee region. Through the planning and resource support the NMDSI provides to Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , we train ethically grounded data science professionals who are also knowledgeable in various business disciplines and can apply their data science skills to a variety of industries.


Visit these leading institutions to learn more about their degree and certificate programs in data science.


What We Do

Meet the leadership team

Keri McConnell

Co-Director . Northwestern Mutual

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Dr. Purush Papatla

Co-Director • UW-Milwaukee

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Scott Rex

Co-Director • Marquette University

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AFFILIATED FACULTY PROGRAM

The NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program provides resources that support data science faculty, data science research and education, and also facilitating the building of expert multidisciplinary teams from faculty that have overlapping or complementary skills and interests. By building a data science community based on collaboration and increasing the collective impact of data science research, the NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of transforming our world through the power of data science.

Interested in joining the NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program? Submit your application below.


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about our partners


The unique partnership between industry and academia sets the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute apart from other data science institutions and programs. By combining the forces of two nationally recognized universities and a recognized leader in the financial services industry, we understand the need for data science education and development and are taking concrete steps to build and retain technology talent, ensuring the Milwaukee region remains economically competitive.

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