Spring 2022 Syllabus - The Data Mine Corporate Partners

Course Information

Course Number and Title CRN

STAT 19000 – Data Mine Corporate Partners II

CRNs vary

STAT 29000 – Data Mine Corporate Partners IV

CRNs vary

STAT 39000 – Data Mine Corporate Partners VI

CRNs vary

STAT 59800 – Data Science in Industry II

CRNs vary

Meeting times: Twice per week (50 minutes + 1 hour 50 minutes), time dependent on your assigned Corporate Partner Team. The team meeting times are listed on your registered course schedule.

Course credit hours: 3 credits, so 8-10 hours per week towards this course


  • Undergraduate students: To be enrolled concurrently in STAT 19000, 29000, or 39000 The Data Mine II or IV or VI (1 credit seminar)

  • Graduate students: Instructor approval required. No other prerequisites.

Information about the Instructors

The Data Mine Staff

Name Title Email

Shared email we all read

[email protected]

Kevin Amstutz

Senior Data Scientist and Instruction Specialist

[email protected]

Jamie Baker

Senior Administrative Assistant

[email protected]

Maggie Betz

Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships

[email protected]

Jarai Carter

Limited Term Lecturer

[email protected]

Shuennhau Chang

Corporate Partners Senior Manager

[email protected]

Nicole Finley

Operations Manager

[email protected]

David Glass

Senior Data Scientist

[email protected]

Heather Goodwin

Corporate Partners Senior Manager

[email protected]

Norma Grubb

Limited Term Lecturer

Dave Kotterman

Managing Director

[email protected]

Rebecca Sharples

Managing Director of Academic Programs & Outreach

[email protected]

Dr. Mark Daniel Ward


[email protected]

Data Scientists

The data scientists employed by The Data Mine are here to help students with the technical topics and concepts that they will encounter during their projects. The data scientist team has a varied background in topics such as natural language processing (NLP), geospatial information systems (GIS), high performance computing, and machine learning.

Each data scientist is assigned to a specific corporate partner project. If you have a question for a member of the Data Science team, please contact the data scientist assigned to your project first. They will bring in other members of the team as needed. They are here to help so don’t be worried when asking questions!

When scheduling a meeting with a data scientist keep in mind that they are designed to be collaborative. The team wants to see any solutions that you’ve attempted and where you may be getting stuck. Also, for more complicated questions it helps to give some advance notice of the topics over email. We aren’t experts in all of data science and some research may be required.

Corporate Partner Mentors

Your Corporate Partner Mentor(s) are employees of the company you are working with. You will meet once a week with them online (unless the company is in West Lafayette, IN or visiting Purdue for a meeting). Please treat all communication with them in a professional manner – they are like your supervisor during an internship. They also act as a product owner and can help to answer questions or find resources for any product specific questions that you have during the project.

Corporate Partner TAs

Our Corporate Partner TAs will serve as peer mentors and team leaders for each of our projects. Nearly all of our CRP TAs have been in The Data Mine Corporate Partners program in past years and many are returning to the same project. The CRP TAs will lead the weekly student meeting (lab – 2 hours) when you are not meeting with the Corporate Partner Mentor(s). They should also be the first person to go to when you have a technical question or questions about your project.

If no Data Scientist is assigned to your team, you can email [email protected] for support and your question will be directed to the team member who can best support your team.

Corporate Partner Project TA Name TA Email

American First Finance

Donggyu (Sean) Lee

[email protected]


Rosalie Wilfong

[email protected]

Bayer #1 Yield Prediction

Iris Zhang

[email protected]

Bayer #2 Climate

Joshua Knull

[email protected]

Beck’s Hybrids

Doug Abney

[email protected]

CAT Digital




Joshua Lefton

[email protected]

CLA Pricing Optimization (#2)

Adrienne Zhang

[email protected]

CLA Recurring Revenue (#1)

Esha Junankar

[email protected]


Katie Yi

[email protected]

Delta Faucet

Shravan Suravarjjala

[email protected]


Akshaya Kumar

[email protected]


Shannon Irwin

[email protected]


Rashmi Ananth

[email protected]


Min (Jasmine) Lu

[email protected]


Pallavi Pati

[email protected]


Elijah Colwill

[email protected]


Shreya Misra

[email protected]

IU Health

Bhakti Chavda

[email protected]


Jacob Roach

[email protected]

John Deere Grain Optimization

Anirudh Rao

[email protected]

John Deere Remote Machine Diag

Cai Chen

[email protected]

Lockheed Martin

Shashank Namboodiri

[email protected]

Lockheed Martin

Bryan Jacobs

[email protected]

Lockheed Martin

Manan Bhatia

[email protected]

Lockheed Martin

Ben Moorman

[email protected]


Rishee Gupta

[email protected]

Measuring Communities - Military



Merck Biometrics

Nick Rosenorn

[email protected]

Merck NLP

Siddharth Srinivasan

[email protected]

Merck RFID

Matt Single

[email protected]


Laura Humphrey

[email protected]


Kelly Addison

[email protected]





Benjamin Johnson

[email protected]


Lohita Srinivasan

[email protected]


Mihika Ghaisas

[email protected]


Sujal Timilsina

[email protected]

Plane English

Pramey Kabra

[email protected]

Purdue Athletics - Social Media

Gia Peduto

[email protected]

Purdue Athletics - Ticketing

Adithya Iyengar

[email protected]

Purdue Co Rec (RecWell)

Rishabh Rajesh

[email protected]

Raytheon #1

Pierce Warburton

[email protected]

Raytheon #2

Abigail Vlies

[email protected]

REACH Public Health

Emily Wu

[email protected]

Renzoe Box

Madhuri Vempati

[email protected]

Republic Airways

Rinkesh Patel

[email protected]

Sandia AESOP

Daniel Lawson

[email protected]

Sandia Flight

Max Low

[email protected]

Sandia Flight

Annie Jancaric

[email protected]

Telemetry Sports

Denton Paul

[email protected]

TMAP (Make My Move)

Alexandrea Coia

[email protected]


Oishi Ghosh

[email protected]


Aaditya Bhoota

[email protected]

USDA Forest Service

Patrick Todjalla

[email protected]


Devashish Prasad

[email protected]

Wabash National

Luke Foltz

[email protected]

Wabash National

Aditya Singh

[email protected]

Webee Machine Monitoring

Luke Foltz

[email protected]

Webee Smart Irrigation

Thirawat Bureetes

[email protected]


Email Policy

  • Please use your official @purdue.edu email address to communicate with us.

  • If you have not received a response within 2 business days, please resend the email.

  • When emailing us, please place your Corporate Partner team in the subject line of the email (e.g., Ford Team – Symposium Poster Question). This will help us respond to your emails quickly.

Use this table to send your questions to the most appropriate email.

Who should you email? Types of Questions/Topics

[email protected]

General Data Mine/Corporate Partners questions, grades


Weekly tasks, catching up on a missed meeting, general team questions

Data Mine Data Scientists

Technical Project or Topic Questions

Your CRP Mentor

(Ask your TA the question first before emailing your CRP Mentor) Project specific questions

Office Hours

The Data Mine staff offer office hours by request. Please email the staff to request a meeting. Students are always welcome to stop by staff offices Monday - Friday in MRGN 132 - 148.

Class/Team Meeting Times

50-minute team meeting

This meeting will occur synchronously online via Zoom unless your Corporate Partner Mentors are located in West Lafayette or visiting campus. Online links are shared via a calendar invite at the beginning of the year. You can join this meeting from anywhere, but please follow the “net-etiquette” guidelines to find a quiet space.

1 hour 50-minute student labs

This meeting will occur in person for all teams. This is dedicated work time with your team members to collaborate on your project and to work as a larger group or as sub-teams. The meetings will be held in 3 separate rooms all located in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at 1201 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47906. MRGN is located on the southwest corner of State Street and Jischke Drive. Your specific classroom is listed on your official course schedule in MyPurdue.

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Figure 1. Map of campus featuring the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship building (MRGN)

Required Materials

  • A laptop that can be used for working on the project, group meetings, and presentations.

  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (remember that Microsoft Office is free for all students)

  • Brightspace course page for grades and Gradescope for submissions

  • Access to Scholar and Brown using Purdue Boilerkey

  • MS Teams installed

  • Slack and Linear account – you will be invited to your team’s channel.

  • Corporate partner team readings: Each Corporate Partner team is unique, but your mentor will likely recommend journal articles or websites to familiarize yourself with the project.

Assignments and Grades

This is a research-type, project-based course, so the majority of your grade for the semester will be determined holistically based on work with Corporate Partners in addition to reports and other assignments per the schedule. Students will receive their own individual grade, but the success of the group will be a component of that individual grade.

It is very important to check this page frequently! Due dates are listed in the spring 2022 Course Schedule page.

Syllabus Quiz


Read the syllabus and take the quick and quiz on Brightspace. You may have the syllabus open while you take the quiz.

Professional Development


Select one of the professional development opportunities to complete.

Agile 2-week Sprints


Seven 2-week sprints each worth 10% of your grade. Your single lowest sprint grade will be dropped dropped. You will turn in reports at the end of each sprint to summarize your work and check in.

Corporate Partners Mentor and TA Evaluation


Mid-Semester Evaluation (January 10, 2022 – March 6, 2022)


Final Evaluation (cumulative of entire spring 2022 semester)




Drafts (poster, video script)


Final Poster, Final Video & Presentation at Symposium on April 20, 2022


Final Report


End of the academic year report to summarize your experience and provide feedback. Submitted on Qualtrics.



Grading Scale

The general guidelines The Data Mine uses for evaluating your work with Corporate Partners are the following:

  • A+ (100): Did all the work on time and exceeded the company’s expectations.

  • A (95): Did all the work on time, communicated and collaborated well with the team and corporate mentor, and put significant effort into learning.

  • B (85): Did most of the work, maybe was late a few times, maybe put in a little less effort or didn’t communicate/collaborate as well.

  • C (75): Missed some of the work or was frequently late and making excuses; likely lacking in communication or collaboration with the team.

  • D (65): Put in very little effort to learn/contribute to the project with very little to no communication.

  • F (50): Disappeared or did minimal work and didn’t collaborate.

The numbers in parenthesis next to the letter grades are the numerical values that will be entered in Brightspace for your Corporate Partners Mentor Evaluation grade.

This course will follow the 90-80-70-60 grading scale for A, B, C, D cut-offs. If you earn a 90.000 in the class, for example, that is a solid A. +/- grades will be given at the instructor’s discretion below these cut-offs. If you earn an 89.11 in the class, for example, this may be an A- or a B

  • A: 100.000% – 90.000%

  • B: 89.999% – 80.000%

  • C: 79.999% – 70.000%

  • D: 69.999% – 60.000%

  • F: 59.999% – 0.000%

Late Policy

We do NOT accept late work, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Extenuating circumstances do NOT include:

  • Having exams near or on the due date

  • Working on other course projects on or near the due date

  • Being sick for a few days on or near the due date

  • Traveling for any reason

  • Forgetting the due date

  • Having technical difficulties (wifi, computer, etc)

All students get one dropped sprint report. Using the drop early in the semester does not give you the excuse to ask for another drop or late work later in the semester.

It is better to submit a partially done report than nothing at all. Partial credit can be earned for work turned in on time. The electronic submission systems also do not allow for late work.

Course Site

All course material will be posted in the Corporate Partners section of The Examples Book.

All assignments will be submitted through Brightspace or Gradescope.

Course Description

Students in The Data Mine Corporate Partners Learning Community will work in groups with Corporate Partner Mentors on a variety of projects. They will analyze real data related to questions that the Corporate Partner proposes. Most projects will last for a full academic year (late August through late April), with multiple reports and presentations given more frequently. The mentor is expected to meet with the students weekly by Microsoft Teams, or (more rarely) in person. Students are expected to actively participate in these meetings and in all individual and group work. The goal of the course is to help students build impactful industry related skills in data science, visualization, and data engineering. The Data Mine staff also has data scientists who can assist students with technical questions focused on the skills being built and the research conducted. Students can work on real-world industry facing issues that have a high value add for the corporate partner.

This course permits you, the student to participate in a class project that has been sponsored by a third party other than the University. The University encourages and supports your participation in this practical learning experience. Although your course requirements may include a practical learning project, you are not required to participate in a project that is sponsored by an outside third party. Prior to your participation in a project sponsored by an outside third party, we would like you to carefully consider that your participation (i) may require you to assign your intellectual property (IP) rights to any intellectual property for which a student would retain ownership under the University’s Policy I.A.1 on Intellectual Property and/or (ii) may require you sign a non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreement with the sponsor. If you sign an agreement regarding intellectual property rights or a non-disclosure agreement, you may incur personal liability (with respect to breach of a non- disclosure agreement) or you may lose economic benefits associated with your ownership of intellectual property (with respect to a license or assignment of intellectual property). You are encouraged to retain independent legal counsel for advice on these types of agreements. In addition, if you choose not to sign a non-disclosure or intellectual property rights agreement, you may be reassigned to a different project or you may not be able to participate in The Data Mine Corporate Partners.

Confidentiality of The Data Mine Corporate Partner Projects

It is important to note that you are working on real-world problems that your Corporate Partner is trying to solve. These projects weren’t created as busywork to keep you occupied for 9 months; you have the opportunity to make a real impact with your Corporate Partner. Past work from Data Mine students have been put into production code!

With that being said, the work you do and the data you have access to must be kept fully confidential! Nearly all Corporate Partner students will be required to sign an NDA and/or IP agreement with the company. Even if you do not have to sign an NDA for your project, please keep the project details private. While each NDA will have unique terms, some basics include:

  • Do not move or copy the data from the original storage. Never email data, text it to your teammates, copy it to Slack, or put it in Google drive (or any other cloud storage system). For example, if the data lives on Scholar or Brown, do not move it off Scholar or Brown and do not move it to a different folder.

  • Do not share any screenshots of the data or any findings (graphs, pictures, etc.) from the project with those who are not on your team.

  • You cannot share things you learn from the data with anyone who is not working on the project. This includes your roommate, your parents, and your best friend.

  • Do not disclose project specifics to anyone, including: o In an interview for an internship or job o On your LinkedIn profile o Your family/friends/roommate/boyfriend/girlfriend/professor

  • Do not discuss the details of projects when you are in a public space. You should find a private place to join the weekly online team meetings. Also, be careful working on the project in a public space when others could walk by and see your screen.

  • If you ever have questions about what you can talk about, always ask your Corporate Partner Mentor first. If you’re ever in doubt about what to share it’s often best to not share initially and check with your corporate partner. They can help clarify any confusion.’


The Data Mine will be applying Agile project management to all of our Corporate Partner projects. Nearly all of our Corporate Partners use Agile methods at their workplace. Agile allows complex projects to be broken down into small manageable tasks that can be assigned to individuals or teams. Agile also has built-in processes that help to enable team communication and collaboration.

Many corporations utilize Agile in environments from software development to data science. While the specifics of each Agile practice may vary by corporation it is beneficial to understand the high-level architecture of the Agile practices and how they can be beneficial in a team development environment. Agile implementation specifics may differ by team. However, each team will be working toward the same goals focused on the breakdown and accomplishment of work tasks and the constant open collaboration between team members.

To become more familiar with Agile methodologies you will complete online training and interactive team training focused on Agile. You will also take a quiz on applying Agile to The Data Mine. Since The Data Mine Corporate Partners is a learning environment (and not your typical 8 AM - 5 PM workplace), we have modified some of the practice to best suit the student schedule.

The Linear application will also be available to teams for task tracking. The Data Mine staff will provide resources on the use of Linear and how it related to the Agile concepts in the materials above. The tool that the team utilizes for Agile task tracking can be determined on a project-by-project basis between the students and the corporate mentor or TA.

Attendance Policy

This course follows Purdue’s academic regulations regarding attendance, which states that students are expected to be present for every meeting of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class and lateness will be noted. Students should stay home and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center (496-INFO) if they feel ill, have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or suspect they have been exposed to the virus.

When conflicts or absences can be anticipated, such as for many University-sponsored activities and religious observations, the student should inform the instructor of the situation as far in advance as possible.

For unanticipated or emergency absences when advance notification to the instructor is not possible, the student should contact the instructor as soon as possible by email or phone. When the student is unable to make direct contact with the instructor and is unable to leave word with the instructor’s department because of circumstances beyond the student’s control, and in cases falling under excused absence regulations, the student or the student’s representative should contact or go to the Office of the Dean of Students website to complete appropriate forms for instructor notification. Under academic regulations, excused absences may be granted for cases of grief/bereavement, military service, jury duty, and parenting leave. For details, see the Academic Regulations & Student Conduct section of the University Catalog website.

Guidance on class attendance related to COVID-19 are outlined in the Protect Purdue Pledge on the Protect Purdue website.

Purdue Policies & Resources

Academic Guidance in the Event a Student is Quarantined/Isolated

If you must miss class at any point in time during the semester, please reach out to us via email so that we can communicate about how you can maintain your academic progress. If you find yourself too sick to progress in the course, notify your adviser and notify us via email. We will make arrangements based on your particular situation. Please note that, according to Details for Students on Normal Operations for Fall 2021 announced on the Protect Purdue website, “individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are not guaranteed remote access to all course activities, materials, and assignments.”

Class Behavior

You are expected to behave in a way that promotes a welcoming, inclusive, productive learning environment. You need to be prepared for your individual and group work each week, and you need to include everybody in your group in any discussions. Respond promptly to all communications and show up for any appointments that are scheduled. If your group is having trouble working well together, try hard to talk through the difficulties—this is an important skill to have for future professional experiences. If you are still having difficulties, ask The Data Mine staff to meet with your group.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is one of the highest values that Purdue University holds. Individuals are encouraged to alert university officials to potential breaches of this value by either emailing or by calling 765-494-8778. While information may be submitted anonymously, the more information that is submitted provides the greatest opportunity for the university to investigate the concern.

The Purdue Honor Pledge “As a boilermaker pursuing academic excellence, I pledge to be honest and true in all that I do. Accountable together - we are Purdue"

Please refer to the student guide for academic integrity for more details.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. Link to Purdue’s nondiscrimination policy statement.

Students with Disabilities

Purdue University strives to make learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, you are welcome to let me know so that we can discuss options. You are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at: [email protected] or by phone: 765-494-1247.

If you have been certified by the Office of the Dean of Students as someone needing a course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability OR if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please contact The Data Mine staff during the first week of classes. We are happy to help you.

Mental Health Resources

  • If you find yourself beginning to feel some stress, anxiety and/or feeling slightly overwhelmed, try WellTrack. Sign in and find information and tools at your fingertips, available to you at any time.

  • If you need support and information about options and resources, please contact or see the Office of the Dean of Students. Call 765-494-1747. Hours of operation are M-F, 8 am- 5 pm.

  • If you find yourself struggling to find a healthy balance between academics, social life, stress, etc. sign up for free one-on-one virtual or in-person sessions with a Purdue Wellness Coach at RecWell. Student coaches can help you navigate through barriers and challenges toward your goals throughout the semester. Sign up is completely free and can be done on BoilerConnect. If you have any questions, please contact Purdue Wellness at [email protected].

  • If you’re struggling and need mental health services: Purdue University is committed to advancing the mental health and well-being of its students. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of mental health support, services are available. For help, such individuals should contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 765-494-6995 during and after hours, on weekends and holidays, or by going to the CAPS office of the second floor of the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) during business hours.

Violent Behavior Policy

Purdue University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for members of the university community. Purdue strives to create an educational environment for students and a work environment for employees that promote educational and career goals. Violent Behavior impedes such goals. Therefore, Violent Behavior is prohibited in or on any University Facility or while participating in any university activity. See the University’s full violent behavior policy for more detail.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

In our discussions, structured and unstructured, we will explore a variety of challenging issues, which can help us enhance our understanding of different experiences and perspectives. This can be challenging, but in overcoming these challenges we find the greatest rewards. While we will design guidelines as a group, everyone should remember the following points:

  • We are all in the process of learning about others and their experiences. Please speak with me, anonymously if needed, if something has made you uncomfortable.

  • Intention and impact are not always aligned, and we should respect the impact something may have on someone even if it was not the speaker’s intention.

  • We all come to the class with a variety of experiences and a range of expertise, we should respect these in others while critically examining them in ourselves.

Basic Needs Security Resources

Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students for support. There is no appointment needed and Student Support Services is available to serve students from 8:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday. The ACE Campus Food Pantry is open to the entire Purdue community).

Considering the significant disruptions caused by the current global crisis as it related to COVID-19, students may submit requests for emergency assistance from the Critical Needs Fund.

Course Evaluation

During the last two weeks of the semester, you will be provided with an opportunity to give anonymous feedback on this course and your instructor. Purdue uses an online course evaluation system. You will receive an official email from evaluation administrators with a link to the online evaluation site. You will have up to 10 days to complete this evaluation. Your participation is an integral part of this course, and your feedback is vital to improving education at Purdue University. I strongly urge you to participate in the evaluation system.

You may email feedback to us anytime at [email protected]. We take feedback from our students seriously, as we want to create the best learning experience for you!

General Classroom Guidance Regarding Protect Purdue

Any student who has substantial reason to believe that another person is threatening the safety of others by not complying with Protect Purdue protocols is encouraged to report the behavior to and discuss the next steps with their instructor. Students also have the option of reporting the behavior to the Office of the Student Rights and Responsibilities. See also Purdue University Bill of Student Rights and the Violent Behavior Policy under University Resources in Brightspace.

Campus Emergencies

In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. Here are ways to get information about changes in this course:

  • Brightspace or by e-mail from Data Mine staff.

  • General information about a campus emergency can be found on the Purdue website: www.purdue.edu.

Illness and other student emergencies

Students with extended illnesses should contact their instructor as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for keeping up with the course. Extended absences/illnesses/emergencies should also go through the Office of the Dean of Students.


This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be made by an announcement in Brightspace and the corresponding course content will be updated.