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Consulting Staff

ATLAS Alumni Consultants

Maryalice Wu

wuMaryalice is the supervisor of the statistics, data, and survey graduate consultants at ATLAS, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and the Director of HR and Budget in ATLAS. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has been working in the statistical consulting unit of ATLAS since 1999. Her recent research focuses on the economic and health empowerment of women in developing nations. Her other projects relate to program evaluations in academia, including research on the impact of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses). She has taught several courses at UIUC, including Introduction to Social Statistics (SOC 280) and Social Research Methods (Soc 380).

Dawn Owens-Nicholson

Dawn Owens-NicholsonDawn is the data archivist at ATLAS and the University of Illinois' official representative to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). She has an M.A. in Sociology from Illinois and has worked at ATLAS (and its former incarnations) in various capacities since 1989. In addition to providing social science data to members of the university community, she provides consulting on data management and programming in SPSS and SAS.


Kathleen Santa Ana

Since graduating from Illinois in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics, Kit has taken on the role of Research Coordinator in the statistics consulting unit of ATLAS. This role focuses on developing research protocols to ensure data integrity and data stewardship. She has experience in managing and harmonizing large datasets across multiple time points (longitudinal and milestone data), multiple survey revisions, and different modes of implementation (self-reported data v. interview-based data). She cleans and codes data for analysis and produces recurring summary statistical reports.  Although she works mainly in SPSS, she has a well-working knowledge of Python, LaTeX, XML, XSLT, and their various applications in streamlining data cleaning and reporting.

Laura Atkins

Laura AtkinsLaura is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests relate to health disparities along class, gender, and racial lines. As a research consultant, she assists students with qualitative and statistical programs and methods, and with the development of survey instruments. She teaches workshops on quantitative and qualitative data analysis software programs (SPSS and ATLAS.ti). She also has experience with interviewing and conducting focus groups. She recently served as the primary research assistant in the qualitative analysis of 60 interviews conducted with U.S. innovators for the Educate to Innovate Project.

Luis Alfonso Escobedo Paredes


Luis is a graduate student in the Department of Geography. His work experience includes lecturing, professional consulting and applied economic research. He enjoys soccer and working with the Peruvian community in Champaign through the Association of Peruvian student in which he serves as the President. He also serves as Social Chair at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL). He most frequently uses STATA, R and ArcGIS in his own research in economic urban geography. He has earned a BA in Geography from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.


Ashley Feely

AshleyImageAshley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at UIUC. Her research interests center on racial, gender and class inequality in the United States. She is currently developing her dissertation on street harassment using a mobile application. In her own research and as a graduate consultant at Atlas, Ashley works most often with ATLAS.ti, SPSS, SurveyGizmo, Qualtrics, and Stata. She has been certified by ATLAS.ti as a student trainer. She has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In Spring 2016, Ashley will also serve as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Saint Mary's College.

David Roache

David is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication. His research engages how individuals communicate in their relationships over technology and in person, spanning diverse topics such as impression management, conflict management, relationship development, and long distance relating. His areas of expertise include SPSS and survey research. David earned his MA in Communication from Illinois.

Shuake Wuzhati


Shuake is a research assistant in the Statistics, GIS, Data and Survey Research Team at ATLAS, and a second year graduate student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UIUC. She had her bachelor degrees in Urban Planning and Economics from Peking University. She is a planner, a mapper, and a data analyst. She uses ArcGIS, R, SPSS, SAS, and Python to analyze and present data of many kinds, and she also enjoys doing survey researches.


Alonza Terry


Alonza is currently a graduate student in the Statistics Department and finishing a Masters in Mathematics. His research interests in statistics are statistical learning and in mathematics, logic. He is a Ronald E. McNair scholar originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He was a graduate teaching assistant for the Mathematics Department during Spring 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. He completed his Graduate Teacher Certificate Spring 2015. He is familiar with R,SAS, SPSS, Python, LaTeX and Mathematica.


Raghav Batta


Raghav is a graduate student in the Department of Statistics. His interests include machine learning and data mining. He has worked for five years in data analytics industry. Outside of work, my interests include motorcycling and cooking. His areas of expertise are SAS, SPSS, R, Advanced Excel, and MYSQL in addition to a working knowledge of Python, Tableau, Matlab, Splunk and STATA. Raghav also has experience with the following statistical techniques: Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, CART, Decision Trees, CHAID, Random Forest, C5.0, Naive Bayes, Frequent pattern mining algorithms and Clustering Algorithms.


Paige Cunningham


Paige is a graduate student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include how social media and online learning systems (including both for-credit programs and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs) connect geographically dispersed peoples, both for community building and educational purposes. At ATLAS, she works on data preparation and data management for Illinois’ Coursera learning analytics data. She has earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an MS in Library and Information Science.


Rashid Robinson



Rashid is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education. His research interests include the history of higher education, the emergence of ‘academic capitalism’, and institutional policies and practices related to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He has earned an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing.


Gibson Wirth

Gibson is a masters student in the Graduate School of Library and Informational Sciences. His main research interest is in Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA). Outside of work he enjoys cricket, gardening, hockey, volleyball, language and how its mutability affects our daily encounters, and public access television. He is familiar with Java, Javascript, Python, and some PHP. He has earned a BA in Music History from Illinois.




Sandra is a undergraduate student in Linguistics, with a minor in Informatics and a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is interested in the collection and analysis of data for societal good and is a survey research intern this year.