About Me

My name is Melina Raglin, and I am a fourth-year student and Eminence Fellow majoring in data analytics and minoring in sociology. I’m interested in the applications of technology and data analysis in various areas of professional work and study, as well as several other subjects of study, including sociology, design, and sustainability. I am a member of Ohio State’s Big Data Analytics Association, a unique data analytics oriented organization here at Ohio State. I am also a member of Cultivate Columbus. I am planning to graduate this upcoming spring of 2023 and will be seeking a full-time job as a data analyst with a projected start date in fall of 2023.

In spring of 2020, I was a research assistant for a computational social science project through OSU’s department of sociology and the Translational Data Analytics Institute, studying the impact of race and inequality on the internet using web scraping, facial recognition software, and data analysis tools. During the summer of 2020, I interned for the Garyfallidis Research Group at Indiana University’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, working on software development and creating tutorials for FURY, a scientific visualization Python library.

At the beginning of 2021, I started my research assistantship in the Sociology department back up, acting as first author of DCiFR, or Demographic Characteristics in Facial Recognition, which I have been coding and developing throughout the spring semester of 2021. DCiFR is a software interface that allows users to run facial analysis on their own photos with the help of deep learning models, which is available for download on GitHub and PyPi.