Students for Urban Data Systems

at Carnegie Mellon University


Students for Urban Data Systems (SUDS) is a student group that brings together the vast (and growing) array of disciplines that contribute to the conversation of how cities are adapting new methods of “big data” collection and analysis to improve their service delivery, from providing water and police protection to repairing infrastructure. Additionally, the democratization of data and cities’ new “open data” policies are revolutionizing the way citizens interact with their cities, including the emergence of a burgeoning “civic hacking” scene where average citizens use this newly-available open data to create tools, visualizations, and awareness to help improve the lives of other citizens.


Since its founding in August 2015, SUDS has grown to over 100 members representing 5 different colleges and 20 different programs across Carnegie Mellon University. From urban design to electrical engineering, policy to philosophy, our students work in diverse teams tackling some of Pittsburgh’s most pressing issues, including police accountability, bicycle usage, and combined sewer overflows.

The SUDS Executive Board for 2017 is comprised of –

  • Chris Worley (Director)
  • Shouvik Mani (Assistant Director of Data Projects)
  • Michael Madaio (Assistant Director of Data Projects)
  • Ben Simmons (Assistant Director of Outreach)
  • Ali Siegel (Assistant Director of Operations)
  • Eileen Patten (Assistant Director of Strategy)
  • Vrishali Shah (Assistant Director of Digital Strategy)
  • Wei Zhu (Workshop Chair)
  • Akanksha Kartik (Hack Night Chair)
  • Benjamin Kaplan (Undergraduate Coordinator)

Wei, Ben K, Michael, Ben S, Chris, Vrishali, Akanksha, Eileen, Shouvik, Ali

Wei, Ben K, Michael, Shouvik, Ben S, Ali, Chris, Vrishali, Akanksha, Eileen

This site is our home for hosting student data projects, sponsoring a systems project for Heinz students, and hosting nationally-recognized speakers on the topics of open data, Internet of Things, and smart infrastructure.

Click here to read the official SUDS Constitution.

To keep up to date with SUDS or to get in touch, follow this site, check us out on Twitter @sudscmu, or email us at


  1. Greetings SUDS’ers,
    I may have a potential project – but am curious who is a part of the group these days.

    Perhaps a phone call in August might be best?

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