A New Year of SUDS!

SUDS is thrilled to be back and starting a new semester!

Do you have data science skills and want to use those to have a real-world impact? Do you want to learn data science skills by working on a team with other students? Do you love public policy and want to understand the world better with data?

Come to one of our two kickoff General Body Meetings next Thursday (9/13) to hear about what we have planned for this semester and what we’ve been up to the last few months!

Where and when: Thursday, 9/13, 12-1:20 Hamburg 1004 and 6-7:20 Hamburg 2003. Pizza likely.

Check out the Getting Involved page to sign up for our mailing list and Slack team, and take a look at the Projects page to see the exciting new data projects we’re planning for the semester!


Hope to see you all next Thursday!


Students Using Data for Social Good (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 fire 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.


Eileen Patten presenting at the Census event


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, fire safety, and combined sewer overflows.

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