July 19 – August 8, 2020

2020 Data Science Summer Camp

for High School & College Students


Why Data Science?

Here are some good reasons for you!

4th Industrial Revolution

The key for the new economy.

High market Demand

28% Increase by 2020

Median Base Salary


Top Job in America

2016, 2017, 2018

Digital economy is the way of the future, and to succeed in it, you need to know how to use data. By 2020, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will have increased by 364,000 openings to 2,720,000, and the demand for data scientist will grow by 28% in 2020, according to IBM et al. (2017).

Students in our Data Science Summer Camp will start to learn programming languages (Python and R), basic statistics, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operation in combination with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and develop a data project supervised by top industry experts and experienced faculty. Campers will also have a unique opportunity to tour a high-tech company located in New York City. Our innovative hands-on courses will give students a head start navigating the complex data science landscape, and enrich resumes for college application.

What will you learn?

Data Science Overview

• Intro to data science and trends
• Industrial applications of data science
• Job market and education opportunities

Python Coding

• Python overview and basic Python syntax
• Python semantics: variables & operators
• Data types and built-In data structures
• Control flow statements
• Write your own functions

Drone & GIS

• Basic introduction to QGIS mapping software
• Planning aerial missions and drone operation
• Utilizing aerial data for production of GIS high-resolution maps
• Visualization of geographic data in 2D and 3D

Statistics & R

• Descriptive Statistics - single variable
• Descriptive Statistics - multiple variables
• Regression


Exceptionally qualified lecturers

Multiple industry experts as guest speakers

All in-person teaching

Tour of a High-Tech Company

Developing a project

Sports and fun


Dr. Zheng Qu

Associate Professor
Data Science

Professor Qu acquired his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago. He brings 20 years of research experience in academics as well as in industries to the Data Science Department.

He served as a research scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He later joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory as a Senior Physics Engineer, with research emphasis on Satellite
data simulation and earth science data engineering and analysis.

Dr. Kevin Ren

Associate Professor
and Chair
Data Science Department

Professor Ren has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience. He served as an Associate Professor at South Dakota State University until 2013, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and providing statistical consultation to university scientists, graduate students and other university personnel.

Ronald Fortunato

Associate Professor
Data Science

Professor Fortunato brings a wealth of industry experience to FTC-Middleotwn as the Lab Director at the Data Science Department.  Highlights of his career include creating the A World Bridge™, a cooperative program between US Government offices, NASA Ames Research Center, various universities, international organizations and business partners to bring real-world international projects into classrooms.

Dr. Suman Srinivasan

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Suman Srinivasan is currently a senior software engineer at Microsoft. He previously spent years working in the financial industry (Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch), and worked at an online video startup prior to that.

He obtained his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2011. He is the author of more than 10 research publications (IEEE, ACM) and 2 patents.

Guest Speakers

Kannan Sankaran

Kannan Sankaran works as a Senior Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Xandr (AT&T), where he uses Scala, Java, Python, SQL, Hadoop, and Spark. He has a Master’s in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s in Instrumentation Engineering from Swami Vivekanand College, Mumbai University.

Kannan is passionate about Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and thinks he can become a fortune teller by analyzing lots of data.

Pingyi Noto

Pingyi Noto is currently a VP Marketing Performance at MRM-McCann. Working in marketing research and performance analytics for more than a decade, Pingyi has architected global performance management systems for ExxonMobil and General Motors to measure and optimize their marketing investment across different product brands.

As the current marketing performance lead on Verizon FiOS, Fannie Mae, MSK, Oppenheimer Funds, New York Lottery and Lockheed Martin, she has spearheaded brand equity evaluation, marketing mix modeling, customer segmentation and digital analytics that optimize marketing effectiveness of the brands.

Dr. Lucia Dunn

Dr. Lucia Dunn is Sports and Society Research Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University, Columbus. Professor Dunn received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

She was previously on the faculties of Purdue, Northwestern, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Most of her published research has focused on two areas: labor market issues and consumer debt.

Professor Dunn has been the Director of the Survey Program for the University of Florida Business School; and from 1996-2002, she was in charge of economic indicators for the Ohio Economic Survey of the OSU Center for Survey Research. She has published a number of articles on top-ranked economics journals.

Summer Camp Package Details


11 or 12 graders and college students.


July 19 to August 8.


14 Jason Pl, Middletown, NY 10940.


Non-refundable application fee: $40.


Covers lectures, lunch, and trips.
$ 1,250
  • Early bird pricing, regular price is $1,400
    (apply before April 30, 2020)


Covers, lectures, meals, lodging, and trips.
$ 2,250
  • Early bird pricing, regular price is $2,400
    (apply before April 30, 2020)


What Students Are Saying...

I am so impressed by the quality of instructors and the quality of learning materials from this camp. There are some questions so simple but designed so well that really makes me start to wonder if I really know what is coding. After one week at the camp, my point of view about data science changed dramatically. I start to consider it as a feasible career.
Huy Nguyen
Mechanical Engineer undergraduate, UTA
My experience at Fei Tian College-Middletown was a great, memorable one. This was my first sleepover and my first out of state camp. I would definitely recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in data science or just wants to touch up on their skills and learn from experts. The camp was for high schoolers to college, but it was mostly dominated by those in college.
Grade 11 student Canada
This was truly an eye-opening experience for me. I never learned that data science plays such a major role in the world today. In many major industries, data-driven decision-making is becoming more and more common practice.
John Su
Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Stony Brook University
From my experience, the most important thing in learning Data Science is to find out what to learn first. Fei Tian did a fantastic job. Seven days are too short to fully learn Data Science, but through this summer camp, I am interested in data science and able to do some basic analysis with the knowledge learned from the summer camp.
Grady Yu
Computer Science undergraduate, Ohio University
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Please sign up below for the 2020 FTCM Data Science Summer Camp!

To apply, please submit this form and pay a $40 application fee via either Method 1 or Method 2 below.

Once your application and payment have been accepted we will send you the registration forms and camp fee payment instructions.

DEADLINE: Please apply early as spots are limited. Applications will be closed once we reach capacity,

Summer Camp Fee for Commuting Campers
$1,400 (lectures, lunch, and trips)
$1,250 for early birds (prior to April 30, 2020)

Summer Camp Fee for Residential Campers:
$2,400 (lectures, meals, lodging, and trips)
$2,250 for early birds (prior to April 30, 2020)

*** 3% additional fee if paid by PayPal or card ***

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Memo: Student Name, Data Science Camp

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​ Fei Tian College at Middletown
Attn: Office of Admissions (Data Science Camp)
1 Ashley Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

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