I'm a senior at Cornell University double majoring in Computer Science and Statistics. I am very grateful to have been mentored by Professor Rene Kizilcec, Professor Lillian Lee and Jack Hessel, and Professor Joe Guinness at Cornell.
Previously, I was a Full Team Lead and the Insights Subteam Lead of Cornell Data Science, a student-run project team that takes on semester-long data science projects (both for corporate sponsorship/university organization sponsorship, as well as personal research interests).
I am applying for PhD programs entering in Fall 2021. I am interested in researching computational social science at the intersection of NLP/ML, HCI, and Psychology, particularly in the context of social media.

Research Papers

Return of the Student: Predicting Re-Engagement in Mobile Learning
Maximillian Chen and Rene Kizilcec
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Educational Data Mining
[PDF] [Poster]

Student Engagement in Mobile Learning via Text Message
Rene Kizilcec and Maximillian Chen
Proceedings of the Seventh (2020) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale
[PDF] [Talk]

An Observational Study of the Effect of Nike Vaporfly Shoes on Marathon Performance
Joseph Guinness, Debasmita Bhattacharya, Jenny Chen, Max Chen, and Angela Loh

Mobile Learning During School Disruptions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Rene Kizilcec, Maximillian Chen, Michael Madaio and Amy Ogan
Under Review at AERA Open: Special Topic Collection on Educational Data Science

Data Science Projects

Work & Teaching Experience

Microsoft - Redmond, WA/Virtual
Software Engineer Intern (Summer 2020)
Team: Microsoft Excel - Data Visualization and Experiences
Morgan Stanley - New York, NY
Technology Summer Analyst (Summer 2019)
Team: Enterprise Visualization and Analytics
RapidRatings - New York, NY
Analytics Intern (Summer 2018)
Team: Analytics & Coverage
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
Teaching Assistant
CS 4780: Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems - Fall 2020
INFO 5200: Learning Analytics (Masters Level) - Fall 2019
INFO 2950: Intro to Data Science - Spring 2019, Spring 2020


Programming/Scripting Languages: Python, R, Java, OCaml, C#, JavaScript, SQL
Packages: Scikit-learn, TensorFlow/Keras, PyTorch, D3.js, tidyverse
Other tools: Bash, Bloomberg Terminal

Fun Facts

I used to run competitively - I ran the 800m leg on my high school's Distance Medley Relay at New Balance Outdoor Nationals (we didn't do particularly well).
I was certified as a CompTIA A+ Technician as an 11 year old.
My favorite basketball team is the Toronto Raptors.