Program Administration

Dr. Douglas Woolford - Director

Dr. Douglas Woolford
Office: NCB 209
Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 88326



Douglas Woolford is an Associate Professor of Environmentrics in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, the TD Professor in Data Analytics, and the Director of the MDA program. He is also accredited as a Professional Statistician (P.Stat.) by the Board of the Statistical Society of Canada. He has extensive experience in the development of descriptive and predictive analytics methodology to study forest and wildland fire science and management, including the development of decision support tools in collaboration with Canadian forest fire management agencies. Recent work in this area includes fire occurrence prediction, fire cost modelling, fire duration modelling, and assessing the impact of prevention measures for mitigating fire risk.

Dr. Yalda Mohsenzadeh - Associate Director

Dr. Yalda Mohsenzadeh
Office: MC385
Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 86894


Yalda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a core member of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University. She is also a faculty affiliate with Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Previously, she was a postdoctoral associate in the Computer Science and A.I. Lab (CSAIL) and McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Before she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Vision Research at York University. Yalda received her PhD in statistical machine learning from Amirkabir University of Technology.

Bethany Heinrichs - Professional Programs Coordinator

Bethany Heinrichs
Office: NCB 257
Phone: 519 661-3617 ext. 83617


Bethany Heinrichs coordinates professional science Master programs for the Faculty of Science at Western University. In addition to her responsibilities associated with the administration of the Master of Data Analytics, Bethany is also the program coordinator for the Applied Science spoke of the Master of Management of Applied Science. Since joining Western University in 2000, Bethany has had the pleasure of providing support for faculty, staff and students in a variety of roles and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding university policies and procedures which she brings to bear regularly in service to the professional programs and their students.

TBA - MDA Career Services Officer

Office: NCB 258