Scott Haag PhD ’19 Joins Drexel College of Computing & Informatics Faculty

Scott HaagDrexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is proud to announce that Scott Haag, PhD computer science ‘19 has joined its faculty as part of the College’s new partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Haag began his faculty co-appointment with CHOP and CCI as a research assistant professor in CCI’s Department of Computer Science in February. His three-year appointment marks the beginning of a new initiative to develop a vibrant, collaborative and cooperative research program between CHOP and CCI.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Haag to CCI’s faculty not only as an alum but also as an inspiring leader in the computational science field,” said CCI Dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor Yi Deng, PhD. “His appointment, along with our new partnership with CHOP, paves the way for groundbreaking research collaborations and academic opportunities between our institutions.”

In addition to promoting collaborative research opportunities between CHOP and Drexel, Haag says the initiative aims to attract students interested in researching at the intersection of computational science and pediatric health issues. 

Haag began working at CHOP three-and-a-half years ago while graduating from CCI’s PhD in Computer Science program. The research that Haag completed during his doctoral studies at CCI was applied to his work at CHOP as doctors sought his help on computational problems. “My research was always focused on problems that had a grounding and a real-world application, and that ultimately is what I’m doing at CHOP right now,” Haag said.

Currently, Haag helps doctors at CHOP advance and excel in their research on pediatric health conditions through tools and algorithms. He also serves as supervisor for applied data science in CHOP’s Arcus team, who works with biomedical researchers to conduct highly innovative, data-driven, computationally complex and reproducible research.

For the past nine months, Haag has taught a graduate data structures and algorithms course (CS 521) at Drexel.

Previous to CHOP, Haag worked at The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University as a section leader for Environmental Data Science (EDS) and as director of the BioGeoInformatics Group.

In addition to his PhD from Drexel, Haag holds a master of science in ecology, evolution, systematics, and population biology; a graduate certificate in engineering geophysics; and a bachelor of science in natural resources management and policy from Rutgers University.

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