Reinaldo (Rei) Sanchez-Arias

Assistant Professor of Data Science

Florida Polytechnic University


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Data Science and Business Analytics at Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Poly). Before joining Florida Poly, I served as the Program Director for the MS in Big Data Analytics in the School of Science at St Thomas University (STU) in Miami. I was also part of of the Applied Mathematics Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston, and completed a postdoctoral researcher appointment for the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in collaboration with a group at Stanford University. Research projects for the AHPCRC involved global optimization and parameter estimation, reduced-order modeling, and data analytics.


  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Data Science Education
  • Operations Research and Numerical Optimization


  • PhD in Computational Science, 2013

    The University of Texas at El Paso

  • MS in Computational Science, 2011

    The University of Texas at El Paso

  • BSc in Mathematics, 2008

    Universidad del Valle (Colombia)


Courses that I have taught or am currently teaching are listed.

Feel free to contact me if you would like information about any of them.

Graduate Undergraduate
Fundamentals of Big Data Analytics Differential Equations
Data Mining and Machine Learning Operations Research
Statistical Methods Intro to Data Science
Applied Machine Learning Calculus I, II, III
Data Analytics Capstone Discrete Mathematics
Data Visualization Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Programming for Data Analytics Data Science Directed Research
Scientific Computing Business Intelligence
Quantitative Research Methods Data Mining and Text Mining
Big Data Analytics Applications Statistical Learning
Data Wrangling Data Analytics Capstone


Posts with some recent news and activities


Undergraduate Computational Education Experience

Scientific computing and data analysis Jupyter notebooks with applications in science and engineering

Jupyter Notebooks in nanoHUB

Presentations on Jupyter Notebooks for teaching and research

Excellence in Teaching Award

Florida Poly's Ablaze Excellence in Teaching Award

AMI Sponsored Research

Florida Poly Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI) funded research

Data Science Research on Social Media Posts

Data mining research with visiting Fulbright Canada Killam Fellowship student.

MS in Data Science Thesis

Graduate student successfully completes his graduation requirements.

ICMLA 2019 Conference

Poster presentation at the 18th IEEE International Conference on Machine learning and Applications

Bio Big Data Research Workshops

Data Wrangling and Electronic Health Records Analysis


Some recent projects and others


Music Data Mining with Spotify API

(with Jayden Carr, Sandy Benito and Acxel Vega)

Text Mining of RateMyProfessors Reviews

(with Maudeline Deus, Kevin Osorio, Sierra Hawthorne, Eliana Espinosa and Celeste Pereira)

Miami Metro Rail

Minimizing the number of visits to the vending machine for Miami Metrorail passes

Billboard Top 100 Songs

Billboard songs features from 1960 to 2015 with interactive plot

Gentrification Data Analysis

(with Sabrina Romero) Mining urban developement, real state, taxes, and Twitter data to explore the gentrification process in Miami

Student Success Prediction

(with Jose Muguira) Multinomial Logistic Regression model to predict student success based on performance on WeBWorK assignments

Concentration-Absorbance plot

(with Mallary Hoidal) Estimated concentration for undiluted sample from absorbance measurements

Krylov Methods

Some notes on Galerkin and GMRES methods

Primal/Dual Linear Programming

Main ideas, formulation, and properties of primal-dual of LP problems. Includes a note on how to solve LP problems in MATLAB