“One of the greatest challenges for 21st-century science is how we respond to this new era of data-intensive science. This is recognized as a new paradigm beyond experimental and theoretical research and computer simulations of natural phenomena—one that requires new tools, techniques, and ways of working.” -Douglas Kell, University of Manchester

The 4th Paradigm is a student organization at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. We’re focused on giving students the opportunity to tackle real-world problems using a data-driven approach.

Our organization is brand new - founded in the fall of 2018 by students in CSU’s new Data Science major. The founders of the 4th Paradigm want to build a community of thinkers and problem solvers that connects students of all kinds to the greatest challenges of the 21st century.

The 4th Paradigm is an organization built on learning. All of our members are participating because they want to learn, and we are going to create a culture that helps supports that goal. We want every member to have plenty of opportunity to be a learner as well as a teacher and become closer to the community at CSU.

If you’re interested in joining us, send an email to dawsoneliasen@gmail.com.


Fi Graham

Online Relations Officer

Interested in applying tools of data science to artistic projects.

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Adam Smith


Uses tiny lightning to do stuff!

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Boston Lee

Financial Officer

Interested in using very large datasets to gain insights into behavior and patterns. Discovering utility in enormous datasets will be awesome in the future world of big data. (I know you're watching, NSA, FBI, and CIA... also Google. Please hire me someday.)

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Brandt Reutimann


Colorado State University Master's Student. Interested in machine learning, distributed systems, and big data.

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Logan Perkins

Online Relations Officer

Interested in Data Visualization and Machine Learning.

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Dawson Eliasen


Driven to learn new techniques to tackle society's most significant problems.

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Carson Eliasen

Commmunications Officer

Interested in participating in the new frontier of technology!

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Mark Gardner


Hanging in there.

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Adam Kiehl


Interested in data science's application in economics.

Richard Charles


Interested in the applications of data science in machine learning and medicine.

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Alex Fout


Graduate Student in Statistics Department. I'm interested in the analysis of structured data, most recently citation networks of US Circuit Court cases.

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