I'm a senior at Cornell University double majoring in Computer Science and Statistics. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Professor Rene Kizilcec and the Future of Learning Lab, Professor Lillian Lee and Jack Hessel, and Professor Joe Guinness. As a result, my research interests have been shaped by the fields of machine learning, natural language processing, computational social science, human-computer interaction, education, and statistics.
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).

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] [Talk]

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

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

Cornell 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


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.
I was certified as a CompTIA A+ Technician as an 11 year old.
My favorite basketball team is the Toronto Raptors.