Aboozar Hadavand, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Computational Sciences
College of Social Sciences


  • PhD in economics, M.Sc. in Control Systems and Robotics and B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology
  • Co-founder of Cauzl, a platform for learning causal inference and statistics
  • Taught data science and causal inference at numerous global academic institutions and companies, including IBM and Pepsi

Aboozar Hadavand received his Ph.D. from City University of New York (CUNY,) Graduate Center and his M.A. in Economics from Texas Tech University. Prior to Minerva, Hadavand served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he studied how students learn through massive open online courses (MOOCs.) Hadavand’s current research focuses on higher education, skill acquisition, science communication, and data literacy.

Hadavand has previously taught at Barnard College of Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and Texas Tech University. He has also been the curriculum developer and lead of a program called Cloud-Based Data Science (currently Data Trail) in Baltimore. The goal of the program is to train and prepare disadvantaged young adults for jobs in the field of data science.