Meet the Team - Chancellor's Office of Data Analytics

Adam Sugano Albert Biscarra Cecilia Zhang Sira Hotsinpiller Nicole Lim

Adam Sugano

Executive Director of Chancellor's Office of Data Analytics

Phone: (310) 825-5713

A proud triple Bruin, between 2000-2008 Adam earned his BS in mathematics, MS in biostatistics, and a PhD in statistics from UCLA. Prior to his return to campus, Adam held leadership positions at Autodesk and Experian Marketing Services where he managed data science teams focused on understanding customer behavior and delivering innovative data-driven solutions to help inform decision making across these organizations.

Albert Biscarra

Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Phone: (310) 206-4152

Albert Biscarra joined APB as Assistant Director of Institutional Research in May 2017. He has worked in institutional research at UCLA since 2011. Albert seeks to further the mission of APB as a chief data resource both for the campus and externally through supporting data-driven analyses that empower strategic business decisions and new ways of evidence-based decision-making, as well as through forging strong working relationships with colleagues across UCLA and beyond. Albert attended UC Irvine for undergraduate and UCLA for graduate school. 

Cecilia Zhang

Assistant Director of Data Science

Phone: (310) 825-3358

Cecilia Zhang has served as the Assistant Director of Data Science and Institutional Research at APB since June 2017. Before she joined UCLA, she has been involved with institutional research, business intelligence and advanced analytics in various institutions of higher education. Cecilia earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and her research focused on the impact of labor migration on regional income inequality using panel data analysis.

Sira Hotsinpiller

Assistant Director of Data Analytics

Phone: (310) 825-5742

Sira joined APB as Assistant Director of Data Analytics in April, 2019. Prior to joining UCLA, she was a Senior Associate, Information Management at Prudential Retirement where she managed the company’s various business intelligence needs. Sira received an AA from the College of the Sequoias, then earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge and a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. Sira also teaches computer science classes at Santa Monica College. She is a certified yoga instructor and practices daily. Sira is proud to be part of the UCLA family.

Nicole Lim

Principal Data Scientist

Phone: (310) 825-1981

A data scientist and design enthusiast, Nicole joined UCLA in 2017. She earned her BS in Bioengineering from UC San Diego and her MS in Analytics from Northwestern University. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked on building data science products at Autodesk and consulted on analytics projects in Chicago and San Francisco. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.