Working Group Chairs

The Education & Workforce Working Group currently has two sub-working groups: Program Assessment and Project Based Teaching.      

This working group meeting is an opportunity for the two sub-working groups to discuss their year-long progress, next steps, and ways to connect and engage with the group.  The members will be in attendance to answer any questions or feedback from the larger working group community.

The South Hub leadership team has heard feedback from the Data Science Education & Workforce Working Group members for opportunities to engage in small topic-based sub-working groups.

2023 Past Speakers

June 2023 Speakers

Judy Cameron, Ph.D., | Director of Pittsburgh DataWorks

Judy Cameron, Ph.D., | Director of Pittsburgh DataWorks

Judy Cameron, Ph.D., is the Director of Pittsburgh DataWorks, an educational nonprofit that developed and has run the DataJam since 2013. She is also a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cameron has a long history of translating science to the public. She served as Director of Pitt Science Outreach from 2009-2019, which provides science education to more than 20,000 school age children and members of the public each year. She made a series of short films for PBS about the myths about mental illness, which first aired in 1995 and are still being aired today. She also teaches a college course entitled “Using Big Data for Community Good” that trains college students how to be effective mentors for the DataJam.

Debzani Deb - RJ Reynolds Endowed Professor of Computer Science & Founding Director, Center for Applied Data Science (CADS), Winston-Salem State University

Debzani Deb - RJ Reynolds Endowed Professor of Computer Science & Founding Director, Center for Applied Data Science (CADS), Winston-Salem State University

Debzani Deb is the RJ Reynolds Endowed Professor of Computer Science at the Winston-Salem State University. She is also the founding director of Center for Applied Data Science (CADS) at WSSU. She authored and coauthored over 40 referred journal and proceeding articles and has been awarded nearly $ 3.5 million of federal funding as PI and Co-PI. She has over 15 years of experience in Higher Education as faculty member in three different countries such as USA, Australia and Bangladesh. Her research interests are in the areas of Applied Data Science, Machine Learning, Parallel and Distributed System, and Computing Education. She is the recipient of 2021 Wilveria B. Atkinson Distinguished Research Award at WSSU.

 Mahmoud Harding | Instructional Design Specialist for Data Science for Everyone

 Mahmoud Harding

Mahmoud Harding is the Instructional Design Specialist for Data Science for Everyone, a non-profit coalition working to advance data science education for all K-12 students. Previously, he has taught courses in mathematics and data science at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and at the Data Science Academy (DSA) at NC State University. During his time at NCSSM he co-developed introductory and advanced data science courses in both R and Python.

March 2023 Speaker

 Rachel Levy | Executive Director, Data Science Academy & Professor of Mathematics, North Carolina State University

 Dr. Rachel Levy (Ray)

Dr. Rachel Levy (Ray) is the inaugural Executive Director of the Data Science Academy at NC State University and Professor of Mathematics. She incubates data science research partnerships within the university, across NC and beyond, leads the design and implementation of the DSA’s ADAPT course model (All-Campus Data Science Accessible Project Based Teaching and Learning), and communicates about data science with national and international audiences.

Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Levy was an American Mathematical Society Congressional Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She previously served as deputy executive director and staff principal investigator at the Mathematical Association of America, as well as associate dean for faculty development at Harvey Mudd College.

Levy has received funding from government grants and foundation and private donations to enable her research in applied mathematics, education, and professional development. She has developed professional networks, written numerous publications, taught as an interdisciplinary educator, and has sparked national and international cooperation in educational policy.      

Levy holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and English from Oberlin College, a Master of Arts in educational media and instructional design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from NC State.

2021-2022 Past Speakers

October 2022 Speakers

 Ed Pearson | S.E.E.D.S - Summer Data Science Academy for Undergraduate Students at Two HBCUs

Ed Pearson

Dr. Ed Pearson III is an Assistant Professor at Alabama A&M University in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences. Dr. Pearson is also the director of the Cybersecurity Outreach and Research (COR) Lab. Dr. Pearson’s research combines both cyber/information security and human-computer interaction with emphasis on social engineering and phishing attacks. Dr. Pearson believes that data science is essential to defending against cyber threats. In his free time Dr. Pearson enjoys great food and good music.

David Lockett | Summer Data Science Academy: Promoting Data Science with Robotics and NASA Geospatial and Extraterrestrial Big Data for Grades 9-12

David Lockett

David Lockett serves as the Co-PI for the SACS Summer Data Science Academy: Promoting Data Science with Robotics and NASA Geospatial and Extraterrestrial Big Data for Grades 9-12 The project combines robotics and big data, at the Meharry Medical College School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS) The key objective of the program is to stimulate curiosity in the cross-cutting field of data science through data science-driven, hands-on, STEM activities deploying real-life application scenarios and industrial grade robotic systems.

Eugene Levin | Summer Data Science Academy: Promoting Data Science with Robotics and NASA Geospatial and Extraterrestrial Big Data for Grades 9-12

Eugene Levin

Dr. Eugene Levin, ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist, joined Meharry Medical College as a professor in the School of Applied Computational Sciences in October 2021. He is an expert in geospatial science and technology with more than 30 years of academic and industry experience in photogrammetry, GIS, WebGIS, mapping, remote sensing, cartography, 3D visualization, human factors, robotics, Lidar, If-SAR, UAV, and aerial and satellite product development.

Dr. Levin has published 47 papers and a book in his field. He has demonstrated sustainable research collaborations with scientists from Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, China, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. Highlights of his work include:

  • Created a new eye tracking-based approach to cognitive GIS and geospatial image processing;
  • Developed a 4D-GIS system for manned/unmanned robotic platforms navigation, guidance, control and prediction;
  • Initiated, designed, and tested small UAV platforms including one produced on 3D printer; and
  • Developed a mobile mapping platform integrating GPS, lidar, and imaging sensors.


August 2022 Speakers

Ashok Krishnamurthy | EduHelx: Empowering data science education

Ashok Krishnamurthy

Ashok Krishnamurthy is the Interim Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and a Research Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also the Co-director for Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) at NC TraCS. Krishnamurthy has many years of experience with informatics and data science including data science cyberinfrastructure, medical image analysis, time-series data analysis, machine learning and high performance computing. He has over 15 years’ experience as both a researcher and an administrator in advancing cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary teams. Krishnamurthy collaborates with researchers in informatics, biomedical and health research, and social sciences to develop projects and programs that leverage the power of data science and scalable computing to solve challenging problems that advance the state-of-the-art. He advises undergraduate and graduate students and mentors post-doctoral scholars and junior investigators. He is also involved in managing and enhancing research partnerships with faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, along with building relationships between RENCI and Triangle area businesses. Ashok’s research over the years has been funded by NSF, NIH, DoD, DARPA and DOE. Krishnamurthy holds PhD and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Isma Gilani | EduHelx: Empowering data science education

Isma Gilani

Isma Gilani’s career in Computer Science, spanning multiple industries, has enabled her to build solid skills in key areas of software development ranging from requirements gathering and analysis, user centered design, solution development, and implementation.

She has become a key contributor in the development of the HeLx framework, which was motivated by the need for collaboration among scientists and researchers in light of the challenges faced by exponential growth in generation of scientific data. Her in-depth comprehension of HeLx’s architecture, its foundational technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Python/Django, as well as the ability to interface with users enables her to bridge the gap between humans and technology and come up with an effective plan to design, develop, and deploy the right system.

Somya D. Mohanty | A software and analytics tool to map graduate data science courses

Somya D. Mohanty

Somya is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Prior to this, Somya worked as Assistant Research Professor (and lead the Innovative Data Laboratory) at Social Science Research Center – Mississippi State University. Somya received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Berhampur University, M.S. in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mississippi State University. Somya's research interests include big-data, machine learning, data science, cyber-security, and trustworthy computing, and specializing in large scale databases, data-mining, algorithm design, web application, network security, trustworthy platform development, and computer security. Somya's current teaching interests include Security and Data Science related courses.

July 2022 Speakers

Pramod Misra | Use of Graph networks in improving analytics & Model performance

Pramod Misra

Pramod Misra is a passionate practitioner of using data for decision making, analytics and customer data enrichment. He is currently co-founder with 5GVector (Atlanta) where he is working on building ML models as a service for Banks, Insurance and Telecom companies. He is also working with Fintechs and insurance companies in developing alternative credit scoring models and the use of graph networks in analytics. He has anchored the development of digital engagement platforms and location analytics ( and He has more than 20 years of full-time work experience and worked with companies like Vodafone, Novartis, Procter & Gamble and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. He is actively engaged with major Banks, Fintech start-ups & customer intelligence companies on developing new capabilities using analytics & alternative data

Lisa Federer | Developing the Workforce for Data Science at the National Library of Medicine

Lisa Federer

Lisa Federer is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Data Science and Open Science Librarian, focusing on workforce development in the biomedical research and library communities for data science and open science, as well as advancing data best practices to enhance research reproducibility and promote data reuse. Prior to joining NLM, Lisa spent five years as the Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she developed and ran the Library’s Data Services Program. In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed papers, she is the editor of the Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians.  She holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Maryland and an MLIS from the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as graduate certificates in data science and data visualization. Her research focuses on quantifying and characterizing biomedical data reuse and development of meaningful scholarly metrics for shared data.

June 2022 Speakers

Jonathon Schwabish | S.E.E.D.S Outcome: Data4Kids: Virtually Teaching Kids about Data Science

Jonathon Schwabish

Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center and Communications Department at the Urban Institute. His research focuses on nutrition policy and policies that affect people with disabilities. He is also considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. He has written three books on data communication; his latest, Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. He is on Twitter @jschwabish

Nicholas Horton | Fostering data science pathways from associate's to bachelor's degrees

Nicholas Horton

Nicholas J. Horton (Amherst College) is Beitzel Professor of Technology and Society (Statistics and Data Science) at Amherst College. He serves as co-PI on the DSC-WAV project. Nick is the co-chair of the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and involved in several other data science education initiatives at the National Academies. 

May 2022 Speakers

Seema Iyer | S.E.E.D.S Outcome: Evaluation and Demonstration of Open Data Portal Technology for Smart Cities and Data Science for Social Good

Seema Iyer

Seema D. Iyer PhD is associate director and research professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. Dr. Iyer oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) , which annually prepares the Vital Signs compendium of open data for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The award-winning BNIA project is part of the Urban Institute's national partnership of sites that provide longitudinal data on demographics, housing, crime, education and sustainability. BNIA just released the Baltimore Community Change Project with a set of 6 reports that tracks how Baltimore's neighborhoods have changed over the last decade in terms of race, affordability, building vacancy, accessibility, connectivity and quality of life. Academically, she is also director of UBalt’s Real Estate and Economic Development program and teaches courses on real estate principles and local economic development. In 2019, she helped launch the M$T Bank Real Estate Fellows Venture competition at UBalt to create pathways for early-stage developers interested in working with stable, middle-market communities in Baltimore. Dr. Iyer was the 2021 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents faculty award for Public Service. Dr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her most recent publication is: Iyer, S. (Co-Editor) (2021). Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in North American Cities: Best Practices in Community Planning and Performance Measurement. Springer Nature.

Sonya Dennis | S.E.E.D.S Outcome: Incorporating Data into an African American Diaspora Course

Sonya Dennis

Dr. Sonya Dennis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Dennis holds a B.S. from Savannah State, an MS from Clark Atlanta, and a PhD from Walden University.  Her career has spanned industryc and academic experiences.  She was a recipient of a mini-grant award from the 2020 S.E.E.D.S Program Large Award Recipient, the HBCU-DSC.  Her mini-grant award explored Data in an African American Diaspora Course.


April 2022 Speakers

Mallory Sheff | Improving College Success Through Predictive Modeling

Mallory Sheff

Hailing from both France and the U.S., Mallory has been working in health and social impact for over a decade across countries -- South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania -- and time zones. She has leveraged her international expertise and cross-cultural knowledge to collaborate with experts in academia, policy, and nonprofit organizations, bridging the gap between resources and the populations who need them. Mallory applies systems thinking and data driven decision-making to all the work that she does, celebrating complexity as a key component of projects rooted in the real world. Mallory holds an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in International Development Studies from The George Washington University. 

Jason Black | 2020 South BD Hub S.E.E.D.S. Project: HBCU-Data Science Consortium

Dr. Jason T. Black

Dr. Jason T. Black is an Associate Professor in Information Systems and Operations Management in the School of Business and Industry at FAMU. Dr. Black’s research interests include business analytics/Big Data, mobile computing, and educational technology. Additionally, Dr. Black is developing a business analytics degree program (B.S.) in the School of Business and Industry, to be launched in Fall 2021. Dr. Black is also a member of the South Big Data Hub and a participant in the NSF DataUp Initiative, as well as an instructor for the Software Carpentry program, which teaches data science-related tools to researchers using interactive teaching strategies

March 2022 Speaker

Ashok Goel | Georgia Tech AI Institue

Ashok Goel

Ashok K. Goel is a Professor of Computer Science and  Cognitive Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, Director of the  School’s Ph.D. Program in Human-Centered Computing, and Coordinator of the faculty  consortium on Creativity, Learning & Cognition. This project brings together scientists to  translate big data into meaningful knowledge that supports research and education in  environmental sustainability. The project will focus on the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the  world’s largest database of biological species, and other biodiversity data sources to make this  data more accessible and usable by integrating artificial intelligence tools, modeling, and  simulation.

March 2022 Speaker

Tim Chartier | Talk Title: Get in the Game: Math and Sports Analytics

Tim Chartier

Tim Chartier is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Davidson College who specializes in data analytics.  He consults with ESPN, the New York Times, the US Olympic Committee and teams in the NBA, NFL and NASCAR.  Tim has overseen a sports analytics group that can number nearly 100 student researchers each year; the group supplies analytics to Davidson College sports teams  Beyond authoring books such as X Games in Mathematics: Sports Training that Counts!, Tim has worked on Google and Pixar educational initiatives.  Tim's authorship, research, and scholarship have been recognized with national leadership positions in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and multiple awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, The MAA SE Distinguished Teaching Award and the MAA’s Euler Book Award.

February 2022 Speaker

Thereza Padilha | Talk Title: Use of Educational Data to Predict Students' Performance

Thereza Padilha

Thereza Padilha is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She is a visiting scholar in the school of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology since 2020 and ends her research in May 2022 about the use of educational data to know the students' performance before they drop out or fail in classes. Her research interests include educational data mining, logic, and programming teaching.  Thereza is looking forward to collaborating on data science projects in USA universities.

February 2022 Speaker

Patti Ordonez | Talk Title: Data Science for Social Justice: Using hackathons and datathons to turn despair into empowerment

Patti Ordonez

Dr. Patricia Ordóñez is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras and thereby fulfilling two lifelong and one unexpected midlife dreams – living in a Spanish speaking country, having the opportunity to make a greater difference in the world, and becoming a professor. Her research interests are in applying machine learning, data mining, and visualization to multivariate time series analysis, specifically to large repositories of clinical data (now known as Biomedical Data Science), creating a voice programming language (assistive technology), and advocating and working towards high-quality computer and data science education for all. She was the first Latina to graduate with a PhD from the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the first female Associate Professor to earn tenure in the Computer Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras (UPRRP). She is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is serving as General Chair at the 2022 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference and is former co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She is the recipient of the Great Minds in STEM 2021 HENAAC Award in Education. She is passionate about creating a more inclusive culture in computing and STEM and about bridging the digital and data divide in global healthcare and education.

January 2022 Speaker

Farhana Hasan | Talk Title: Non-Profit Partnership Discussion

Farhana Hasan

Farhana Hasan is the Founder and CEO of HerWILL, a US based social enterprise for women’s empowerment that focuses on breaking social barriers to success through education, advocacy, discussion, and innovative technology. HerWILL is committed to helping to achieve gender equality, the UN SDG goal #5, by 2030. With HerWILL, Farhana has married her passion for women’s empowerment, innovative technology, and data insight. Her cross-cultural and multiple industry leadership experiences have made her well-suited for founding the social enterprise she is now leading.  Farhana was a senior leader in global aviation for almost 20 years, with experience in data science applications, business intelligence, aviation technology, and leadership development. She led the technology implementation for partnership development at Delta Air Lines, in collaboration with Delta’s strategic partners around the world. She has also served in SkyTeam IT Executive Board for five years. 

January 2022 Speaker

Dr. Arko Barman | Talk Title: DS+X: Developing Data Science Curriculum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Biology & Medicine

Dr. Arko Barman

Dr. Arko Barman is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Data to Knowledge Lab with a joint appointment in the ECE department at Rice University. Dr. Barman has been involved in curriculum design and teaching data science courses for several years. Prior to joining Rice University, Dr. Barman was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), where he developed introductory data science and statistics courses for postdoctoral fellows in biology and medicine. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the inaugural Postdoctoral Service Award at UTHealth for his teaching and service activities respectively. Dr. Barman received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Houston, Masters in Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Science, and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India. His research interests include machine learning, deep learning, biomedical image analysis, computer vision, data mining, and heuristic optimization. Dr. Barman has also worked in the industry for several years at Broadcom Corporation and the Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC).

November 2021 Speaker

Dr. Karen Hoober | Talk Title:  Graduate Programs at University of Delaware's Center of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Karen Hoober

Dr. Karen Hoober is the Associate Director for Graduate Education and Outreach at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) and the Director for Workforce Development for the Data Science Institute (DSI) at the University of Delaware. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Delaware where she teaches undergraduate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. 

November 2021 Speaker

Dr. Legand Burge | Talk Title: NIH AIM-AHEAD Award Overview: Lead the Data Science Training Core

Dr. Legand Burge

Dr. Burge is a Professor of Computer Science and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Howard West initiative at Howard University. His primary research interest is in distributed computing and its applications in the design and development of social-technical systems. He is currently investigating the design and development of smart spaces to support immersive learning within a classroom, and smart spaces that facilitate the innovation process in distributed teams. He is also working with the Howard University Medical School's RCMI Center to utilize historical medical data to develop precision medicine tools to manage, detect, and prevent chronic diseases which affect African Americans. Additionally, he is also interested in researching design patterns for consensus algorithms for distributed Blockchain solutions. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, Dept of Education, DHS, AFSOR, and various industry companies such as Amazon, and Google. His most recently funded project involves the design and development of socio-technology to triage elderly adults who suffer from cognitive decline utilizing ML/AI for Modeling Vocal Prosody and Facial Expressions.

October 2021 Speaker

Dr. Da Yan | Talk Title:  Some Insights on Curriculum Design in Data Science and Big Data Related Courses

Dr. Da Yan

Dr. Da Yan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Yan is the sole winner of Hong Kong Institute of Science 2015 Young Scientist Award in Physical/Mathematical Science, and senior members of ACM and IEEE. His current research interests include parallel/distributed Big Data systems, graph and geospatial data mining, and deep learning. He regularly publishes in top venues such as SIGMOD, VLDB, KDD, ICDE, WWW, ICML, VLDB Journal, TKDE, TPDS, etc., where he also regularly serves as reviewers. He also organizes the BIOKDD workshop held with KDD and served as guest editors of IEEE TCBB and BMC Bioinformatics. At UAB, he designed and is currently teaching many Data Science courses including Foundations of Data Science, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning, which have been taken by undergraduate, master and PhD students, and even high-school students choosing through UAB’s Vulcan Materials and Academic Success Center. The classes are very popular and taken by students not only within the CS department, but also from many other schools in UAB, with a class size often surpassing 100 students. In this talk, Dr. Yan will share his experience and vision in Data Science and Big Data education.

October 2021 Speaker

Dr. Alessandro Selvitella | Talk Title: A journey through data science research at undergraduate-teaching institutions: Thematic programs, conferences, courses, and partnerships towards expanding computational literacy in local communities

Dr. Alessandro Selvitella

Alessandro is currently an Assistant Professor of Data Science and Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received a BSc and an MSc in Mathematics from Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy), a PhD in Mathematical Analysis from SISSA (Trieste, Italy), and an MSc and a PhD in Statistics from McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada). He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics at McMaster University, a Part-time Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Ottawa, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Psychiatry and Computing Science at the University of Alberta.

His current research interests are in the applications of data science and mathematical methods in the biological and medical sciences. He is currently supported by the Lilly Endowment Grant “Indiana Digital Crossroads” (2021-2026) and the NSF-Simons Pilot Project Program Grant (2021-2022). He has received the PFW Sigma-Xi Researcher of the Year Award (2020),  Purdue Service-Learning Fellowship (2021), and Pippert Research Scholar Award (2021).

September 2021 Speaker

Dr. Brian Wright | Talk Title:  Building a School of Data Science and a Undergraduate Curriculum

Dr. Brian Wright

Brian Wright graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BS in Economics in 2002.  He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Public Administration before being awarded a fellowship in 2005 with the Department of Defense.  Brian worked for various commands, including an appointment in the Pentagon with the Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff. Brian then returned to his alma mater as the Assistant Director for the National Defense Business Institute, NDBI, a research organization housed inside UTK’s School of Business, while there he received his PhD in Higher Education Administration.   

September 2021 Speaker

Dr. Lori Downen | Talk Title: SAS Global Academic Program: A Partner to Enable Data Science and Analytics Education

Dr. Lori Downen

Dr. Lori Downen is a recent addition to SAS Global Academic Programs where she supports academic programs in advancing analytics education and aligning STEM education to meet the demands of the labor market. Before joining SAS, Dr. Downen obtained B.S. degrees in Physics and Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in experimental and computational nuclear astrophysics. She has extensive experience as a mentor, tutor, and instructor with groups such as the Society for Woman Engineers and Women in Science and Engineering. Contact:

August 2021 Speaker

Dr. Jian Tao | Talk Title:  DS+X: an Immersive and Interdisciplinary Approach for Data Science Education

Dr. Jian Tao

Dr. Jian Tao is a Research Scientist / Computational Scientist / Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M Engineering. He is affiliated with the Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing, the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science, and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics (Computational Astrophysics) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. He is currently the Associate Director of the Scientific Machine Learning Laboratory at the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science. He is a contributor to the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark suite. He is also a University Ambassador of the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute and an XSEDE Campus Champion at Texas A&M University. His research interests include high performance computing, numerical algorithms, image processing, data analytics, machine learning, and workflow management.

August 2021 Speaker

Dr. Arko Barman | Talk Title: Case study: Applied Data Science & Machine Learning Capstone designed for externally-funded projects

Dr. Arko Barman

Dr. Arko Barman is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Data to Knowledge Lab with a joint appointment in the ECE department at Rice University. Dr. Barman has been involved in curriculum design and teaching data science courses for several years. Prior to joining Rice University, Dr. Barman was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), where he developed introductory data science and statistics courses for postdoctoral fellows in biology and medicine. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the inaugural Postdoctoral Service Award at UTHealth for his teaching and service activities respectively. Dr. Barman received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Houston, Masters in Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Science, and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India. His research interests include machine learning, deep learning, biomedical image analysis, computer vision, data mining, and heuristic optimization. Dr. Barman has also worked in the industry for several years at Broadcom Corporation and the Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC).

2020-2021 Past Speakers

July 2021 Speaker

Dr. Julia Stoyanovich | Talk Title:  Teaching Responsible Data Science

Dr. Julia Stoyanovich

Julia Stoyanovich is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Center for Data Science.  Julia's research focuses on responsible data management and analysis practices: on operationalizing fairness, diversity, transparency, and data protection in all stages of the data acquisition and processing lifecycle. 

July 2021 Speaker

Dr. Raghu Machiraju | Talk Title: Creating novel academic programming: Combining data analytics with design thinking

Raghu Machiraju

Raghu Machiraju serves as a Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, Pathology at The Ohio State University.  Currently, he serves as the Associate Chair for Growth in the Department of  Computer Science and Engineering and as the Principal Data Scientist at the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI). 

June 2021 Speaker

Dr. Joyce Malyn-Smith | Talk Title:  Tools for Developing New Data Pathways in Community Colleges

Joyce Malyn-Smith

Joyce Malyn-Smith is a national expert on STEM career development and workforce education. She leads a body of work that explores how people develop skills and knowledge in and out of school then translate those into productive and rewarding careers. Her projects develop industry/ education connections in computational thinking, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and other advanced technologies.  Malyn-Smith’s research focuses on the future of work and its implications for lifelong learning. 

June 2021 Speaker

Dr. Jianwu Wang | Talk Title:  Team-Based Online Multidisciplinary Education on Big Data + High-Performance Computing + Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Jianwu Wang

Dr. Jianwu Wang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is also an affiliated faculty at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), UMBC. His research interests include Big Data Analytics, Scientific Workflow, Distributed Computing, Service Oriented Computing.

May 2021 Speaker

Dr. R. N. Uma | Talk Title:  Data Science for Social Justice: An Approach to Broaden Participation

Dr. R. N. Uma

Dr. R. N. Uma is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at NC Central University, Durham, NC, USA. Her research interests include data science, scheduling and resource allocation with applications to cloud computing, robotics, wireless sensor networks, multimedia networking, and large logistics problems. Her research has spanned from purely theoretical to experimental and simulations. 

April 2021 Speaker

Dr. David Beck | Talk Title:  Domain Specific Graduate Training in Data Science in the Context of a University Wide Approach

Dr. David Beck

David Beck is a Research Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), a Senior Data Science Fellow and Director of Research and Education for the eScience Institute. Dr. Beck’s research explores the intersection of molecules and data science, or molecular data science, and its applications to energy, environment and health.  

April 2021 Speaker

Dr. David Gutman | Talk Title: The Human Tumor Atlas Network Data Coordinating Center

Dr. David Gutman

Dr. David Gutman received his PhD in Neuroscience and MD from Emory University School of Medicine and is now an associate professor of Neurology.  Dr. Gutman is also a staff Physician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit.  Dr. Gutman's research focuses on developing informatics technologies to process and analyze large imaging data sets, and is leading the imaging informatics efforts to integrate data for the Human Tumor Atlas Network.

March 2021 Speaker

Dr. Jonathan Schwabish | Talk Title:  Teaching Data Visualization to Kids

Dr. Jonathan Schwabish

Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content and his edited book, Elevated the Debate: A Multilayered Approach to Communicating Your Researchhelps people develop a strategic plan to communicating their work across multiple platforms and channels. His latest book, Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. He is on Twitter @jschwabish

March 2021 Speaker

Dr. Ben Marwick

Dr. Ben Marwick | Talk Title: Data Skills and Data Studies: A New Interdisciplinary Minor in Data Science for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Ben is an Associate Professor of Archaeology, with other local affiliations including the eScience Institute, the Burke Museum, the Center for Statistics and Social Sciences, the Quaternary Research Center, and the Southeast Asia Center. His research interests include hominin dispersals into mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia, mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere.  Ben is interested in techniques and methods for reproducible research and open science, and is the program chair for the UW eScience Institute's Reproducible Research Special Interest Group. He is the inaugural director of the UW Interdisciplinary Data Science Minor.

February 2021 Speaker

Dr. Karl Schmidt | Talk Title:  Keeping Academic Data Science On-Track: What to Assess and How

Dr. Karl Schmidt

Karl is engaged in a variety of Data Science Educational, most recently by serving as a member of the ACM Data Science Task Force to develop their curricular recommendations for Data Science. He was the founding director of Valparaiso University's undergraduate Data Science degree and ran Valpo's Masters in Analytics and Modeling program for 5 years. Karl is now the Program Coordinator for Data Analytics at Trinity Christian College and is part of implementing the new program there, alongside a new Data Center.  Karl specializes in data science as applied to networks and graphs.

February 2021 Speaker

Dr. Hunter Schafer | Talk Title: Designing CSE 163, an Intermediate Data Programming course

Dr. Hunter Schafer

Hunter Schafer is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His work prioritizes integrating evidence-based teaching practices to achieve equitable learning outcomes for all students, regardless of their primary field of study. Hunter teaches classes on introductory programming, data structures and algorithms, data science, and machine learning. In his first year on the Allen School faculty, he designed ‘CSE 163 - Intermediate Data Programming’, a core programming course taken by students pursuing data science options in majors across the university. His goal is to enable students from a variety of fields to appreciate the accessibility and relevance of these courses to their studies.

January 2021 Speakers

Dr. Mandy Hering | Talk Title:  Navigating Undergraduate Research Projects Fully Online

Dr. Mandy Hering

Amanda Hering obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Statistics in 2009. She joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and then the Department of Statistical Science at Baylor University in 2016 as an Associate Professor. She has over 55 peer-reviewed papers in both statistics and subject matter journals.  Her research focus is on methods and applications to problems in natural and engineered water environments. In 2019, she was selected for The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) Abdel El-Shaawari Early Investigator Award. She is the PI of an NSF Data Science Corps project titled “Modernizing Water and Wastewater Treatment through Data Science Education and Research.”

January 2021 Speakers

Dr. Adam LaMee | Talk Title: Getting into K12 Classrooms: a large-scale partnership between UCF Physics and local schools integrating data science into core middle grades curriculum with free, open source materials

Dr. Adam LaMee

As the PhysTEC Teacher-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida department of Physics, Adam LaMee coordinates undergraduate laboratories, the Learning Assistant program, and partnerships with K12 schools. For the past five years that has included integrating Python and Jupyter into undergraduate physics curriculum and large-scale data science initiatives in middle and high schools. Mr. LaMee is also a Teaching & Learning Fellow for the NSF-funded Quarknet Program whose activities include mentoring K12 teachers and students in particle physics research and creating K12 curriculum that exposes students to current research in a range of physics disciplines. He has 15 years of experience teaching at the high school and university levels, has led workshops around the country for hundreds of K12 teachers, and was a developer of Florida's secondary science course standards.

November 2020

Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier | Talk Title: How Secure Is Your Data

Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier

Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Claflin University where she was named the Henry N. and Alice Carson Tisdale Endowed Professor and the former Department Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Dr. Swanier is the founder and CEO of Swanier Consulting, LLC. Dr. Swanier conducts research in Human Computer Interaction with an emphasis in visual programming of educational simulations with end user programming and educational gaming technologies.  Dr. Swanier works with outreach initiatives to improve computer science education at all levels. 

November 2020 Speaker

Dr. Eliu Huerta | Talk Title: Training the Next Generation of AI Practitioners

Dr. Eliu Huerta

Dr. Eliu Huerta is the director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a Master of Advanced Study and a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are at the interface of artificial intelligence, theoretical astrophysics, extreme scale computing and mathematics. He is the head of the Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where he leads a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and multi-institutional research program funded by NSF and DOE.

October 2020

Dr. Debra F. Laefer | Talk Title: Remote Sensing and Data Science: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Debra F. Laefer

With degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (MS, PhD), NYU (MEng), and Columbia University (BS, BA), Prof. Debra Laefer has a wide-ranging background spanning from geotechnical and structural engineering to art history and historic preservation. Not surprisingly, Prof. Laefer’s work often stands at the cross-roads of technology creation and community values such as devising technical solutions for protecting architecturally significant buildings from sub-surface construction. 

October 2020 Speaker

Dr. Le Xie | Talk Title: A Cross-Domain Approach to Analyzing the Short-Run Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Electricity Sector

Dr. Le Xie

Dr. Le Xie is a Professor and Chancellor EDGES Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the Assistant Director-Energy Digitization at Texas A&M Energy Institute. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2004, S.M. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 2005, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. 

Date Published
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 12:00 pm