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NSDC Leadership Team

Meet the National Student Data Corps (NSDC) leadership team!


The NSDC HQ Team spearheads the program’s events, opportunities, and initiatives.

Florence Hudson
Executive Director, Co-Principal Investigator, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University
Emily Rothenberg
NSDC Program Coordinator, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University
Dashansh Prajapati
NSDC Student Coordinator, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University
Rahulraj Singh
NSDC Student Coordinator, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University

Founding Committee

The NSDC Founding Committee has been instrumental in building this program. Learn more about the Founding Committee’s Teams, including the Content & Pedagogy, Peer Instructors, and Outreach Teams, listed below.

Elie Alhajjar
Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy
Ajay Anand
Deputy Director, Goergen Data Science Institute, University of Rochester
Catherine Cramer
Director, Woods Hole Institute
Yusuf Danisman
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Sarah Dunton
Director, Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance
Elena Filatova
Assistant Professor, Computer Systems, New York City College of Technology
Forough Ghahramani
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge
Ahmed Gomaa
Director of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Scranton
Meghana Joshi
Project Coordinator, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Leslie LaBarte
Seneca District Consultant, Seneca Library District
Cathie LeBlanc
General Education Coordinator and Professor of Digital Media, Plymouth State University
Hoang Luong
Associate, Morgan Stanley
Thilanka Munasinghe
Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kaylea Nelson
Senior Computational Research Support Analyst, Yale University
Jennifer Oxenford
Director, Member Services and NYC Dark Fiber Program, NYSERNet
Xingye Qiao
Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Chair of the Data Science Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence, Binghamton University
Aunshul Rege
Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University
Benjamin Sango
Associate, Alvarez & Marsal Consumer and Retail Group
Oshani Seneviratne
Director, Health Data Research, Institute for Data Exploration and Applications, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Abhishek Sinha
Product Data Science,
Haleigh Stewart
Consulting Analyst, Qvest US
Federico d'Oleire Uquillas
Ph.D. Student, Princeton University; National Science Foundation GRF; Ford Foundation National Academies of Sciences Predoctoral Fellow
Andre de Waal
Data and AI Expert Labs Learning, Academic Technology Lead IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
Tony Ye
Ph.D. Analyst, L.E.K. Consulting
Emre Yetgin
Director of Center for Business Analytics and Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Rider University

NSDC Teams led by the NSDC Founding Committee

Content & Pedagogy

Led by Andre de Waal, Frederico d’Oleire Uquillas, and Yusuf Danisman, our Content & Pedagogy team builds a curriculum leveraging academia and industry generated pedagogy and materials to teach data science fundamentals, as well as translational data science with pertinent use cases.

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Peer Instructors

The Peer Instructors team consists of graduate, undergraduate, and post-doc students who will teach data science remotely to students who do not have access to data science programs, and play a significant role in shaping the student experience.


The Outreach team, led by Forough Ghahramani and Jennifer Oxenford, identifies and enables collaborators interested in engaging the NSDC to increase data science education and knowledge. This includes higher ed institutions, students interested in engaging with the NSDC, and community and government institutions that employ data science, providing real-world examples to teach practical, translational data science.

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