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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

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
Machine Learning Researcher, Army Cyber Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy; Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation
Ajay Anand
Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Goergen Data Science Institute, University of Rochester
Catherine Cramer
Founder and Principal, Woods Hole Institute; Associate Director, EarthCube; Director, Outreach and Engagement, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Yusuf Danisman
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Sarah Dunton
Director, Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance
Elena Filatova
Associate Professor, Computer Systems, New York City College of Technology
Forough Ghahramani
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge
Ahmed Gomaa
Professor Operations & Analytics, University of Scranton
Meghana Joshi
Applied Scientist II, Microsoft
Leslie LaBarte
District Consultant, Seneca Library District
Cathie LeBlanc
Professor, Plymouth State University
Hoang Luong
Associate, Morgan Stanley
Thilanka Munasinghe
Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kaylea Nelson
Team Lead of Computational Research Support Analyst, Yale University
Jennifer Oxenford
Chief Membership Officer and Director, NYC Dark Fiber Program, NYSERNet
Xingye Qiao
Professor, Binghamton University
Aunshul Rege
Associate Professor and Director, CARE Lab, Temple University
Benjamin Sango
Associate Consultant, Alvarez & Marsal Consumer and Retail Group
Oshani Seneviratne
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, and Associate Director, Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Abhishek Sinha
AI Architect, Cybersecurity Gen AI Stealth Startup
Haleigh Stewart
Tech Consultant, Qvest US
Federico d'Oleire Uquillas
Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University; Executive Director, Founder, NeurON
Andre de Waal
Data Science and Curriculum Developer, IBM
Tony Ye
Ph.D. Analyst, L.E.K. Consulting
Emre Yetgin
Director of Center for Business Analytics, and Associate 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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