People

  • Nitesh Chawla

    Director

    Nitesh Chawla

    Director

    Address: 384 Nieuwland Science Hall

    Phone: 574.631.1090

    Email: nchawla@nd.edu

    Nitesh Chawla serves as the Founding Director of the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society. In addition to this role, he is the Frank Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of Data Inference Analysis and Learning Lab. Chawla's research is focused on machine learning, data science, and network science. He is at the frontier of interdisciplinary applications with innovative work in healthcare analytics, social and information networks, business analytics, national security, and climate/environmental sciences.

  • Jasmine Botello

    Executive Assistant

    Jasmine Botello

    Executive Assistant

    Address: 384E Nieuwland Science Hall

    Phone: 574.631.7095

    Email: abotello@nd.edu

    Jasmine Botello provides administrative support for Nitesh Chawla, Director of Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, and the Institute faculty and students. Before joining Notre Dame full time, Jasmine worked as a student for the CRC and Latino Studies on campus. Jasmine holds a BA in Studio Art while minoring in Communication from Holy Cross College and is currently pursuing a Masters of Art in Health Communication from Indiana University of South Bend.

  • Sugana Chawla

    Education and Outreach Program Manager

    Sugana Chawla

    Education and Outreach Program Manager

    Address: 384A Nieuwland Science Hall

    Phone: 574.631.2882

    Email: schawla@nd.edu

    Sugana Chawla supports the new iTReDS program as the Education and Outreach Program Manager. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she was in Maryland where she also received her MA in Education. She has a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida. She is excited to apply her STEM background coupled with her education degree to work with students and faculty, and is driven by the purposeful work on making a difference to scholarship and communities.

  • Ying (Alison) Cheng

    Associate Director of Education Initiatives

    Ying (Alison) Cheng

    Associate Director of Education Initiatives

    Address: Corbett Family Hall

    Phone: (574) 631-7649

    Email: ycheng4@nd.edu

     

    Professor Ying (Alison) Cheng is a psychologist whose research focuses on quantitative methods in educational and psychological measurement research, particularly item response theory (IRT) and cognitive diagnostic modeling. Her research seeks to improve the precision, validity, fairness, and usefulness of large-scale standardized tests such as the GRE and statewide student assessments. Professor Cheng's research complements the other aspects of her work as associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology, such as teaching of undergraduate statistics and graduate courses in Item Response Theory, Psychological Measurement, and Test Development. For Professor Cheng, it is extremely exciting and gratifying when research ideas are generated from classroom teaching.

  • Brian Fogarty

    Associate Director (CSSR)

    Brian Fogarty

    Associate Director (CSSR)

    Address: 1020 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: 574.631.6166

    Email: bfogart2@nd.edu
     

    Brian Fogarty serves as an associate director for Lucy Family Institute, specifically overseeing the Center for Social Science Research. He is also concurrent associate professor of the practice in the Department of Political Science. At the CSSR, he works with social science researchers to support their project research design, data, and quantitative analysis needs.  His current research focuses on the news media as a strategic actor in politics and understanding perceptions of voter and electoral fraud. Before joining Notre Dame, he was a lecturer in quantitative social science at the University of Glasgow’s Q-Step Centre. Prior to Glasgow, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

  • Angélica García Martínez

    International Scholar

    Angélica García Martínez

    International Scholar

    Email: agarci35@nd.edu
    Phone: +1 574-631 2046 (office)
    384A Nieuwland Science Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

    Angélica García Martínez  is an International Scholar & Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society. Garcia Martinez' expertise is in cancer epidemiology, and work with children in high-vulnerability in rural villages and indigenous population in Mexico. She has coordinated research projects for Mexico´s National Public Health Institute (INSP, 2008-2016) and the University of California, Harvard University and Yale University. Served as Research Director in Un Kilo de Ayuda, Mexican NGO (2016 to 2020), designed the system INFOKilo, v2 - real-time monitoring to assess neurological and physical development in children in high-vulnerability and serves as project manager of Lucy Institute's research project with HIMFG (Hospital Infantil de México, Federico Gómez) for Validation of the risk scale for tracking oncological patients with fever and neutropenia. She holds a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from Mexico's National Public Health Institute (INSP).

  • Katie Liu

    Research Program Manager

    Katie Liu

    Research Program Manager

    Address: 1020 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: 574.631.1150

    kliu22@nd.edu

    Katie Liu serves as a Research Program Manager for the Lucy Family Institute. Katie collaborates with Lucy Institute faculty, fellows, and staff to identify and develop internal and external funding opportunities. Before joining Notre Dame, Katie was an NSF-GRFP fellow at Stanford University, where she received her Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry studying the mechanism of influenza virus membrane fusion. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry from Scripps College.

  • Cheng Liu

    CSSR Lead Data Scientist

    Cheng Liu

    CSSR Lead Data Scientist

    Address: 1020J Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: 574.631.1168

    Email: cliu7@nd.edu

    Cheng Liu is a Data Scientist for the Center for Social Science Research and a concurrent Research Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology.  Before joining the CSSR, Dr. Liu was a Computational Scientist in the Center for Research Computing for several years. His research interests include computational modeling and data mining approaches to large-scale educational assessment data, as well as the infrastructure development of online learning and assessment systems. Dr. Liu provides statistical consultation to support social science research with modern information technology. He also seeks opportunities to collaborate on grant proposals.

  • Ramandeep Makhija

    Data Scientist

    Ramandeep Makhija

    Data Scientist

    Address: 1020G Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: +1 574-631-3696

    Email: rmakhija@nd.edu

  • Natalie Meyers

    Associate Director of Operations

    Natalie Meyers

    Associate Director of Operations

    Phone: 574.631.1546

    Office: 1020A Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Email: natalie.meyers@nd.edu

    Natalie Meyers serves as an associate director of operations for Lucy Family Institute. Meyers supports the operational aspects of the Institute, such as: budget, development & deployment of data platform(s), reporting, oversight of research and education programs, engagement with internal & external stakeholders, staff management & recruitment activities. Meyers's research focuses on research data management and software preservation. She also holds a concurrent appointment with the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, and an affiliation with the GO FAIR US Support and Coordination Office.  Prior to joining Notre Dame, she was co-owner of Content Innovations, LLC a California certified woman-owned small business in San Francisco. Meyers was previously a programmer analyst  and GIS specialist at UC Berkeley where she also received her Masters in Library and Information Systems (MLIS) . She also holds an MA in English from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

  • Yang Xu

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Yang Xu

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Address: 1020F Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: 574.631.3696

    Email: yxu6@nd.edu

    Yang Xu is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. In 2017, he earned a master's degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked as a civilian nuclear power engineer. In his current role, he develops Bayesian models and performs data analysis embedded with machine learning algorithms. His research interests include convolution and recurrent neural networks.

  • Jessica Young

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Jessica Young

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Address: 1020I Jenkins Nanovic Halls

    Phone: 574.631.8025

    Email: jyoung22@nd.edu

    Jessica Young is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. She graduated summa cum laude as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar from Westfield State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. In 2017 she completed her master's thesis entitled "Predicting Cholera Positive Cases in Haiti," graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with her M.S. in Applied Statistics. She frequently uses R and focuses on utilizing machine learning methods to solve problems.