People

  • Nitesh Chawla

    Founding Director and Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    Nitesh Chawla

    Founding Director and Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    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 & Society. In addition to this role, he is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the 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 and Professor of Psychology

    Ying (Alison) Cheng

    Associate Director of Education Initiatives and Professor of Psychology

    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.

  • Alissa Doroh

    Events & Communications Coordinator

    Alissa Doroh

    Events & Communications Coordinator

    Address: 610 Flanner Hall

    Phone: 574.631.6853

    Email: adoroh@nd.edu

  • Brian Fogarty

    Associate Director (CSSR)

    Brian Fogarty

    Associate Director (CSSR)

    Address: 620 Flanner Hall

    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.

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  • 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).

  • Matthew Hauenstein

    AETL Data Scientist

    Matthew Hauenstein

    AETL Data Scientist

    Phone: 574.631.7095

    Office: 614 Flanner Hall

    Email: mhauenst@nd.edu

    Matthew Hauenstein is an AETL data scientist for the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University with a specialization in quantitative research methods.  As a data scientist, he works with the Applied Analytics & Emerging Technology Lab to develop analytics projects for regional businesses.  Before joining the Lucy Family Institute he was a postdoctoral scholar with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Ian Hogan

    Administrative Coordinator

    Ian Hogan

    Administrative Coordinator

    Address: 610 Flanner Hall

    Phone: 574.631.9985

    Email: ihogan1@nd.edu

    Ian Hogan is the Administrative Coordinator for Lucy Family Institute.  He has worked at the University since August of 2008.

  • Rick Johnson

    Managing Director, AETL

    Rick Johnson

    Managing Director, AETL

    Phone: 574.631.1086

    Office: 615 Flanner Hall

    Email: rick.johnson@nd.edu

    Rick Johnson serves as an associate professor of the practice and managing director of the Applied Analytics and Emerging Technology Lab (AETL) as part of the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society.  AETL collaborates with iNDustry Labs to help accelerate economic and innovation impact in the South-Bend Elkhart region, achieving the goals of the LIFT Network.  Prior to joining AETL, Rick most recently combined his research, industry, and technology experience as the Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab which analyzed, prototyped, and vetted mid-to-long-term strategic opportunities for the Hesburgh Libraries. Rick also spearheaded the implementation of the University of Notre Dame’s institutional repository, CurateND, contributed to several data preservation research grants, and served as a Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Research Libraries for the SHARE project. Prior to joining the university in 2008, Rick worked as a software developer in the banking industry in Seattle for seven years, and spent two years in software sales and consulting in Chicago and Tokyo.  He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in Computer Science and Japanese, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • Michael Kennel

    AETL Software Engineer

    Michael Kennel

    AETL Software Engineer

    Address: 613 Flanner Hall

    Email: mkennel@nd.edu

    Michael Kennel is an AeTL Software Engineer for the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society. A native to the Northern Indiana area and a graduate of Indiana University South Bend, Michael is invested in the local community and dedicated to affecting positive change to the region. By developing software to assist in data collection and representation Michael brings his years of experience as a front end web developer to collaborate with the data scientists of the Lucy Family Institute. Before joining Notre Dame, Michael worked as an application developer for the City of South Bend and most recently for South Bend Code School and Code Works.

  • Valentina Kuskova

    Managing Director AnalytiXIN

    Valentina Kuskova

    Managing Director AnalytiXIN

    Phone: 574.631.1905

    Office: 1220 Waterway Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Email: vkuskova@nd.edu

    Valentina (Valya) Kuskova is the Managing Director of Notre Dame AnalytiXIN site in Indianapolis. Her main responsibility is to coordinate and execute the implementation of the Notre Dame AnalytiXIN interface with industry stakeholders. In this role, she is tasked with bringing Notre Dame AI/ML and advanced data analytics talent into direct interaction with CICP companies through a structured set of activities, including strategic initiatives, research projects, student internships, corporate/faculty exchanges, and many educational and networking events.

    Dr. Kuskova has extensive corporate and academic experience. After an MBA from Boise State University she had worked in a variety of corporate roles, from programmer/analyst to senior strategic planning analyst at major Fortune-200 companies. Following a master's in applied statistics and a PhD in business and decision sciences (both from Indiana University, Bloomington) she had spent over 10 years in academia. In addition to academic responsibilities of research and teaching, she was the founding director of a network-analytic think tank, and founded and supervised two master's programs in advanced analytics. She has a lot of experience working for corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Volkswagen, Association of European Business, and many others, where she has held the roles of PI, co-PI, or advanced analytics methodologist. Her research interests include network modeling, time-series analysis, and nonparametric methods (especially for efficiency/effectiveness analysis). She is passionate about using science for the benefit of industry and society. 

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  • Cheng Liu

    CSSR Lead Data Scientist and Assistant Research Professor

    Cheng Liu

    CSSR Lead Data Scientist and Assistant Research Professor

    Address: 623 Flanner Hall

    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.

  • Katie Liu

    Research Program Manager

    Katie Liu

    Research Program Manager

    Address: 616 Flanner Hall

    Phone: 574.631.1150

    kliu22@nd.edu

    Katie Liu is the Research Program Manager for the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society. Katie collaborates with Lucy Affiliated faculty, fellows, staff, and students 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.

  • Ramandeep Makhija

    AETL Data Scientist

    Ramandeep Makhija

    AETL Data Scientist

    Address: 613 Flanner Hall

    Phone: +1 574-631-3696

    Email: rmakhija@nd.edu

    Ramandeep Makhija is an AeTL Data Scientist for the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo with specialization in Operations Research and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune. His responsibilities in the current position are to plan and manage data science and analytics projects in collaboration with a wide range of businesses in manufacturing, healthcare, etc. Before joining Notre Dame's Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society he worked as a Data Scientist for the non-profit organization Citizens Utility Board in Chicago, IL.

  • Natalie Meyers

    Associate Director of Operations

    Natalie Meyers

    Associate Director of Operations

    Phone: 574.631.1546

    Office: 624 Flanner Hall

    Email: natalie.meyers@nd.edu

    Natalie Meyers serves as Professor of the Practice and is the Associate Director, 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 FAIR data management and software preservation. 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) with a concentration in Systems Analysis and Database Design. She also holds an MA in English from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

  • Nuno Moniz

    Associate Research Professor

    Nuno Moniz

    Associate Research Professor

    Nuno Moniz is an Associate Research Professor at the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society. Moniz's research is primarily focused on machine learning, looking into problems such as rare event detection, data privacy and model interpretability. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary efforts to understand the real-world impact of intelligent systems. Before joining the Lucy Family Institute, Nuno was a Senior Researcher in INESC TEC (Portugal). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Porto.

  • Swapnil Motghare

    Assistant Research Professor

    Swapnil Motghare

    Assistant Research Professor

    Phone: 574.631.0690

    Office: 622 Flanner Hall

    Email: smotghar@nd.edu

    Website: https://swapnil-motghare.github.io/

    Swapnil Motghare serves as an assistant research professor for Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society.

  • Jaron Porciello

    Associate Professor of the Practice (Information & Data Science)

    Jaron Porciello

    Associate Professor of the Practice (Information & Data Science)

    Phone: 574 631-7095

    Office: 611 Flanner Hall

    Email: jturner7@nd.edu

    Jaron Porciello is an information and data scientist. Her programs bring together technology, group work and research methods to connect policy and science across a global food system.  She has worked with agricultural research communities, publishers, UN agencies, donors, and development groups across Sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade to support the changing and complex sociotechnical environment of research, evidence, and data. The hallmark of her projects is they way they center multiple stakeholders like universities, publishers, funders, international agencies, and NGOs as they strive to achieve shared goals to advance access to and acceleration of data and knowledge for the public good.  As co-director of Ceres2030 a project to instantiate sustainable solutions to end hunger she worked collaboratively to bring together a diverse and global community to build consensus on  interventions needed to end hunger and transform the lives of the world’s poorest farmers—while protecting the environment.

    Previously, she was director of a developing world agricultural science information public-private partnership (TEEAL) and program manager for AGROA, a Research4Life (R4L) partnership across WHO, FAO, and UNEP and before at arXiv.org she oversaw the member sustainability portfolio.  Porciello holds dual Masters Degrees in Information and Library Sciences and English literature from Indiana University.

  • Matthew Sisk

    Associate Professor of the Practice (GIS and Data Science)

    Matthew Sisk

    Associate Professor of the Practice (GIS and Data Science)

    Address: 617 Flanner Hall

    Phone: 574.631.7313

    Email: msisk1@nd.edu
     

     

    Matthew L. Sisk is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society where he focuses on the use of GIS and spatial tools in Data Science. He received his B.S. from the University of South Carolina in Marine Science and Anthropology and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Paleolithic Archaeology from Stony Brook University in 2011.  His research focuses on human- environment interactions, the spatial scale of environmental toxins and community data.

     

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  • Yang Xu

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Yang Xu

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Address: 622 Flanner Hall

    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.

  • Fanny Ye

    Associate Director of Applied Analytics

    Fanny Ye

    Associate Director of Applied Analytics

    Dr. Yanfang (Fanny) Ye is a Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Health Intelligence. Her proposed techniques by advancing capabilities of AI have been incorporated into popular commercial cybersecurity products that protect millions of users worldwide. She has also expanded her research to health intelligence focusing on combating opioid epidemic and COVID-19 crisis.

  • Jessica Young

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Jessica Young

    CSSR Data Science Consultant

    Address: 616 Flanner Hall

    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.