Senior Data Scientist
Tom is responsible for the applied data science work undertaken by the Center for Data Science. Together with industry, nonprofit, and campus partners, he identifies and scopes data science problems and develops appropriate solutions. Tom draws on our faculty’s expertise and manages graduate student teams, in order to solve the data science challenges faced by our partner organizations. He has spent time in both academia and industry. Before joining CDS, Tom was a data scientist in the alternative finance data space in New York City. He holds a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Ph.D. in economics from UMass.
Director of Educational Programs
Professor Andrew Lan serves as the Director of Educational Programs for the Center for Data Science. His research focuses on developing artificial intelligence methods for educational applications, including analyzing learner knowledge, generating learning content, and providing learner and instructor support in a scalable way at all levels of education. He is also a member of the Computational Social Science Institute at UMass.
Technical Director of Community Initiatives
Matt is the Technical Director of Community Initiatives. In this role he develops new data science projects with non-profit organizations and public sector agencies. Matt defines technical objectives, evaluates datasets, helps build project teams, and engages faculty expertise within CICS as well as across UMass and the Five Colleges as needed. During project execution, Matt provides technical guidance and supervision to all projects. Before joining CDS, Matt co-founded Edgeflip, a data-intensive social media startup focused serving social good organizations. In 2012, Matt was a part of the transformational analytics team at Obama For America, where he led the campaign's targeted social media efforts. He has also worked as a data scientist in the financial services industry. Matt holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA and PhD in Computer Science from UMass.
Associate Director of Strategic Communications
Jennifer is responsible for communications and marketing for the center. Prior to coming to CDS she managed the UMass Amherst Community Campaign, and served as an instructional designer for UMass CP&E. Jennifer came to UMass after 18 years as a data analyst in the consumer products industry. She has served on the board of directors of several local nonprofits, including the Northampton Community Music Center and the Amherst Education Foundation. Jennifer has a B.S. in mathematics from Tufts University.
Assistant Director of Information Technology
Dan Parker designs, installs, configures and maintains the computing resources used by the Center for Data Science. He has been helping the digital trains run on time since graduating from Castleton University in 1995 with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.
Business Management Team
Yvonne is responsible for financial management and grants administration for the Center for Data Science. She joined CDS after ten years as a Business Manager at UMass. Prior to UMass her background includes a range of financial management experience from working as a Certified Financial Planner to providing accounting services to small businesses and being part of the management team of a dot com startup. She has a B.A. in English from UMass Amherst.
Matt coordinates grants and contracts and serves as the financial manager for the Center for Data Science. Prior to joining CDS, Matt managed programs at healthcare institutions designed to improve outcomes while reducing health care costs. Matt is also an experienced city planner and teacher. He has a B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Nancy supports the Center for Data Science with various projects including event planning for special events and Industry Affiliates Program. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Elms College. She has spent several years in the banking industry before working in higher education. Most recently, Nancy was employed at Bay Path University as Coordinator of Institutional Research.
Elena supports the Center for Data Science in many ways including scheduling, purchasing and reimbursements. Elena previously worked for Davenport Trucking in Greenfield, MA providing administrative support and project management. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology.