Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
The Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC) is a community-developed initiative of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub that will teach data science fundamentals to students across the northeastern United States, with a special focus on underserved institutions and students. The NSDC community will include leaders from academia, industry, libraries and non-profits to enable the pedagogical approach and materials, and students who will form a community of support, working together to learn and teach data science online with their peers from universities, 2- and 4-year colleges, minority-serving institutions, and to communities through libraries. The interactions between data scientists, students, academic leaders, researchers, librarians, and communities will be mutually beneficial, supporting transfer of data science concepts and methods to local communities, while providing insights and practical experience to participating data scientists and data science students. This partnership between communities and data scientists can help produce a better workforce-ready cohort of data scientists, by providing Northeast Student Data Corps participants practical experience with data science in “real-world” settings. This program will improve data literacy and teach data science to people across our communities, while creating public-private partnerships for teaching and real-world application of translational data science.