Welcome Message from The Data Mine Leadership


Kevin Amstutz

Senior Data Scientist and Instruction Specialist (kamstut@purdue.edu)

In today's data-driven workforce, everyone can benefit from a practical data science skill set. I'm excited to make interesting projects that push students to think critically, come up with creative solutions, and learn. I have varied interests including additive manufacturing, higher education, software engineering, and statistics.

Maggie Betz

Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships (betz@purdue.edu)

I am a Purdue alum who lived in Hillenbrand Hall and participated in the Statistics Living Learning Community (STAT LLC), which was a precursor to The Data Mine. The STAT LLC was the most influential experience during my time at Purdue. I'm excited to be back at Purdue working on The Data Mine staff as the Managing Director of Corporate Partners. It is so important to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life problems and experience corporate culture and practice professional skills.

David Glass

Managing Director of Data Science (dglass@purdue.edu)

I am a Purdue alumni who has had the awesome chance to experience the positive impact of data and analytics in my career at both John Deere and Delta Faucet Company. I think that data science will be key in the future to make a change for good in the world and address the many challenges that we face in all aspects of human life. I’m incredibly excited to work with the Data Mine to build academic partnerships and help to teach students about the ever changing world of data science. In every realm from agriculture to video games I believe that data science is a key enabler of positive progress. Boiler up!

Emily Hoeing

Corporate Partners Advisor (hoeinge@purdue.edu)

It is an honor to join the The Data Mine team! In my role, I collaborate with Corporate Partners and support student teams learning the latest in data analysis from real-world challenges. Many organizations have more data than they know what to do with. I get excited about the story data can tell when it is processed and organized in a given context, making it useful for developing insights and better decision making.

Jessica Jud

Senior Manager of Expansion Operations (jljud@purdue.edu)

Joining The Data Mine team to drive statewide and nationwide expansion of the program is an incredibly exciting opportunity. I am honored to leverage 16 years of national program management at T-Mobile Corporate to expand The Data Mine to other schools and continue our mission in providing data science for all.

Kali Lacy

Associate Research Engineer (kqlacy@purdue.edu)

Data is either your friend or foe. Everyone has some form of data, but only few persons know how to deal with it, hence their foe. If that sounds familiar, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world; in fact, you’re in the right place! The Data Mine is a perfect resource to learn how to handle data and hopefully, by the end of your journey here at The Data Mine, data will be the best friend you have ever had.

Nicholas Lenfestey

Corporate Partners Technical Specialist (nlenfest@purdue.edu)

As a Purdue alumnus, I am excited to be a part of The Data Mine as a Corporate Partners Technical Specialist. I am delighted to work with our amazing students, corporate partners, and staff as we strive to make a positive impact on others through data science. Boiler Up!

Naomi Mersinger

ASL Interpreter / Strategic Initiatives Coordinator (nrm@purdue.edu)

I am new to Data Sciences but I am delighted to be joining The Data Mine. My hope as I grow and learn Data Sciences that the diversity within the field grows as well. Fostering a sense of community to ensure that The Data Mine is not only accessible but inclusive to everyone.

Kim Rechkemmer

Senior Program Administration Specialist (kimr@purdue.edu)

I am excited to join The Data Mine as a Senior Program Administration Specialist. I received both my BS and MS degrees from Purdue and have worked at the University for the past 24 years. My favorite part of my job is helping students discover all the amazing resources and opportunities Purdue has to offer, and The Data Mine is certainly one of those. I look forward to helping students pursue their potential, expand their skill set, and experience the many benefits of being a part of The Data Mine Learning Community.

Nick Rosenorn

Corporate Partners Technical Specialist (nrosenor@purdue.edu)

As a former Data Mine student and Purdue alum, I am incredibly fortunate to have experienced, firsthand, the educational and professional impact The Data Mine has on students. I am grateful to return to The Data Mine as a Corporate Partners Technical Specialist and assist in advancing experiential learning in data science at Purdue and beyond.

Katie Sanders

Operations Manager (kmpechin@purdue.edu)

I am excited to join The Data Mine team! I look forward to being a part of the formation and integration of future leaders locally, nationally, and around the world. My interests are being a part of a vibrant community, helping others, and being of service.

Rebecca Sharples

Managing Director of Academic Programs and Outreach (rebecca@purdue.edu)

After 15 years of working in corporate industry doing IT, IT audit consulting, and management of large-scale information systems, I am excited to help students in The Data Mine acquire the skills that are critical out in the field. I’ve seen firsthand how valuable technical skills can be in any career, and I’m eager to help develop the next generation of our workforce.

Mark Daniel Ward

Director (mdw@purdue.edu)

We are very excited to have hundreds of students living and learning together. Our goal is to foster a welcoming and useful environment, in which students can learn how to use data science tools in their own disciplines. I am especially committed to empowering students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the data sciences.

Contact the Staff anytime: datamine@purdue.edu