AFFILIATES

Meet Our Affiliates

Join us in welcoming our AUC Data Science Affiliates! Our Affiliates are dynamic AUC faculty and staff who are actively engaged in advancing data science research or data science teaching. 

Interested in becoming an Affiliate?  Download our Affiliate Guide: Affiliate_Program.PDF

Bryan Briones

STEM Reference Librarian – Robert W. Woodruff AUC Library

bbriones@auctr.edu

Bio: Bryan Briones is STEM Librarian at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. He earned his Master's in Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at San Diego State University.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Michael Burns-Kaurin

Associate Professor of Physics – Spelman College

mburns-k@spelman.edu

Bio: Dr. Michael Burns-Kaurin has taught at Spelman for over 25 years. Among his teaching techniques is the use of computing for simulations and animations.

Interests: High-Performance Scientific Computing, Modeling, and Simulation

Elycia Daniel

Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice – Clark Atlanta University

edaniel@cau.edu

Bio: I am currently a Criminal Justice Instructor in the W. E. B. Dubois Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Justin de la Cruz

Unit Head, Data Science & Technology Services – Robert W. Woodruff AUC Library

jcruz@auctr.edu

Bio: Justin works on educational technology and digital literacy and supports curriculum development in data science. His interests include Wikipedia, linked open data, data visualizations, web scraping, and web development.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Sonya Dennis

Assistant Professor of Computer Science – Morehouse College

sonya.dennis@morehouse.edu

Bio: Computer Science is my professional background and I have worked in this field both in industry and academia.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Nirajan Dhakal

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences – Spelman College

ndhakal@spelman.edu

Bio: I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Health Sciences Program at Spelman College.

Interests: High-Performance Scientific Computing, Modeling, and Simulation

Fernando Esquivel-Suarez

Assistant Professor of English – Spelman College

fesquive@spelman.edu

Bio: Fernando Esquivel-Suárez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Interests: Data visualization

Kenya Jones

Associate Professor of Social Work – Clark Atlanta University

kjones1@cau.edu

Bio: Dr. Jones, an associate professor tenured faculty member within the Whitney M. Young, School of Social Work.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Ivis King

Assistant Professor of Social Work – Clark Atlanta University

iking@cau.edu

Bio: Prior to my current role as Assistant Professor at Clark Atlanta University, in the WMYJ School of Social Work, I worked for approximately 17 years with the Georgia Human Services-Division of Family and Children Services.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Shonda Lawrence

Associate Professor of Social Work & PhD Program Director – Clark Atlanta University

slawrence@cau.edu

Bio: Dr. Shonda Lawrence is an Associate Professor in Social Work and currently serves as the Director of the Ph.D. Program and Center for Children and Families.

Interests: Data Privacy and Privacy-preserving Computation

Celeste Lee

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Spelman Census Information Center – Spelman College

clee@spelman.edu

Bio: Dr. Celeste N. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology at Spelman College

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

James Lillard

Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology & Senior Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Commercialization – Morehouse School of Medicine

jlillard@msm.edu

Bio: Dr. Lillard has authored over 300 scientific communications, including over 50 patents, focused on immunology, nanotechnology, and oncology. He established the Office of Translational Technologies, where he serves as its Director.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Eric Mintz

Professor of Chemistry – Clark Atlanta University

emintz@cau.edu

Bio: Dr. Mintz is a full professor of chemistry at Clark Atlanta University. His research focuses on the preparation and characterization of polymer matrix composites (PMCs), emphasizing bio-based PMCs.

Interests: Materials data science and informatics to accelerate materials innovation

Rosaline Odom

Assistant Director, Research, Learning, and Technology Services – Robert W. Woodruff AUC Library

rodom@auctr.edu

Bio: Rosaline Odom is Assistant Director of Research, Learning & Technology Services at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. She graduated from Fisk University (B.A., Chemistry) and also earned M.S. degrees in Chemistry and Library Science (Clark Atlanta University).

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Tinaz Pavri

Professor of Political Science & Division Chair for Social Sciences and Education – Spelman College

tpavri@spelman.edu

Bio: Tinaz Pavri is Division Chair for Social Sciences and Education at Spelman College and Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Chuang Peng

Professor of Mathematics and Computational Sciences – Morehouse College

chuang.peng@morehouse.edu

Bio: Dr. Chuang Peng, professor of Mathematics at More house College, graduated from University of Georgia in 1995 and joined Morehouse since then, and taught a wide range of mathematics courses from freshmen to seniors.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Yvonne Phillips

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science – Morehouse College

yvonne.phillips@morehouse.edu

Bio: I am a Data Science creative that has designed data modeling processes to create algorithms and predictive models and perform custom analysis.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Teri Platt

Associate Professor of Public Administration – Clark Atlanta University

tplatt@cau.edu

Bio: Dr. Teri Platt is interested in the capacity of data science to explore questions of social justices, racial disparities and justice in areas of public health and political participation.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Jamie Pleasant

Professor of Marketing and Dean Graduate Education – Clark Atlanta University

jpleasant@cau.edu

Bio: Georgia Tech Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University MBA Benedict College B.S. Physics Clemson University Marketing Studies Mensa (lifetime member) Alpha Phi Alpha (lifetime member) Polyhistor

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Angelia Pressley

Instructor of Management – Clark Atlanta University

angeliapressley@gmail.com

Bio: I have been a business owner for 23 years and understand data should be the basis for decisions in public relations and marketing overall.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Emeline Renz

Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice – Clark Atlanta University

erenz@cau.edu

Bio: With over 15 years of experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an analyst, instructor and researcher, Ms. EmelineRenz holds a Masters in Geography from SUNY Albany and a GIS Professional Certification from the GISCI.

Interests: Computational Logic and Formal Methods in Computing

Rosetta Ross

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies – Spelman College

rross@spelman.edu

Bio: Rosetta E. Ross is professor of religion at Spelman College. Exploring religious meaning in black women’s activism, she pioneered scholarship on spirituality in black women’s civil rights participation.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Seyhan Salman

Assistant Professor of Chemistry – Clark Atlanta University

ssalman@cau.edu

Bio: Theoretical and computational chemist with a strong interdisciplinary research background in partnership with academia and industry.

Interests: High-Performance Scientific Computing, Modeling, and Simulation

Jeticia Sistrunk

Assistant Professor of Biology – Spelman College

jsistru2@spelman.edu

Bio: Dr. Jeticia Sistrunk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Spelman College.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Perry Sweeper

Professor of Practice in Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies – Morehouse College

perry.sweeper@morehouse.edu

Bio: Dr. Perry Sweeper is a Professor of Practice in the Division of Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies at Morehouse College

Interests: Visual and Language Based Human-Computer Interaction

Yonas Tekle

Associate Professor of Biology – Spelman College

ytekle@spelman.edu

Bio: My lab implements the basic principles of evolution to study the diversity, origin and relationships of medical and non medical microbes.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Bhikhari Tharu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics – Spelman College

btharu@spelman.edu

Bio: Statistical analysis and modeling are my primary interest. The research interests include Bayesian Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology of Cancer, Environmental Statistics, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Functional Data Analysis.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Alfred Watkins

Senior Assistant Professor and Academic Program Director of Computer Science – Morehouse College

alfred.watkins@morehouse.edu

Bio: Dr. Alfred Watkins serves as the Academic Program Director of Computer Science at Morehouse College.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining

Unislawa Williams

Associate Professor of Political Science – Spelman College

uwilliams@spelman.edu

Bio: Unislawa Williams, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where sheteaches courses related to data science, quantitative methodology, and research methods

Interests: Data Ethics

Kevin Womack

Adjunct Professor of Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies – Morehouse College

kevin.womack@morehouse.edu

Bio: Kevin Womack is a 2019 graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major inComputer Science and Mathematics.

Interests: Big Data Knowledge Discovery, Management, and Mining