Our Executive Board

Alex Woodruf

President

Alex is a Software Engineer within the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University researching various applications of Artificial Intelligence for humanitarian and societal issues. Alex became involved with Nittany Data Labs in the fall of 2017 which furthered his interest in data science and became the focal point of his research. He has had the opportunity to lead various academic research projects throughout his collegiate career and has published a proof of concept in addition to a number of conference papers. This past summer, Alex worked at AT&T as a Software Engineering Intern and previously worked for Lockheed Martin as a Software Engineering Intern. Alex’s primary role within the organization is to oversee all operational functions which include verifying the effectiveness of the training program materials, assisting in the on boarding process of corporate sponsors, and monitoring the progression of NDL’’s consulting projects.

Andrew Warner

Vice President, Co-founder, and Director of Training

Andrew Warner is a Computer Engineer at the Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College researching Applied Natural Language Processing and serving as Director of Training for the Nittany Data Labs. His research in Natural Language Processing includes, but is not limited to, generation and evaluation of token and phrase embeddings, grammatical decomposition and propositional segmentation, knowledge graph assembly from information domains, and multi-objective deep reinforcement learning for rationalized neural networks. As director of training for the Nittany Data Labs, he provides undergraduate and graduate level students from diverse academic backgrounds with the computational and analytical skills necessary to thrive in data science. He provides lectures and academic resources in Python, data generation and management, machine learning and algorithmic artificial intelligence, and applied data science.

Morgan Sterling

Treasurer

Morgan is a senior student studying Applied Data Sciences. She joined NDL as a member in her sophomore year and climbed up to the executive board. As Treasurer, her main responsibility is ensuring the club maintains financial integrity, but she also helps with the logistics to keep the club running smoothly. This year she is excited to see the club reach new heights in terms of engagement and productivity. Overall, Morgan is very interested the healthcare industry. She likes figuring out how companies can leverage the power of their data to not only improve business operations, but guide initiatives that improve the lives of their patients and consumers. She spent the summers of 2018 and 2019 in her hometown, Pittsburgh, as an Information Management intern for Gateway Health and a Release Management intern for HM Health Solutions. After graduating in May, she will join Highmark Health full-time as a part of their Leadership Acceleration Program. On campus, if she’s not working as a Learning Assistant in the College of IST, you can find Morgan cheering on the football and basketball teams from the student sections!

Nick Sonsini

Director of Communications

Nick is a junior studying electrical engineering. He was first introduced to the club in the spring of his freshman year when it only consisted of around eight or so full time members. He is currently the Director of Communications for the club, and he is responsible for many areas of logistics including sending emails, ensuring members have proper access to our platforms, and miscellaneous loose ends that go into running a club. He also serves as the club’s THON chair, an organization which he is very passionate about. Having seen the club start out so small, he looks forward to the continued momentum of interest for the club. Being one of the main points of contact for NDL, he really enjoys communicating with everyone in the club- whether it be new students looking to join or experienced members looking for further opportunities. This past summer Nick was a technology intern at CardConnect, a credit card processing company, and specialized in their ISV and Operations departments. As for life beyond Penn State, he ultimately wants to work in a fun job with coworkers who are a good time. His personal interests include following Philly sports, listening to late 2000s music, and joking around with friends.

Scott Luttman

Co-founder and Director of Events

Scott is a junior student studying Design and Development in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. He joined NDL in the fall of 2016, later to help co-found the club. He’s pumped to see how large of an impact NDL can have on providing inspiration to the data science community, both internally at Penn State and outside as well. He’s had internships at CardConnect doing software development and Nuance doing UI Design, with various experiences as a freelance designer. Although his career interests lie primarily in design, he’s interested in how data science and development at large can impact the field. In his free time, you can find him skiing or surfing, playing instruments or DJing, and meeting up with people who do cool things.

Jake Knatz

Director of Marketing

Jake is a senior student at Penn State. His job includes social media, web maintenance, recruitment and strategy. While studying abroad in London, Jake interned at Mediablaze Group. This past summer, he interned at Horizon Media on their App Marketing team. Jake is the Managing Director of the Penn State American Marketing Association Digital Marketing & Advertising Division and a TA for MKTG 301. After graduation, Jake hopes to work at an agency in NYC. His favorite thing about Penn State is going to football games with his friends.