Our Executive Board

Sean Parsons

President and Co-founder

Sean is a junior at Penn State studying Security and Risk Analysis with a cybersecurity focus as well as a first year graduate student studying Information Sciences and Technology with a focus in Data Science. Sean and many friends helped officially found the NDL after seeing the need for a community around Data Science at Penn State. Very quickly the club gained momentum and became one of the largest in the College of IST. Sean is super passionate about process automation and the overlap between information security and data science. Sean primarily assists in the onboarding of corporate sponsors as well as project management for NDL’s consulting projects. Last summer, Sean interned at CardConnect as a technical business analyst. This past summer, Sean interned at Boeing as a Network Security Intern on the High Assurance and Data Protection Services team.

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.

Billy Gault

Treasurer, Co-founder, and Director of Projects

Billy Gault is a Sophomore studying Applied Data Sciences in the College of IST, as well as a Schreyer Scholar. Billy became involved in data science when he joined Nittany Data Labs in the fall of 2017. He helped bring the group to official club status by gaining corporate sponsors, creating and designing projects, and speaking with students about the possibilities of Data Science in the real world. Currently, Billy is the Director of Projects, acting as the liaison between NDL’s project groups and its sponsors. While always trying to find more work, he also oversees all projects and helps students work through issues they may have. This year Billy is most excited for the new members to see how valuable these projects can be. He wants NDL members to get the most from this experience as real-world application is hard to come across. Billy has experience in the technical world working as a Project Management Intern for Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant, and, most recently, a Software Engineering Intern at Ford Motor Company. In the future, he hopes to work on new and exciting Machine Learning Projects and Artificial Intelligence research. Outside of school Billy likes to fly fish, play golf, and play pick up soccer with his friends.

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.

David Smethy

Director of Marketing

David is a senior student studying Marketing in the Smeal College of Business with a minor in Information Sciences and Technology. Having been a member of NDL since spring of 2018, he has trained in both the Data Science and Business Intelligence divisions, attending weekly lectures and completing a variety of courses on DataCamp and other learning platforms. This year, he is excited about the possibilities for NDL and looks forward to leading the marketing initiatives which will enable the organization to share the great work our members do and find new opportunities to continue the growth of our influence on Data Science. David has had experiences working as a Finance Intern for Mars, Inc., a Marketing Intern for Software AG, and a Social Media Paid Advertising Intern for Penn State World Campus. For his career, he is interested in finding more ways to intersect marketing and data science, leveraging the power of data for better – more effective – marketing. Outside of studying or working, his favorite things to do are play tennis, grab a cup of coffee, and go to Penn State sporting events.