Meet the DA Academic Path Peers


Maddie Bailey, Junior

Maddie Bailey
Specialization: Business Analytics
Hometown: Lewis Center, OH 
Other Majors Explored: Actuarial Science
Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha, Data Analytics Student Assistant, BDAA
Internship: Student Analyst for the OSU Baseball team
Advice for new students: “Take GE's that interest you because it will be much more enjoyable, and it is a good way to boost your GPA. Also, different GE's may get you interested in certain extracurriculars to get involved in."

Liz Baur, Senior

Liz Baur
Specialization: Data Visualization
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH 
Minor: Geographic Information Science
Other Majors Explored: Logistics Management, Aviation Management
Involvement: Mount Leadership Society Scholars program, STEP, Student Assistant in Campus Dining, 4 Paws for Ability, BDAA
Internships: DHL Supply Chain, AMEND Consulting, Air Force Research Laboratory
Advice for new students: “Don't let your classes rule your life! It is so important to join extra-curriculars and connect with new and old friends. It can be tough to find a balance, but well worth the trial and error.”

Blaine Borhart, Senior

Blaine Borhart
Specialization: Business Analytics
Hometown: Marengo, IL
Other Majors Explored: Business
Involvement: Big Data & Analytics Association, Intramural sports
Internship: Nationwide Insurance
Advice for new students: “Don't wait until the night before or two nights before to start projects. It is very easy to push things off until the last minute, but it is much better to start early and stay on top of it. Doing this allows you to ask your classmates, professors, or TAs for help.”

Mimi Cai, Senior

Mimi Cai
Specialization: Computational Analytics (formally Social Science Analytics)
Minor: German
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Other Majors Explored: Political Science, English, Integrated Major in Math and English
Involvement: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Association of Computing Machinery– Women's Chapter, Buckeye Ballroom
Internships: JPMorgan Chase
Study abroad: Dresden, Germany
Advice for new students: “If you feel like you have a "silly" question in a class, don't be afraid to ask it! The professors and TAs are there to help you, and will be happy to answer any questions, however small or silly they might seem. ”

Irfan Fazdane, Junior

Irfan Fazdane
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL
Other Majors Explored: Computer Science & Engineering, Statistics
Involvement: Treasurer of Big Data & Analytics Association (BDAA), Muslim Student Association
Advice for new students: “Keep track of everything you need to do. Whether it be homework assignments or just doing your laundry, have a list on your phone or even a sticky note so you can prioritize your tasks each day. College can be hectic sometimes, and knowing what you need to do can keep you organized and efficient!"

Marcus Horton, Junior

Marcus Horton
Specialization: Data Visualization
Hometown: Madison, OH
Other Majors Explored: Journalism, Computer Science & Engineering
Involvement: Sports Analytics Association, Intramural sports
Internships: BuckeyeGrove, Web/Infographic Editor at The Lantern
Advice for new students: “Do not be afraid to make connections with other students or professors! When you reach out to someone, there is a good chance they will be just as excited as you about your questions and goals. Talking to people around you will undoubtedly lead to future opportunities and new friendships!"

Ethan Lynagh, Senior

Ethan Lynagh
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Hometown: Aurora, OH
Involvement: Co-Director for BDAI - an investment analytics sub-division of BDAA, Buckeye Capital Investors
Internship: Data Developer for Singularity University
Advice for new students: “Look into learning things outside of class, such as taking courses on Coursera. They will help you figure out what careers you are interested in and will help you out in securing job positions.”

Lisa Poffenberger, Senior

Lisa Poffenberger
Specialization: Business Analytics
Minor: EEDS - Environment, Economy, Development & Sustainability
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Other Majors Explored: Mathematics, Actuarial Science
Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Resident Advisor (RA), Honors program, STEP
Study Abroad: Finland and Estonia
Internships: Nike and Infoverity
Advice for new students: “Participate in as many OSU events/activities/opportunities as you can! From your RA's floor programs to Data Analytics hackathons, OSU has so much to offer, and it might not seem like it, but time goes by SO fast!"

Melina Raglin, Junior

Melina Raglin
Specialization: Data Visualization
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Involvement: Undergraduate researcher in the OSU Department of Sociology, Cultivate Columbus, Honors program, Eminence Fellow, OSU Rock Climbing Club, BDAA
Internships: Garyfallidis Research Group at IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Advice for new students: “As a DA major, you will be developing a valuable skill set that can truly apply to any field of study or work, so do not be afraid to explore potential opportunities outside of the major. You might find an undiscovered passion for an application of data analytics that you did not know existed."

Brittany Shine, Senior

Brittany Shine
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Double Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Other Majors Explored: Chemical Engineering, Actuarial Science, Finance, Accounting, Industrial Systems Engineering
Involvement: STEM Scholars program, Gamma Phi Beta (sorority), Phi Sigma Pi (Honor fraternity), Calculus tutor, Women Founders, DataFest, HackOHI/O, Launchpad OSU, BuckeyeThon Team Captain
Internship: Progressive Insurance, St. Gregory Development 
Advice for new students: “Be open to trying new things! I found the data analytics major after attending a club meeting my freshman year. I found some of my closest friends in the major by just saying "hi" at meetings. It can be scary to try new things, but you never know what it will lead to!”

Eric Snell, Junior

Eric Snell
Specialization: Business Analytics
Double Major: Economics
Hometown: Portland, OR
Involvement: CSE 2231 grader, Honors program, Buckeye Mudder Club
Internship: OSU Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence
Advice for new students: “Try to make it to office hours, especially for any undergraduate TAs you might have! They are a great resource, not only for that specific class, but for how to navigate college life as a whole. They have also probably taken other classes you are in."

Eddie Tassy, Junior

Eddie Tassy
Specialization: Data Visualization
Hometown: Commercial Point, OH
Other Majors Explored: Pharmacy, Mathematics, Computer Information Science
Involvement: CSE 3430 grader, Resident Advisor (RA), Office Assistant, Mobile Game Development, BDAA 
Advice for new students: “Treat lectures as your biggest learning tool. Make sure you really pay attention. I found the more effort you put into learning during lectures, the less time you have to spend outside of class studying and catching up."

Maxine Xu, Junior

Maxine Xu
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Minors: Linguistics and Mathematics
Hometown: Qingdao, China
Other Majors Explored: Linguistics
Involvement: Undergraduate researcher, Dining Services Student Manager, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, BDAA 
Advice for new students: “Explore data analytics outside of your academic courses (student clubs, online courses, side projects, reading, etc) and connect it with your other interests. For example, if you love football, start to play with data from there."

Jiaxin Yang, Junior

Jiaxin Yang
Specialization: Business Analytics
Double Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Beijing, China
Other Majors Explored: Computer Science & Engineering, Statistics
Involvement: Undergraduate researcher, Chinese Folk Music Orchestra, Honors program, Student Assistant in Campus Dining
Internship: Orient Securities Company, Limited
Advice for new students: “Ask for help when you meet a problem. For class, TAs and professors are always patient and happy their students have questions to ask. For life, if you have uncomfortable feelings, physical or mental, do not be shy. Go to the medical center to ask for help."