Meet the DA Academic Path Peers


Maddie Bailey, Senior

Maddie Bailey
Specialization: Business Analytics
Hometown: Lewis Center, OH 
Other Majors Explored: Actuarial Science
Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha, Sports Analytics Association, Student Analyst for the OSU Baseball team, BDAA
Internship: Product Solutions Group intern at Inforverity, Data Analytics Student Assistant in the finance group at the OSU Office of Administration and Planning
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."

Julian Colbert, Senior

Julian Colbert
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Dual Degree: Sociology
Hometown: Lorain, OH
Other Majors Explored: Computer and Information Science, Finance, Information Systems
Involvement: Previous undergraduate researcher in Sociology, Basketball Therapy Club
Internships: Ascena Retail Company, CAL Analytics 
Advice for new students: “When you treat this field like it is a passion, nothing can stop you from finding success."

Jacob Depinet, Junior

Jacob Depinet
Specialization: Social Science Analytics
Minor: Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Grafton, OH
Other Majors Explored: Mathematics, Physics
Involvement: Research Assistant at the Moritz College of Law,  PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement, Student Advocates for Sexual Health Awareness, Honors Arts & Sciences Peer Mentor, BDAA, Ohio Prison Education Exchange Project
Internships: Welcoming City intern at US Together, Analyst intern at the U.S. Government Accountability Office 
Advice for new students: “You are much more qualified than you think you are! If something really interests you, apply for it! The data analytics program gives you a wonderful tool kit that can be applied to any field and to a variety of positions."

Irfan Fazdane, Senior

Irfan Fazdane
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL
Other Majors Explored: Computer Science & Engineering, Statistics
Involvement: President of the Big Data & Analytics Association (BDAA), Muslim Student Association, Longboarding club
Internships: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
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, Senior

Marcus Horton
Specialization: Data Visualization
Hometown: Madison, OH
Other Majors Explored: Journalism, Computer Science & Engineering
Involvement: Computer Science Grader, DataFest participant, Sports Analytics Association, Intramural sports
Internships: Data Engineering Intern at NetJets, 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!"

Ryan Mark, Senior

Ryan Mark
Specialization: Business Analytics
Double Major: Economics
Hometown: Westlake, OH
Other Majors Explored: Computer Science & Engineering, Accounting
Involvement: Audio-visual student manager technician at the Ohio Union, Men's club soccer, beef jerky club
Internship: Honda (co-op)
Advice for new students: “Your professors are some of the brightest minds in the country in Statistics and Computer Science. Go to office hours to not only get help in your coursework, but to develop professional relationships that will extend past the end of your courses."

Madeline Peters, Junior

Madeline Peters
Specialization: Business Analytics 
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH  
Other Majors Explored: Computer Science and Engineering, Statistics
Involvement: Block O Treasury Committee, BDAA, Girls Who Code
Internship: Internal Audit Data Analytics Intern at Huntington National Bank
Advice for new students: “Apply early to internships and do not be afraid to reach out to recruiters. Reaching out will help form a connection and, even if they don’t have a spot for you this year, they may remember you for the following year."

Vishank Raghavan, Junior

Vishank Raghavan
Specialization: Biomedical and Public Health Analytics
Minor: Molecular Genetics
Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH
Involvement: University Band, Tutor at the Math & Statistics Learning Center, Honors program
Advice for new students: “Make the most of your college career by getting involved on campus. You will make meaningful connections, discover new interests and opportunities, and develop many new valuable skills."

Melina Raglin, Senior

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: Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Garyfallidis Research Group at the Indiana University 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."

Nate Rezell, Senior

Nate Rezell
Specialization: Biomedical and Public Health Analytics
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Other Majors Explored: Music, Architecture, Statistics, Computer Science
Involvement: DataFest, Men's Indoor Soccer Club (Team Captain), Science Education Alliance (SEA) Phages Course-Based Undergraduate Research, Flag Football Intramurals, Musicians Collective (Virtual)
Internship: CoverMyMeds (Summer 2021 and 2022)
Advice for new students: “Don’t stress out. I understand it’s a lot to take in when school starts. Some classes will be hard, but use this as a challenge to find out what you are passionate about. I switched specializations once and dropped/re-took 3 classes. I’m still going to graduate in 4 years with no issues."

Eddie Tassy, Senior

Eddie Tassy
Specialization: Data Visualization
Hometown: Commercial Point, OH
Other Majors Explored: Pharmacy, Mathematics, Computer Information Science
Involvement: Resident Advisor (RA), Project Manager for BDAA, Mobile Game Developer
Internship: Business Analyst Intern for Disney 
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."

Ana Xiong, Junior

Ana Xiong
Specialization: Computational Analytics
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Meizhou, Guangdong, China
Other Majors Explored: Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering 
Involvement: Undergraduate researcher, Faith Works Chinese Student Club, BDAA, AI Club
Advice for new students: “Plan ahead for your future career, learn whatever you want through school and the internet, explore whatever you are interested in, and embrace challenges and opportunities."

Jiaxin (Naomi) Yang, Senior

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."