Dr. Jason L. Wang serves as the Interim Senior Director and the Director of Data Management in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP). He leads the IRP team in its efforts to provide accurate research, analysis, reporting, and decision support for Georgia Tech. His mission is to ensure the ethical and responsible management of data within IRP and to promote data literacy across Georgia Tech.
Jason started in IRP as a graduate assistant performing data analysis and writing reports and has since become an active and contributing member of the institutional research community. He has delivered presentations at state, regional, and national IR conferences, and is the co-author of the chapter “Data Strategy versus Information Technology Planning” in the book Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation.
Jason teaches COE2001 (Statics) and COE3001 (Mechanics of Deformable Bodies) at Georgia Tech for the Honors Program and has also joined the faculty ranks of the Georgia Tech Oxford study abroad program. Jason is a proud Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech having earned his B.S. (2008) and M.S. (2010) in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2018. He enjoys spending his days off gardening, hiking, camping, and relaxing with his friends, family, and two dogs.
Samantha James is a Data Management Specialist in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, where she supports the unit by managing data projects, processes, and protocols to ensure integrity, security, reliability, and efficiency. Her responsibilities include longer term data projects, managing business operations, and unit portfolio management for ad hoc request, institutional reporting, and projects.
Samantha James has over 18 years at Georgia Tech in both academic and research unit operations, with the last four years in Institutional Research. Before joining IRP, she occupied roles in Sponsored Post Award Administration, Accounting, Administrative Support, and Student Human Resources. In these roles, she trained, advocated, and analyzed procedures, voicing techniques to increase process productivity. She assisted in the development and tactical implementation of administrative improvement, financial strategy, and department-wide trainings to incorporate efficiency and consistency among those tasks to facilitate better organizational practices. She is now an active contributor to the Institutional Research field through volunteering efforts on professional committees, presenting sessions at professional gatherings, and being a resource where and when needed to colleagues nationwide.
Samantha has a Finance BSB, MBA, and PMP Certification. Samantha’s greatest qualities, per Gallup–CliftonStrengths, is she is analytic, consistent, disciplined, productive, and promotes harmony in her surroundings. In her free time, she likes to participate in activities that promote health and physical fitness, encourage mental and spiritual well-being, as well as spend time with friends and family.
Donyell Francis is the Data Management Specialist for the Office of Institutional Research and Planning where he supports Georgia Tech’s institutional research and decision support efforts. His responsibilities include data collection, analysis, and data visualization.
Donyell Francis has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration with a focus on institutional research, information technology, and business intelligence tools. He has worked at both the institution level in both I.R. and I.T. and at the state system level for both the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the University System of Georgia (USG). He has also served as an IPEDS educator since 2012 and an IPEDS state coordinator for several years while working at TCSG.
Donyell Francis earned his B.S. in Computer Information Management (2006) from Life University College of Arts and Sciences and has a M.S. in Information Technology (2011) from Southern Polytechnic State University now Kennesaw State University.
Daniel is IRP's Data Scientist. After earning his Bachelor's Degree (DePaul University, 2008), he moved to South Korea to work as a District Supervisor with the Korean Department of Education. In addition to teaching students, he managed and trained teachers regarding pedagogy and best practices. Emigrating back to the United States, Daniel earned his MBA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2018). He then began work as a Business Analyst in the Chicago private sector, emphasizing process enhancements and leveraging technology for improved decision making. In October of 2019 he joined Georgia Tech as a Business Analyst with the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Daniel earned an MS in Economics (Georgia Tech, 2022) and with his curiosity still not satiated, pursued an additional MS in Computational Analytics at (what was once known as) the North Ave Trade School. From Greek Mythology, to Behavioral Economics, to Stochastic Processes, understanding how things are interconnected and translating that insight to action is his passion. This is reflected in his work on developing models and creating functions, to turn questions / problems into answers / solutions which are quantifiable and objective. In his free time…Error #404…on that note, GO JACKETS!
Meghan is a data scientist in Institutional Research and Planning at Georgia Tech. In this role, she works with multiple internal and external data sources to prepare data reports, analyses, and visualizations to support decision making at Georgia Tech.
Meghan has a BA (English) from the University of Georgia as well as an MA (English) and MS (Data Science and Analytics) from Clemson University. She came to Georgia Tech with a wide variety of work experiences in roles ranging from communications and public affairs to research development to data analytics at University of Texas at Austin, Clemson University, and Georgia Tech. These experiences have provided a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the transformative and communicative power of data analytics and visualization paired with language.
When she isn’t poring over spreadsheets, Meghan can be found spending time with her family, reading whatever she can get her hands on, running very, very slowly in local races or, on a certain weekend every year, sauntering down Peachtree Street dressed as a silver robot.
Valerie Roberts is a business analyst, self-taught graphic artist, and resident Jack-of-All-Trades in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. She maintains the department’s website and develops content, designs infographics and data visualizations, and assists other analysts with research projects. Known to her colleagues as the “Sherlock Holmes of Data,” Valerie has acquired a working knowledge of descriptive statistics, SQL, query modeling, and research methodologies. Her professional goal is to develop web applications for decision support.
Valerie has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and over twenty years of experience working on projects where technology and creativity intersect. Outside of work, she is an avid reader, film buff, and aspiring multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard). An unrepentant autodidact, she continues to study her passions: web development, graphic design & illustration, and data analytics. (Though she won’t admit it, Valerie also has a flair for writing.)
Ben Chapman is a Business Analyst for the Office of Institutional Research and Planning where he assists in reporting data to external surveys, compiling reports and producing visualizations to improve data access across the campus.
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2004) Ben started work in Admissions and Appeals at the local government level, before moving on to work in schools as an IT Network and Media Development Manager where he worked on MIS implementation and IT infrastructure for number of institutions.
For leisure, he enjoys playing and assembling guitars, designing and building sound systems, and walking with his wife.
Lucas Provine is a graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Ph.D. program here at Georgia Tech and is a member of the PARK Lab. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He assists the IRP Team with data cleaning, analytics, report and dashboard development, as well as other miscellaneous project requests.
Lucas’ primary research interest lies in how new technologies are changing the workplace experience for employees. He examines how individual differences such as personality or attitudes might influence people’s willingness to accept (or reject) these new technologies. Additionally, he is interested in psychometrics, social psychological theories, and human-AI interaction. For leisure, he enjoys PC computer gaming, playing drums, and spending quality time with friends.