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Sandi Bramblett

AVP of Institutional Research
& Enterprise Data Management


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Sandra Kinney

Senior Director Institutional Research & Planning


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Jason Wang, Ph.D.

Data Management Specialist
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L. Troy Shaw, Ph.D.

Sr Decision Support Analyst
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Samantha James

Business Analyst II
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Valerie Roberts

Business Analyst I
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Howard Shulman

Retired but Working
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Valerie Roberts is a business analyst, self-taught graphic artist, and resident Jack-of-All-Trades in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. In addition to curating and creating content for the department’s website, she designs infographics and data visualizations, produces the annual online/archival Fact Book and print Mini Fact Book, 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. She is currently working towards earning a Master of Science in Information Technology. Outside of work, she is an avid reader and film buff, and recently took up bass guitar. An unrepentant autodidact, she continues to study her passions: computer science, programming, web development, graphic design, and fantasy art illustration. (Though she won’t admit it, Valerie also has a flair for writing.)

Howard Shulman has a Master's in Computer Science and over 50 years of experience in the field. He has worked for the United States Department of the Army, Bell Labs, Unisys, and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, in addition to working as an independent consultant.

His areas of expertise are in general programming, SQL for SQL Server and Oracle, and web design. He has taught college-level courses in C, C++, C#, Visual Basic, and Java. He has also developed applications in these languages and Fortran as well.

Sandi's Bio will be posted soon!

Sandra Kinney has over 25 years of higher education experience in higher education administration with a focus on institutional research, data warehouse design, business intelligence tools, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation. She has worked at both the institution level and the state system level.

Sandra was heavily involved in the planning and development of Georgia’s longitudinal data system. She has served on the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) and participated in the policy working group in the Post-Collegiate Outcomes collaborative project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sandra has been a contributing author on more than 30 national publications for the government and think tank organizations and has given more than 50 presentations on her work.

Troy's Bio will be posted soon!

Dr. Jason L. Wang is the Senior Decision Support Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning where he supports Georgia Tech’s institutional research and decision support efforts. His responsibilities include statistical analysis and data visualization for institutional surveys, reports, and projects.

Jason has an active interest in higher education and pedagogy. He has assisted with and taught multiple courses in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and College of Engineering including COE2001 (Statics) and COE3001 (Mechanics of Deformable Bodies). He worked as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning in support of their programmatic efforts to advance teaching and learning innovation on campus. He also served in various leadership positions for the Georgia Tech’s American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) student chapter helping to establish the annual STEM Research Expo and INSPIRE^2 Workshop.

Jason is a proud Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and 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 has over 14 years at Georgia Tech in both academic and research unit operations. During this time, she occupied roles in Finance, Accounting, Administrative Support, and Student Human Resources. In these roles, she has learned, trained, advocated, and analyzed procedures, voicing techniques to increase the productivity of administrative and financial processes. 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 ultimately facilitate better organizational practices. She now hopes to combine that knowledge with new learning at the Office of Institutional Research and Planning to provide well rounded support to the institute as a Business Analyst.

Samantha currently has a B.S.B. in Finance and is currently working toward an MBA. Samantha’s greatest qualities, per Gallup – CliftonStrengths, is she is analytic, consistent, disciplined, productive, and promotes harmony in her surroundings.