People

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Kate E. Mueller, J.D.

Managing Director

Office: 1020A Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Email: kate.mueller@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.6166

Kate E. Mueller is the Managing Director of the Center for Social Science Research. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in both Government and Spanish in 2001. That same year, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004 she received her J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School, where she served as note editor for the Journal of College and University Law and directed the undergraduate debate team. She practiced law in the areas of commercial, employment, probate, governmental, and civil rights litigation for five years before returning to Notre Dame to launch the CSSR and direct operations. She is a Concurrent Professor of Law.


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Milan Budhathoki

GIS Specialist

Office: 1020G Jenkins Nanovic Halls  
Email: mbudhathoki@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.1150

Milan Budhathoki brings geospatial skills to the Notre Dame community in research, consulting, and teaching. He is specialized in GIS analysis, spatial data management, web GIS and server applications, and remotely sensed data processing. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he worked for local and state government and in academic research in Massachusetts. He implemented a number of innovative GIS projects for the town of Brookline, including an interactive map gallery to showcase the town’s geo-physical and demographic information and also provided GIS training to the town’s staff to support better decision-making in citizen services.


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Hongyu Guo

Graduate Statistical Consultant

Office: 1020H Jenkins Nanovic Halls  
Email: hguo2@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.6853

Hongyu Guo is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics under the supervision of Prof. Jun Li. Before attending the University of Notre Dame, he acquired a B.A in statistics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and an M.S in statistics from the George Washington University. Hongyu’s research interests include the application of deep learning methods on scRNA-seq data and the development of methods for analyzing high-dimensional noisy data. He is proficient in data analysis with SAS, R, and Python.


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Cheng Liu, Ph.D.

Data Scientist

Office: 1020J Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Email: cliu7@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.1168

Dr. Cheng Liu is a Data Scientist for the Center for Social Science Research and a concurrent Research Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology.  Before joining the CSSR, Dr. Liu was a Computational Scientist in the Center for Research Computing for several years. His research interests include computational modeling and data mining approaches to large-scale educational assessment data, as well as the infrastructure development of online learning and assessment systems. Dr. Liu provides statistical consultation to support social science research with modern information technology. He also seeks opportunities to collaborate on grant proposals.


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Chuanqi Wang

Graduate Statistical Consultant

Office: 1020H Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Email: Chuanqi.Wang.345@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.6853

Chuanqi Wang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics working with Prof. Jun Li. She graduated from Renmin University of China with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2016. Her research interests include machine learning methods for single-cell RNA-Sequencing data and the development of deep learning network for high dimensional sequencing data.


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Yang Xu

Data Science Consultant

Office: 1020F Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Email: yxu6@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.3696

Yang Xu is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. In 2017, he earned a master's degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked as a civilian nuclear power engineer. In his current role, he develops Bayesian models and performs data analysis embedded with machine learning algorithms. His research interests include convolution and recurrent neural networks.


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Jessica Young

Data Science Consultant

Office: 1020I Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Email: jyoung22@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.8025

Jessica Young is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social Science Research. She graduated summa cum laude as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar from Westfield State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics. In 2017 she completed her master's thesis entitled "Predicting Cholera Positive Cases in Haiti," graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with her M.S. in Applied Statistics. She frequently uses R and focuses on utilizing machine learning methods to solve problems.