Kate Mueller

Kate E. Mueller, J.D., Managing Director

1020A Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-6166

Kate E. Mueller is the Managing Director of the Center for Social 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 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 CSR and direct its operations. She is also a Concurrent Professor of Law.


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Milan Budhathoki, GIS Specialist

1020G Jenkins Nanovic Halls
211 Innovation Park (Geospatial Analysis Laboratory)
(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/state government and 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 to public, and also provided GIS training to town’s staff to support better decision-making in citizen services.


Brandon Greenawalt

Brandon Greenawalt, Data Science Technologist

1020K Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-7827

Brandon Greenawalt is the Data Science Technologist for the Center for Social Research. He graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana in 2005 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. In 2006 he began working in the University of Notre Dame's Office of Information Technologies. He then served from 2011 until 2016 as the IT Research Consultant for the College of Arts & Letters, focusing mainly on the Department of Psychology. In his role at the CSR, Brandon utilizes his expertise to develop interactive and static visualizations in R, consult on data security and storage procedures, and build and maintain servers for automated data procurement.



Cheng Liu, Ph.D., Data Scientist

1020J Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-1168

Dr. Cheng Liu is a Data Scientist for the Center for Social Research and a concurrent Research Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology.  Before joining the CSR, 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.

Yang Xu, Data Science Consultant

1020F Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-3696

Yang Xu is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social 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 convolutional and recurrent neural networks.



Jessica Young, Data Science Consultant

1020I Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-8025

Jessica Young is a Data Science Consultant for the Center for Social 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" and graduated 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.



Martin Barron, Graduate Statistical Consultant

1020H Jenkins Nanovic Halls
(574) 631-6853

Martin Barron is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics working with Dr. Jun Li. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics in 2013. Martin’s research interests include the development of statistical methods for the analysis of single-cell RNA-Sequencing data, algorithm development and the analysis of high-dimensional and noisy data. In his role as a Graduate Statistical Consultant for the Center for Social Research, he assists graduate and undergraduate students.