0 Carmen McKell

Carmen McKell

Carmen McKell

Director of the Center for Data Science Analytics; Associate Professor of Data Science

Carmen McKell is an analytics practitioner and educator. With over thirty years of experience in the private sector, she has co-founded three analytics companies in the private sector of healthcare, education and sports. She has also built a variety of research and non-profit organizations from the ground up. Over the years, she has learned the importance of connecting her Christian faith as part of the learning experience, especially in the emerging field of data science. She was key in the development of the first Christian liberal arts data science program at Houghton University and was the visionary behind the Center for Data Science Analytics. Carmen is obsessed with the art and science of discovering new insights from data and she is excited to pass this knowledge along to the next generation.

Carmen is a believer in the “learn by doing” approach and has led students in a variety of experiential learning opportunities where students brought data science to life. She is a strong advocate for creating future servant leaders in the field of data science, especially those with integrity and the desire to use data for good. With the Center for Data Science Analytics as a collaboration hub, she is passionate about building a diverse data science community, bringing together interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, staff, industry, and alumni.


  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology & Statistics | University of New Brunswick
  • B.S. in Psychology | Houghton College

Courses Taught

  • Data Science Internships
  • Student-led Data Science/Analytics Consulting Projects
  • Drone Operation and UAV Aeronautical Procedures
  • Cloud Connected Drone Operations, Computing and Analytics

Professional Memberships

  • American Statistical Association
  • Women in Data Science Network (WiDS)
  • Data Science Association

Professional Experience & Achievements

  • Supervised data science/analytics student consulting projects and internships with students majoring in computer science, data science, business, psychology and sports administration.  These experiential learning opportunities including clients such as:
    • NFL On Location (SuperBowl)
    • Hilton Head Golf Tournament
    • NASCAR Nashville Superspeedway
    • AuctionWiser (Start-up Business)
  • Launched a PRO Talk Series featuring front office staff who use data for decision making. Speakers have included staff from the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49’ers, and the Texas Rangers.
  • Provided career support and mentoring for students to successfully launch their careers with Fortune 500 companies.
  • Fundamentals of Data Science Certificate, Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering, Stanford (2022)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award (Houghton College, 2019)

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