At the Omaha Data Science Academy we want our students to learn from people who are doing the work on a daily basis. We are fortunate to have instructors from all kinds of backgrounds with a wide range of experience and abilities. Often, our instructors will work with students to see how they would solve a data science problem they just launched.


Nate Watson
Academy Director
Nate is the director and visionary of the DSA. He is the one who had the “aha!” moment and is very excited to see his students helping multiple companies expand Read More
Gordon Summers
After working as Sr. Systems Analyst at Conagra for 20 years, Gordon joined CAN’s team as a data manipulation and management trainer. Knowledgeable not only in data science theory but Read More
Jeremy Bergmann
Data Scientist
A classical data scientist, Jeremy has more than 15 years of real-world data science projects under his belt. He currently resides in our building, albeit 5 floors up. He specializes Read More
Matt Hoover
Assistant Director, Instructor
A Creighton grad and former Conagra employee, today Matt is the Director of Data Visualization for CAN. He has created over 100 visualizations for CAN in the 18 months he Read More
Nathan Booth
Preston Badeer
Preston has over a decade of full stack web development experience, including work as a user experience engineer, class instructor, and user interface designer. During this time he built new Read More
David Krupp
As a data visualization designer, David Krupp analyzes data and creates visual content using Tableau, D3.js, and Adobe Illustrator to share new insights and tell interesting stories. His experience includes Read More
Branden Collingsworth
Guest Speaker
Branden leads a team of data scientists who analyze data to find new and interesting patterns, relationships, and trends that automate or help people make better decisions. They build interactive Read More
Matt Dickinson
Guest Speaker
Matt Dickinson has over a decade of experience in predictive modeling, data mining, and research. Focusing primarily on operational needs utilizing his talents for marrying analytics with actionable results. In Read More
Kelly Burdine
Guest Speaker
Kelly Burdine is the Data Analyst Lead at Hudl, a Lincoln based company that builds video sharing and analytics software for sports teams and athletes. Kelly’s team helps leaders at Read More
James Rolfsen
James’s love for data science began in high school when he taught himself his first programming language. A graduate of Creighton University and former head of data science for CAN, Read More
Ben Hunter
An active data scientist at CAN, Ben is our heavy mathematician and programmer. He came from Silicon Valley via Boston and has worked for the likes of Reader’s Digest, Hayneedle Read More