Who We Are

The Big Data & Analytics Association (BDAA) is the only undergraduate student organization of its kind, prioritizing the education of its members above all else. Weekly BDAA meetings are host to a variety of insightful events, including hands-on workshops in which industry professionals teach our members about the hottest topics in data analytics, and case competitions in which members put the skills they have acquired to the test.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: inspire students to think analytically and empower them through hands on training, all while connecting them to potential employers. To achieve these goals, BDAA aims to become the central communication point from students across disciplines to faculty and professionals in the Data Analytics field.

Our Values

BDAA aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging within and across disciplines. To inspire, empower, and connect all members -- whatever race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status -- BDAA is committed to an intersectional, persistent, and self-aware movement towards equal opportunity. Our success in the analytics community and beyond depends upon the robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that flourishes best when the rich diversity of human knowledge, perspectives, and experiences is heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Analytics in Columbus

In November, 2012 the IBM Analytics Solutions Lab opened in Dublin, Ohio providing Columbus with a cutting edge facility in the field of big data. Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the Columbus region, opened the potential for Columbus to become the next data analytics hub. The spike of data capture in the last few years has started conversations amongst leading local company CEOs. The rise in demand has rendered the need of capable and well-rounded data scientists. We intend to join the conversation by providing quality talent to quality companies.


We’ve had the privilege of being recognized for our work. For this we thank our sponsors, members, board, and supporters, without whom it would not have been possible.


  • Overall Outstanding Student Organization


  • Spirit of OSU Award
  • Partnership in Industry Award


  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Innovation and Change
  • Excellence in Operations


  • Innovation and Change

"The BDAA leadership team has created a frictionless process for industry partners and sponsors. The organization is visibly evolving for the better. It's adding competitions, tech talks, workshops and other activities to add value to club members in an academic environment. The analytics discipline is growing fast and the work the club is doing is vital to bring necessary talent to market."- Rockwell Automation

Joining is Free!

Membership is free of charge, and open to all students in all disciplines. If you have any questions about BDAA, email us at ohiostatebdaa@gmail.com, or sign up for our email list service to receive updates and news. Active members receive exclusive access to job listings provided by our sponsors, and can elect to submit their resume to the website for sponsors to view.