Alex Brodersen was named Assistant Director for Research & Evaluation at the Nebraska Statewide Workforce & Educational Reporting System (NSWERS) in August 2021.
Brodersen’s work experience includes over five years in the quantitative psychology, data science, and educational measurement fields. Prior to NSWERS, he worked as a talent analyst at Gallup and a psychometrician at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
As Assistant Director for Research & Evaluation, Brodersen plans, organizes, and executes research and evaluation functions. This includes both conducting and providing oversight for the technical quality of data analysis, providing in-house research design and quantitative measurement expertise, and creating a robust research dissemination approach to inform public policy and educational practice in alignment with NSWERS research priorities.
Brodersen holds a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from the University of Nebraska, a master’s degree in applied/computational math and statistics from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in quantitative psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
What author, researcher, or scientist is most influential to you in your work at NSWERS?
Andrew Gelman for his work on Bayesian statistics, social sciences, and presentation expertise.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to?
The relentless need to read about new ideas and techniques in statistics and machine learning.
What hobby did you pick up or master during the pandemic?
No-knead bread making.
What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
During WWI, the Omaha World Herald labeled Coleridge, NE, “The Most Patriotic Town In All America.”