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Helen Jang

Helen L. Jang

Senior Director, RTI Merge & Project Catapult


BA (magna cum laude), International Relations, San Francisco State University.

Helen Jang leads a multi-year internal investment, Project Catapult, to bring emerging technologies to RTI project teams and its clients. With more than 20 years of experience, her expertise in digital innovation and artificial intelligence allows her to direct the creation of solutions that highlight the intersection of research and technology to continue advancing social science. Ms. Jang led the creation of RTI Merge, an integration platform supporting data acquisition and ingestion, data analytics, knowledge curation, computing, and modeling and simulations.  

She leads a multidisciplinary team of experts on developing and implementing strategies for innovation and digital transformation, the development of business models, and how to pilot and scale the roll-out of technologies, such as RTI SynthPop and MLOps, across RTI to deliver better research faster. Her work has also been crucial in building awareness of capabilities across the institute and encouraging the development of new skillsets among team members. 

Ms. Jang previously served as director for RTI’s Center for Digital Innovation in Education and Workforce Development (CDI), which focuses on combining diverse data and cutting-edge digital technologies informed by elegant design to transform education research to practice, improving the outcomes of children and adults. CDI’s portfolio includes data analysis and reporting systems that provide access to data for stakeholders at all levels using innovative and effective visual presentations that communicate research findings to a wide audience. 

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