Welcome to the Red Cell Analytics Lab

This is the official website for Penn State's Red Cell Analytics Lab. Scroll around our page to see who we are, what we're about, and what projects we're currently working on. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Calendar to get even more information.


About Us


All active Penn State students in good standing who have interest in a career in analytics are encouraged to join. The club is perfect for anyone in SRA/IST but it is open to every active student at PSU .


The Red Cell Analytics Lab was designed to give students experience in analyzing real world problems and to prepare students for the professional world by helping them develop critical thinking skills and learn to think like their enemy.


We exist to promote the research, practice and application of structured analytics, critical thinking and visual analytics; collaborate with University and external partners on real problems in the area of Security and Risk; gain valuable experience toward getting a job; and have fun!


We typically meet twice a month. All meetings are open to all members as well as any prospective members. The best place to learn about all of our upcoming and recent events is below in our Events section, or in our Google Calendar.


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"Penn State is known for, on top of the foundational aspect of educating students, having a broad-based research program, and then around all those things is this unbridled enthusiasm, a different way of thinking - and the Red Cell Lab is an excellent example of this. When you combine those three things, it's a win-win-win" -Robert Cardillo, NGA Director

NGA and Penn State Partnership

Penn State recently formed a partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the analysts of RCAL had the privilege to sit down with Robert Cardillo and brief him on what our organization seeks to accomplish. Megan Graham led the brief, touching on projects such as the THON Security Operations, and other geospatial intelligence-related projects.

Read more here.


THON Evacuation Drill - Info Session

2/10/2016 - Wed

The information session for the THON Evacuation Drill will take place in room 202 IST at 6pm. If you are planning on participating in the THON Evac Drill, it is important that you come. If you have a conflict you cannot get out of, please contact Andrea at aef5243@psu.edu.

General Meeting

Wednesday, February 17th, at 7PM.

Our general meeting this week will be an information session for the THON Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for this weekend. We will discuss everything you need to know, so if you signed up for a shift then be sure to come to room 202 IST this Wednesday, February 17th, at 7PM. There are only a few spots left to participate, so sign up at bit.ly/1Stsmjd while there is still availability!


Executive Board

Pictured below is this year’s executive board. Feel free to contact them with any questions you may have. If you have any interest in becoming a board member for next year, do not hesitate to speak up. We would love to be able to help you work your way into a leadership position.

Col. Jake Graham


Nick Giacobe
Assistant Adviser


Mason Northrop
Student Director of the Lab


Leona Kretuz
Student Deputy Director of the Lab


Brad Alleman
Intelligence Officer


Dan Goga
Operations Officer


Nick DeSandre
Logistics Officer


McKenzie Powell
Communications Officer


Michael Lubas
Science & Technology Officer


Nick DeSandre
Budget & Finance Officer


Become a Member

Please email McKenzie Powell (mcp5314@psu.edu) to be added to our list-serv