Mihaela “Ina” Cernusca, MBA, is the project director for ND Compass and a research specialist within the Center for Social Research located at North Dakota State University (NDSU). In her role as director, she leads the design and operation of the ND Compass project, in addition, she strives to increase awareness and understanding of ND Compass and ensure the project’s sustainability. With extensive experience in market and social research, she has participated in many projects that involved quantitative and qualitative research, grant writing, project management, and outreach/extension activities. Ina earned her MBA from the University of Missouri Columbia and worked as a marketing research specialist with the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri.
North Dakota Compass employs a number of students on an on-going basis, providing paid internships for undergraduate students and research assistant positions for graduate students. The full-time staff provides mentoring to the students and enjoys contributing to their hands-on learning experience, while simultaneously benefiting from their contributions to the project’s efforts. Our current student assistants are Shweta Arpit Srivastava (Doctoral candidate in the department of communication) and Briana Wilhelmi (Master's student in the department of sociology).