Dana, a native of Woodbridge, Connecticut, received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering, specializing in hydrology and numerical modeling at the University of Connecticut. There he served as a teaching assistant for statistics and core engineering classes while publishing five peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. He went on to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he created a numerical modeling framework for studying the optimization of water resources across different competing agents for the Mekong River Basin. At Taft, Dana teaches four sections of math, works dormitory associate on CPT3, and coaches football and baseball.