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Successful 2017 Analytics Career Reception 

September 27, 2017

This past week, the Center for Analytics and Data Science hosted its second annual Analytics Career Reception. Students from across campus had the opportunity to network with IBM, Ernst & Young, Cardinal Health, Allstate, Cleveland Clinic, 84.51, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble to discuss career opportunities in the fields of analytics and data science.

Because of its great success, CADS will be hosting its next career reception in the fall of 2018.

Infographic detailing the demographic of the students at the reception: 8 companies and 79 students attend; 48% seniors, 33% juniors, 8% sophomores, 11% masters, 63% FSB 30% CAS, 6% CEC, 14 majors represented, 38% of students had an Analytics Co-Major and 19% had a Business Analytics Minor, 52% female, 48% male, 9% Students of Color, 21%International Students

2017 Analytics Career Reception

August 30, 2017

After a successful first year with over 100 students in attendance, the Center of Analytics and Data Science will host its second annual Analytics Career Reception. The event will be hosted on Monday, September 11 in the Farmer School of Business Forsythe Commons at 6:00 pm. Students from across the university will be invited to network with the following employers: IBM, Ernst & Young, Cardinal Health, Allstate, Cleveland Clinic, 84.51, P&G and others.

At this event, students will have the chance to learn about career opportunities in the fields of analytics and data science, while strengthening their professional network. The visiting employers are excited to come in hopes to better understand the analytics curriculum at Miami through the students' perspectives.

CADS Welcomes Two New Assistant Directors

August 28, 2017

The Center for Analytics and Data Science is pleased to announce two new Assistant Directors.

Lindsey Holden joins CADS from the Miami University Office of Admission. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University and her Master’s Degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University. She has spent the past five years working in college admissions, first with Vanderbilt University, and most recently with Miami. While serving as Senior Assistant Director in Miami’s Office of Admission, Lindsey led the high-ability recruitment initiatives including the University Academic Scholars and the Summer Scholars programs. Lindsey is excited to continue working with Miami students in the innovative CADS environment.

Bree O’Day joins CADS after an accomplished career in digital analytics, specifically in the retail industry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in actuarial science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign followed by her Master’s in business administration with a concentration in economics from North Park University. In 2008, she began her career at Hammacher Schlemmer in Chicago where she spent six years working on their marketing analytics and e-commerce teams. Upon relocating to Cincinnati in 2014, Bree moved into the role of Senior Manager of Advanced Analytics on Sunglass Hut’s e-commerce team at Luxottica. She is eager to move into her role at CADS where she will have the opportunity to combine her passions for analytics and education.

The Center is excited to welcome Lindsey and Bree to the CADS leadership team!

EY Sponsors Five CADS Scholarships

May 5, 2017

This year, CADS was fortunate to offer scholarships to five deserving students. EY has generously donated five $1000 scholarships to students who are studying analytics and data science. The EY scholarship winners are each high performing analytics students who were selected based on academic merit.

The five EY scholarship winners are listed below:

  • Robert Garrett: Sophomore, Math/Statistics and Analytics Co-Major
  • Zhiyuan Li: Junior, Computer Science and Math/Statistics Major
  • Dylan Oncken: Junior, Finance and Analytics Co-Major
  • Lena Rutherford: Sophomore, Information Systems and Analytics Co-Major
  • Dominique Van Howe: Sophomore, Accountancy

CADS Summer Research Fellowship Program Awards 5 Research Grants

May 5, 2017

This spring the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) selected its first Summer Research Fellowships. The purpose of the CADS Summer Fellowship program is to encourage new research in analytics or data science. Through this competitive program, CADS is supporting five research projects and awarded a total of $24,000 in research grants to faculty.

Below is a list of the grants recipients and the research they will be conducting:

  • Dr. DJ Rao, Assistant Professor of Computer Science: Dr. Rao will be developing a method for calibrating the parameters of spatio-temporal epidemiological models applied to mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, Yellow Fever, etc.
  • Dr. Tom Fisher, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Dr. Jing Zhang, Associate Professor of Statistics: Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zhang will be working on adapting Bayesian variable selection methods for predictive models in a large data scenario.
  • Dr. Ben Gung, Professor of Chemistry: Dr. Gung will be working to develop a spectroscopy database. This database will be used to develop machine learning algorithms to support the drug synthesis process that is a traditionally cumbersome process for organic chemists.
  • Dr. Byran Smucker, Associate Professor of Statistics: Dr. Smucker will be developing a unique sampling method to aid in logistic regression model selection in a big data scenario. His work will be directly applied to a data set from Miami University’s development office for use in donor selection.
  • Dr. Craig Williamson, Professor of Biology: Dr. Williamson will be working on an initiative with the Miami Ecological Big Data Initiative and CADS to merge high-frequency data from freshwater lake sensors with weather data. They will explore the use of cognitive computing in hopes of gaining rapid insights into the influence of climate and environmental changes on freshwater quality and ecosystem function.

CADS Hosts First Annual Recognition Luncheon

May 5, 2017

Celebrating two years of accomplishment, the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) hosted its First Annual Recognition Luncheon on May 5, 2017. Nearly 75 guests were in attendance to recognize the talent involved in creating and growing CADS.

Established in May 2015, CADS reflected back on its beginning and looked forward to what’s next. The event brought together the faculty, staff, students, and partners that have dedicated their time and resources to CADS over the last two years.

During the event, CADS announced five faculty members that are receiving grants through the CADS Summer Research Fellowship program to encourage new research in analytics or data science. In addition, CADS recognized five students that received EY-sponsored scholarships. The EY scholarship winners are each high performing analytics students with an interest in consulting and public accounting.

At the conclusion of the event, guests were invited to walk around the room as many student interns showcased their work during a poster session.

Two Miami Teams and One Bowling Green Team Take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

April 9, 2017

At 3:30 PM this past Sunday, Miami University’s DataFest top winning teams were announced. This announcement came after student teams spent nearly 48 hours working with 2 gigabytes of data to derive insight.

Like last year, the competition had zero percent attrition; all 21 eligible teams submitted their findings in a written document by Sunday morning. The winning teams made it through all three rounds of judging, including a white paper, semi-final and final presentations. Cash prizes were awarded for first ($1000), second ($750), and third ($500) place.

1st Place- We R 100% Confident: Adam Levitt, Chris Paxton, Ryan Wiedwald, Seth Levitt, & Vincent Tong

2nd Place- BGSU - C: Sarah Hercules, Melissa Dureiko, & Monica Matticoli

3rd Place - Data Scrubs...the SQL: Ben Smith, Bob Krueger, Bri Clements, Katherine Shockey, & Robert Garrett

Two Miami Faculty Members Judge Purdue University's DataFest 2017

March 31, 2017

On Friday March 31st, Dr. JP Baldwin and Dr. Thomas Fisher, faculty members at Miami University, traveled to Purdue University for their 2017 DataFest. Purdue University, like Miami University, is one of 33 universities hosting DataFest this calendar year. The two went to Purdue to learn about how different schools run DataFest and provide unbiased judges for the team presentations.

Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Fisher were asked to be apart of a panel of Purdue judges who selected the teams based on Best Visualization, Best Use of Outside Data, and Best in Show. To continue to foster the inter-collegiate experience, Mark Ward, one of Purdue’s associate professors joined Miami’s DataFest panel of 6 judges the weekend of April 7-9.

Dr. Baldwin states, “DataFest has grown tremendously over the past few years. Therefore it is vital we continue to improve and refine the organization and oversight of this event. The cross-collaboration between Miami and Purdue has been a great success in this regard -- we can now continue building on one another in our respective competitions.”

CADS DataFest 2017 to feature nearly double the number of competitors from last year

April 5, 2017

The 2017 edition of CADS DataFest, Miami's data analysis competition organized by the American Statistical Association, begins Friday, April 7, with teams of student competitors exploring and analyzing specific data problems over the weekend before finally presenting their findings to an open audience and a panel of industry judges. DataFest is a university-wide effort hosted by CADS to bring together the data science community.

"Last year's competition was a huge success, but this year we've nearly doubled the number of students who are competing, with 89 in 22 teams from Miami, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Cincinnati," said L. Allison Jones-Farmer, professor and Van Andel Chair of Analytics and faculty director of CADS.

The intense competition officially begins in the Farmer School of Business on Friday at 8 pm, with students working through the weekend until Sunday at 11:30 am. The final presentations before the judges will begin as a 3-round process at 2 pm, with awards announced at 3:30 pm.

Six expert judges will be traveling to Oxford to represent industry leaders IBM, EY, Cardinal Health, Cleveland Clinic, AllState, and Procter & Gamble. Joined by a faculty judge from Purdue University, they will judge student presentations and award cash prizes for first ($1000), second ($750), and third ($500) place.

"The faculty judge represents Miami's collaboration with other universities hosting DataFest across the country," said Jones-Farmer. "Our own representatives, assistant professor of statistics Thomas Fisher and visiting assistant professor of information systems and analytics Jean-Paul Baldwin, visited Purdue for their competition last week."

In addition, six other professionals from the companies listed above will donate their time this weekend to support the students as consultants during the event.

Procter & Gamble is sponsoring CADS DataFest with a $10,000 grant from its Higher Education Foundation.

DataFest was founded in 2011 at UCLA. This year, there are 33 university hosts of DataFest in three countries: the U.S., Canada, and Germany. DataFest's first weekend this year was March 24-26 at three schools: Grand Valley State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. The final weekend will be May 5-7 at Queens College (CUNY), UCLA, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo.

The Miami event is made possible through the CADS partners, which include IBM, EY, Cardinal Health, Allstate, Cleveland Clinic, and the Sheskey Family Foundation. Google and DataCamp are nationwide DataFest sponsors.

4 Students Compete in the Pitt Business Analytics Competition

March 24, 2017

During Miami University's spring break, Michael Macey, Micky Whitford, Cody Philips, and Robert Garrett competed in a national analytics case competition at the University of Pittsburgh sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods. Nearly 30 teams applied to participate in the competition and the Miami team of four was selected to compete as one of 8 finalists. The competition challenged teams to determine what stores are most beneficial to launch a new team based-training product. Teams had two weeks to complete the case.

For the competition, the each team was given a dataset of Dick's stores including their respective locations. The Miami students pulled in external data in order to complete their analysis and constructed an K-nearest neighbor algorithm based on consumer demographics and pricing data. At the end of the two week period, the team presented their findings to a panel of Dick's Sporting Goods executives in Pittsburgh.

Cleveland Clinic join for CADS partnership

March 15, 2017

Miami University today announced that Cleveland Clinic has joined efforts with the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS), the sixth partner for CADS since its establishment in May 2015. Partnering with CADS allows Cleveland Clinic to engage with Miami students through recruitment events and experiential projects, advise the center on its program structure and gain visibility with both national and campus-wide marketing efforts.

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical and hospital care with research and education.

"With the healthcare industry generating massive amounts of data, partnering with CADS allows us to use that data more effectively both in the business and patient aspects of the clinic," said Chris Donovan, executive director of Enterprise Information Management and Analytics at Cleveland Clinic and Miami University Class of 1992 alumnus. We are looking forward to the future as we work together to help the center provide the necessary skills and experience to develop the next generation of leading industry professionals.

CADS partners interact with Miami students in classes, luncheons and other exclusive events, including the Analytics Networking Reception during the fall Career Fair and the Center's annual DataFest competition, a weekend-long event hosted by Miami and featuring partners as judges. Partners also have a seat on the CADS advisory board as they help build curriculum, and they receive priority consideration for client-based projects through the EY Analytics Learning Lab.

"It's phenomenal to secure Cleveland Clinic as CADS newest partner," said Dr. Allison Jones-Farmer, faculty director of CADS. We are thrilled that Cleveland Clinic will work with us in developing our educational programs in the fields of analytics and data science. We are looking forward to working with them in many areas including student-led projects using meaningful data from the healthcare industry.

DataFest Registration is now closed

March 10, 2017

Registration for DataFest, an annual student data analysis competition, is now closed. It will be taking place on the weekend of April 7-April 9 in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

This year we are excited to host over 70 participants from Miami University, BGSU, and the University of Cincinnati. Presentations will be judged by experts from IBM, Cardinal, P&G, EY, Allstate, Cleveland Clinic and Purdue University on April 9 and are open to the public. The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes.

Questions about the event can be sent to datafest@miamioh.edu

10 Students Passed the SAS Predictive Modeler Certification Exam

February 2, 2017

On January 27, ten students obtained the SAS Enterprise Miner Professional Certification by sitting for and passing the Predictive Modeler Certification Exam. This exam is a professional certification recognized globally in the Advanced Analytics Category.

As part of the exam students were tested both on the expertise in the SAS Enterprise Miner software and their predictive modeling knowledge. Senior finance and analytics major, Spencer Reynolds stated, "I wanted to take the exam to both show employers the skills I have learned in class and to diversify myself from the rest of the student body in this technological era."

The following students passed the exam:

  • Katie Beckley
  • Katey Inman
  • Adam Levitt
  • Seth Levitt
  • Jieyun Liu
  • Spencer Reynolds
  • Eric Schnakenberg
  • Chris Waflart
  • Danna Wang
  • Ryan Wiedwald

P&G grant to fund CADS' DataFest at Miami University

January 31, 2017

The Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) at Miami University is honored to announce the generosity of Procter & Gamble via a $10,000 grant in partial support of the CADS 2017 DataFest event.

DataFest is an annual weekend-long data analysis competition organized by the American Statistical Association. Miami's version of the event is hosted by CADS and includes teams of students from Miami and other universities in the region to demonstrate their knowledge and grasp of big data analytics. Teams of students are given a large, rich, complex data set and spend a weekend analyzing it to derive key insights, which at the end of the weekend, they present to a panel of industry judges.

This year, DataFest at Miami University will be held from April 7-9 in the Farmer School of Business. Allison Jones-Farmer, Van Andel Professor of Business Analytics and Faculty Director of CADS stated "The CADS team is excited that P&G will be a part of Miami's second annual DataFest competition. Industry support and collaboration are keystones of the CADS mission to transform undergraduate education in Analytics and Data Science."

Registration for DataFest, a student data analysis competition, is now open!

January 25, 2017

DataFest will be taking place on the weekend of April 7-April 9 in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. This year, Miami University is proud to invite student teams from University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green State University, Northern Kentucky University, and Wright State University to join the competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the teams of 3 to 5 students at the end of this weekend long competition.

Workshops to help prepare the students for data analysis, coding, and presentation skills will be beginning soon. The first session will take place on February 2, which will help students will learn basic tools and packages in R.

Registration closes March 10.


2016 News Articles

"Girls Who Code" Founder, Reshma Saujani, Will Visit Miami 2017

December 8, 2016

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, will be speaking at the Women in Leadership Symposium on March 30 2017. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology by preparing young women for jobs in computer science and programming.

In addition to being CEO, Saujani was the first Indian-American woman to run for U.S. Congress and has written "Women Who Don't Wait in Line;" a book advocating for a new model of female leadership that focuses on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship and boldly charting your own course – personally and professionally.

CADS Student Intern Project Results in Successfully Classifying 85% of Healthcare Claims for Major Hospital

December 7, 2016

Throughout the fall semester of 2016 four student interns, Hayden Dygert, Mike Macey, Ryan Miller, and Alison Tuiyott, with assistance from Fadel Megahed, consulted for one of the largest rehabilitation hospital systems in the country. This multidisciplinary team came from backgrounds in statistics, accounting, economics, computer science, information systems, and analytics.

The four students conducted a text analysis, using agile methods, working with both structured and semi-structured data in R. The goal was to categorize records to help the hospital system better understand claims data. The team was successful building a model with the ability to classify 85% of new claims.

Cleveland Clinic Visits Miami to Learn More about the Center for Analytics and Data Science

December 6, 2016

Executives from Cleveland Clinic visited Miami University to learn more about the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS). Chris Donovan, Executive Director of Enterprise Info Management and Analytics, and Mike Lewis, Sr. Director Healthcare Analytics/ Contract Economics, spent the day on campus meeting with students and faculty.

CADS hosted a luncheon where students discussed the Center's initiatives, experiential learning projects, and DataFest. Heather Bonsky, a junior analytics and marketing major, really enjoyed having lunch with the Cleveland Clinic leaders. Being from the Cleveland area, Heather mentioned that she has visited the clinic. "It was fascinating to hear Chris and Mike speak about the projects they're working on so close to home that directly related to topics in my analytics classes."

Miami Hosts Second Annual DataFest

December 5, 2016

The Center for Analytics and Data Science, an interdisciplinary center between ISA, Statistics, Computer Science, Marketing, and Accounting, is hosting its second annual DataFest. DataFest, a student data analysis competition, will take place April 7-9 in the Farmer School of Business. Teams from Miami will compete against each other and teams from other universities in the area. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of this weekend long competition.

Teams of 3 to 5 students must have a faculty sponsor. There will be workshops next semester to help the teams prepare. Registration will open in late January.

Johnson Scholarship Fund Established to Promote Experiential Learning in Analytics

November 30, 2016

Mark Johnson, General Partner at TTV Capital and Miami alumnus, is giving back to his alma mater with the creation of a new scholarship fund. The Mark Johnson Analytics Scholarship Fund will support Information Systems and Analytics majors and co-majors associated the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS). The endowed funds of nearly half a million dollars will provide support to students participating in experiential learning, studying abroad or throughout the United States.

The Mark Johnson Analytics Scholarship Fund promotes one of CADS's key initiatives to develop and support hands-on learning and research opportunities for students. The goal of these experiential and travel programs is to broaden the horizons of students as they pursue new endeavors in analytics and data science.

Curious about the Analytics and Data Science, Speedway Meets with CADS

November 10, 2016

Doug Couch, VP of IT Services at Speedway, and fellow colleagues visited Miami University mid-November interested in learning about CADS. During their time at Miami, the group toured the campus discussing both the Center and Speedway with students and faculty.

At lunch, the Speedway representatives spoke with multiple CADS interns and faculty about recent developments in the EY Analytics Learning Lab, DataFest, and student projects. Speedway representatives commented on how these engagements equip students with necessary skills to do well in the workforce, with many of these skills being currently used at Speedway.

2016 Analytics Career Reception

October 10, 2016

During the bustling week of Miami University's Career Fair, the Center of Analytics and Data Science hosted its first annual Analytics Career Reception. Over 100 students from across Miami University spent the evening networking with ten employers, including: IBM, Ernst & Young, Cardinal Health, Allstate, General Electric, Huntington Bank, Finit Solutions, Nielsen, 84.51, and Vantiv.

At this event, students discussed career opportunities in the fields of analytics and data science. The visiting employers, many of which are corporate partners of CADS, were also able to learn more about the analytics curriculum through the students' perspectives.

Allison Jones-Farmer, Director of the Center, said "The reception was a great way to bring together our high caliber analytics and data science students and top firms looking to hire in this area. It provided a targeted networking experience for students from across Miami University seeking careers in analytics and data science."

Junior finance and analytics co-major, Callie Zimmerman, was very excited that this will be an ongoing event, stating, "I'm so thankful for that opportunity to have a personalized career fair that aligned with my career goals." The next analytics career reception will be hosted in the fall of 2017.