Joe Brodnax, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Joe Brodnax brings to Texas A&M University-Commerce more than 35 years of industry experience in both the public and private sectors, including 22 years with Raytheon where he retired as Data Scientist and Engineering Manager in Advanced Geospatial Systems. Prior to that, Joe worked as a Systems and Business Analyst focused in oil and gas production analytics for companies like Texas Oil & Gas Corp. and as an independent consultant. Additionally, he has served as adjunct faculty for The University of Texas at Tyler and The University of Texas at Dallas. Joe holds graduate degrees in Computer Science and Management Science. His primary research interest has been focused on meeting information needs using High Performance Analytics (HPA).
James Cochran, The University of Alabama
James J. Cochran earned a PhD in Statistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, and he has been a Visiting Scholar with Stanford University, the University of South Africa, the Universidad de Talca, Pôle Universitaire Léonard De Vinci, and the University of Limpopo. His research focuses on problems at the interface of statistics and operations research, and he has taught many statistics and operations courses at all levels. Dr. Cochran is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Wiley Series in Operations Research and Management Science, and the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge. He has published over forty research articles and a dozen book chapters, and he is coauthor of seven textbooks in statistics, operations research, and analytics.
Peter Drewes, Lockheed Martin
Dr. Peter Drewes is a Business Intelligence and Intellectual property manager at Lockheed Martin focusing on the sustainment areas of the F35 program. His background is idea valuation and the necessary business / strategic / technical coordination necessary to bring those to life. Over his 30+ year career, he has put together and help bring to life multi-billion dollar opportunities in unmanned systems, autonomous applications, and supercomputing. He is currently working with TAMUC college of Business to extend their analytics capabilities and remaining relevant to industry through the use of intellectual property and valuation principals.
Michael Goul, Arizona State University
Michael Goul serves as Associate Dean for Research at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He works with the Schools portfolio of research centers, coordinates the Schools PhD Program, and he represents the School on University research initiatives such as those associated with advanced analytics. For the six years prior, he served as chair of the schools department of information systems. Goul spearheaded the development of the nine-month Master of Science in Business Analytics program, and he administered the launch of the School’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Data Analytics degree. Michael also administered the launch of the online version of Carey's highly successful Master’s of Science in Information Management program.
Marta Indulska, University of Queensland
Marta Indulska is a Professor and Head of the Business Information Systems discipline at the Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia. She teaches on topics related to the use and management of ICT in business, specifically with a focus on increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness. Marta obtained her Computer Science doctorate degree in 2004. She has since published over 100 fully refereed articles in internationally recognised journals and conferences. She is currently the President of the Australasian Association for Information Systems and a member of the Australian Computer Society Accreditation Committee.
Rashmi Jain, Montclair State University
Dr. Rashmi Jain is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Information Management and Business Analytics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University (MSU). Prior to joining academia, she was at Accenture consulting for Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecom, utilities and financial services sectors.
Dr. Jain developed and launched both the under graduate and the MS in Business Analytics programs at MSU – one of the few ones in the tri-state area. She has extensive experience of teaching, advising, and training graduate and under graduate students and senior executives both in the U.S. and overseas at businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions. Some of these are Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Singapore, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) USA, US Department of Defence, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, IBM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) etc. Dr. Jain’s research and teaching interests are systems architecture and design, systems integration, business analytics, and technology management. She is visiting professor to the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Japan since 2007.
Dr. Jain graduated with a Ph. D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. Dr. Jain is a board member and VP of Academic Matters for Society for Information Management (SIM) New York and member of the SIM National Academic Council. She has been recently appointed by the Governor of State of New Jersey to the first governing board of New Jersey Integrated Public Health Database (iPHD), the statutory body created in 2016 to oversee and manage the state’s health data. She is also a member of the Steering Committee, Technology for Business Roundtable for Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).
Saby Mitra, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Saby Mitra is Professor of Information Technology Management. From 2007 to 2013, he was the faculty director of the Executive MBA program at Georgia Tech. He also held the William H. Anderson II Term Professorship from 2010 - 2012. His current research interests include IT Security and Business Continuity, Business Analytics, IT Governance, Outsourcing and Planning, electronic commerce and digital marketing, and IT infrastructure design. His research has appeared or forthcoming in several premier journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Operations Management, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and Journal of Management Information Systems among others. He serves as Senior Editor of Information Systems Research, an INFORMS journal. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
John Mittenthal, The University of Alabama
Chris Myers, Texas A&M University - Commerce
John Mittenthal earned his doctorate in Industrial and Operations Engineering at The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Mittenthal applies his expertise in scheduling and applied optimization to real-world, practical-based problems. He is actively involved in the Business Analytics initiative in the Culverhouse College of Business, serving as a member of the organizing committee for the Business Analytics Symposium since 2012. In addition to serving as a referee for scholarly journals, he is on the Editorial Board for Computers and Operations Research. Dr. Mittenthal is the author or co-author of more than 20 refereed journal articles.
Dr. Chris A. Myers is the Marketing and Business Analytics Department Head in the College of Business at Texas A & M University – Commerce. He has 28 years military experience and over 20 years in academia. Dr. Myers corporate background is in product and program development for multiple companies. The program development for the Business Analytics program has mushroomed to approximately 300 students in less than four years mostly because of industry partnerships and guidance. The quality of the programs rivals that of aspirational institutions. The on-going focus has been on expanding the quality of the program in a Hi-Touch environment to improve student learning and development of professional skills.
Marc Neri, Texas Christian University
Marc Neri is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He started his career in 1996 at Coopers & Lybrand in London after earning a degree in physics from Durham University. After 20 years in various accounting and financial analysis roles, Marc completed a PhD at the University of North Texas and found himself in a role that has afforded him the opportunity to foster an interest in analytics and artificial intelligence. Marc is particularly interested in the ways in which AI is changing the shape of the accounting profession.
Linda Oldham, University of South Carolina
Linda Oldham is the Director of Corporate Partner Engagement in the Department of Management Sciences in the Darla Moore School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Continuing Education and Human Resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Moore School, she held the position of Executive Director, Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech where she cultivated industry relationships to provide support and capstone projects for a graduate program that she helped develop in business analytics. She also garnered corporate/organizational support for several analytics competitions and research projects. Prior to that she spent 8 years at Georgia Tech and served as the Executive Director for the Denning Technology & Management (T&M) Program in the Scheller College of Business. This program offered students a minor in engineering and business and cross-trained top students in Engineering, Business, and Computing. She managed the T&M Program activities and solicited corporate support and sponsored capstone projects. As Director of Corporate Partner Engagement, Linda supports the efforts of the Center for Operations and Supply Chain and the Center for Applied Business Analytics. She has extensive experience working with companies in the development, promotion and implementation of case competitions, capstone projects, data challenges and other experiential learning focused events. Her expertise is focused on developing high ROI partnerships between academia and corporations.
Arne Strauss, Warwick Business School
Dr Arne K. Strauss is Associate Professor of Operational Research at Warwick Business School. In his role as Academic Director of the MSc Business Analytics program (ranked 7th globally in QS University ranking 2018) since 2011, he redesigned the curriculum and formed new strategic partnerships with IBM and SAS. He serves as external examiner of the MSc Business Analytics program at Imperial College London and at the University of Southampton. Jointly with two colleagues from Computer Science and Social Sciences at the University of Warwick, he recently won a highly competitive IBM Faculty Award of $20k. His main research area is pricing and revenue optimization involving models of customer choice; an interest that he continues to pursue with various projects, including industrial collaborations with Lufthansa Systems, Ocado or Sainsbury’s. He received the doctoral prize of the British Operational Research Society for the best PhD dissertation 2009, the Goodeve Medal for the best paper in the Journal of the Operational Research Society in 2012, and various other awards.
Hugh Watson, The University of Georgia
Dr. Hugh J. Watson is a Professor of MIS and a holder of a C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Chair of Business Administration in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Hugh is a leading scholar and authority on business intelligence and analytics, having authored 24 books and over 200 scholarly journal articles. Hugh helped develop the conceptual foundation for decision support systems in the 1970’s, researched the development and implementation of executive information systems in the 1980’s, and for the past twenty years has specialized in data warehousing, BI, and analytics. Dr. Watson has consulted with numerous global organizations, including the World Bank, Intel, IBM, Conoco, and Glaxo, and conducted hundreds of executive development programs. Hugh is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and The Data Warehousing Institute and is the Senior Editor of the Business Intelligence Journal. He is also the founder and a Fellow of the Teradata University Network, a free portal for faculty and students who want to learn about data warehousing, BI/DSS, analytics, and database. For 20 years, Hugh was the consulting editor for John Wiley & Sons’ MIS series.