Speakers

Rhonda Baker

IBM

Client Executive

Rhonda Baker

Rhonda is a second year Masters candidate in Health Informatics at UNC Charlotte.  She works for IBM as a Client Executive supporting a Healthcare / Life sciences vertical and holds a MBA...

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Nick Beaton

Tableau

Technical Consultant

Nick Beaton

I am passionate about designing systems that help people see and understand their data. While a student, I became intrigued with statistical programming and this lead to a career in data science. At...

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Rishi Bhatnagar

Syntelli Solutions

CEO

Rishi Bhatnagar

Rishi has always wanted to resolve big business problems with data. He founded Syntelli early in his career to provide data analytics and business intelligence consulting services. Since starting...

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Christopher Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A.

UNC Charlotte

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences

Christopher Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Christopher M. Blanchette, Ph.D., M.B.A. is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with expertise in health economics and outcomes research, health data analytics and pharmaceutical use. He...

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Maura Bosbyshell

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Data Analyst

Maura Bosbyshell

Maura is a data science analyst at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, a managed care organization for behavioral health services. She uses SAS to develop data-driven insight for rapidly changing...

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Ned Carroll

Bank of America

Enterprise Data Management and Architecture Executive

Ned Carroll

Ned Carroll is the Enterprise Data Management and Architecture executive for Bank of America. Carroll leads a team responsible for the bank’s data management policy, standards, and governance;...

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Rick Chakra

Metlife

Senior Business Applications Consultant

Rick Chakra

Rick Chakra is a Senior Business Applications Consultant within the US Retail division at Metlife. In this role, Rick has led cross-team relationship management and integration efforts with IT,...

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Bill Chu, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Professor, Software and Information Systems

Bill Chu, Ph.D.

Bill Chu is Professor at the Department of Software and Information Systems, UNC Charlotte. He is associate director of the Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation. He received his BS in...

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Yi Deng, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Dean, College of Computing and Informatics

Yi Deng, Ph.D.

Dr. Yi Deng is the Dean and Professor of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a position he has held since July 2009. He had been the Dean and...

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Glenn Devitt

Delitor, Inc.

Asst. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Glenn Devitt

Mr. Glenn Devitt is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Delitor Inc. Delitor is a SDVOSB headquartered on the campus of UNC Charlotte that has established a Child Exploitation Targeting...

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Wenwen Dou

UNC Charlotte

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Wenwen Dou

Wenwen Dou is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include Visual Analytics, Information...

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J.D. Elliott

TIAA

Director, Enterprise Data Delivery & Analytics

J.D. Elliott

J.D. Elliott is the Director of Strategy...

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Sunil Erevelles

UNC Charlotte

Chair, Dept. of Marketing

Sunil Erevelles

Dr. Erevelles is Chair, Department of Marketing at the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of marketing and the Marketing...

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Neva Espinoza

EPRI

Director, Generation Sector

Neva Espinoza

Neva Espinoza is a Director in the Generation Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).  She is responsible for the Cross Sector Technologies and Major Component Reliability...

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Nancy Fey-Yensan, Ph.D., R.D.

UNC Charlotte

Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Nancy Fey-Yensan, Ph.D., R.D.

Dr. Nancy Fey-Yensan serves as the Dean of The College of Health and Human Services at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A nutrition scientist by training, she received her Ph.D. from...

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Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Executive Director, Data Science Initiative

Mirsad Hadzikadic, Ph.D.

Mirsad has over thirty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments. Dr. Hadzikadic joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987 after receiving his Ph.D. in...

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Jared Hansen, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Associate Professor of Marketing, Belk College of Business

Jared Hansen, Ph.D.

Dr. Hansen is Associate Professor of Marketing at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has published articles in the areas of business analytics and data science, innovation and firm...

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Dan Janies, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics

Dan Janies, Ph.D.

In 2012, Daniel Janies joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics, Director of Bioinformatics...

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Jeanne Johnson

KPMG

Principal

Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne Johnson is a Principal in KPMG’s U.S. Advisory practice. Her experience and areas of focus include financial planning and performance management, program portfolio management, business and...

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Joan Lorden, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Provost

Joan Lorden, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorden is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She earned her PhD in Psychology from Yale University. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Associate Provost for...

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Madhuri Maddipatla

UNC Charlotte

Research Assistant

Madhuri Maddipatla

Madhuri is a Data Science and Business Analytics graduate student and Research Assistant at UNC Charlotte. During her Masters in 2015, she presented her research work on Hospital Readmissions and...

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Abhishek Mehta

Tresata

CEO

Abhishek Mehta

Abhishek Mehta is the founder of Tresata, an analytics startup focused on solving one of the biggest problems businesses face today – how to use ALL their data to get, grow and keep their customers...

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David Olaleye

SAS Institute

Senior Manager and Principal Research Statistician

David Olaleye

David Olaleye is a Senior Manager and Principal Research Statistician at SAS Institute, Cary, NC. He received his postgraduate training in statistics, demography and clinical epidemiology from the...

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Rob Phocas

City of Charlotte

Energy & Sustainability Manager

Rob Phocas

Rob is the energy...

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Zbigniew W. Ras, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Professor and KDD Lab Director

Zbigniew W. Ras, Ph.D.

Zbigniew Ras is a Professor of Computer Science and KDD Laboratory Director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He also holds professorship position in the Institute of...

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Bradley Rash

Duke Energy

Manager, Product and Services Support Center

Bradley Rash

Bradley is the manager of Products and Services Customer Support at Duke Energy. He previously managed the Business Customer Behavioral Programs at Duke Energy. In that capacity he was responsible...

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Michael Reid

Duke Energy

General Manager of Technical Programs

Michael Reid

As General Manager of Technical Programs in Duke Energy’s Fossil Hydro Group, Michael Reid is responsible for partnering with internal business units to develop standardized, cost effective...

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Bill Ribarsky, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology (2004-2015)

Bill Ribarsky, Ph.D.

William Ribarsky was the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte (2004-2015) and the founding director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. From 2008 till 2014, he...

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Rudy Shankar, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Professor

Rudy Shankar, Ph.D.

Ramesh ("Rudy") Shankar is appointed as a Professor with the EnergyProduction Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at University of North Carolina Charlotte, and as the Power Modernization Cluster Leader. In...

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Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Associate Professor, Dept. of Software and Information Systems

Mohamed Shehab, Ph.D.

Dr. Shehab is an Associate Professor of Software and Information Systems Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering...

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Orion P. Stallard

Wells Fargo

Private Mortgage Banker

Orion P. Stallard

Orion Stallard is engaged in data analytics, inspired by trends in technology, and very busy. He believes that the vision of a technologically connected world he once held as a child has finally...

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Larry Steffann

Wireless Research Center of NC

General Manager

Larry Steffann

Larry’s career spans 35 years deeply entrenched in technology. Mr. Steffann held several roles with a number of startups, from advisor, angel investor and as executive/founder. He served in executive...

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Ashit Talukder, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology

Ashit Talukder, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashit Talukder is the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte and the Director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. He has vast experience in a number...

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John Thomas, Ph.D.

Red Ventures, LLC.

VP Data Science

John Thomas, Ph.D.

For the last 15 years, John Thomas’ research has focused on statistical modeling and machine learning and its practical implementation in industry. He has started and grown data science teams inside...

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Dan Thyer

Logical Advantage

CTO

Dan Thyer

Dan is passionate about building cool stuff, writing articles, having fun with technology and talking about it in user groups. Dan’s articles and videos have accumulated over half a million views and...

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Joe Topinka

SnapAV

CIO

Joe Topinka

Joe Topinka is a dynamic author, speaker, coach, and career CIO. He has over 35 years of success leading IT organizations and driving meaningful business results in the process. His game-changing IT...

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Derek Wang, Ph.D.

Taste Analytics

CEO

Derek Wang, Ph.D.

Derek Wang is the founder and CEO of Taste Analytics, a technology company that uncovers hidden signals in massive unstructured text data that drive business results and optimized business practices...

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Phil West

Microsoft

Director, Devices and IoT Strategy

Phil West

Phil West is a life-long North Carolina resident, who has held various technical positions in the commercial application development, systems and network management, and product development areas of...

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Bob Wilhelm, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Bob Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Wilhelm is Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been instrumental in advancing the quality, diversity, and growth of...

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Joe Yeremuk

UNC Charlotte

Lecturer

Joe Yeremuk

I am originally from former Soviet Union, and my hobbies include culture and foreign language studies. I speak Russian, Ukrainian, and Japanese. I work full-time as an integration developer, and...

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Sullivan McConnell

Time Warner Cable

Vice President, Business Intelligence & Information Management

Sullivan McConnell

Sullivan "Sully" McConnell is Vice President of Business Intelligence and Information Management at Time Warner Cable, where he has responsibility for the Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and...

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Bill Franks

Teradata Corporation

Chief Analytics Officer

Bill Franks

Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, where he provides insight on trends in the analytics...

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Ahmer Inam

Nike, Inc.

Head of Analytics

Ahmer Inam

Ahmer Inam is currently the head of advanced analytics for North America at Nike where he draws from over sixteen years of experience in the analytics domain to build data-products that elevate...

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Derek Raghavan, M.D.

Levine Cancer Insitute

President

Derek Raghavan, M.D.

Derek Raghavan MD PhD FACP FASCO, President of the Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, has served as Director...

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Erin Adamaitis

Time Warner Cable

Senior Director, Business Intelligence

Erin Adamaitis

Erin Adamaitis is Senior Director of Business Intelligence for Time Warner Cable, where she leads a team responsible for building the next generation of Audience Measurement and Video Viewership big...

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Sam Ransbotham, Ph.D.

Boston College

Associate Professor of Information Systems at Boston College and the MIT Sloan Management Review Guest Editor for the Data and Analytics Big Idea Initiative

Sam Ransbotham, Ph.D.

Sam Ransbotham is an associate professor of information systems at Boston College and the MIT Sloan Management Review Guest Editor for the Data and Analytics Big Idea Initiative. In 2014, he was...

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David Kiron

MIT

Executive Editor of MIT Sloan Management Review

David Kiron

David Kiron is the executive editor of MIT Sloan Management Review where he directs The Big Ideas Initiative research program, which examines cross-industry, macro-trends that are...

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Nisha Balani

Bank of America

AVP, Senior Core Finance Data Steward, CFO Group

Nisha Balani

Nisha Balani is a Senior Regulatory Reporting Data Steward in within the CFO group at Bank of America. In this role she is responsible for Enterprise Data Management and Governance for data that is...

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Rob Cox, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Asst. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rob Cox, Ph.D.

Robert Cox is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte.  His research is focused upon modeling, control, and diagnostics problems that arise...

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Tom Davenport

Babson College

President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management

Tom Davenport

Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, a Fellow of the MIT...

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Maryalicia Johnson

UNC Charlotte

Executive Director of External Relations

Maryalicia Johnson

Maryalicia Johnson is the Executive Director of External Relations who leads the UNC Charlotte's CCI/DSI Industry Solutions Partnerships for the Data Science Initiative. She is Responsible for the...

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Steve Ott, Ph.D.

UNC Charlotte

Dean, Belk College of Business

Steve Ott, Ph.D.

Steve Ott is the Dean of the Belk College of Business and holds the John Crosland, Sr., Distinguished Professor of Real Estate. Prior to becoming Dean of the Belk College of Business in 2011, Dr....

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