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 Computer Science from Southern Methodist University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to publishing his scholarship, he has made presentations at national and international conferences, leading information technology firms, and universities. His research/scholarship activities have been primarily focused on: data mining, cognitive science, medical informatics, and complex adaptive systems. From 1991 to 1997, Mirsad served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System. In 1998, he joined Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group as Manager in the Health Systems Integration Service Line. He returned full time to the University in January 1999 to assume the chair position in Computer Science and serve as Associate Director of the School of Information Technology. Mirsad helped to shepherd the transition from a school in the College of Engineering into an independent College of Computing and Informatics, and served as its Founding Dean. Mirsad is currently serving as the Director of the Complex Systems Institute at UNC Charlotte and Executive Director of the Data Science Initiative.