Academic DirectorMS in Business Analytics Program
University of Notre Dame

Scott Nestler, CAP, PhD

Academic Director
MS in Business Analytics Program

University of Notre Dame

INFORMS Member since 2001

A Word from the General Chair

With a history that dates back to the tumultuous American Wild West, when it served as a cornerstone for the gold rush in the surrounding Rocky Mountains, today Denver, the capital of Colorado, marries its reputation as a popular outdoor adventure spot with a booming food and music scene, and is also home to the core industries of healthcare and financial services.

We invite you to join us in Denver, April 26-28, 2020, to travel back in time to the frontier days of American history, while also looking ahead as we celebrate and explore the latest research and achievements in analytics at the 2020 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference.

Attendees will experience a full conference schedule featuring more than 150 presentations and panels by leading analytics professionals from around the world, as well as the opportunity to enjoy all that the incredible city of Denver has to offer.

We hope to see you in Denver in 2020!

Organizing Committee

Zahir Balaporia, CAP

Optimization Solutions Partner

Nathaniel D. Bastian

Chief, Data Science and AI Engineering
DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Tudor Bodea

Analytics, Strategy & Execution

Alan Briggs, CAP

Concurrent Technologies

Aaron Burciaga, CAP


Dayana Cope

Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics
Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts

Rob Dees

People Insights Senior Manager

Genetha Gray

Manager, Data Science & Research Group, Employee Success Strategy & Analytics (ESSA) Team

Jon Higbie

Chief Scientist

Mani Janakiram

Intel Corporation

Freeman Marvin, CAP

Executive Principal Analyst
Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Pelin Pekgün, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Darla Moore School Of Business, University Of South Carolina

Jennifer Priestley

Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Director, Analytics and Data Science Institute
Kennesaw State University

Nancy Pyron

Independent Consultant

Les Servi

Chief Scientist
The MITRE Corporation

Brian Sperling

Guidehouse LLC

Gary Summers

Pipeline Physics LLC

Renee Thiesing

Vice President of Strategic Alliances
Simio LLC

Erick Wikum

Analytics Consultant
Wikalytics, LLC

Selects Committee

Jim Williams (Chair)

Sr. Principal Consultant, Xpress Optimization

Fatma Garza

Associate Professor
University of Waterloo

Mary Helander

Center for Policy Resarch
Syracuse University

Ed Pohl

Professor, Department Head
Industrial Engineering Department
University of Arkansas

Poster Committee

Alan Taber

Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin