What are your biggest challenges as the Director of an Analytics Program? Chances are you’re not alone and many of your fellow program directors share the same challenges and more.

Join us for the Inaugural Meeting of Analytics Program Directors (MAPD) on April 1, 2017 where Analytics Program Directors from around the country will:

  • Discuss best practices for educating students
  • Identify program challenges
  • Brainstorm resolutions that drive change
  • Discuss opportunities associated with educating this growing field
  • Network with like-minded individuals

Analytics is driving business success in today’s competitive, data-driven world. If analytics is helping change the future of business, then university analytics programs are producing the agents of change.

How can you be confident that your graduates will be well-equipped to harness and communicate data to the organizations they join?

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What to Expect From the Meeting

The Meeting of Analytics Program Directors (MAPD) is designed to provide the program directors of analytics programs with a forum for discussion, networking, and the sharing of best practices. While master’s level programs are the majority, this first-of-its-kind meeting is open to program directors representing bachelor’s and doctoral level programs as well. The goal is to provide a platform for the types of exchanges that will raise the bar for all analytics programs and ultimately lead to better outcomes for students. Additionally, by supporting this emerging cadre of academics who lead analytics programs, INFORMS hopes that this meeting will help foster new ideas and new energy going forward.

While the MAPD will take place before the 2017 INFORMS Analytics Conference at the same location, attendees will NOT be required to attend the Analytics Conference. However, with leading analytics professionals and industry experts coming together to share, learn, and network, the 2017 INFORMS Analytics Conference is an attractive option for anyone engaged in the business analytics arena.

Meeting Details

When: April 1, 2017
Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Who: Program Directors and Associate Program Directors of analytics programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level.
Cost: Free. INFORMS is providing this inaugural meeting with no registration fee!

Opening Plenary Session

An Industry Connection: An Industry View of Essential Components of a Graduate Analytics Program

J. David Dittman, Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics Services
Procter and Gamble
Download a copy Mr. Dittman’s bio here.


Wake Forest University

Jeff Camm
Associate Dean of Business Analytics and Inmar Presidential Chair of Business Analytics
Wake Forest University

Pennsylvania State university

Terry Harrison
Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor in Business
Smeal College of Business
Penn State University

NC State University

Michael Rappa
Goodnight Director, Institute for Advanced Analytics
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science
North Carolina State University

University of Minnesota

De Liu
Associate Professor and Incoming Program Director of MS Business Analytics Program Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Michigan State University

Betsey Voorhees
Program Director
MS in Business Analytics Program
Eli Broad College of Business
Michigan State University

BNSF Railway

Pooja Dewan
General Director of Decision Support Systems
BNSF Railway

University of Alabama

Sharif Melouk
Associate Professor of Operations Management
Culverhouse College of Commerce
University of Alabama

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Melissa R. Bowers
Director Master’s in Business Analytics Program
Associate Professor and Beaman Professor of Business
Haslam College of Business
University of Tennessee Knoxville


Harish Krishnan
Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Operations Excellence
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

University of Alabama

Jim Cochran
Professor of Statistics and Interim Department Chair of Information Systems
Statistics and Management Science
Culverhouse College of Commerce,
University of Alabama

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Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Caesars Palace Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Participation in the meeting is free of charge. INFORMS is organizing and sponsoring this first-of-its-kind event.
Bachelor's, master's, and PhD level Program Directors and Associate Program Directors of new, established, or soon-to-be-launched analytics programs.
Those attending the MAPD are encouraged to also attend the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference April 2-4 (also at Caesars Palace), but it is NOT required.
Registration for the Analytics Conference is not required to attend at the Program Directors meeting. There are several rate categories for the Analytics Conference that can be found here.
The meeting agenda can be found above. This meeting provides a forum for program directors to discuss best practices, share common opportunities and challenges, learn about current trends, engage with industry and practice professionals, and hear from panelists on student recruitment, curriculum, capstone, and job placement.
Registration and all meeting related information can be found here.
Lunch will be provided. A reception with light snacks will follow the meeting.

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