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Advanced Data Science

Chad R. Bhatti is vice president and senior statistician in the mortgage banking division of J. P. Morgan Chase. He previously was a National Science Foundation VIGRE (vertical integration of research and education) postdoctoral researcher in mathematics at Tulane University. His professional and research interests are in financial econometrics and statistical computing. Bhatti is trained in applied mathematics and statistics and has a PhD in statistics from Rice University.


Sunil Kakade has over 18 years' experience in various technical and leadership roles focused on lT transformation initiatives, analytics driven software development and big data technologies. Sunil is a big data and data science evangelist with hands-on expertise in implementing Hadoop and NoSQL technologies. Sunil leads the architecture and delivery of business systems for a fortune 100 company. His areas of interests include machine learning, data science, legacy systems modernization and open source technologies. His research papers have been presented at multiple international conferences and published in technical journals. He has patents pending in areas of IT and retail processes. Kakade has a MS in information technology and management from the Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago and a MS in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, researching applications of artificial intelligence to manufacturing processes.


William T. Mickelson is an applied statistician with more than 25 years of statistical consulting, measurement, evaluation and survey research experience in both academia and industry. Mickelson was on the faculties of the University of Idaho, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He has also worked with the RAND Corporation as a policy analyst and with Chamberlain Research Consultants of Madison, Wisconsin, as a senior consultant and division director. Mickelson has taught across the entire spectrum of research and statistical topics, including applied statistics, probability, modern robust and nonparametric methods, multivariate methods, regression, experimental design and ANOVA and mathematical and statistical modeling. His current research interests include the robustness of commonly used statistical tests and predictive models, the use of modern resampling and nonparametric statistical methods and the teaching and learning of statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy. Mickelson received his PhD in educational psychology in quantitative methods from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree in statistics from Michigan State University.


Melvin Ott is owner and president of Melvin Ott & Associates, LLC, a statistical and economic consulting firm. He has made presentations for private companies on predictive modeling in healthcare, banking, and market research. Ott has worked with predictive models for more than thirty years. His consulting practice focuses on applications in healthcare payment methodologies and expert witness testimony plus adjunct teaching at several universities in statistics, mathematics, and market research. Previously, Ott was director of research and database for Ingenix, Inc., director for data management at a large medical center (responsible for SAS online access to the medical center data and performed the survival analysis for the kidney transplant program) and was a director for reimbursement for a Blue Shield plan. He is a SAS programmer and Visual Basic programmer with online logistic regression and simulation applications. He holds a PhD in statistics from Oregon State University and a master's degree in mathematics from Utah State University.


Syamala Srinivasan has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in analytics applied to solve business problems. Currently, Syamala is leading the business analytics practice at CGN Global, Inc. She also teaches at National Louis University in the department of mathematics. Prior to CGN, she worked at Caterpillar Inc., at various technical and management positions for 22 years. She started and developed the Department of Analytics and was the director of analytics before retiring from Caterpillar, focusing on developing and deploying analytical solutions to complex business problems in the entire value chain of product development, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, and sales. She developed innovative techniques when solving complex business problems and received two U.S. patents. One of those patents was used to spin off a new startup company. Her prior academic appointments include Bradley University, Chicago State University, Northern Illinois University, and Colorado State University. Srinivasan has a PhD in statistics and a MS in statistics from Colorado State University. She has several management and leadership certificates from Wharton & Kellogg’s school of business.


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