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OSU Cyber Security Conference on April 5
will include experts from around the world

Gabby Woodley
  (March 29, 2016 at 10:17 am)

OSU Cyber Security ConferenceCyber security is one of the hot topics of 2016, and Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Cyber Security Conference will include some of the world’s foremost experts on April 5 in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The conference, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., will bring national and international experts to the state. In addition, participants have the option of joining the Executive Management Briefing featuring Gen. Keith Alexander from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Cyber Security Conference speakers and topics include:

  • “A Role for Corporate America in Today’s Cyberwar” by Matthew Harper, director of Information Security for Devon Energy Corporation;
  • “Get Ahead of Cyber Crime” by Terry Jost, partner/principal in the Advisory Risk Department of EY, Dallas;
  • “Security and Privacy Implications of Smart Objects on Infrastructure and Developing a Security Mindset,” by Monique Morrow, chief technology officer, Cisco Systems, Zurich, Switzerland;
  • “Financial Presentation on Cyber Security,” by Kent Nabors, chief information systems officer, MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City;
  • “Rethinking the Challenge of Security” by Sabine Schilg, vice president, Security Division for IBM, Armonk, N.Y.;
  • “Understanding and Applying Threat Intelligence” by Ken Westin, security market specialist at Splunk, Portland, Ore.;
  • “An Intelligence Analyst’s View of the Current Threat Landscape,” by Allison Wikoff, intelligence analyst/security researcher for the Dell SecureWorks, Atlanta.

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OSU among nation’s top-ranked schools
for best values for data analytics program

Terry Tush
  (March 11, 2016 at 9:07 am)

Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate ProgramsOklahoma State University is being recognized as one of the nation’s best values for its data analytics program and also for providing one of the most affordable online opportunities for data analytics students.

The OSU Spears School of Business program is number 13 in the ranking of Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs of 2016 and is third in the Top 50 Best Value Online Big Data Programs of 2016, according to Value Colleges. Oklahoma State is one of only two schools in the United States to appear in the top 13 on both lists, and OSU is the highest ranked school in the Big 12 Conference in both rankings.

“We are pleased to be recognized through such rankings,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management and Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems. “OSU has long been a leader in analytics. We were one of the first MS in MIS programs to embrace analytics and have graduated hundreds of professionals who are working in leadership positions in many organizations.

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Master’s in Management Information Systems
is one of the best programs in North America

Spears School News Staff
  (March 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm)

Eduniversal logoThe Oklahoma State University master’s degree in Management Information Systems program is again being recognized in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking as one of the best programs in North America.

The OSU Spears School of Business master’s program in MIS was No. 29 in the North American rankings for Information Systems programs for the second year in a row. OSU’s program was No. 23 among U.S. universities, and was the only school in the Big 12 to be included on the list.

“Once again, I applaud our dedicated MSIS faculty for providing such a value-added experience to our students,” said Rick L. Wilson, chair of the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems department. “We are committed to practical, hands-on, relevant and rigorous instruction that provides students a competitive edge for our fast-changing technology-driven world. It is again an honor to be recognized.”

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Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu speaks
to OSU about U.S.- Indo relations

Lindsey Corbitt
  (February 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm)
Sandhuprofile

In addressing OSU students, Ambassador Sandhu said there are strong educational ties between the United States and India.

 This past Friday, Oklahoma State University welcomed Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu of India. Sandhu was hosted by OSU’s Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE) as a part of the Watson Graduate School of Management’s Professional Development course to speak to the OSU community about U.S.- Indo relations.

Sandhu is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. He was appointed in 2013. Before being named deputy chief of mission, Sandhu was the Consul General of India in Frankfurt for two years.

In addressing OSU students, Sandhu said there are strong educational ties between the United States and India. He said there are currently “about 134,000 Indian students in the United States pursuing advance degrees and spending $5 billion dollars in tuition fees in the United States universities.”

Sandhu also addressed that the educational ties do not just benefit Indian students. “Around 5,000 U.S. students are enrolled in educational institutions of excellence in India,” said Sandhu. Continue Reading

OSU conference highlights big data analytics
in energy, finance, medical and retail sectors

Krysta Gilbert
  (January 6, 2016 at 10:17 am)

Big Data Analytics ConferenceOklahoma State University’s second annual Big Data Analytics Conference will be Feb. 23. The conference will be from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

The conference will explore the management and strategic impact big data can have on a company or organization. The sessions during the conference will cover issues such as data capture, data management, data analysis and the strategic use of information for decision-making that drives success in business.

Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management, Watson/ConocoPhillips Chair, and Regents Professor of MSIS, and Goutam Chakraborty, Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman Professor in the Department of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at OSU, are the faculty coordinators for the conference.

“This exciting conference is meant for all managers and professionals involved in or interested in analytics,” Sharda said. “We have designed it to be relevant to all industries and as an opportunity to explore hot topics and how to leverage the use of analytics for the organization and your career.”

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Four OSU graduate students present research
at South Central SAS® Users Group Conference

Dollie Elliott
  (November 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm)
OSU students at SCSUGweb

Spears School students Nitish Yeduguri, Saurabh Nandy, Sairam Tangutri, Karush Jaggi, and Goutam Chakraborty (middle), Director of MS in Business Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining, represented OSU at the South Central SAS® Users Group Conference.

Four Oklahoma State University analytics students recently presented their research at the South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) as part of a student consortium that also included students from Louisiana State University and University of Alabama.

The conference was held held on the LSU campus in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

“This is the third year in a row OSU students’ research were presented at the consortium,” said Goutam Chakraborty, Director of MS in Business Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining. “Our students Saurabh Nandy, Karush Jaggi, Sairam Tangutri and Nitish Yeduguri represented OSU very well at the consortium.”

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OSU graduate student awarded a scholarship,
presents paper to Midwest SAS® Users Group

Dollie Elliott
  (November 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm)
Karush at MWSUGweb2

Karush Jaggi

Karush Jaggi, a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in data mining at Oklahoma State University, recently was awarded a scholarship, earning him the opportunity to present a paper at the 2015 Midwest SAS® Users Group Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.   

“This is the first time OSU participated in this conference and our student is honored with a scholarship at the Midwest SAS® Users Group Conference” said Goutam Chakraborty, adviser and marketing professor in the Spears School of Business. “I am very proud of Karush’s achievement.”

The paper entitled Debt Collection Through SAS® Analytics Lens focuses on using an analytical approach to debt collection and elaborates on the data mining techniques that can be used therein.

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Oklahoma State students take top honors
at Teradata 2015 PARTNERS Conference

Terry Tush
  (October 30, 2015 at 9:19 am)
OSU group at Teradata 2015 PARTNERS Conference

From left, Bryan Hammer, Kewa (Jeffrey) Mei, Jacob Pearson, Katja Siamionava and Ramesh Sharda celebrate the OSU team’s top prize for best analytics project at the Teradata 2015 PARTNERS Conference and Expo.

A team representing Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business won the overall prize for best business analytics project at the Teradata 2015 PARTNERS Conference and Expo Oct. 18-22 in Anaheim, Calif.

Kewa (Jeffrey) Mei, a former OSU master’s student; Jacob Pearson, master’s student in management information systems, and Katja Siamionava, master’s student in hotel and restaurant administration, were the winning team with their project, “Hotel Occupancy Rates vs. Online Reviews.”

“It is especially heartening to have an Oklahoma State University team win recognition in this competition,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the OSU Watson Graduate School of Management and executive director of Teradata University Network. “We had teams competing from Australia, Thailand and many other U.S. schools, so having an OSU team win in the contest is very special.”

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OSU Spears School graduate students
receive advice on balancing school, life

Lindsey Corbitt
  (September 1, 2015 at 10:30 am)
Jay Rao

Jay Rao

After a successful presentation last year, Jay Rao returned to the Oklahoma State University’s Watson Graduate School of Management to speak to masters students in the MBA and MS in MIS program.

The senior program manager for Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) again spoke to students about balancing life’s circumstances and the importance of maintaining a good presence on social and professional media.

Rao discussed the significance of equally balancing personal, professional and family lives. He informed students each category has roles a person must play and goals that need to be accomplished and these roles and goals are defined by the individual.

“Again, you have to make sure those circles stay the same size,” said Rao. “As we age, our personal circle is the one that shrinks the fastest. Don’t lose touch with your personal circle. It’s extremely important.” Continue Reading

Oklahoma State University receives
Cyber Defense Education recognition

Terry Tush
  (May 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm)

Oklahoma State University was recently recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defender Education for the academic years 2014 through 2020 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Oklahoma State has been recognized as a leader in cyber defense education for many years thanks to the efforts of those in the Center for Telecommunications and Network Security (CTANs), established in 2002 in the MSIS Department in the Spears School of Business. In April 2008, OSU became the first university in the country to hold both the Center of Academic Excellence in Education and the Center of Academic Excellence in Research designations.

“We first received this coveted designation in 2005, and have maintained it ever since,” said Rick Wilson, head of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS). “Our faculty are involved in important cutting-edge research and instruction in cyber security, and our students benefit from such top-tier instruction and knowledge.”

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Three Spears School faculty honored during
Watson Graduate School Awards Banquet

Terry Tush
  (April 23, 2015 at 8:57 am)

Watson Graduate School of Management logoThree Spears School of Business faculty members were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2015 Watson Graduate School of Management Scholarship and Awards Banquet on April 19.

Those honored were Ajay Sukhdial, Outstanding MBA Faculty Award; Cynthia Wang, Greiner Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, and Rick Wilson, Chandler Frates and Reitz Teaching Excellence Award.

“These professors are among the best any program can hope to have,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School. “They motivate and challenge our MBA students, they cover difficult topics but in an engaging fashion, and their classes introduce current topics and relate management theories and models to practice.”

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Three successful Oklahoma State graduates
will be sharing their stories during CEO Day

Terry Tush
  (March 9, 2015 at 11:36 am)

Executives who lead three successful businesses from around the world will be sharing with Oklahoma State University students during CEO Day from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 14 in the Little Theater of the Student Union.

A forum entitled “Strategic Vision in a Global Economy,” will feature Behfar Jahanshahi, CEO, InterWorks, Inc.; Liz McKinley, president and owner, Pinnacle Petroleum Inc., and Justin Stead, chairman, CBPE Capital and sofa.com.

CEO Day is hosted by the Spears School of Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus so students have opportunities to discover the challenges and issues that business leaders face, understand how CEOs chart their career paths, discover characteristics they seek in managers, interact with successful executives, and learn about their decision processes and leadership styles. Continue Reading

OSU student-run business Plasma Bionics
wins third place at business plan competition

Terry Tush
  (March 6, 2015 at 8:27 am)
Plasma Bionics wins third place

From left, OSU graduate students Kedar Pai, Rohita Mal and Chris Timmons with Plasma Bionics accept a $7,500 check for placing third in the Baylor Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition.

Plasma Bionics, a business formed by students in the Student Startup Central at Oklahoma State University, was recognized as one of the top teams at the Baylor Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition on Feb. 27-28.

Plasma Bionics received $7,500 by placing third out of the 85 teams participating in the business plan competition. Kedar Pai, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering; Chris Timmons, a doctoral student in plant pathology, and Rohita Mal, a former master’s student in MSIS, made the trip from Stillwater to Waco, Texas for the competition sponsored by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Two other members of the team, Anuashka Sharma and Prateek Khare, were unable to make the trip.

“It feels great to have participated and placed third in a nationally reputed business plan competition, especially among some very competitive companies with attractive business ideas,” Pai said. “Winning this award doesn’t just give us a monetary benefit but also additional in-kind services like legal assistance and web resources which are very helpful to a new startup such as ours.

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OSU’s ISyTE camp offers high school students
chance to explore information systems careers

Jenna Johnson
  (March 2, 2015 at 11:00 am)

ISyTE 2014The annual Information Systems Technology Exploration (ISyTE) Academy for high school students will be May 31 through June 5 on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.

Sponsored in part by ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, ISyTE is an activity-based, hands-on college experience designed for high school students interested in learning about the career opportunities that exist for those who earn degrees in Management Information Systems (MIS). The camp is free, with the corporate sponsors providing up to 25 scholarships for attendees.

The academy, entering its seventh year, is hosted by faculty and staff of the Management Science and Information Systems Department in the OSU Spears School of Business with support from the Center for Executive and Professional Development.

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MS in Management Information Systems
ranked 14th best online program in nation

Terry Tush
  (February 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm)

Best Online Master's in IT Management badgeThe online master’s degree in Management Information Systems at Oklahoma State University is one of the best in the nation in rankings recently published by the website Top Management Degrees.

The OSU online master’s in MIS is ranked No. 14 in the Top 50 Online Masters Degrees in Information Technology Management 2015.

It is the second national award for OSU’s MIS program in recent months. In January, the program was No. 29 in the North American rankings for Information Systems programs in 2014-15 in the Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings (http://www.best-masters.com/ranking-master-information-systems-management-in-north-america.html). OSU’s program was No. 24 among universities in the United States, and it was the only Big 12 school to make the list.

“I attribute our strong MS in MIS program and its success to the faculty’s dedication to deliver a high-quality, relevant curriculum whether in traditional or on-line classrooms,” said Rick L. Wilson, head of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems. “Our department has long been a national leader in providing highly sought after STEM graduates, and this continued recognition of our graduate programs illustrates that the MSIS Department is committed to being innovative educators.”

In its evaluation of the OSU online master’s degree in MIS, the website wrote: For the IT masters students with extended personal and professional time obligations, OSU’s distinguished Spears School of Business offers a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. This 33-credit hour online MIS program offers students theoretical coursework, hands-on application, and real-world projects focused on business, technical, and leadership skills. Students can expect to finish the program with an understanding of information systems, as well as the ability to use and protect these systems within organizations. Courses within this program include: Advanced Data Base Management, Advanced Systems Analysis & Design, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information Systems Project Management, Business Intel, Tools & Technology, and Business Finance.

The data for the Top Management Degrees was derived from the most recently and publicly available sources, including The Princeton ReviewUS News and World ReportNational Center for Education and Statistics, and PayScale’s Graduate School Salary Report.

This ranking combines the results of two of the most influential higher education rankings in order to give a more well-rounded ranking of the programs available. This data was additionally calculated with each school’s average graduate school tuition and average early career salary to factor in an ROI on the master’s program.

The complete list of the Top 50 Online Masters Degrees in Information Technology Management 2015 are available via the website: http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/top-online-masters-degrees-in-information-technology-management/.

 

OSU presents Hacking Back I & II programs

Jenna Johnson
  (February 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm)

Spears logoThe Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development are presenting a pair of seminars that will equip employees and managers on the prevention of computer security threats.

Hacking Back I: Data Security for Employees and Hacking Back II: Data Management for Managers will be held at OSU-OKC in Oklahoma City on March 25 as part of the Management and Professional Development Seminars series presented by the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School. Hacking Back I will equip employees with specific actions to prevent computer security threats. Hacking Back II will teach managers how to be aware of and evaluate computer security threats.

“The focus of these seminars is on story-telling and creating an awareness of what really is going on with hacking and computer security. Functional, practical and entertaining with a technology made easy approach makes for an enjoyable time,” said Jim Burkman, the instructor for both Hacking Back I and Hacking Back II.

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Patti Jordan, recent OSU doctoral graduate,
will join management department at TCU

Terry Tush
  (February 26, 2015 at 9:32 am)
Patti Jordan

Patti Jordan

Patti Jordan is just one of many professionals from around the world benefitting from Oklahoma State University’s innovative program targeting executive leadership. The 2014 graduate of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program was recently hired as a professor at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. 

Jordan’s doctoral degree is her third from OSU, and her second from the Spears School of Business. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from OSU, as well as an MBA from the Spears School. She was one of 11 professionals in the inaugural class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives to earn their doctoral degrees during OSU Graduate College commencement exercises on Dec. 12, 2014.

“When we first envisioned this program at OSU, one of the goals was to produce graduates that would fill the ever-increasing need of business school professors,” said Craig Wallace, executive director of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program and William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration in the Department of Management.

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MS in Management Information Systems
receives Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking

Terry Tush
  (January 8, 2015 at 8:53 am)

MSIS logoThe Master of Science in Management Information Systems program at Oklahoma State University has again been recognized in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking as one of the best master’s programs in North America.

The OSU Spears School of Business master’s program in MIS was No. 29 in the North American rankings for Information Systems programs in 2014-15. OSU’s program was No. 24 among U.S. universities, and was the only Big 12 school to make the list.

“It is a testament to the talent and international reputation of our top-notch MSIS faculty that we are once again recognized as a Top 30 program in North America,” said Rick L. Wilson, chair of the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems department. “Our leading edge areas of specialization in data science and analytics, information security, and other areas continue to give our MS in MIS students a superior and unique value-added graduate education experience that propels them to a great future.”
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OSU awards data mining, business analytics
certificates to a number of graduates

Terry Tush
  (December 15, 2014 at 9:11 am)

The Spears School of Business teamed up with long-time partner SAS, a leading provider of business analytics software, to award 14 graduate students with data mining and business analytics certificates during Oklahoma State University’s Fall 2014 Graduate College Commencement on Friday.

Data mining, business analytics graduates

Dean Ken Eastman (far left), Vice Dean Ramesh Sharda (second from left) and Goutam Chakraborty (second from right) congratulate students who earned data mining and business analytics certificates during OSU’s Fall 2014 Graduate College Commencement.

The students earning their SAS and OSU certificates are:

  • Temesgen E. Helsabo, Data Mining
  • Anup KC, Data Mining
  • Zabiulla Mohammed, Data Mining
  • Vinay Karumanchi, Data Mining
  • Benjamin Lee Ensor, Data Mining
  • Vinayak Ramchandra Sawant, Data Mining
  • Samuel Pakho Cheung, Data Mining
  • Raghavender Reddy Byreddy, Predictive Analytics
  • Balamurugan Mohan, Predictive Analytics
  • Anvesh Reddy Minukuri, Predictive Analytics
  • Steven B. Zeiler, Business Analytics
  • Jordan Elizabeth Lusnak, Business Analytics
  • Austin Shrader, Business Analytics
  • Gloria Christine Nichols, Business Analytics

OSU’s nationally recognized program is led by Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and founder of the SAS and OSU data mining and analytics program.
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Several Spears School faculty and staff recognized at OSU’s convocation

Spears School News Staff
  (November 24, 2014 at 9:28 am)

The Spears School of Business was well represented when Oklahoma State University celebrated excellence by recognizing the achievements of faculty, staff and administrators at the University Awards Convocation last week at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

TrennepohlThe Loyal and True Award, which personifies the spirit of OSU through unwavering devotion, personal sacrifice and commitment of time and talents, went to Gary Trennepohl, the former dean of the Spears School who also served as the president of OSU-Tulsa. Trennepohl has co-authored two college level textbooks and more than 30 professional journal articles.

“When my name was called to receive the Loyal and True Award, I was truly surprised and greatly honored to be recognized in this way. Being loyal and true proved once again the right thing to do. I want to thank everyone who played a role in my nomination and selection,” said Trennepohl.

“OSU is a special place with special people. My work at OSU the past 19 years has been extremely rewarding and I’ve been given opportunities that I never dreamed I would have. For me and my family, OSU will always have a special place in our hearts,” Trennepohl said.

WilsonRick Wilson, professor and head of the department of management science and information systems and W. Paul Miller Professor of Business Administration, received the 2014 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor faculty at OSU can receive for instruction.

“Throughout my 25 years and the different roles I’ve played at OSU my strongest passion remains engaging our students in the classroom and helping them, in whatever small way we can, become better business leaders of the future,” said Wilson. “I’ve been lucky to be honored with other awards in the past but the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award is a career-capper for me. I’m quite humbled to be recognized with this award.”

AimeFederico Aime, associate professor of management, received the Leave the Ladder Down Award (is there a description of this award?)

“Retrospectively, I think they gave me an award for one of the most rewarding aspects of our faculty job, helping make others’ efforts count,” said Aime. “I see so many people doing that in their own way every day here at OSU that it was really surprising to get the award myself.”

MinchAbigail Minch, senior academic counselor in the Spears School’s Student Success Center, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

“I am so honored that my students think so much of me to nominate me for this award,” said Minch. “Every day I try to make their lives a little easier and it’s nice to know that they see that in that the work that I do.”

Spears School professor, students present
at South Central SAS Users Group forum

Spears School News Staff
  (November 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm)
OSU attendees at SCSUG

OSU graduate students Karush Jaggi, Mbaye Diaw and Sharat Dwibhasi were joined by assistant professor Bryan Hammer at the South Central SAS Users Group Educational Forum.

Several first-year Spears School of Business were among the presenters at the South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum held earlier this month in Austin, Texas.

The OSU presenters were Bryan Hammer, assistant professor of management science and information systems in the Spears School, and graduate students Karush Jaggi, Mbaye Diaw and Sharat Dwibhasi. Hammer presented during the keynote address while the three Oklahoma State University students were among those presenting during the general session.

The SCSUG forum allows industry and academic institutions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas to share SAS software techniques while learning from analytics professionals.
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Oklahoma State University business school
to recognize alums during 100th anniversary

Terry Tush
  (October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Spears School's 100th logoThe Spears School of Business faculty, students, staff and alumni are looking forward with great anticipation to the culminating event as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of business education at Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School Tributes: 100 For 100 reception and dinner will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The school is recognizing graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. These tributes represent a rich history and diversity of experience among those who have earned business degrees from OSU over the past 100 years.

“We are proud to celebrate some of the more than 43,000 graduates since the school was founded in 1914,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The Tributes represent the diversity of our graduates. These honorees are from various backgrounds, ages and occupations. Each has an inspiring story to tell, and we are proud to have them as part of the Spears School family.”
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Spears School’s MSIS faculty will assume
leadership roles for national organizations

Terry Tush
  (September 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm)

MSIS logoOklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has long been known for its academic excellence in the field of information assurance education and research. Two faculty members in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems were recently named to prestigious leadership positions for national organizations.

Spears School professors Mark Weiser and David Biros will serve as presidents of the AIS Special Interest Group in Security for the next two years. Weiser, Regents Service professor and the director of the Center for Telecommunications and Network Security in the Spears School, and Biros, associate professor and former Chief Information Assurance Officer for the Air Force CIO, have a proven track record of teaching and researching in the information assurance field.

“Mark and Dave have led our Information Assurance faculty team for many years, and it is one of the reasons we are a national leader in the area,” said Rick Wilson, head of Department of Management Science and Information Systems, the home department at OSU for the information assurance programs.
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Spears School professor, doctoral graduate
team up to earn best paper at AMCIS

Spears School News Staff
  (September 11, 2014 at 9:30 am)
Dursun Delen

Dursun Delen

Spears School of Business professor Dursun Delen and Oklahoma State University doctoral graduate Fone Pengnate were recently awarded the best paper at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS).

Delen is the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, the Patterson Foundation Chair, Research Director for the Center for Health Systems Innovation, and a professor in the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems Department. He collaborated with Pengnate, who earned his doctoral degree in business administration from the Spears School in 2013 and is now assistant professor of Computing and New Media Technologies at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, on the award-winning presentation, “Evaluating Emotions in Mobile Application Descriptions: Sentiment Analysis Approach.”

Fone Pengnate

Fone Pengnate

Their paper was selected out of more than 400 at AMCIS’s annual conference in Savannah, Ga.

Delen said the paper shows how sentiment analysis, a critical part of the business analytics movement, can be used to detect emotions from mobile application descriptions, which are persuasive text excerpts generated by software vendors. The analysis was conducted on a dataset containing 6,000 unique mobile apps.

The results revealed that mobile apps in different categories should use specific emotional wording in their descriptions. This finding has interesting implications for practice, especially for developers to improve their chances of greater number of app downloads/purchases.

Pair join MSIS faculty at Spears School

Spears School News Staff
  (July 24, 2014 at 8:30 am)

MSIS logoTwo new professors are joining the Department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business for the 2014-15 school year. Joining the Spears School faculty are Bryan Hammer and Zach Steelman.

“We are excited to have Bryan and Zach join our internationally recognized faculty and provide instruction for our leading edge programs in Management Information Systems,” said Rick Wilson, head of the Department of MSIS. “While both earned their doctoral degrees from University of Arkansas, each bring a unique background to the Spears School of Business that perfectly complements our existing faculty excellence in the classroom, and will provide even more high-powered and relevant research in the MIS area.”

Bryan Hammer

Bryan Hammer

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OSU’s SAS Analytics Day program recognizes
students in data mining, data analytics

Spears School News Staff
  (May 7, 2014 at 10:40 am)
SAS Analytics Day group photo

More than 140 graduate students were recognized during the annual SAS Analytics Day on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School of Business and long-time partner SAS, a leading provider of business analytics software, teamed up to award more than 140 graduate students with data mining and business analytics certificates during the annual SAS Analytics Day earlier this month on the Stillwater campus.

The conference links Oklahoma State University’s data mining and business analytics certificate programs and students who are trained in analytics using SAS with members of the local and regional business community.

SAS Analytics Day, organized by the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School, introduces OSU’s certificate programs to businesses and allows students and businesses to begin building their professional network. The interdisciplinary program this year awarded certificates to OSU graduate students from the MBA program, management science and information systems (MSIS), industrial engineering and management (IEM), statistics and other disciplines.
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Spears School’s Daniel Asamoah
honored with 2014 Phoenix Award

Dollie Elliott
  (April 7, 2014 at 11:16 am)
Daniel Asamoah2

Daniel Asamoah

Daniel Asamoah, a doctoral student, research associate and instructor in the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems program, was recently honored with the 2014 Phoenix Award, presented annually to one outstanding master’s student, one doctoral student and a faculty member at Oklahoma State University.
 
Asamoah becomes only the second OSU business doctoral student to receive the Phoenix Award since its inception in 1983. The only other business student to be recognized over the years was Bill Hardgrave, also an MIS doctoral graduate, who was honored in 1993.
 
Each spring, the OSU Graduate and Professional Student Government Association selects an outstanding master’s student, doctoral student, and faculty member to present with its highest honor: the Phoenix Award. The Phoenix Award recognizes exemplary achievement in leadership, scholarship, professional involvement including teaching and/or research, and university and community service.
 
“The department is proud of Daniel’s accomplishments and this is a great honor for him,” said Rick L. Wilson, head of the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems Department. “Daniel has tremendous work ethic and has unlimited potential in his future academic career.  His successes can be attributed to his own efforts, as well as the exceptional mentoring done by the MSIS faculty, especially his advisor Dr. Ramesh Sharda.” Continue Reading

OSU students and alums impress
at SAS Global Forum 2014

Taryn Trujillo
  (March 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm)
Group photo of OSU students, alums

The Spears School of Business was well represented by students and alumni at the SAS Global Forum 2014.

More than 25 Spear School of Business students and alums participated at the SAS Global Forum 2014 on March 23-26 in Washington, D.C. The forum is the premier event for SAS and data mining professionals worldwide. More than 4,500 analytics professionals attended this year.

Oklahoma State University’s students demonstrated their excellence during the event by earning some of the most coveted honors. Pankush Kalgotra received the SAS Ambassador Award, which is the highest honor given by SAS to 15 students worldwide. Vandana Reddy and Suman Rachapudi both earned global forum student scholarship awards that are given by SAS to 20 students worldwide.

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MSIS faculty security expert
invited to talk on virtualization

Taryn Trujillo
  (March 4, 2014 at 10:50 am)
Andy Luse

Andy Luse

A Spears School of Business faculty member will speak at the Inquiry-based Cyber Defense Competition (CDC) workshop on March 7 to discuss the virtual Internet system he utilizes for his networking course.

Andy Luse, assistant professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, was invited to talk about a novel, virtual network he uses in his Data Communication class at Oklahoma State University that also has pedagogical implications for CDC.

Luse is attending the NSF supported workshop introducing a new technology that allows educators to utilize their own virtual Internet environment to enable hands-on curriculum in the areas of computer networking and cyber defense competitions. He helped test the product as he utilized it in his course the past fall and spring. He will present how he utilizes it in his course instruction at OSU.

Iowa State University, with support from NSF, is holding the workshop on March 6-8 for faculty members interested in learning how to host their own inquiry-based CDC. The sessions focus on learning about the inquiry-based CDC and the ISERink. ISERink is a virtual network simulating a functional Internet environment to allow students to setup and develop machines and services in a functional setting.

Luse is appreciative of the opportunity to speak about his utilization of the system at the workshop.

“I’m honored to be asked to present my work on my use of this new system,” Luse said. “I’m pleased that what I have developed in my course is of interest to fellow educators and hope that my presentation can help to facilitate the use of this system by others to enhance the classroom experience through hands-on interaction with computer networking technology.”

The new professor got his doctoral degree from Iowa State University in the areas of computer engineering, human computer interaction, and MIS; his master’s in the areas of computer engineering, information assurance, business administration and psychology; and his bachelor’s from Simpson College in computer science.

For more information about the workshop contact Andy Luse at andyluse@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State team succeeds
in DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge

Taryn Trujillo
  (February 10, 2014 at 10:27 am)

CyberChallengeOklahoma State University students Kevin Ebersole and Matt Sober prevailed in the 2013 Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge. The undergrad team, CowboySec, placed 11th out of 1,254 entries worldwide and second out of 181 undergrad teams. Their 5,082 points put them only 24 points behind the top undergrad team.

The 2013 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge was a total points contest online. The contest started on Dec. 17, 2012, and lasted over 10 months. Teams could register and submit their solutions throughout the challenge. Regardless of registration date, all final submissions were due Nov. 1, 2013.

With the exercises varying in subject matter and difficulty, CowboySec solved the 2013 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge on its own and submitted its solution to be graded. Based on the team’s leaderboard ranking, eligibility and demographic it could qualify for prizes from sponsors. Final scores were announced in December. Continue Reading