SSB Programs

Master’s in Business Analytics students
represent OSU at Southeast SAS® Conference

Terry Tush
  (December 7, 2017 at 8:38 am)
OSU Master's in Business Analytics students

From left, Varsha Reddy Akkaloori, Sujal Reddy Alugubelli, Ravi Teja Allaparthi, Goutam Chakraborty, Jital Patel and Vasudev Sharma represented OSU’s Spears School of Business at the 2017 SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Conference in Cary, N.C.

A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were participants in November at the four-day 2017 Southeast SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Conference in Cary, N.C.

The conference allowed OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to meet with SAS® users from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.

“This is the third year in a row that our students have participated and won scholarships at the SESUG Conference. I am very happy with their performances at this conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at Spears Business.

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OSU Master’s in Business Analytics students
impress at South Central SAS® forum

Spears School News Staff
  (October 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm)
OSU SUSCG Conference participants

OSU was represented at the 2017 South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum by, front row, from left, Mettilda Kaimathuruth, Nikhila Kambalapalli, Rishanki Jain, Dr. Miriam McGaugh, Archana Chinaswamy, Rosie Nguyen, Shikha Prasad, Jui Salunke; back row, Ciril Archenkunju, Jaideep Muley, Linyi Tang, Akshay Arora, Shubham Panat, Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, Harsh Gupta, Saurabh Kokad, Zaid Shaikh and Mounika Kondamudi.

Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Business Analytics program was well represented last week as a group of students and faculty were participants in the 2017 South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum in Addison, Texas.

The three-day conference allows OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to come together with SAS® users in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.

“This is the sixth year in a row that our students have participated in and won scholarships to the SCSUG Conference,” said Miriam McGaugh, clinical professor for business analytics in Spears Business. “In addition to the nine scholarship winners from OSU, we had three additional students participate in the student symposium for the fifth year.”

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OSU Master’s in Business Analytics students
present at 2017 MidWest SAS® Conference

Spears School News Staff
  (October 19, 2017 at 11:16 am)
OSU's representatives at the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference.

From left, representing Oklahoma State at the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference were Logan Edmonds, Vasudev Sharma, Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, Karthik Sripathi, Vaibhav Vanamala and Chad Dahlheimer.

A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were among those participating in the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference earlier this month in downtown St. Louis.

The OSU Spears School of Business graduate students participated in the two-day conference which included paper presentations from other SAS® users, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, and opportunities to network with other SAS® users. In addition, they were able to visit with staff from SAS® that was able to provide their unique expertise and insight.

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Master’s in Business Analytics students
awarded scholarships from SAS Conference

Ariel West
  (October 2, 2017 at 9:29 am)

Eleven OSU MSBAN students attended the 2017 SAS Analytics Conference in Washington, D.C.

Eleven Master’s in Business Analytics students from Oklahoma State University attended the annual SAS Analytics Conference to compete against students from across the nation Sept. 18-20 in Washington, D.C.

The annual conference brings together analytics professionals and students to collaborate and learn more about data analytics. Prominent keynote speakers such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, presented on a wide variety of topics related to the data analytics industry, and more than 150 sessions and demos were offered to attendees.

“We are delighted to participate for the 11th consecutive year at the SAS Analytics Conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at the Spears School of Business. “Our MS in Business Analytics (MSBAN) students presented 11 posters. This is by far the largest number of posters presented by students from any other university.

“Our MSBAN students also won four out of six best poster awards given by SAS. That is an outstanding achievement of our students. Our students have won best poster awards consecutively for the last seven years. This sustained exemplary performance at the national level over the years is a testament to the quality and the hard work of our students and faculty in addition to the strength of our curriculum.” Continue Reading

Three Spears School graduate students
recognized during Graduate Education Week

Spears School News Staff
  (April 19, 2017 at 10:52 am)

Master’s student in telecommunications management Siddharth Suresh won first place in the 3MC and was awarded $2,000.

Three Spears School of Business graduate students were recently honored during the Graduate College’s Graduate Education Week activities on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

Siddharth Suresh, master’s student in telecommunications management, was the first-place winner in the President’s Fellows’ Three Minute Challenge (3MC), and was the recipient of a $2,000 award. Also, Varsha Akkaloori, a master’s in business analytics student, received the People’s Choice Award in the 3MC competition and a $2,000 prize.

The 3MC competition includes the top five Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competitors for non-thesis masters, education specialists and graduate certificate students and the top five Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitors for thesis master’s and doctoral students. Continue Reading

Spears School business analytics students
reap success at 2017 SAS Global Forum

Ariel West
  (April 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm)

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty.

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty took home several awards earlier this month while attending the annual SAS Global Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Business analytic graduate students Anirban Chakraborty and Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu received the SAS Student Ambassador award, which included an all-expense paid trip to the conference to attend and present their papers. Only 15 awards are given each year to students worldwide, and this is the seventh year in a row that an OSU student has received the award.

Business analytic graduate students Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu (left) and Anirban Chakraborty (right) received the SAS Student Ambassador award.

An OSU team of students competed in the SAS Student Symposium and was named a Top 8 Finalist, which awarded the entire team an all-expense paid trip to attend the conference and present their research symposium ideas. The team consisted of master’s in business analytics full-time students Jayant Sharma and Sid Grover, who was also awarded the SAS Student Scholarship award, and online learning students John Eacott and Par Aravazhi. This is the second year in a row that an OSU team has competed and finished in the Top 8 and the eighth year in a row that an OSU student was awarded the SAS Student Scholarship.
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OSU master’s in business analytics students
gain experience by working with companies

Ariel West
  (January 9, 2017 at 10:02 am)

This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Goutam Chakraborty

For more than seven years, Spears School of Business’s marketing professor Goutam Chakraborty has fostered relationships with companies across Oklahoma and beyond through data analytics.

Chakraborty sets up contracts with major companies such as Elevate, OG&E and PennWell and has graduate students research the companies’ desired projects. The student projects are fully funded assistantships that boost the students’ résumés and experience in data extraction, data visualization and modeling.

“I seek out the companies to take on my graduate students and start building relationships with them,” Chakraborty said. “The projects are usually a semester long and focus on whatever the company’s needs are, whether that’s determining customer lifetime value, customer satisfaction, predictive modeling or something else. I meet with the students once a week to see their progress, and then we meet with the company every month or so to make sure we are heading in the right direction.”

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Five OSU MSBA students win
scholarships from SESUG

Ariel West
  (October 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm)

(front row from left to right): Neha Singh, Antarlina Sen, Vivek Doijode, Anirban Chakraborty
(back row from left to right): Rajesh Tolety, Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pallabi Deb, Sangaar Rane

Five Oklahoma State University master of science in business analytics students received scholarships for their poster presentations Oct. 18 at the annual Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) conference in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sangar Rane, Pallabi Deb, Rajesh Tolety were selected for their individual posters and Vivek Doijoke and Neha Singh were selected for their joint poster as top posters at the conference. They received a scholarship and were honored at the conference.

“I am delighted that our MSBA students’ analytical talents were recognized in this conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and director of the master of science in business analytics program for the OSU Spears School of Business. “This is the first year our MSBA students participated in the conference, and they had a great experience. We will certainly be back next year.”

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OSU CHSI Health Data Shootout
awards top student groups

Ariel West
  (October 19, 2016 at 10:34 am)
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Swarup Jacob from Beyond the Numbers presenting his team’s findings.

More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).

The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.

“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.” Continue Reading

OSU business analytics students win
scholarships at MWSUG conference

Ariel West
  (October 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm)
Musuku, Subramanian, Chakraborty (advisor), Gutha and Jha  won scholarships at the 2016 MWSUG conference.

Musuku, Subramanian, Chakraborty (advisor), Gutha and Jha won scholarships at the 2016 MWSUG conference.

Four master of science in business analytics students from Oklahoma State University were awarded scholarships from the 2016 Midwest SAS Users Group (MWSUG) conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The annual conference offered more than 100 paper presentations, hands-on workshops and pre-conference training workshops to business analytics programs in the Midwest.

“I am so proud of our MS in business analytics students winning four scholarship awards at the conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and director of the master of science in business analytics program for the Spears School of Business. “This is the first time we participated in the conference, and it has been a great experience for our students.”

Each paper was written by a pair of Spears School students. The conference committee’s rules state only one author can win a scholarship, so one student from each pair was selected to win.

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Oklahoma State grad students top winners
at Teradata 2016 PARTNERS Conference

Terry Tush
  (September 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm)
Taradata winning team from OSU

Bhargav Molaka (second from left) and Samsheel Kathuri (far right) receive congratulations from Susan Baskin with Teradata and Ramesh Sharda, advisor for the OSU team.

A two-person team representing Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was recently recognized as the overall winner of the 2016 Teradata Analytics Challenge.

OSU graduate students Samsheel Kathuri and Bhargav Molaka, master’s students in management information systems in Spears Business, were the overall winners with their project, “Health Analytics on Tobacco Use Disorders” at the Teradata 2016 PARTNERS Conference Sept. 11-15 in Atlanta.

It is the second consecutive year that an OSU team was the overall winner for the best business analytics project at the conference.

“It is especially heartening to have an Oklahoma State University team win recognition this competition for the second year in a row,” said Ramesh Sharda, advisor for the OSU team, vice dean of the OSU Watson Graduate School of Management and executive director of Teradata University Network. “We had teams competing from Australia, Canada, Singapore, Thailand and many schools from across the United States, so having an OSU team win in the contest is very special.”

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OSU master’s in business analytics students
earn best poster awards at SAS conference

Terry Tush
  (September 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm)
OSU students and alumni at the SAS Analytics Experience 2016.

Oklahoma State University was well represented at the the SAS Analytics Experience 2016.

Six Oklahoma State University master’s in business analytics students were among those earning major awards for their work earlier this month at the SAS Analytics Experience 2016 in Las Vegas.

More than 20 OSU students in the Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics program participated in the poster competition, including best poster award-winning teams of Snigdha Gutha and Anusha Mamillapalli, Jacky Arora and Sapna Bhoir, and Shanmugavel Gnanasekar and Ravishankar Subramanian.

The Spears Business students paired up to produce three of the six best poster awards presented at the conference that brought together more than 1,800 analytics professionals.

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OSU business student realizes
big dream in small container

Ariel West
  (June 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm)
Swapneel Deshpande, M.S. business analytics student, hopes to redefine the 'American Dream.' Photo (c) Jordan Richards

Swapneel Deshpande, M.S. business analytics student, hopes to redefine the ‘American Dream.’ Photo (c) Jordan Richards

The “American Dream” is an idea that most every person in United States seeks out, but Oklahoma State University business analytics master’s student Swapneel Deshpande seeks to redefine it.

Deshpande, along with OSU graduates Ben Loh and Lee Easton, created ModernBlox, a startup that turns old shipping containers into weather-resistant housing. The containers are safe (they can withstand up to 250 miles an hour wind when anchored), modern and eco-friendly and aim to offer affordable housing options at a time when the housing market has skyrocketed in price.

“Owning a house is part of that ‘American Dream,’ and, especially as an international student, that’s a major milestone,” Deshpande said. Continue Reading

OSU students, alums earn some of the most
coveted honors at SAS Global Forum 2016

Dollie Elliott
  (April 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm)
Oklahoma State University students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 Las Vegas.

OSU students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas.

More than 45 Oklahoma State University students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 on April 18-21 in Las Vegas. The conference, planned and sponsored by the SAS Global Users Group, brings together the best and brightest SAS users and experts from around the world.

OSU Spears School of Business students once again demonstrated­­­­ their excellence by earning some of the most coveted honors given during the SAS Global Forum.

The SAS Ambassador Award is the highest honor a student can receive with only 15 students worldwide being recognized based on their demonstrated ability to use SAS analytics research. This year two OSU students – Vinoth Kumar Raja and Mostakim Tanjil – received the SAS Ambassador Award.

“I am extremely proud of our students trained in analytics and data mining. Their phenomenal performance at the SAS Global Conference once again demonstrated they are among the best in the world,” said Goutam Chakraborty, Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman professor of marketing at the OSU Spears School and the director of MS in Business Analytics program as well as the director of Graduate Certificate Programs in Business Data Mining and Marketing Analytics. Continue Reading

OSU Spears School students continue streak
at the SAS Analytics 2015 Conference

Terry Tush
  (November 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm)
Oklahoma State University and the Spears School of Business were again well represented at the SAS Analytics 2015 Conference.

Oklahoma State University and the Spears School of Business were again well represented at the SAS Analytics 2015 Conference.

For an unprecedented ninth consecutive year, Oklahoma State University students were among those receiving recognition at the SAS Analytics 2015 Conference in Las Vegas last month.

The OSU students, part of the Spears School of Business analytics programs, impressed the judges with their presentations in a number of competitions. Two teams of OSU students received honorable mention recognition in the Analytics Shootout, the largest data mining competition in the world, allowing students to demonstrate their expertise in data mining alongside industry professionals.

The teams from OSU receiving recognition in the Analytics Shootout were:

  • Honorable mention: Mostakim Tanjil and Cristian Contreras-Nieto
  • Honorable mention: Alex Novotny, Cameron Unterberger, Ganesh Gangarajula, Girish Shirodkar, Hamed Majidi, Kushal Kathed and Woranat Wongdhamma

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Marketing analytics specialization students
present at JMP Discovery Summit 2015

Lindsey Corbitt
  (October 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm)
OSU poster presenters

Spears School graduate students Christopher Linn, June Phan and Vegard Oelstad are joined by Goutam Chakraborty (second from left) at the JMP Discovery Summit 2015 in San Diego.

Several Spears School of Business MBA students with marketing analytics specializations recently presented research posters at the SAS JMP Discovery Summit in San Diego, Calif. This event is put on by SAS, a leading provider of analytics software.

The MBA students specializing in marketing analytics had the opportunity to have their work viewed by more than 400 analytics professionals from well-known and established companies such as Apple, Sony and Microsoft.

The OSU students who presented posters at the summit were:

  • Predicting a Player’s NBA Success Using Collegiate Statistics: Christopher Linn and Kushal Kathed
  • Comparison of Ages and Conditions for Best Performances in 1,500-Meter Running: Vegard Oelstad and Cory Hinchey
  • Examining Factors That Influence English Premier Soccer Results Using JMP®Pro 11: Huyen Nguyen and June Phan

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OSU awards data mining, business analytics
certificates to May graduates

Rachel Peters
  (June 23, 2015 at 9:39 am)
OSU awards data mining, business analytics certificates.

Goutam Chakraborty (center) with graduate students who received data mining, business analytics certificates at Spring 2015 Commencement.

The Spears School of Business, along with SAS, a leading provider of business analytics software, teamed up to award graduate students with data mining, predictive analytics and marketing analytics certificates during Oklahoma State University’s Spring 2015 Graduate College Commencement.

The students earning their SAS and OSU certificates are:

    • Chaitanya Reddy Lebaka, Predictive Analytics
    • Zabiulla Mohammed, Predictive Analytics
    • Mohit Agarwal, Data Mining
    • Avinash Avija. Data Mining
    • Sharan Raj B, Data Mining

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    OSU students receive numerous awards,
    scholarships at SAS Global Forum 2015

    Terry Tush
      (May 11, 2015 at 9:31 am)
    OSU students, faculty and alumni at SAS Global Forum 2015.

    OSU’s continent of students, alumni and faculty were more than any other school attending the SAS Global Forum 2015.

    Oklahoma State University’s contingent of nearly 75 students, alumni and faculty were more than any other school attending the SAS Global Forum 2015 on April 26-29 in Dallas. The forum is the premier event for SAS and data mining professionals worldwide with more than 4,000 from industry and academia attending.

    OSU Spears School of Business students again demonstrated their excellence by earning some of the most coveted honors given during the SAS Global Forum.

    The SAS Ambassador Award is the highest honor a student can receive with only 15 students worldwide being recognized, and this year four OSU students received the SAS Ambassador Award. They are Ramcharan Kakarla, Balamurugan Mohan, Narmada Dave and Juan Ma.

    Also, five OSU students –Sharat Dwibhasi, Zabiulla Mohammed, Vijay Singh, Karush Jaggi and Ram Poudel ­– earned Global Forum student scholarship awards that are given by SAS to 15 students worldwide.

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    OSU’s Spears School of Business
    will host Big Data Conference

    Jenna Johnson
      (February 2, 2015 at 9:50 am)

    Big Data ConferenceLearning how to strategically use big data in today’s business world will be the focus of the Big Data Conference on April 7 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Also, those attending will be given the option to hear Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, at the Executive Management Briefings.

    The Big Data Conference is offered by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. A supporting gold sponsor is Stinnett & Associates and a silver sponsor is ISNetworld.

    The conference will explore the management and strategic impact big data can have on a company or organization. Speakers and participants from across the nation will explore various issues such as data capture, data management, data analysis and the strategic use of information for decision-making that drives success in businesses and organizations.
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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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    Spears School data mining students impress
    during SAS Analytics 2014 Conference

    Terry Tush
      (October 27, 2014 at 9:34 am)
    OSU at SAS Analytics 2014

    Oklahoma State University was well represented at the SAS Analytics 2014 Conference in Las Vegas.

    Oklahoma State University was well represented at the SAS Analytics 2014 Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend with students bringing home several major awards.

    The OSU students, part of the Spears School of Business data mining and marketing analytics certificate programs, impressed the judges in a number of competitions during the conference. Sixty-plus teams from 23 universities competed in the Analytics Shootout where students are given a complex business problem to solve by analyzing big data sets.

    Two of the top three teams in the Analytics Shootout and one of the three honorable mention teams were from OSU. In addition, two OSU students were recognized as best posters in the Analytics 2014 Poster contest in which only six awards were presented. Also, the 23 posters submitted by OSU students were more than any other university.
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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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    OSU Marketing Club places first
    at national conference

    Dollie Elliott
      (April 21, 2014 at 11:09 am)
    Team members from left, Thorne Stallings, Austin Navrkal, Andrew Romans, Kaylee Nuñez, Austin Ervin, Taylor Kolbeck, Jake Mason, Amanda Cook, Brody Chapman, Jordan Langan, Kyle Clifton (not pictured) and James Mason, chapter advisor.

    Team members from left, Thorne Stallings, Austin Navrkal, Andrew Romans, Kaylee Nuñez, Austin Ervin, Taylor Kolbeck, Jake Mason, Amanda Cook, Brody Chapman, Jordan Langan, Kyle Clifton (not pictured) and James Mason, chapter advisor.

    A delegation from the OSU Marketing Club recently attended the International Collegiate Conference of the American Marketing Association. The conference was held at the New Orleans Sheraton from April 10-13 and welcomed over 1,200 undergraduate marketing students from the U.S. and abroad.  Student teams participated in competitions including a business simulation, a case project, and a chapter exhibit.

    The OSU teams tied for first overall in the exhibit competition, earning “Most Educational Exhibit,” and third in their bracket in the business simulation. Titled “Social Media: One Platform to Rule them All,” the exhibit was an interactive quiz game which flashed questions about various types of social media on a computer screen. Competitors then played “Pistol Pete” and shot at the right answer with an OSU themed Nerf gun.

    Team members from left, Amanda Cook, Thorne Stallings, Austin Ervin, Jordan Langan, Taylor Kolbeck and Kaylee Nuñez.

    Team members from left, Amanda Cook, Thorne Stallings, Austin Ervin, Jordan Langan, Taylor Kolbeck and Kaylee Nuñez.

    In addition to the competitions, the students participated in numerous workshops and seminars focused on club operations and leadership as well as skills and strategies for making the transition to a marketing career. Participants also enjoyed seeing the many sights, sounds and food that New Orleans has to offer.

    The OSU Marketing Club is open to all students who have an interest in marketing, and meets monthly in addition to many special events held throughout the year. Interested students should contact Taylor Kolbeck, President Elect for 2014-2015 at taylor.kolbeck@okstate.edu or apply through Campus Link online.

    Three executives share their success stories
    with Spears School students during CEO Day

    Dollie Elliott
      (April 17, 2014 at 8:40 am)
    The Spears School’s CEO Day was a huge success earlier this week. Participating were, from left, OSU student Cooper Jones; Joseph Eastin, president and principal of ISN; Alicia Smales, chief marketing office for Snap-on International; OSU student Ivan Prieto; Bill Hite, found and CEO of Hull Speed Associates, and OSU student Jana Gregory.

    The Spears School’s CEO Day was a huge success earlier this week. Participating were, from left, OSU student Cooper Jones; Joseph Eastin, president and principal of ISN; Alicia Smales, chief marketing office for Snap-on International; OSU student Ivan Prieto; Bill Hite, found and CEO of Hull Speed Associates, and OSU student Jana Gregory.

    Three executives from around the world each of whom earned degrees from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business were able to share their success stories with students Wednesday during CEO Day.

    Joseph Eastin, Bill Hite and Alicia Smales spent the day meeting with Spears School student leaders, speaking to several classrooms and then participating in a forum entitled “Global Business in Today’s World,” in which several hundred students engaged in a question-and-answer session with the three executives.

    CEO Day is hosted by OSU’s Spears School of Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus so students have the opportunity 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 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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    Spears School students present at SCSUG Symposium

    Taryn Trujillo
      (November 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm)
    NIne presenters at conference

    Three OSU students were among the nine presenters at the South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) Graduate Student Symposium in Analytics.

    Three first-year Spears School of Business students attended and presented papers at the South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) Graduate Student Symposium in Analytics attended by more than 200 professionals.

    Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University and The University of Alabama hosted the Graduate Student Symposium in Analytics as a venue for communicating analytical ideas, sharing SAS software techniques and learning from analytics professionals. The symposium consisted of nine student presenters (three from each university) and covered a wide variety of analytics topics, including ways in which SAS software is used to analyze data.

    The OSU presenters and their papers included Anvesh Reddy Minukuri with “Deterioration of Marine Attacks,” Venkatesh Avula with “Application of SAS in Biomedical Engineering,” and Suman Rachapudi with “Association of Socio-Emotional Factors: Religious Affiliation, Depression to Suicidal Tendency Among Adolescent Girls.”

    Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing at the Spears School and founder of the SAS, is proud of the students’ performances.

    “It was delightful to see young researchers from leading schools present their early research work at the Graduate Student Symposium,” Chakraborty said. “OSU students performed very well and their papers were very well received by the academic as well as the professional analytics community. I am so very proud of them.”

    For more information about the SCSUG Graduate Student Symposium on Analytics contact Goutam Chakraborty at 405-744-7644 or goutam.chakraborty@okstate.edu.

    Spears School students succeed
    at SAS Analytics 2013 Conference

    Taryn Trujillo
      (November 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm)
    OSU's third-place team

    OSU’s team receives a $2,000 check for placing third in the SAS Analytics shootout competition. Joining Spears School professor of marketing Goutam Chakraborty in being recognized are Pradeep Podila, Linda Schumacher and Rakesh Karn. Not pictured is Rom Khattri.

    Spears School of Business students impressed with their performances at the SAS Analytics 2013 Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 21-22.

    A team of Oklahoma State University’s distance-learning students won third place out of more than 60 teams in the data mining shootout. The team included Linda Schumacher, Pradeep Podila, Rakesh Karn and Rom Khattri. OSU is the only university that has consistently placed a team in the top three spots throughout the tournament’s history.

    This is the seventh consecutive year that at least one OSU student team has placed in the top three of the shootout, the largest data mining competition in the world, allowing students to demonstrate their expertise in data mining alongside industry professionals.

    Also, OSU students submitted 22 of the 50 posters at the conference. Three of the six awards were won by OSU students. Winners and their poster titles are:
    • Anuashka Sharma, Detection of Crime rate dependency across the different locations in U.S.

    • Ajay Guyyala and Patti Jordan, Application of SAS Text Mining to analyze quality defects of materials in a Manufacturing Industry

    • Prakash Giri and Jaya Nair, Americas Engagement in Fitness & Outdoor Activities: Sentiment Analysis of Tweets Using SAS Sentiment Analysis Studio

    Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and founder of the SAS and OSU Data Mining Certificate program, is proud of the students’ success.

    OSU students and alums

    More than 40 OSU students and alums were present at the SAS Analytics 2013 Conference.

    “I am very proud of our students’ achievements and it was wonderful to see their efforts being recognized by the analytic community and SAS as evidenced by the many awards our students received,” Chakraborty said.

    Analytics 2013 is an industry-leading conference for the latest ideas, research and best practices in the field of analytics. More than 40 OSU students and alums were present at the conference that brought together about 1,000 analytics professionals.

    For more information about the data mining certificate program at the Spears School, go to the Business Analytics and Data Mining Certificates Program website, contact Goutam Chakraborty at 405-744-7644 or goutam.chakraborty@okstate.edu. 

    Several Spears School graduate students
    participate in JMP Discovery Summit 2013

    Spears School News Staff
      (September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am)
    OSU at Discovery Summit 2013

    Goutam Chakraborty, founder of the SAS and OSU Data Mining and the Business Analytics Certificate programs, is joined by current students and alumni at the JMP Discovery Summit 2013 in San Antonio.

    A number of students from Oklahoma State University’s SAS Data Mining certificate programs were among the featured presenters earlier this month at the JMP Discovery Summit 2013 in San Antonio.

    All of the students are pursuing master’s degrees in information systems along with SAS and OSU Data Mining certificates from the Spears School of Business.

    “This is a great conference for anyone who wants to showcase his or her talents in the areas of data visualization and modeling, and I am happy to see a large turnout from our data mining and analytic students,” said Chakraborty, a professor of marketing at the Spears School who is founder of the SAS and OSU Data Mining Certificate and the Business Analytics Certificate programs. He also is a member of the Discovery Summit 2013 steering committee.

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