Business Analytics Forum

Haslam College of Business

Fall 2017

Forum & Alumni Reunion Agenda

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Holiday Inn

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Student Social Event

Meet the Melton Scholars and the board members of our analytics clubs: Business Analytics Society, WOMBAT, Sports Analytics Club, MSBA Club.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 Knoxville Convention Center

11 am - Noon


Noon - 12:15 pm

12:15 - 1:30 pm


Sam Ransbotham, PhD
Boston College – Associate Professor
Sloan Management Review – Data and Analytics Initiative Guest Editor
Title: The Analytics Talent Dividend
Description: Talent management is critical to realizing analytics benefits. Our survey of business executives, managers and analytics professionals from organizations located around the world captures insights from 2,719 respondents. We find that organizations achieving the greatest benefits from analytics are also much more likely to have a plan for building their talent bench. I’ll discuss these findings about analytics talent in the context of our overall data and analytics research initiative at MIT Sloan Management Review.

1:30 – 2 pm


2 – 4 pm

Breakout Sessions


During the breakout sessions, students will be working on a business analytics case. You will have the opportunity to watch the students solve the problems and even jump in to help them out.


2:00-2:30 Bob Muenchen – An Introduction to KNIME

2:40-3:10 Ryan McClurkin – A Framework for Effectuating Organization Change Using
Advanced Analytics

3:20-3:50 Michael Carillon
Analytical Experimentation at Pilot Flying J


Hackathon Presentations and Judging


Evening reception and Award Ceremony for Hackathon winners

Thursday, Oct. 12 Knoxville Convention Center

8 - 9:15 am

Breakfast and State of the Department

Introduction of new faculty and initiatives: Melton Scholars, Center for Customer Analytics and the Department Advisory Board. Updates on corporate partnership projects, degree programs and research output.

9:30 - 10:30 am

Faculty Presentation

Michel Ballings
Title: Social Media and Customer Analytics
Description: Recent advances in social media marketing and customer relationship management

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:15 pm


Sean Willems
Haslam Chair of Supply Chain Analytics
Title: Automating intuition – the journey to make inventory optimization a lights-out activity
Description: This talk describes a fifteen-year academic journey that began by putting advanced inventory optimization techniques in the hands of experts and ended with an automated workflow that optimizes inventories in a lights-out fashion for tens of planners. When discussing model adoption, one often hears wise practitioners say “it is not about the math.” This talk builds on that concept to demonstrate it is not about just the math, but instead achieving widespread adoption requires integrating intuition into the math. This talk will identify the ingredients required to automate planning in practice.

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

Each table will have at least one faculty member and three students.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

IBM Capstone Presentations

Our MSBA students work in small teams with a faculty coach on real-life business problems in the last semester of the program. You will get to hear from a current capstone team working with IBM.

Company Lead: Ramesh Alagesan Data Scientist, Cognitive Enterprise, Chief Analytics Office – IBM
Project: Risk Insights
Project Summary: How do supply chain leaders know when to take costly risk mitigating actions to recover from the impact of a natural event (ie. a hurricane or earthquake) and when can they simply take caution, but no action?

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Capstone Company Panel

Hear from companies that have lead previous capstones projects.  They will answer questions about how the capstone projects benefit their organizations and the students.

Ramesh Alegasan – Data Scientist, Cognitive Enterprise, Chief Analytics Office – IBM
Michelle Brothers – Business Analytics Manager – Regal Entertainment Group
Scott Ryan – Sr. Manager, Global Advanced Analytics – Hanesbrands Inc.

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 4:15 pm

Speed Networking

Get a chance to briefly meet one on one with a large number of our students.

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Closing and Job Fair Reception

Friday, Oct. 13 Haslam Business Building

8am - Noon

Job Fair

For more information contact Christine Vossler.

Saturday, Oct. 14 Holiday Inn

9:00 – 9:30 am

Alumni reunion Check In

9:30 – 9:50 am

Alumni Reunion Breakfast & Department Update

Charles Noon PhD
Department Head

10:00 – 10:30 am

Sports is Life with the Volume Turned Up – Lessons Learned That Apply to Business and Life

Joan Cronan
The University of Tennessee Women’s Athletic Director 1983-2012

10:30 - 11 am

Book Signing

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