Data Analytics Across Disciplines

Academic Advancement and Business Competitiveness

A National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) / SUNY PSM consortium meeting
focusing on the collaboration between academia and industry
Wednesday - Thursday, May 18-19, 2016
Conference and Event Center
Niagara Falls, NY

'Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.'
- Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President, Gartner Research

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In the table below, click on the talk title to see the Abstract and on the speaker name to see a Biographical Sketch.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 AM
7:15 - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM Welcoming remarks
Marilyn Wells
President, National Professional Science Master's Association and Provost, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Welcoming remarks
Phil Ortiz
Assistant Provost for Undergraduate and STEM Education and Coordinator, Empire State STEM Learning Network. SUNY
Welcoming remarks
Mike Moskal
Sr. VP & CIO at CUBRC, Inc. and National Professional Science Master's Association Advisory Board Member
8:30 AM The IBM Buffalo Innovation Center (IBIC) and Point-of-View on Analytics, Big Data and Watson

Jay Goodwyn
Director, IBM Buffalo Innovation Center
9:20 AM Mining academic analytics to inform student success strategies

David Demers
Chief Information Officer, SUNY Buffalo State
9:55 AM Refreshments

10:15 AM Using Data Analytics to Transform IT Operations
Frank D'Arrigo
Director of Technology and Support AAA Western and Central New York
10:50 AM Data Analytics for the Nonprofit and Government Agencies in Social Services and Education

Lawrence Brooks
Author, President of the Board of Directors Western New York Land Conservancy, and President-elect of the Diocesan Central Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
11:25 AM Measures of Successful Universities in American Education System
Robert McGrath; Prashant Mittal
Department of Health Management and Policy at University of New Hampshire
12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Welcoming remarks
Kevin Railey
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, SUNY Buffalo State
1:15 PM Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Big Data: Lessons Learned

Uma Gupta
Business Department, SUNY Buffalo State
2:05 PM Implementing best practices in bioinformatics, issues of data and computational tool access that will affect data science in the near future

David Molik
Scientific Informatics Developer, Bioinformatics Shared Resource, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Bringing Data Analytics Project on Dental Practice to the Classroom

Lisa Walters*; Reneta P. Barneva
SUNY Fredonia
2:35 PM Refreshments

3:05 PM Data Sciences in Industrial Mathematics Education at WPI

Marcel Blais
Associate Teaching Professor, Mathematical Science and Coordinator, Professional Master of Science Programs, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
ECLIPSE: Aligning Data to Track Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Health Improvement

Alan M. Delmerico; Eric Walker
Center for Health and Social Research; Director of Energy Development and Management
Dept of Public Works, Erie County
3:40 PM Data Science Graduate Education: Content, Projects, and Computer Languages

Randy Paffenroth
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Data-driven Network Neuroscience

Sarah Feldt-Muldoon
Mathematics Department, and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering Program, University at Buffalo
4:15 PM From Toys to Tools ---- Using Data Analytic software in the classroom

Lorrie Metzger; Kathy Nesper
School of Business, University at Buffalo
The Preparation and Exploitation of Information in Data Science

John Coles; Ron Rudnicki
Senior Research Scientists, CUBRC
4:50 PM Wrap Up and Evaluation

Thursday, May 19, 2016
8:00 AM Welcoming remarks
Melanie Perreault
Provost, SUNY Buffalo State
8:10 AM Informatics-Driven Healthcare Quality and Safety Methods

Peter L. Elkin
Professor and Chair, UB Department of Biomedical Informatics & Professor of Internal Medicine
8:50 AM Welcoming remarks
Paul Dyster
Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY
9:20 AM Application of Data Analytics in Healthcare for Regulatory Compliance

Reneta P. Barneva; Lisa Walters*
SUNY Fredonia
Data Analytics Skills Needed in PSM Internships
Peiru Wu
Director, PSM in Industrial Mathematics, Michigan State University
9:50 AM Refreshments

10:15 AM Making Sense of Job titles in Analytics
J. Cleary; Deborah Silver*
Associate Director, PSM Program; Executive Director, PSM Program, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Instructional Technological Tools to Create Online Courses

Kannan Sivaprakasam
Program Director, PSM in Material Science and Instrumentation, St. Cloud State University
10:50 AM The Challenges of Integrating Industry Sponsored Data Analytics Projects into Graduate Education for Professionals: NC State's Institute for Advanced Analytics Experiences and Lessons Learned

Christopher J. West
Practicum Manager, Institute of Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University

Sivaprakasam workshop continues
11:25 AM A Python-Centered Fast Track to Multidisciplinary Data Science for Mathematics Students

John Ringland
Mathematics Department, University at Buffalo
PSM Students Outcomes - Trend and Future of STEM Professionals
Kiriko Komura, Michael Thomas
PSM National Office at Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA
12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Welcoming remarks
Susan McCartney
Director, Small Business Develpment Center at Buffalo State and National Professional Science Master's Association Advisory Board Member
1:15 PM Data Collection and Analytics among New York State School Districts

Dennis Atkinson; Tim Johnson
Manager of the Western New York Regional Information Center's Data Warehouse and Test Scoring departments; Developer in curriculum, instruction, and data analysis
2:05 PM Making Analytics Knowledge and Skills Relevant for Students' Careers

Sema Barlas
Director, Master of Analytics Program, Graham School, University of Chicago
Big Data Analysis In The Undergraduate Biology Curriculum.

Mark Gallo
Professor of Biology, Niagara University, NY
2:40 PM Refreshments

3:05 PM Preparing Students for the PSM Experience: An Analytics View

Aric LaBarr
Institute of Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University
Educating the Few - a New PhD Program in Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences
Abani Patra
Director, Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering Program, University at Buffalo
3:40 PM Student Centered Geographic Information Spatial Data Analytical Projects for Government, Private Industry, and Non-Government Organizations.

Tao Tang
Department of Geography and Planning, SUNY Buffalo State
An Innovative Educational Framework for Interdisciplinary Educational Collaboration for Biomedical Data Science Based on Online Open Educational Resources
Isabelle Bichindaritz
Assistant professor and Director of Biomedical Informatics, SUNY Oswego
4:15 PM A Move to be Data Driven - The Case Study of Renewing One's Web Presence
Kiriko Komura; Michael Thomas; Nick Malchoff
PSM National Office at Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA
4:50 PM Wrap Up and Evaluation


Conference Sponsors/Partners

Session-Opening Speakers

For information about all speakers and talks, see the Program section.


Jay Goodwin

IBM Buffalo Innovation Center

Jay Goodwyn is the Executive Director of the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center. With over 30 years of experience, he specializes in assisting clients in the strategy, planning and design of Business Intelligence solutions across numerous industries. In his various roles, including Director, Partner, Service Area Leader, Engagement Manager and Consultant, Mr. Goodwyn has advised many information system organizations from a variety of industries, including banking, insurance, government, healthcare, education, marketing and sales, manufacturing, agriculture and utilities. Mr. Goodwyn currently heads up the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center (IBIC). In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Goodwyn provides a wide array of capabilities to New York State, local Western NY business and many other organizations throughout the United States. Some of the focus areas at the IBIC include providing solutions for advanced analytics, big data, cloud computing and mobile computing. Through a collaboration with NY State, the IBIC has the objective of growing 500 high-tech jobs in Western NY over the course of 7 years


Uma Gupta

SUNY Buffalo State

Dr. Uma Gupta is Professor of Business at the State University of New York College at Buffalo State. She has published four books in Information Systems and authored more than sixty research papers and conference proceedings. Her areas of expertise include Data Science, Big Data, Information Systems, Strategy, Organizational Development, and Leadership. She was selected as the Top Ten Influential Women in Technology in Houston, Texas and was nominated for this prestigious award for a second time in 2012 in Rochester, New York. She was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award by the United States government to teach at the University of Malta. She has won numerous other awards for community engagement and leadership contributions. She is also a seasoned speaker and consultant who frequently delivers keynote addresses and leadership workshops to senior executives and middle managers on a wide number of topics to address solutions to organizational challenges. She uses the latest findings from neuroscience and psychology to convey her message and consistently receives rave reviews from her audiences for her insightful, thought-provoking, authentic and highly-engaging presentations. You can read more about her work at


Peter Elkin

University at Buffalo

Dr. Elkin is Professor and Chair of the newly created Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University at Buffalo and also a Professor of Medicine. He was formerly Center Director of Biomedical Informatics, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Vice-President of Mount Sinai Hospital for Biomedical and Translational Informatics. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He has published over 120 peer reviewed publications. He is the primary author of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) national standard on Quality Indicators for Controlled Health Vocabularies ASTM E2087, which has also been approved by ISO TC 215 as a Technical Specification (TS17117). He has chaired Health and Human Service's HITSP Technical Committee on Population Health and the International Medical Informatics Associations Working Group on Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics. He is the Editor of the Springer Informatics textbook Terminology and Terminological Systems. He was awarded the Mayo Department of Medicine's Laureate Award for 2005. He is the index recipient of the Homer R. Warner award for outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Informatics.

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Dennis Atkinson and Timothy Johnson

Erie 1 BOCES

Dennis Atkinson is the manager of the Western New York Regional Information Center's Data Warehouse and Test Scoring departments. A graduate of the University of Buffalo (B.A. & Ed.M.) and Canisius College (M.S. in Educational Administration), he's a former high school English teacher, staff developer and data analyst.

Timothy Johnson has been an educator for twenty-six years. He taught secondary science for ten years in both the public and private setting. He has been a professional developer at Erie 1 BOCES in curriculum, instruction, and data analysis for the past sixteen years. He has a BS degree in Geophysical Engineering (Colorado School of Mines), an MS degree in Science Education (SUNY Buffalo State), and an MS degree in Administration and Supervision (Canisius College).

Organizing Committee

For information please contact

Deb Warren-Hite (NPSMA coordinator) -
Joaquin Carbonara (conference co-chair, NPSMA, SUNY-PSMc and Buffalo State) -
John Ringland (conference co-chair, University at Buffalo) -

Program design (format, speakers, schedule, tracks)

Joaquin Carbonara (NPSMA, SUNY PSM c and Buffalo State)
Scott Herness (Ohio State University)
John Ringland (University at Buffalo)
Uma Gupta (Buffalo State)
Larry Brooks (Author and environmentalist)
Frank Sanacory (SUNY Old Westbury)
Bob Girardi (CEO, SofTrek)
John Favata (CIS, Buffalo State)
Barbara Sherman (CIS chair, Buffalo State)
Mark Severson (SNSS Dean, Buffalo State)
Kevin Railey (AP & Grad Dean, Buffalo State)
Sue McCartney (Small Business Development Center -- Buffalo State)
Robert McGrath (University of New Hampshire)
Marcel Blais (WPI)
Mark Gallo (Niagara University)
Reneta Barneva (Fredonia University)
Peiru Wu (Michigan State University)

Local arrangements

Sue McCartney (Small Business Development Center - Buffalo State)
Melissa Miszkiewicz (CTS, Buffalo State)
Jennifer Gregory (Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation)

SUNY wide reach

Phillip Ortiz (SUNY central)
David King (Oswego)

Graduate Assistant and Web Master

Pavan Narayanan
(DataScience Hacks)

Hotel, Travel and Area Attractions

Registration and Contact

Registration: go to

We have space for vendors and exhibitors.
Please contact Dr. Joaquin Carbonara ( or Deb Warren-Hite ( for Information

Dr. Joaquin Carbonara
304 Bishop Hall
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo NY 14222

Dr. John Ringland
University at Buffalo
244 Mathematics Bldg
Buffalo NY 14260

Debra Warren-Hite
National Professional Science Master's Association
P.O. Box 3455
Riverview, FL 33568-3455

Dr. Joaquin Carbonara
Dr. John Ringland
Debra Warren-Hite