Big Data, Bigger Opportunities for Operational Excellence

Roger Woodard, Program Director of M.S. in Data Science, University of Notre Dame

What does the data say? Every organization in every industry needs people that can work with data and make good decisions based on that data. The power of data depends on people at all levels of the organization who know why, how and when to use the data available. A process improvement leader needn't be a data science whiz. However, leaders are called to hone a higher level of technical and mathematical skills to power their critical thinking and decision making.

It continues to be a challenge to keep up with the changes in how data science is practiced and deployed. In order to stay relevant, organizations must develop agile learners who can continue to evolve as data science evolves. In the hands of these data scientists, data can inform critical business decisions, shape social discourse, even change the world for the better.

In this session, the following key points will be covered:

Roger Woodard, Program Director of M.S. in Data Science, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Woodard joined the University of Notre Dame in 2017 as the director of its new online M.S.-ACMS Data Science graduate program. He came to Notre Dame after 14 years at North Carolina State University. At NCSU, Dr. Woodard was a teaching professor in the Department of Statistics and, since 2013, director of online programs in the Department of Statistics. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the NC State Outstanding Teacher Award, the American Statistical Association's 2005 Waller Education Award for excellence and innovation in teaching, and most recently, was named an N.C. State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.