Big Data Big Ideas Speaker Series

Big Data Big Ideas Speaker SeriesData science encompasses the theoretical and practical application of ideas. UW-Green Bay is working in partnership with leading experts to make available a speaker series that demonstrates how to utilize big data in creative and powerful ways. 

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September 15-November 30, 2022

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You will receive a Zoom link after you register

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Sessions are free!
We just ask that you register in advance

Upcoming Presenters

September 15, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Caleb Waack, Data Scientist, Epsilon

Presenter Caleb Waack
Python in "Harry Potter"
Caleb will share how you can use code to glean insights from the famous "Harry Potter" book series. With the lens of Python code, you will gain a data-inspired perspective on the happenings at Hogwarts, the Forbidden Forest and more.

About Caleb Waack
Caleb is an experienced data engineer with a demonstrated history of delivering data-driven results. He is skilled in SQL, Python, R, PowerBI, machine learning and data mining, and conflict resolution. He earned a bachelor's degree focused on mechanical engineer and is currently completing a master's degree in data science.

September 29, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Dan Adler, Assistant General Manager, Minnesota Twins

Presenter Dan Adler
Statistical Science
Dan will apply statistical analysis to psychological decisions. You will learn how ― as humans ― we make flawed and unflawed decisions based on our bias and the data around us. 

About Dan Adler
Daniel Adler is the Assistant General Manager for the Minnesota Twins. He has multiple degrees from Harvard University, including an M.B.A and J.D. Dan has worked in baseball operations at the Twins for the last five years and has extensive sports research experience, including his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

October 20, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Bret Myers, Analytics Consultant & Professor of Practice, Villanova University

Presenter Bret Myers
Data & Team Sports Decisions
After a review of his soccer analytics background, Bret will share how he uses data to drive better team sports decisions, including how data can help prevent athlete injuries and predict team success.

About Bret Myers
Bret teaches analytics and operations management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His area of expertise is in the use of analytics to improve decision processes for sports businesses, both in delivering a product on the field and managing operations to meet other strategic objectives. 

October 27, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Lamarr Banks, Community Manager, Urban Hub

Presenter Lamarr Banks
Succeeding as an Entrepreneur
Lamarr will share his story of business and entrepreneurship, describing his current role at the Urban Hub and explaining how he works in the community to strategically help creative business professionals succeed.

About Lamarr Banks
Even as a kid, Lamarr was passionate about making the world better. Real estate and banking gave him a solid business foundation, and he became fascinated by innovative business models, ideas and technologies, which carried him to the doorstep of entrepreneurship. As manager of co-working space for entrepreneurs and programming, he works to leverage resources to help entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses.

November 10, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Jessie Jiang, Founder & Owner, Create & Learn

Presenter Jessie Jiang
Equity in Data Science
Jessie will share her background in technology along with her goals for K-12 computer science and technology education. Jessie has been critical to promoting equity initiatives in computer science education, and she will discuss how she makes computer science open to all students.

About Jessie JiangAt Create & Learn, Jessie is pioneering the next generation of K-12 computer science education. The company teaches state-of-the-art data science technologies, including AI. Jessie graduated from Stanford and worked as a Google Product Management Director before starting her company.

November 17, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Ryan Lussky, Business Intelligence Analyst, Altra Federal Credit Union

Presenter Ryan Lussky
Twitter Case Study: Sentiment Analysis
When Twitter accepted Elon Musk's offer to purchase, mainstream media reported polarizing views. Starting the day after the buyout announcement, 70,000 tweets with the hashtag "elonmusk" were collected, cleaned and analyzed using Python. Ryan will share details and results of this inventive sentiment analysis project on Twitter that reveals attitudes around free speech.

About Ryan Lussky
Ryan has seven years of working in analytics and three in operations coordination. He is highly skilled in Microsoft Excel, PowerBI and SQL. He is also proficient in R, Python and SSRS. He is currently in pursuit of a master's degree in data science.

November 30, 2022
5-6 p.m. CST
Adam Charnin-Aker, Assistant Director, Pro Scouting, New York Yankees

Presenter Adam Charnin-Aker
Scouting for Talent with Data

Adam will share his experiences in scouting and evaluating baseball talent. He will describe how he combines data and in-person looks to try to find winning ballplayers from across the globe. In addition, Adam will discuss the operations and business uses of data. 

About Adam Charnin-Aker
Adam has been in pro scouting and baseball operations with the New York Yankees for nearly five years. He attended Dartmouth College and earned a bachelor's degree in government. Adam also has prior work experience in predictive analytics in addition to his playing background. 

Data Science Programs at UW-Green Bay

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M.S. Data Science

Discover how to transform big data into actionable insights and advance your career in the growing field of data science.

Transform Your Career

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Graduate Certificate

Learn how to effectively work with and communicate about data, positioning yourself for success in today’s data-driven world.

Unleash Your Drive

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Noncredit Undergraduate Certificate

Find your future in one of the fastest-growing professions. Ideal if you're already in data science or pursuing a career in big data.

Find Your Future
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University of Wisconsin Extended Campus Logo The Big Data Big Ideas Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Extended Campus.