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Teradata University Network Selects Data Analytics Contest Winners

Teradata University Network has selected the winners of its first data analytics contest for higher education students.

Open to undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, the contest aimed to showcase the "data-driven workforce of the future" and featured the theme "Solving Business Issues with Big Data and Analytics."

"Students were also exposed to a variety of analytics fields and internship and job opportunities in areas such as integrated marketing management, data integration, big data analytics and operations," according to a news release.

The winners include:

  • University of Florida students Mohammadmahdi (Mahdi) Moqri, Brent Kitchens Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay won the Most Promising Research/Advancing Science Award for their paper, "Visualizing Invisible Networks of Knowledge - A Social Network Analysis of Scientific Publications";
  • Roderick Dayton, Madeline Mills Natalie Perkins and Vasyl Ilchyshyn, of Loyola University Chicago, took the Most Practical/Business Value Award for their paper, "Felice's Roman Style Pizza; A Study in Data Consolidation and Analytics"; and
  • Naznin Larya, Emily Edkins Sarah Mucerino and Matt Soroczak, also of Loyola University Chicago, won the People's Choice/Best Presentation Award for "Analytics for Autism."

"The original research projects presented by these students were significant and complex, with real value and applicability to business problems," said Ramesh Sharda, executive director of the board for Teradata University Network and Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, in a prepared statement. "They demonstrated the accelerated learning that takes place when we're able to teach with the analytics tools and complex data sets that businesses use today."

"Teradata University Network is a free, Web-based portal that provides teaching and learning tools that is used by more than 45,000 students around the world, majoring in everything from information systems, management or computer science to finance, marketing or accounting," according to information on the network's site. "The resources and content support everything from Introduction to IT at the undergraduate level to graduate and executive level courses in big data and analytics. A key to the success of Teradata University Network is that it is led by academics to ensure the content will meet the needs of today's classrooms."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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