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Director

Headshot of Sandy Steiger 

Sandy Steiger

Sandy earned her Master's degree at Miami in statistics after graduating with a Bachelor's from Mount St. Joseph University in mathematics and business. She worked in industry for fifteen years, most recently as the Vice President of Insights at 84.51° before joining CADS in April 2019. She has vast experience in driving customer value through industry-leading data science techniques.


Assistant Director

 Amy Beissel Headshot

Amy Beissel

Amy joined CADS in February 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University (Maryland) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College (New York). She spent over ten years in education, with the past two and a half years at Butler County Educational Service Center as the Data & Monitoring Coordinator. She is experienced in interpreting and using data to make sound decisions as well as leading analytics projects. 


Administrative Assistant

 Melissa Huddleson

Melissa Johnston

After two years at Miami's Office of the Controller, Melissa joined CADS as our Administrative Assistant in November 2019. Melissa is tasked with helping CADS in numerous ways. From coordinating events, engaging with industry executives, professors and students, Melissa is always available and willing to assist anyone in need. 

Eric Bachmann

Dr. Eric Bachmann

Professor and Chair

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Eric Bachmann is the Chair for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. His current research focuses on human factors and training in virtual environments (VE), enabling immersed VE users to explore virtual worlds of unlimited size, and locomotion interfaces for VE. He has also worked on establishing the HIVE (huge immersive virtual environment), a state-of-the-art VE facility at Miami. 


John Bailer

Dr. A. John Bailer

University Distinguished Professor and Chair

Department of Statistics

Dr. John Bailer is the Chair of the Department of Statistics. As a frequent instructor of data practicum classes, he mentors students on research projects for clients in business, industry, government and academia. His research interest include addressing risk estimation issues and, more generally, on the design and analysis of studies to evaluate factors impacting occupational and environmental health outcomes.


Allison Jones-Farmer

Dr. Allison Jones-Farmer

Van Andel Professor of Business Analytics

Information Systems and Analytics

Dr. Jones-Farmer teaches the business analytics practicum, predictive modeling, and regression analysis. Her research include developing statistical methods to solve real-world problems. Dr. Jones-Farmer has a passion for promoting the sound use of analytical methods in practice.


Jessica McCarty

Dr. Jessica McCarty

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Advisor

Georgraphy

Dr. Jessica McCarty teaches on open source geospacial tools and mapping techniques. Her professional interests include using data mining, Earth observations, and GIS to better understand food security, land-use, air quality, and more. 


Peter Nguyen

Dr. Peter Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Marketing

Dr. Peter Nguyen teaches market research. He has experience in research on leveraging consumergenerated content (social media and online review posts) to better understand consumer behavior in
the real world. 


Andrew Reffett

Dr. Andrew Reffett

Professor and Chair

Accountancy

Dr. Andrew Reffett is currently researching judgment and decision making research in accounting with a focus on auditing and managerial settings. He teaches courses in audit, accounting control systems, and intermediate financial accounting. 

Farmer School of Business

Robert Leonard 

Dr. Robert Leonard

Visiting Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Waldyn Martinez

Dr. Waldyn Martinez

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Fadel Megahed

Dr. Fadel Megahed

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Jeffery Merhout

Dr. Jeffrey Merhout

Associate Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Gillian Oakenfull

Dr. Gillian Oakenfull

Professor

Marketing


Dr. Rajkumar

Dr. T.M. Rajkumar

Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Dale Stoel

Dr. Dale Stoel

Associate Professor

Accountancy


Maria Weese

Dr. Maria Weese

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


College of Arts and Science

Tom Fisher

Dr. Tom Fisher

Assistant Professor


Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Instructor and Manager of Statistical Consulting Center


Karsten Maurer

Dr. Karsten Maurer

Assistant Professor


Byran Smucker

Dr. Byran Smucker

Associate Professor


Jing Zhang

Dr. Jing Zhang

Assistant Professor


 

W. Mason Helsel

Major: Sociology 

Minor: Supply Chain Management

Class of 2021


Deeparshan Khadka

Major: Computer Engineering

Class of 2022


Abbie Klinker 

Major: Dietetics and Statistics

Minor: Spanish

Class of 2021


Skyler Perry

Major: Journalism and Professional Writing

Class of 2023 


Kade Peterson

Major: Marketing

Minor: Sports Management

Class of 2023

Staff

Director

Headshot of Sandy Steiger 

Sandy Steiger

Sandy earned her Master's degree at Miami in statistics after graduating with a Bachelor's from Mount St. Joseph University in mathematics and business. She worked in industry for fifteen years, most recently as the Vice President of Insights at 84.51° before joining CADS in April 2019. She has vast experience in driving customer value through industry-leading data science techniques.


Assistant Director

 Amy Beissel Headshot

Amy Beissel

Amy joined CADS in February 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University (Maryland) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College (New York). She spent over ten years in education, with the past two and a half years at Butler County Educational Service Center as the Data & Monitoring Coordinator. She is experienced in interpreting and using data to make sound decisions as well as leading analytics projects. 


Administrative Assistant

 Melissa Huddleson

Melissa Johnston

After two years at Miami's Office of the Controller, Melissa joined CADS as our Administrative Assistant in November 2019. Melissa is tasked with helping CADS in numerous ways. From coordinating events, engaging with industry executives, professors and students, Melissa is always available and willing to assist anyone in need. 

Steering Committee

Eric Bachmann

Dr. Eric Bachmann

Professor and Chair

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Eric Bachmann is the Chair for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. His current research focuses on human factors and training in virtual environments (VE), enabling immersed VE users to explore virtual worlds of unlimited size, and locomotion interfaces for VE. He has also worked on establishing the HIVE (huge immersive virtual environment), a state-of-the-art VE facility at Miami. 


John Bailer

Dr. A. John Bailer

University Distinguished Professor and Chair

Department of Statistics

Dr. John Bailer is the Chair of the Department of Statistics. As a frequent instructor of data practicum classes, he mentors students on research projects for clients in business, industry, government and academia. His research interest include addressing risk estimation issues and, more generally, on the design and analysis of studies to evaluate factors impacting occupational and environmental health outcomes.


Allison Jones-Farmer

Dr. Allison Jones-Farmer

Van Andel Professor of Business Analytics

Information Systems and Analytics

Dr. Jones-Farmer teaches the business analytics practicum, predictive modeling, and regression analysis. Her research include developing statistical methods to solve real-world problems. Dr. Jones-Farmer has a passion for promoting the sound use of analytical methods in practice.


Jessica McCarty

Dr. Jessica McCarty

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Advisor

Georgraphy

Dr. Jessica McCarty teaches on open source geospacial tools and mapping techniques. Her professional interests include using data mining, Earth observations, and GIS to better understand food security, land-use, air quality, and more. 


Peter Nguyen

Dr. Peter Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Marketing

Dr. Peter Nguyen teaches market research. He has experience in research on leveraging consumergenerated content (social media and online review posts) to better understand consumer behavior in
the real world. 


Andrew Reffett

Dr. Andrew Reffett

Professor and Chair

Accountancy

Dr. Andrew Reffett is currently researching judgment and decision making research in accounting with a focus on auditing and managerial settings. He teaches courses in audit, accounting control systems, and intermediate financial accounting. 

Faculty

Farmer School of Business

Robert Leonard 

Dr. Robert Leonard

Visiting Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Waldyn Martinez

Dr. Waldyn Martinez

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Fadel Megahed

Dr. Fadel Megahed

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Jeffery Merhout

Dr. Jeffrey Merhout

Associate Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Gillian Oakenfull

Dr. Gillian Oakenfull

Professor

Marketing


Dr. Rajkumar

Dr. T.M. Rajkumar

Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


Dale Stoel

Dr. Dale Stoel

Associate Professor

Accountancy


Maria Weese

Dr. Maria Weese

Assistant Professor

Information Systems and Analytics


College of Arts and Science

Tom Fisher

Dr. Tom Fisher

Assistant Professor


Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Instructor and Manager of Statistical Consulting Center


Karsten Maurer

Dr. Karsten Maurer

Assistant Professor


Byran Smucker

Dr. Byran Smucker

Associate Professor


Jing Zhang

Dr. Jing Zhang

Assistant Professor


 

Marketing Student Interns

W. Mason Helsel

Major: Sociology 

Minor: Supply Chain Management

Class of 2021


Deeparshan Khadka

Major: Computer Engineering

Class of 2022


Abbie Klinker 

Major: Dietetics and Statistics

Minor: Spanish

Class of 2021


Skyler Perry

Major: Journalism and Professional Writing

Class of 2023 


Kade Peterson

Major: Marketing

Minor: Sports Management

Class of 2023