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Loyola to host panel discussion on successful data science practices

Data science panel discussion

Loyola University Maryland will host a data science panel discussion to promote networking and discussion on successful practices and professional growth.

The panel discussion, Successful Data Science: Teams, Tools, Techniques, offers students a way to learn how local companies are successfully leveraging and building teams and choosing the best tools and techniques to identify and solve their operational opportunities and challenges. Professionals from a variety of industries including technology, finance, cybersecurity, healthcare, and software development will answer these questions and offer insight on their successes in the industry.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room. A career networking event will begin at 6 p.m., and the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.

Panelists include Neta Ezer, Ph.D., technical fellow and architect for human-machine teaming at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; Benjamin Harvey, Ph.D., data scientist and solutions architect at Databricks; Adam Mariano, vice president of health informatics at HighPoint Solutions; Christopher Morris, Ph.D., senior principal data scientist at Jacobs; and Onur Savas, senior manager at Accenture Federal Services.

“As the only university in the state offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in data science, we are honored and proud to be able to host this event to promote data science as an exciting career choice,” said Christopher Morrell, Ph.D., director of the data science master’s program and professor of mathematics and statistics. “This event will help advance our students’ knowledge of the field and the approaches taken to analyze data. We will highlight areas and skills for individuals at all stages of their data science path.”

Edward Fortunato, managing director of Constellation Energy, will moderate the event. Fortunato, who has worked at Exelon for 15 years and is the chair of Loyola’s data science board, previously served as the vice president of natural gas trading at Merrill Lynch Global Commodities, and as a senior energy trader at Edison Mission Energy. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College in New York City and his MBA in finance from Boston University. Fortunato is active in the community where he has served as the dinner chair for Our Daily Bread for two years. He is also on the dinner committee for Partners in Excellence. Fortunato also moderated Loyola’s panel discussion event in 2019.

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