The three online courses in the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics are taught by leading Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty who have extensive experience teaching in online educational environments for professional-level students.
Terry Harrison, PhD
Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems and Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor in Business, teaches Prescriptive Analytics for Business (BAN 550) as part of the certificate program. He is a Fellow and past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and is a former member of the INFORMS Analytics Certification Board. He has teaching and research interests in the areas of supply chain management and modeling, large-scale production and distribution systems, decision support systems, applied optimization, and the management of renewable natural resources. Dr. Harrison earned his doctorate in management science from the University of Tennessee.
Christopher Solo, PhD
Dr. Solo teaches a variety of courses in Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems at Penn State. Prior to joining the Smeal faculty, Dr. Solo served over 21 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he held leadership positions in the intelligence, acquisition program management, and operations research analyst career fields. During this time, Dr. Solo also served on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he taught undergraduate courses covering probability and statistics, optimization, decision analysis, queueing theory, and simulation. Dr. Solo retired from the Air Force in the rank of lieutenant colonel and is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Arvind Rangaswamy, PhD
Arvind Rangaswamy, Anchel Professor of Marketing, teaches Marketing Analytics (BAN 540) as part of the certificate program. He is actively engaged in research to develop concepts, methods, and models to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of marketing using information technologies, an area in which he is internationally recognized. Dr. Rangaswamy has consulted widely with companies and is a co-founder of DecisionPro, Inc. He is co-author of Marketing Engineering, a widely used textbook on marketing analytics. Previously, he was a member of the faculties at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. Dr. Rangaswamy earned his PhD from Northwestern University.