The University of Chicago’s Master of Science in Analytics (MScA) is proud to announce the appointment of Greg Green as its new executive director. With a PhD in mathematics and extensive professional contributions in digital strategies, business analytics, and new product development, Dr. Green will design and lead programs that strategically apply analytics to solve complex industry problems with greater agility and impact.
“My goal is to help analytics professionals design, develop, and deliver effectively on the leading edge of analytics,” said Dr. Green, whose previous roles include chief analytics officer at Harland Clarke Holdings, director at Google, EVP/managing director at Publicis Groupe, and principal consultant at PwC. “Having worked across multiple industry verticals in analytics leadership, I’m excited to use my expertise to shape the content and approaches that will empower the next generation of analytics leaders to deliver amazing outcomes for clients.”
Noting that data science draws both on the newest machine learning techniques as well as the most advanced statistical approaches to solving business problems, Dr. Green underscored the significance of MScA’s relationship with UChicago’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). Working together with Stephen Stigler, MScA faculty director and Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor at UChicago’s Department of Statistics, Dr. Green is building new offerings more deeply connected to the PhD and MS research programs in computer science, statistics, computation and applied mathematics, and financial mathematics.
“Having worked across multiple industry verticals in analytics leadership, I’m excited to use my expertise to shape the content and approaches that will empower the next generation of analytics leaders to deliver amazing outcomes for clients.”
“We see a tremendous opportunity not just for synergy between the MScA program and the PhD and MS programs at PSD, but also for collaboration with clients and industry professionals,” said Dr. Green. “It’s more than just a focus on new technologies that’s important. Central will be linking those technologies to strategies that deliver outcomes that solve significant challenges we face in today’s world. The magic of it comes with real value creation.”
With a full year of the MScA program dedicated to a client-sponsored Capstone Project, Dr. Green points to the substantial amount of time students spend focused on solving actual business problems using real data. Capstone projects give students an opportunity to develop real world applications that create economic opportunity in financial services, healthcare, commerce, and even community development.
“It’s possible to design an awesome experience for students while also delivering a worthwhile outcome for clients,” Dr. Green said. “By directly involving students in the challenge of securing the right data and exploring potential solutions, we’re equipping them with the foundational skills required to deliver tangible results to clients. Companies can then use the value that emerges from their projects either immediately or as a kernel of a larger solution for implementation at scale. Additionally, recruitment and hiring channels develop that beneficially address needs facing both students and companies for high-demand talent.”
“By directly involving students in the challenge of securing the right data and exploring potential solutions, we’re equipping them with the foundational skills required to deliver tangible results to clients.”
Further enhancing the MScA experience for students are program instructors, whose academic research, focus on student learning, and extensive professional experience allow them to add exceptional insight to the core and elective courses making up the curriculum. Having spent part of the past decade bringing innovation to an academic environment as a marketing analytics lecturer and course author at Northwestern University, Dr. Green sees room to expand the elective offerings of the MScA program and open up new opportunities to specialize.
“The focus of the initiative is our students and their potential professional opportunities,” Dr. Green noted. “We deliver courses that comprehensively speak to students’ professional needs while putting them in a position to flourish once they graduate. Companies not only help us in our mission, they can help their own missions as well—by taking advantage of the insights of students at the University of Chicago, and also by building relationships with tomorrow’s data science leaders.”