Business Analytics and Statistics PhD Students

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A Ph.D. in Analytics from UT’s Haslam College of Business provides the intellectual and professional capabilities needed to pursue research and teaching careers at major universities.

Ph.D. in Business Analytics

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Harshvardhan

Harshvardhan is a second-year doctoral student with research interests in machine learning and predictive analytics. Harsh earned his B.A. and M.B.A. at the Indian Institute of Management Indore in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Before starting his doctoral journey, he worked briefly as an analyst for Merck US with Aspect Ratio.

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Yu Jiang

Yu Jiang is a first-year doctoral student with research interests in machine learning, statistics and business analytics. She earned her bachelor’s in coastal engineering from Harbin Engineering University in 2016, her master’s in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 2018 and master of statistics from North Carolina State University in 2021.

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Jinyi Liu

Jinyi Liu is a first-year doctoral student with research interests in the operations-marketing interface and business analytics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2021 and his master of arts in economics from the University of Rochester in 2022.
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Nikhil Narayane

Nikhil Narayane is a second-year PhD student. His research interests lie in using deep-learning, state-of-the-art natural language processing methods for labor market analytics. Before coming to UT, he completed his master’s in business analytics with honors at the University of Texas at Dallas. Before pursuing his MS, he worked four years as deputy manager of production at ACC Limited. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India.

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Jaachinma Somtochuksw Okafor

Jaachinma Somtochuksw Okafor is a first-ear doctoral student in business analytics and statistics. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining and visualization. She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical electronic engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, in 2018. Before starting the doctoral program, Okafor worked as a cybersecurity analyst at Interswitch.
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Abdullah Salau

Abdullah Salau is a first-year doctoral student with a concentration in business analytics and statistics. His research interests lie in applied machine learning and supply chain analytics. He graduated from DePauw University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and actuarial science.
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Senne Van Steelandt

Senne is a fifth-year doctoral student with research interests in the application of reinforcement learning to digital marketing. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business engineering from Ghent University in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Senne worked as a student business intelligence developer at sympl.

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