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.
Harshvardhan is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in machine learning and predictive analytics. Harsh earned his BA and MBA 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.
Lateefah Isegen is a first-year doctoral student in management science with a concentration in analytics. Her research interests include big data analytics and predictive analytics. Before coming to UT, she worked as a pipeline integrity engineer at Stantec. She earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2018, and a dual master’s in petroleum engineering and subsea engineering from the University of Houston in 2021.
Yu Jiang is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in applied statistics, business analytics and customer product returns. 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.
Jinyi Liu is a second-year doctoral student with research interests in the operations-marketing interface. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2021 and his master of arts in economics from the University of Rochester in 2022.
Dawson Maddox is a first-year doctoral student with research interests in predictive analytics. He earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and mathematics as well as a master's in teaching at East Tennessee State University. Before joining the program, Dawson taught chemistry and physics at South Greene High School in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Pedro Masi is a first-year doctoral student who has worked as an international finance professional with a background in financial modeling and data analytics. He has experience in econometric modelling using Python, PySpark, SQL, R, and Power Bi. Masi has served as a financial specialist in banking and food industry companies in the Americas and Europe, and he is Trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He graduated from the Duisenberg Master of Science Honours Program in Finance & Technology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and holds a master of science degree in agricultural economics at Kansas State University.
Nikhil Narayane is a third-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.
Jaachinma Somtochuksw Okafor
Jaachinma Somtochukwu Okafor is a second-year doctoral student with research interests in operations research and machine learning. 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.
Abdullah Salau is a second-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.