Faculty: Master of Data Analytics Leadership

Daniel Alexander

Professor of Mathematics, Associate Data Analytics Department Chair

515-271-3764 | daniel.alexander@drake.edu

Alexander has taught at Drake for more than 20 years and teaches an array of courses in mathematics. His research involves the history of analysis in the late 19th and 20th centuries, and in particular, complex dynamics, one of the early manifestations of chaos theory. An avid Boston sports fan, Alexander often approaches Data Analytics through the lens of baseball’s emphasis in computation and analytics.

Daniel Alexander

Professor of Mathematics, Associate Data Analytics Department Chair

515-271-3764 | daniel.alexander@drake.edu

Alexander has taught at Drake for more than 20 years and teaches an array of courses in mathematics. His research involves the history of analysis in the late 19th and 20th centuries, and in particular, complex dynamics, one of the early manifestations of chaos theory. An avid Boston sports fan, Alexander often approaches Data Analytics through the lens of baseball’s emphasis in computation and analytics.

Suzanne Clayton

Associate Professor of Practice in Information Systems

515-271-3811 | suzanne.clayton@drake.edu

Clayton earned her M.B.A. degree from Drake University and taught at American Institute of Business and Iowa State University before joining Drake’s faculty in 2005. She is actively involved in mentoring and advising students with various interests in technology and is the faculty advisor for the Drake Association of Technology Advancement (DATA) student group. She is a past Founding Co-President of the Association of Information Technology and Management, and continues with many consulting, outreach and service activities.

Suzanne Clayton

Associate Professor of Practice in Information Systems

515-271-3811 | suzanne.clayton@drake.edu

Clayton earned her M.B.A. degree from Drake University and taught at American Institute of Business and Iowa State University before joining Drake’s faculty in 2005. She is actively involved in mentoring and advising students with various interests in technology and is the faculty advisor for the Drake Association of Technology Advancement (DATA) student group. She is a past Founding Co-President of the Association of Information Technology and Management, and continues with many consulting, outreach and service activities.

Lendie Follett

Assistant Professor of Business Analytics

515-271-4158 | lendie.follett@drake.edu

Dr. Follett is an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics at Drake University. She received her Ph.D in statistics from Iowa State University in 2016. She has a background in statistical consulting and in 2015 received the Dan Mowrey Consulting Excellence Award. Dr. Follett’s favorite projects are often interdisciplinary in nature and involve using data to answer complex research questions and make meaningful inference. Her research interests are in the areas of statistical graphics and Bayesian forecasting models, especially Bayesian VARs. She is particularly interested in stochastic volatility and the use of shrinkage and sparsity priors. 

Lendie Follett

Assistant Professor of Business Analytics

515-271-4158 | lendie.follett@drake.edu

Dr. Follett is an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics at Drake University. She received her Ph.D in statistics from Iowa State University in 2016. She has a background in statistical consulting and in 2015 received the Dan Mowrey Consulting Excellence Award. Dr. Follett’s favorite projects are often interdisciplinary in nature and involve using data to answer complex research questions and make meaningful inference. Her research interests are in the areas of statistical graphics and Bayesian forecasting models, especially Bayesian VARs. She is particularly interested in stochastic volatility and the use of shrinkage and sparsity priors. 

Paul Judd

Associate Professor of Practice in Statistics and Actuarial Science

515-271-2163 | paul.judd@drake.edu

Judd earned a master’s degree in Actuarial Science the University of Iowa and joined Principal Financial Group. He won the CBPA’s David B. Lawrence Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006-2007.

Paul Judd

Associate Professor of Practice in Statistics and Actuarial Science

515-271-2163 | paul.judd@drake.edu

Judd earned a master’s degree in Actuarial Science the University of Iowa and joined Principal Financial Group. He won the CBPA’s David B. Lawrence Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006-2007.

Eric Manley

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

515-271-2177 | eric.manley@drake.edu

Manley’s primary research area focuses on communication networks supporting big data. He has designed devices and algorithms for high-capacity optical networks allowing for more efficient transmission and fault tolerance. He has also developed techniques for using data mining in improved indoor localization based on observed wireless network data. He teaches a wide array of computer science classes including those on data structures and artificial intelligence. He was recently invited to participate on an NSF panel on “Big Data”.

Eric Manley

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

515-271-2177 | eric.manley@drake.edu

Manley’s primary research area focuses on communication networks supporting big data. He has designed devices and algorithms for high-capacity optical networks allowing for more efficient transmission and fault tolerance. He has also developed techniques for using data mining in improved indoor localization based on observed wireless network data. He teaches a wide array of computer science classes including those on data structures and artificial intelligence. He was recently invited to participate on an NSF panel on “Big Data”.

Bradley Meyer

Associate Professor of Management and International Business

515-271-2490 | bradley.meyer@drake.edu

Meyer earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1989 with a minor in Computer Science. He did contract programming for several departments at Iowa State University and has created numerous online educational games. His research interests are in process degradation, continuous improvement, and computer technology in education. He has recent publications in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education and the Journal of Management. He is also a three-time winner of the Drake College of Business and Public Administration Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award. With respect to Data Analytics, Dr. Meyer’s primary area of expertise lies in prescriptive analytics: optimization and simulation.

Bradley Meyer

Associate Professor of Management and International Business

515-271-2490 | bradley.meyer@drake.edu

Meyer earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1989 with a minor in Computer Science. He did contract programming for several departments at Iowa State University and has created numerous online educational games. His research interests are in process degradation, continuous improvement, and computer technology in education. He has recent publications in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education and the Journal of Management. He is also a three-time winner of the Drake College of Business and Public Administration Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award. With respect to Data Analytics, Dr. Meyer’s primary area of expertise lies in prescriptive analytics: optimization and simulation.

Alanah Mitchell

Associate Professor of Information Systems

515-271-3724 | alanah.mitchell@drake.edu

Dr. Alanah Mitchell is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Her Ph.D. is in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Mitchell’s research focuses on the design, implementation, and use of information and communication technologies for collaboration, specifically in global virtual teams. Additionally, she researches in areas of e-commerce, analytics, and pedagogy. She has published in such journals as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, DATA BASE, International Journal of e-Collaboration, and American Journal of Business as well as others. Professor Mitchell teaches database management.

Alanah Mitchell

Associate Professor of Information Systems

515-271-3724 | alanah.mitchell@drake.edu

Dr. Alanah Mitchell is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Her Ph.D. is in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Mitchell’s research focuses on the design, implementation, and use of information and communication technologies for collaboration, specifically in global virtual teams. Additionally, she researches in areas of e-commerce, analytics, and pedagogy. She has published in such journals as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, DATA BASE, International Journal of e-Collaboration, and American Journal of Business as well as others. Professor Mitchell teaches database management.

Michael Rieck

Associate Professor of Computer Science

515-271-3795 | michael.rieck@drake.edu

Rieck’s primary research interests are in the areas of camera tracking and ad hoc wireless networks. His results in these areas have been presented at numerous international conferences. This work, as well as research work in discrete mathematics and linear algebra, has also been published in various highly reputable journals. Professor Rieck has mentored many students in these areas, as well as in robotics, and has taught a wide variety of the undergraduate curriculum in computer science.

Michael Rieck

Associate Professor of Computer Science

515-271-3795 | michael.rieck@drake.edu

Rieck’s primary research interests are in the areas of camera tracking and ad hoc wireless networks. His results in these areas have been presented at numerous international conferences. This work, as well as research work in discrete mathematics and linear algebra, has also been published in various highly reputable journals. Professor Rieck has mentored many students in these areas, as well as in robotics, and has taught a wide variety of the undergraduate curriculum in computer science.

Troy Strader

Aliber Distinguished Professor of Information Systems

515-271-2753 | troy.strader@drake.edu

Strader received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. He teaches courses on electronic commerce strategy, website development, computer programming, database management, and XBRL. Dr. Strader’s research interests include information technology ethics, digital product management, online consumer behavior, information technology adoption, and the impact of the Internet and e-business on initial public offerings. He has published three books and more than sixty articles in academic and practitioner journals, books, and conference proceedings. Dr. Strader is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Management Review, has served as CBPA Research Coordinator, and has twice won the CBPA faculty research award.

Troy Strader

Aliber Distinguished Professor of Information Systems

515-271-2753 | troy.strader@drake.edu

Strader received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. He teaches courses on electronic commerce strategy, website development, computer programming, database management, and XBRL. Dr. Strader’s research interests include information technology ethics, digital product management, online consumer behavior, information technology adoption, and the impact of the Internet and e-business on initial public offerings. He has published three books and more than sixty articles in academic and practitioner journals, books, and conference proceedings. Dr. Strader is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Management Review, has served as CBPA Research Coordinator, and has twice won the CBPA faculty research award.

Timothy Urness

Associate Professor of Computer Science

515-271-2118 | timothy.urness@drake.edu

Urness is dedicated to computer science education and has been recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research in computer graphics and scientific visualization is interdisciplinary in nature and has resulted in numerous publications. His collaborations include professors and students from Drake University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, as well as Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration.

Timothy Urness

Associate Professor of Computer Science

515-271-2118 | timothy.urness@drake.edu

Urness is dedicated to computer science education and has been recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research in computer graphics and scientific visualization is interdisciplinary in nature and has resulted in numerous publications. His collaborations include professors and students from Drake University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, as well as Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration.

Amy Vaughan

Associate Professor of Statistics

515-271-2807 | amy.vaughan@drake.edu

Vaughan has earned a master’s in Sports Administration from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Georgia.

Amy Vaughan

Associate Professor of Statistics

515-271-2807 | amy.vaughan@drake.edu

Vaughan has earned a master’s in Sports Administration from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Georgia.

Toby White

Associate Professor of Actuarial Science and Finance

515-271-3179 | toby.white@drake.edu

White earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington. Prior to his graduate studies, White worked for five years as an actuary at both Lincoln Financial Group and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin. He has also taught actuarial courses for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Actuarial Association. His research interests include latent class transition models, Hidden Markov models, and trends in U.S. old-age morbidity.

Toby White

Associate Professor of Actuarial Science and Finance

515-271-3179 | toby.white@drake.edu

White earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington. Prior to his graduate studies, White worked for five years as an actuary at both Lincoln Financial Group and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin. He has also taught actuarial courses for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Actuarial Association. His research interests include latent class transition models, Hidden Markov models, and trends in U.S. old-age morbidity.

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