Kennesaw State student entries among “Top Six” posters at National Analytics Conference

Two-day annual event in Las Vegas draws thousands of data scientists KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 29, 2015…

Georgia (Oct 29, 2015)Two-day annual event in Las Vegas draws thousands of data scientists

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 29, 2015) — Two Kennesaw State students’ posters placed in the “Top Six” at the National Analytics Conference this week, sponsored by SAS. Jennifer Lewis Priestley, director of the new Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science, served as conference co-chair of the event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which drew thousands of data scientists, executives and thought leaders.

The Analytics 2015 Conference is a two-day, educational event to discuss the latest in big data analytics, cybersecurity, the “Internet of Things” and advanced analytics.

Approximately 300 students attended the conference, representing almost three dozen universities. From the more than 150 research posters submitted, the judges selected only 80 posters. 

“We had a big team of students at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. level here, vying for the top slots among research posters,” Priestley said.

KSU had a total of nine students with research posters accepted, which was a 100 percent acceptance rate.

The “Top Six” student poster winners qualified for a free trip to Analytics 2015 to present their research, including airfare, hotel and meals.

“KSU was recognized with two of the “Top Six” posters,” said Priestley.

The winners included Sherry Rodriguez, a master’s student in applied statistics, along with Dennys Rosales and Eduardo Patittucci, both undergraduate math majors who are minoring in statistics.

KSU also had two alumni from the master’s program, Joe Dolan and Thomas Daglis, who were invited session speakers.

In addition to Priestley, faculty and staff who attended included Eileen Wirpsa, Michael Frankel, Nicole Ferguson and KSU's Analytical Advisory Board Member Don Hayes.

During the conference, Analytics 2015 reporter Maggie Miller interviewed Priestley about how the next generation of data scientists will be trained. Priestley said she believes the time is right for a Ph.D. in data science. To watch the interview, please click here

The National Analytics Conferenceis presented by SAS, the Cary, N.C.-based analytics, business intelligence and data management and software firm.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.


Kennesaw State Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit