Richwoods grad CJ Elger is part of Tampa’s World Series effort – Canton Daily Ledger

UW-Green Bay alumnus CJ Elger’s ’19 (Master of Data Science) went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, “And it’s not because of anything he did on the field.” Elger combined his life-long love of baseball with a passion for computer science and is now is in his fourth season working with the Rays verifying and analyzing statistical data for the team.

Source: Richwoods grad CJ Elger is part of Tampa’s World Series effort – Canton Daily Ledger

Photos: Student Paul Karpenko wins Business Idea Competition, next up Sheboygan Campus contest

UW-Green Bay Urban Studies major Paul Karpenko took first place in the Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Green Bay Campus students from several majors pitched their innovative idea in front of judges within a 90-second time frame for cash, scholarships to a summer entrepreneurial extreme accelerator travel course, and the ability to represent UW-Green Bay at other pitch contests this spring for more cash, in-kind services and automatic entries into accelerators. Here are the contest winners and their big ideas:

Karpenko’s idea, MeritCoin, won the first place cash prize of $500. His idea rewards students who work on real problems based on curriculum written by private sector sources.

Second place and $250 was awarded to Courtney Gersek (Business Administration) with Twistables – her take on a better peanut butter jar without the eventual mess getting the peanut butter out at the bottom of the jar. Gersek developed her idea over the summer at the European Innovation Academy in Portugal with a team of international students. It was ranked #1 in the patent award category out of 70 teams there. Last year, Gersek competed in the spring 2018 UWGB student business idea contest with one of her many other ideas, Swift Shopper, and was awarded honorable mention. That honorable mention award earned her a scholarship to attend EIA to start the develop of Twistables.

Third place and $100 was awarded to Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) for her Build-a-Wedding app idea. The app walks those getting married easily through the planning of their wedding, including helping connect them to wedding planners and wedding facilities coordinators. Arunkumar won the Light Up the Lakeshore business idea contest in Two Rivers in August with this idea, and she was featured in local print and on local television. She continues to develop the idea toward reality having presented her idea along the way at 1 Million Cups Green Bay and most recently at kinnektorCon.

Receiving honorable mention and $50 were the following Green Bay Campus students:

  • Alexa Hietpas (Business Administration) – GPS Buck Tracker
  • Jada Taylor (Business Administration) – University Book Exchange
  • Christopher Conrad (Business Administration) – RentPlus
  • Alyssa Allen (Business Administration) – Hazel Hills scholarship Alzheimer’s facility
  • Leah Zorn (Business Administration) – PLUM
  • Ketti Bloom (Business Administration) – a center to help care for the homeless and their pets too
  • Charity Joy (Design Arts) – an at-home yoga trainer business
  • Olivia Heilman (Business Administration) – Stay Dry
  • Riley Heimann (Data Science) – a cloud-based benchmarking system
  • Erik Johnson (Communication) – Cross Track Shack
  • Sabrina Vang (Education & Psychology) – fresh: quick and easy healthy fast food
  • Cory Gruedemann (Business Administration) – a quicker movie selection app
  • Renee DeGrand (Business Administration) – Fervid Life
  • Hamza Umar (Business Administration) – Color-Bagging

The UWGB Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest is Thursday, Nov. 8, kicking off Wisconsin Startup Week Sheboygan. Prior to the business idea contest, the Sheboygan Campus will host a business idea workshop for the community, and community members will be encouraged with cash to pitch their ideas too! Details are here: UW-Green Bay Manitowoc and Marinette Campuses will have their student business idea contests and community business idea workshops in the spring 2019 semester.

Sponsors of the contests are WiSys and the Cofrin School of Business and CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization). Keynote speaker was international exchange student Zeeshan Ali from the UGRAD Pakistan program.

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Business Idea Competition Fall 2018

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication Student Intern

UW-Green Bay students network with Kohler executive leaders

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. Majors represented included Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Mechanical Engineering and Integrative Leadership.

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Faculty note: Bansal talks facebook analytics with London media

Associate Prof. Guarav Bansal (Business Administration) was interviewed by a London-based radio show recently for his thoughts on the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data leak story. He spoke about his research on security, privacy, trust violation and restoration in case of data breaches, how that all connects to this episode, and what Facebook and Facebook users should be doing to protect their respective “turfs.”

Prof. Bansal is guest lecturer at Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance event

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Data Science, MIS, Statistics) delivered a lecture on the topic “Does being ethical make good visual sense?” The conference was organized by Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance’s at the Lambeau Field Atrium, March 7, 2018. The two-day conference brought together expert practitioners to share experience, both successful and challenging, with protecting, conserving and restoring the waters of the Fox-Wolf Basin and waters from around the state and across the country.


Masters of Data Science program wins Outstanding Program of the year

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) recently recognized the online UW Master of Science and Data Science program with one of its highest honors: “2018 Outstanding Program” in the credit category.

Gaurav Bansal and Christian Acosta
Gaurav Bansal and Christian Acosta

The University of Wisconsin-Extension created this collaborative, multi-campus online degree program as a solution to the high demand and low supply of data scientists. Launched in Fall 2015, the program is completely online, offered jointly by UW-Green Bay, UW-Eau-Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior. With the third highest number of students enrolled in the program (70 of 332), UW-Green Bay welcomed two of its first students across the stage this past graduation (December, 2017) — Christian Acosta (pictured with Bansal) and Patrick Anthony.

Anthony is job-hunting in the Seattle marketplace. He said the online format was “great” and he was able to work while completing his degree in 18 months. “I am currently interviewing for data scientist roles with two open offers,” he says. “The challenge I’ve faced in the interview process is that there doesn’t seem to be consensus on what data science is across industries and geographies.”

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration), academic director and advisor of the program, attributes the success of the program to “teamwork, and unique and distinct skills that each campus and partner contributes.”

“Data Science is inherently highly interdisciplinary in nature, and the collaborative nature of the Master of Science in Data Science program (MSDS) helps live that spirit.” Bansal says. “The program is able to attract high caliber working professionals (some already have a doctorate degree, and many have a masters already) from all over the United States and beyond; and also from wide breadth of spectrum — from automobiles, and healthcare to investigative journalism. Moreover,  our faculty is highly talented and dedicated, and our curriculum continuously revised to reflect the dynamic nature of data science. We have surpassed enrollment targets in each semester as we worked closely with industry, and utilize student-feedback to provide a program that meets their needs.”

Bansal says there has been strong support for the program at UW-Green Bay, including the Office of Marketing and University Communication, Continuing Education and Community Engagement, Graduate Studies, and others.

Members of the UW Data Science team and other UPCEA award recipients will be honored at the 2018 UPCEA Annual Conference, March 14-16, in Baltimore, Md.



Faculty note: Prof. Bansal talks Data Science in N2N B2B

UWGB Management Information Systems and Statistics Prof. Gaurav Bansal recently shared his data science knowledge in the article, “Big Data, Big Gap” in the September New North Business to Business magazine. The article addresses the current gap in data science talent in the United States. UWGB is among six campuses in the UW System combating that gap by offering a new, data science master’s degree program. Prof. Bansal discusses the art of data science and the unique skillset needed for translating data into usable information. “Curiosity is what separates humans from computers,” said Bansal. “The challenge of managing data is being able to slice it and dice it to learn from it, and computers can’t do that. Computers don’t have curiosity.” Read it here.

Big Data = Big Opportunities

It’s no secret that big data is a big deal for businesses of all sizes in our technology and data-driven society. National experts and several major Green Bay corporations, community organizations and federal agencies will come together for “SAS Day at UWGB 2016 Workshop: Analytics: Big Data, Big Applications and Big Brother” to take place at UWGB on Thursday, May 5 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday, May 6 (7:30 a.m. to noon). See more.

Big Data = Big Opportunities for Area Businesses, Careers of the Future

From Politics to Supply Chain to Media and Health Care, Big Data is Changing Everything

GREEN BAY – It’s no secret that big data is a big deal for businesses of all sizes in our technology and data-driven society. Understanding the full potential of what big data can deliver and the explosive need of organizations and businesses for big data expertise will take center stage in Wisconsin this week when national experts and several major Green Bay corporations, community organizations and federal agencies — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — come together for “SAS Day at UWGB 2016 Workshop: Analytics: Big Data, Big Applications and Big Brother.”

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business together with Statistical Analysis System (SAS) is hosting the two-day analytics and SAS workshop Thursday, May 5 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday, May 6 (7:30 a.m. to noon) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. SAS is one of the world’s largest providers of advanced analytics and business intelligence.

“It’s important to have an event of this caliber here in Northeast Wisconsin,” says University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business. “It provides a unique opportunity to learn about the latest techniques from well-respected experts as well as a forum to network with professionals from different business areas and organizations about their data science applications and challenges.”

Recognizing the region’s rapidly growing need for qualified data scientists, the University added a collaborative online master’s in data science degree in Fall 2015. According to Bansal, in it’s first year the Master of Science in Data Science program has already exceeded enrollment targets. It is a true interdisciplinary program, catering to the spirit of data science and drawing in experts from different fields including management, computer science, math, statistics and more.

Big data is the science of taking vast amounts of data and turning it into usable information and insight that helps organizations make decisions and measure performance. Degrees in data science teach students how to clean, organize, analyze and interpret structured as well as unstructured data, deriving knowledge and communicating discoveries clearly.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on the research of major challenges and trends changing the world, there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

“Today’s community and business problems are inherently interdisciplinary in nature,” says Bansal, a data scientist and academic director of the University’s Data Science program. “It’s fascinating to learn about all the ways data science is transforming not only organizations and businesses but is also driving social change and connecting disciplines together – ranging from community to health care to finance and e-commerce.”

Companies in Northeast Wisconsin and beyond are already utilizing big data analytics to influence strategic planning, understand and serve their customers better, lower costs, drive efficiencies, and improve operations. Wisconsin organizations/experts who are sharing the application of big data within their organizations and industry sectors at this week’s workshop include:

  • Adam Hardy, Achieve Brown County – Community/Non-Profit Analytics
  • Bob Gremley, Schneider – Supply Chain Analytics
  • Chris Elfner, Bellin Health System – Health Analytics
  • Eric Litke, Gannett/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin – Media analytics/data-driven investigative journalism
  • Faisal Rahman, Associated Bank – Financial/fraud analytics
  • John Kumm, FBI – Crime Analytics
  • Tina Norman and John Papendick, Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance – Human Resources and Insurance Analytics
  • Andrew De Waal and George Habek, SAS – Political Science Analytics (Text Mining of GOP Presidential Debates) and Health (ER) Analytics

The two-day schedule and a list of speakers, workshops and registration information are available at

For more information about the University of Wisconsin’s Master’s of Data Science program visit

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