Industry Advisory Council (IAC)

The MANA Advisory Council boasts industry leaders from organizations across the country. Council members play a vital role in crafting the Master of Business Analytics program while fostering our students' professional development. Ben Wang, senior vice president for the Houston Texans, describes his role on the Council: 

Serving on the MANA Advisory Council, I contribute my expertise to develop the program's vision and strategy, working side-by-side with students on semester-long projects and partnering with dedicated professors on curriculum design and cutting-edge research. Having a direct link with the programming from the beginning is certainly beneficial to the students as well as my organization.

We are grateful to the following council members for contributing their time and sharing their knowledge with the MANA program:  

  • Marina Brazhnikova, Director of Analytics, Ochsner Health Systems
  • Gary Cao, Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics, Akron Children's Hospital 
  • Matthew Croucher,  Manager, Energy & Location Strategy: Data & Analytics, Google
  • Randall Frost, Director of Systems and Analytics, Canal Barge
  • Kathy (Heffernon) Terry, Assistant Manager, HR Operational Risk & Compliance, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Benjamin Horwitz, Co-founder, AH Datalytics
  • Marshall M. Redmon, Managing Partner, Phelps Dunbar
  • Curtis Smith, Senior Director, Information Delivery Services, Surge Energy America
  • John Sweeney, Vice President, Investor Relations, DXC Technologies
  • Ben Wang, Senior Vice President, Business Analytics and Insights, Houston Texans
  • Noel Wong, Vice President of IT and CIO, Tulane University
  • Michael Yuan, CEO, Second State
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