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Great Lakes Analytics Conference

October 4, 2019 | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The Great Lakes Analytics Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is a conference showcasing the latest concepts, research and innovations in the fast-growing field of data analytics. The conference aims to provide a platform where both academic and professional approaches to this rapidly expanding field of activity can be explored. Drawing on best practice in analytics we seek for academics, practitioners, and research students to come together and share examples, cases, theories, and experiences in the field. Read more

Who Should Attend

  • Students interested in pursuing a career in data analytics.
  • Students and academics interested in presenting research related to data analytics.
  • Analytics practitioners interested in new research ideas.
  • Businesses looking for analytics talent to add to their team.

Great Lakes Analytics Conference Presenters

Data Analytics
Jeffrey Polzer, Harvard University
Joe Retzer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kurt Pflughoeft, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Eduardo Rodriguez, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Dan Graf, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Denise Christophel, Sentry Insurance
Greg Robinson, Marshfield Clinic Health System
Chris Schumacher, Church Mutual Group
Keith Chrzan, Sawtooth Software
Nadine Castellano, Market Probe
Randy Guse, United Health Group
Chris Malone, Winona State University
Reese Edwards, SAS
Fangda Liu, University of Waterloo
Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Karen Monsen, University of Minnesota
Daniel Bauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cheong Ang, Lucidact Health

Sports Analytics
Kristof Kipp, Marquette University
Jessica Kraker, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Brad Leshinske, Saint Xavier University
Ben Garski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ashlyn Hartman, Millikin University
Bruce Liska, Park View (Va.) High School
Matt Kretchmar, Denison University
Rick Spellerberg and Vicki Hamdorf, Iowa Center for Interdisciplinary Training
Ron Righter, SAS
Thomas Rhomberg, Loras College
Kyle Allen, Pine City (Minn.) High School
Andres Alvarez, Nerd Numbers
Solving the NBA's Tanking Problem Via a New Draft Model
Justin Shelton, Pivot Analysis
Holly Schmies and Beth Kinslow, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Conference Academic Chairs

Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, Sentry Insurance Endowed Chair in Business Analytics

Dr. Kurt Pflughoeft, Sentry Insurance Endowed Chair in Computational Analytics


Registration fees for the Great Lakes Analytics Conference are:

  • $29 Student
  • $79 Non-student

Discounts are available for groups of 3-5 or 6 or more attendees.


The conference will be held at the Dreyfus University Center at UW-Stevens Point. UWSP is a four-year comprehensive university in the acclaimed University of Wisconsin System, home to approximately 8,000 students enrolled in more than 120 undergraduate programs.

UW-Stevens Point fields teams in 20 intercollegiate sports, including more than 500 student-athletes. Pointer teams have won national championships in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, and softball, in addition to individual national championships in cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving. The university competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, considered one of the top Division III conferences in the country.


Stevens Point is home to 20 parks, as well as the Green Circle biking and jogging trail and Ice Age Scenic Trail. Other attractions include SentryWorld, a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, and the adjacent Schmeeckle Reserve nature reserve, part of the UW-Stevens Point campus. SentryWorld was recently chosen to host the 71st U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in 2019.

Major Stevens Point employers include Sentry Insurance, Skyward (school software), Travel Guard/AIG, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection and Delta Dental. The area is also home to several renowned craft breweries, including Point Brewery, Central Waters Brewing Company and O’So Brewing Company.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is located in Central Wisconsin, an easy drive from Madison (2 hours), Milwaukee (2.5 hours), the Twin Cities (3 hours), and Chicago (4 hours). Airports servicing Stevens Point include Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee (CWA), Outagamie County Airport in Appleton (ATW), Dane County Airport in Madison (MSN), Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee (MKE), and Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP).


The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is located near the UW-Stevens Point campus at 301 Division St. North in Stevens Point (715-345-7000). 

Conference Director

Scott Tappa
Assistant to the Dean
College of Letters and Science

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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Data Analytics Program
Master of Science in Data Science
Department of Computing and New Media Technologies
Department of Mathematical Sciences
School of Business and Economics
Athletic Training Program
Athletic Department
Center for Athletic Scheduling


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