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Incorporating Big Data Into the Classroom, Apr. 3

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Everyone is talking about Big Data, but there are questions about how schools should teach about Big Data. Organized by faculty at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, this conference is designed to bring together faculty, students, and executives from the region to talk about the best ways to incorporate Big Data in the classroom, focusing on industry trends, academic resources, and employment needs.

The event will open with a luncheon and keynote speech by technology visionary Vivek Kundra, the first chief information officer of the United States of America, followed by a panel discussion with leading academic and industry professionals interested in Big Data education.

The conference is made possible through a research grant by IBM, awarded to Betsy Sigman, professor of the practice in operations and information management at Georgetown McDonough, through the 2012 IBM Faculty Awards. The annual worldwide program includes a grant to promote courseware and curriculum innovation in strategic disciplines and geographies, encourage industry adoption of emerging technologies, and create continuous opportunity to attract and hire exceptional technical and business talent.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12 to 3 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

To register for the event, visit

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

11:15 a.m.: Registration and Meet & Greet
12 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote Speech
Opening Remarks:
Betsy Page Sigman, distinguished teaching professor, McDonough School of Business
Keynote Speaker:
Vivek Kundra, executive vice president, emerging markets,

1:15 p.m.: Panel on Big Data Education
Satish Lalchand, director, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Steven Miller, program director, information management practitioner marketing, IBM
Lisa Singh, associate professor, Georgetown University
Frank Stein, director of analytics, IBM
Moderated by Robert Groves, provost, Georgetown University

2 p.m.: Networking
2:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.