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Business analytics students attend South Central SAS® conference

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Representing the Spears School of Business at the 2019 South Central SAS® Users Group Educational Forum were, from left, Priyabrata Thatoi, Aashish Arjan Bugalia, Soumil Mukherjee, Dr. Miriam McGaugh, Mounica Mandapati, Md Anamul Hasan, Trishla Mishra, Sahaj Jain and Harkaran Singh Sawhney.

A group of Oklahoma State University master’s in business analytics students were participants at the recent 2019 South Central SAS® Users Group Educational Forum in Baton Rouge, La.

The OSU Spears School of Business graduate students participated in the two-day conference which included paper and poster presentations from other SAS® users, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations and opportunities to network with other SAS® users. In addition, they visited with SAS® staff who provided their unique expertise and insight.

The students presenting at the forum were:

  • Mounica Mandapati, “Can Lifestyle Change Prevent Diabetes?” – Student scholarship winner
  • Md Anamul Hasan, “Predicting the Phase of Aircraft Operation” – Student symposium participant
  • Sahaj Jain, “Identifying Best Customers using SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner” – Student scholarship winner
  • Aashish Arjan Bugalia, “Uplift Modeling in Retail Marketing using SAS” – Student scholarship winner
  • Priyabrata Thatoi, “Strategizing P2P Investments using Socio-Economic Factors” – Student scholarship winner
  • Trishla Mishra, “Pattern Analysis and Predictive Policing Using Socio-Economic Factors” – Student scholarship winner
  • Harkaran Singh Sawhney, “What moves gas? Analyzing and predicting gasoline prices in the U.S.” - Student symposium participant

I am very proud of each and every one of these students,” said Dr. Miriam McGaugh, clinical assistant professor in the OSU School of Marketing and International Business. “They have developed their ideas from scratch and worked hard for almost a year to get to this point. They all did a fantastic job and will have this experience for a lifetime.”

The students said attending the conference was helping prepare them for a career in analytics.

“South Central SAS® Users Group is an enriching opportunity for students in analytics who want to learn more about analytics and current methods used in the industries,” said Thatoi. “It also provided me the platform to get my work evaluated by the analytics experts, which helped me to learn more about the correct approach to solve a practical problem. "

“Going to SCSUG was a powerful and enriching experience,” said Sawhney. “I got to meet and hear from some of the very best in the industry. That gave me good insight about how to better position myself in the job market. I am grateful to have presented my work there and look forward to future learnings from SAS conferences.”

Visit the website to learn more about OSU’s MSBAN program.

Contact: Terry Tush | Director, Marketing and Communications | 405-744-2703 |

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