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The Analytics Certification Board (ACB) oversees the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program. The ACB is both a standard setting and assessment body for professionals in the analytics field, and is comprised of highly-regarded analytics and operations research professionals.


Advancing the use of analytics by setting agreed upon consensus standards for the profession


Advance the analytics profession by providing a high-quality program of certification and promoting continuing competence for practitioners.

2017 - 2018 Membership

Chair: Jack Levis, UPS
Vice-Chair: Nick Wzientek, Rocky Mountain Resources
Russell Barton, Ph.D., CAP, Pennsylvania State University
Randy Bartlett, PhD., CAP, Blue Sigma Analytics
Aaron Burciaga, CAP, Accenture Analytics
Allen Butler, PhD, University of Virginia, ex officio
Tom Davenport, PhD, Babson College
Bill Franks, Teradata
Jeanne Harris, Columbia University in New York
Stefan Karisch, Boeing
Lisa Kart, CAP, Gartner
Jack Levis, UPS
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, UNC Health Care System
Michael Rappa, PhD, North Carolina State University
Jim Williams, CAP, FICO
Melissa Moore, INFORMS Exec. Director, ex officio


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Jack Levis is Senior Director of Process Management for UPS; responsible for operations strategy, execution, and operations research.

The projects that Levis' group manages have used advanced analytics to reengineer current processes in an effort to streamline the business and maximize productivity.

Under Levis' direction, UPS completed the integration of multiple operations systems, requiring extensive system engineering, usability and analytics provisions. These systems ultimately synchronize the flow of data throughout UPS, allowing the seamless movement of goods, funds and information.

Levis was the business owner, process designer and program manager for UPS' award-winning Package Flow Technology suite of systems. His team designed UPS' next generation of dispatching technologies using advanced optimizations. The world class optimizations and systems called ORION are beginning deployment and will provide significant additional benefits to UPS.

Levis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from California State University, Northridge, and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Nick Wzientek serves is the Vice President of Operations Research and Analytics at Rocky Mountain Resources responsible for the application and validation of advanced analytics techniques to drive profitably across all assets.

Prior to Rocky Mountain Resources, Nick served as Director of Pricing for Vistar, a snack, candy, concessions, and beverage distributor. Where he was responsible for creating a new internal capability in pricing analytics to drive organizational sales and profit performance. Prior to Vistar, Nick established and led the Enterprise Analytics team at Sports Authority where his team provided analytical services across all domains of retail including operations, merchandising, finance, marketing, and eCommerce. His team specialized in forecasting, longitudinal data analysis, experimental design, mathematical programming, and customer analysis.

Prior to Sports Authority, Nick worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as an Operations Research Analyst where he supported the United States Air Force in a variety capacities including planning and operations, personnel, foreign affairs, and foreign language development. Nick initially started his career as an officer in the United States Air Force, serving as a B-2 Flight Test Analyst and employing experimental design techniques to evaluate and assess the mission effectiveness of the B-2.

Nick holds the CAP designation, a M.S. in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University, and a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy.

Russell Barton, Penn State Smeal College of Business senior associate dean for research and faculty, has been named distinguished professor of supply chain and information systems.

Barton joined the Smeal faculty in 2002 after 11 years in industrial and manufacturing engineering. He is beginning his fifth year as senior associate dean at Smeal.

He is responsible for the general academic and research strategies of the college as well as strategies associated with international collaborative relationships. He oversees the Ph.D. program, research funding and budgets, faculty development, all academic departments and research centers, and the office of international business. He chairs the executive committee, which is composed of department heads of all academic units in the college.

Barton is widely published, with research on the interface between applied statistics and product design and manufacturing. He is currently an associate editor for Operations Research and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Journal of Management Mathematics. He serves on the INFORMS Board of Directors as the Vice-President/Sections and Societies.

Barton holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Princeton and master’s and doctoral degrees in operations research from Cornell.

Bartlett is a statistician, big data scientist, business analytics leader, author, co-founder of About Data Analysis and owner of Blue Sigma Analytics. He provides business analytics and data science consulting for direct clients and subcontracting for other consulting companies. Bartlett has built attrition models, promotion response models, monthly thresholds for customer complaints, drug stability, corporate risk, et al. for banks, pharmaceuticals, health insurance, etc. He worked with Infosys to build a cross-industry Business Analytics practice from 7 to 18—performing business development; managing client relationships; and leading a team of practitioners and has worked with clients on CoE (Center of Expertise) organization for analytics and on solutions for big data.

Bartlett provides services for everything from strategic consulting for business analytics to data analysis and data management; those services are reflected in his book, A Practitioner’s Guide to Business Analytics, his workshops, and presentations. His experience comes from a number of industries including: financial services, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, et al.

He has experience leading analytics teams and has a Ph.D. & M.S. Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University; B.S. Computer Science & Statistics, Iowa State University. Bartlett holds several patents and has two industry certifications: CAP® (INFORMS) & PSTAT® (ASA).

Aaron Burciaga CAP is an Analytics Executive at Accenture LLP - he is the Global Lead for Defense Analytics and a Global Lead for the Accenture Insights Platform.

He continues military service as Reserve Marine Officer supporting the CIO Headquarters Marine Corps-Pentagon and is a veteran of the Iraq War (Fallujah, Operation Iraqi Freedom). Aaron's technical interests are at the crossroads of advanced analytics, global logistics, and information management.

His research, development, and application of methods in Operations Research have resulted in multiple million and billion dollar cost savings/aversion studies. In 2013, Aaron was awarded the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Rist Prize for "outstanding practical application in OR." He is a three-time nominee for the Barchi Prize. Aaron is the Chair of the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model.

Aaron holds a M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

C. Allen Butler is President and CEO of Daniel H. Wagner Associates Inc. He has a PhD in Mathematics from University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana and is a published author of several mathematical papers in refereed journals and a larger number of papers in conference proceedings.

He values a continuing healthy relationship between practitioners and academics.

A long-time member of INFORMS, Allen served as a company representative to the INFORMS Roundtable (2000-2017), organized meetings, served on multiple committees (Wagner Prize, Edelman Gala, Analytics Section), and acted as liaison to various INFORMS communities, the INFORMS President and the INFORMS Board.

Tom Davenport holds the President's Chair in Information Technology and Management at Babson College. His books and articles on business process reengineering, knowledge management, attention management, knowledge worker productivity, and analytical competition helped to establish each of those business ideas.

He has authored or co-authored nine books for Harvard Business Press, Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (2007) and most recently Big Data at Work (2014). His byline has also appeared for publications such as Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Financial Times, Information Week, CIO, and many others. Davenport has an extensive background in research and has led research centers at Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company, CSC Index, and the Accenture Institute of Strategic Change. Davenport holds a B.A. in sociology from Trinity University and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. For more from Tom Davenport, visit his website

Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, providing insight on trends in the analytics & big data space and helping clients understand how Teradata and its analytic partners can support their efforts.

In addition, Bill is a faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics and the author of the book Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave. He is also an active speaker and blogger. Bill's focus has always been to help translate complex analytics into terms that business users can understand. His work has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations. Bill earned a bachelor's degree in Applied Statistics from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in Applied Statistics from North Carolina State University. You can learn more about Bill at

Jeanne Harris is a faculty member at Columbia University, where she teaches a graduate level course on Business Analytics Management.

Ms. Harris is the former Global Managing Director of Information Technology Research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Chicago where she led the Institute's global research agenda in the areas of information, technology, and analytics. During her more than 35 years at Accenture, she led various consulting practices, including business intelligence, analytics, and data warehousing. In 2009, she received Consulting magazine's Women Leaders in Consulting award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ms. Harris is the co-author of Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, which explains how high-performance businesses are building competitive strategies around data-driven insights that are generating impressive business results. Harvard Business Review editors named the book one of the top breakthrough ideas of the 21st century. Her latest book (with co-authors Tom Davenport and Bob Morison), Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, shows how organizations can create an analytical capability that enables them to routinely make better decisions in every aspect of their business.

As director of Analytics, Stefan Karisch is responsible for the development and application of data analytics capabilities to improve decision making across Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and enhance the experience of Boeing customers globally.

Stefan began his career in 1998 with Carmen Systems, which was purchased in 2006 by Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary. He has worked in a variety of commercial and technical leadership roles for Carmen Systems, Jeppesen, and Boeing in Gothenburg (Sweden), Montreal (Canada), Denver, and now Seattle. Under his leadership, Jeppesen excelled in fact-based decision making for which the company was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Prize in 2010 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He also led the definition and development of new operational efficiency solutions based on advanced analytics for the commercial, military, and business aviation markets.

Prior to his career in industry, Stefan held academic positions in Denmark and Austria. He received a doctorate and a master’s degree in mathematics from Graz University of Technology (Austria) and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Canada). In addition, Stefan served as vice president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), as president of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), and currently as the president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

Lisa Kart is Research Director at Gartner, where she provides research and advisory services focused on advancing analytics capabilities. She has more than 20 years experience applying predictive and prescriptive analytics to solve complex business problems with extensive experience in financial services.

Prior to joining Gartner, Lisa was Product Management Director at FICO, with responsibility for analytics product and service offerings for global banking clients. Before FICO, Ms. Kart was a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she analyzed risks for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lisa presents at conferences across the globe and writes thought leadership research around advancing analytics capabilities in multiple industries.

She holds a M.S. degree in Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.S. degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is the Director of Analytical Consulting Services within Enterprise Analytics and Data Sciences at the UNC Health Care System. Before coming to UNC Health Care, she worked for 17 years at SAS, most recently as Senior Manager of the Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group in SAS’ R&D, where her team served as a bridge between R&D and external customers and internal SAS divisions. Previously she was Director of the SAS Global Academic Program, leading SAS’ outreach to colleges and universities worldwide to incorporate SAS into their teaching.

Polly began her career at SAS in Strategic Investments and later served in Alliances, after working in the nonprofit sector in philanthropy and social services. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), including serving as past Chair and Vice Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Secretary of the Analytics Society.

In addition, Polly is member of the board of the Center for Community Self-Help, part of the largest community development financial institution in the country (with over $1 billion in assets), that provides financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in political science as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

Jonathan H. Owen is the Director of Operations Research at GM Research and Development where he leads strategic initiatives for Revenue Growth and oversees Operations Research activities in the areas of revenue management, portfolio planning and vehicle content optimization, customer consideration and marketing effectiveness, and dealer effectiveness.

He is responsible for creating and executing a vision to leverage advanced analytics in these areas to improve bottom-line results through technology development and business implementation. Since joining GM in 1999, his research has focused primarily on developing new modeling systems, algorithms, and software tools for the analysis and improvement of GM's manufacturing systems and processes.

Jon holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. He also has a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina. His contributions at GM have been internally recognized with several individual and team awards for technical accomplishment.

Michael Rappa is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and a member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute, he leads the nation's first Master of Science in Analytics.

Dr. Rappa has over 25 years of experience working across academic disciplines at the nexus between management and computing. Rappa created Managing the Digital Enterprise, an award-winning website devoted to the study of management in the digital world – a precursor to massive open online courses (or MOOCs). In 2010, Rappa presided as General Co-chair at the 19th International World Wide Web Conference. He co-chaired TechAmerica Foundation's Big Data Commission in 2013, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Digital Analytics Association in 2014. He is a member of the Analytics Curriculum Advisory Group for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Rappa is a recipient of the Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence, the Outstanding Extension Service Award, and the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology. He is also winner of the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning; a four-time recipient of IBM Faculty Research Awards; and was twice named a finalist for the Epton Prize by the editors of R&D Management.

Jim William's specialty is applying operations research and advanced analytics to solve difficult business problems. He is the Principal Consultant, Xpress Optimization at FICO where his role is to help organizations understand the potential of applying optimization methods to quickly solve tough business problems.

Formerly, Jim was Manager Advanced Analytics at Land O'Lakes, where he applied operations research and advanced analytics methodologies to solve a broad range of strategic, tactical and operational business problems in the CPG and agribusiness sectors.

A long-time member of INFORMS, Jim is the 2016 president of the Analytics Section. He is also a member of the core group developing the Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge and has been a key volunteer in the development of the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model.

Jim has a Master's degree in Forestry - Operations Research from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Melissa Moore is Executive Director of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), which created and administers the Certified Analytics Professional program.

Prior to joining INFORMS, Moore was a partner with the Delta Communications Group, a consulting business. Previously, she spent 12 years as Executive Vice President and foundation officer at the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers (ASABE). She also served as the Executive Director of AACE International (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering). Her association work also includes a term with the American Association of Engineering Societies, based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Moore earned her BA in Political Science from Wells College.