Department of

Data Science and Business Analytics

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Sep 2, 2022
Data Science & Business Analytics charge ahead at Florida Poly
The Department of Data Science and Business Analytics at Florida Polytechnic University has focused on cultivating a tech-forward, industry-leading program since its inception in 2014. The department's stature in the academic world has grown steadily, positioning it to attract standout faculty, conduct innovative research, and host prominent conferences.
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Jul 29, 2021
Florida Poly named to global list of top 10 analytics institutes
Florida Polytechnic University's Data Science and Business Analytics Department has been named to an international list of the 10 Most Prominent Analytics Institutes 2021 by Analytics Insight Magazine.
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May 6, 2020
Data science researchers at Florida Poly work to improve online community use
Surfing social media and delving into digital post comments can lead web users to strange or unwanted places. Dr. Rei Sanchez-Arias, an assistant professor of data science and business analytics at Florida Polytechnic University, is working to make these digital networks more meaningful and orderly.
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From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Data Science and BusinessShahram Taj Analytics at Florida Polytechnic University. Florida Poly provides leading-edge degree programs that prepare graduates to take on today’s fastest growing fields. Our mission is to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied sciences.

The mission of the department is to educate students with cutting edge concepts, techniques and practices in data science and business analytics to innovatively solve challenges and provide informed decision support. The degrees are STEM education-based programs that yield highly skilled graduates who have strong knowledge in the fundamentals of Data Science and Business Analytics, and who are able to apply that knowledge to design and implement solutions for arising challenges. The program prepares students for clear and concise communication when working in a team environment and careers in industry, government, and academia. 

The department currently offers two undergraduate and two graduate degrees. During their undergraduate degree, students will join one of our many concentrations that we continuously review and evaluate for potential adaptation or establishment. The concentrations currently consist of Big Data Analytics, Health Systems Engineering, Intelligent Mobility, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Quantitative Economics and Econometrics. DSBA's educational objectives are for our graduates to achieve success in their positions in industry or academia and demonstrate successful careers, entrepreneurial mindset, industry leadership, community engagement, and global perspective. 

I am excited to be the chair of the Department of Data Science and Business Analytics. Alongside my assistant chair, Dr. Rei Sanchez-Arias, we are working with our students, faculty, and staff to make meaningful contributions in the field of data science and business analytics, and graduate students who are job-ready on day one. 


Dr. Shahram Taj
Chair, Department of Data Science and Business Analytics


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Program and Student Outcomes


Business Analytics

Business analytics enable organizations to turn complex challenges into substantial opportunities by transforming data into information, and information into insights for making better decisions and improving results.

The business analytics curriculum provides training in the skills needed to solve complex problems that occur in the management of big data analytics, marketing, finance, and innovation and technology.

The undergraduate program in business analytics offers an education that can be found only at Florida Poly: data analytics expertise with a business focus by offering a cutting-edge program especially designed to prepare students for top jobs in today’s technology and data intensive business world.

Educating students with cutting-edge concepts, techniques, and practices in data science and business analytics to innovatively solve challenges and provide informed decision support.

Upon completion of a Business Analytics degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply current business analytics concepts, techniques, and practices to solve business problems.
  2. Analyze a given business problem using appropriate analytics techniques to generate insights and solutions.

Effectively communicate insights, analysis, conclusions, and solutions to a diverse audience.

Data Science

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, both structured and unstructured. New computational and analytic approaches to a vast array of forms, scales, and sources of data are now critical to research, decision-making, and action.

Data scientists develop mathematical models, computational methods, and tools for exploring, analyzing, and making predictions from data. They ask appropriate questions about data and interpret the predictions based on their expertise of the subject domain. The rigorous curriculum in data science program focuses on the fundamentals of applied mathematics, computer science, probability, statistics, optimization, and machine learning while incorporating real-world examples.

Upon completion of the Data Science degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply current data science concepts, techniques, and practices to solve complex problems.
  2. Analyze a given data science problem and formulate a solution in terms of the datasets needed, the techniques required, or the technologies to be utilized.
  3. Effectively communicate insights, analysis, conclusions, or solutions to a diverse audience.


Meet the Faculty - Data Science

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Vasanth Bhat

Vasanth Bhat

Adjunct Professor

Meet the Faculty - Business Analytics

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Adjunct Professor

Supportive Environment

Many elements of Florida Poly life come together to create a rich and successful student experience.
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Florida Poly's academic success coaches are available to meet with students about many topics, including registration and academic success coaching.
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Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides comprehensive career services to students, alumni, and employers. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you make your career dreams a reality.

Capstone Design Projects

Data science and business analytics students work together in a year-round industry-sponsored Capstone Design Project, providing high-impact solutions in a variety of fields. Some examples include working with software and risk assessment companies, the transportation and logistics industry, and healthcare institutions. 


Innovation Labs

Our Innovation Labs give students the opportunity to test their big ideas on the same advanced equipment used in leading industrial and corporate environments.

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Data science and business analytics students have completed internships with software and technology companies (such as Red Hat), supply chain management multinationals (such as FedEx), financial services industries, medical technology companies (such as Immertec), the Department of Defense, and more. Additionally, our students have brought their skills to interdisciplinary research opportunities during the summer at several institutions, including Purdue University and the University of Tennessee. 


Co and Extra Curricular Activities

There's more to the college experience than lectures and lab work. Florida Poly has more than 35 student clubs that are run by students for students. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and explore new interests by joining a club. The activities below are a few of the clubs that our students most often get involved with.

Florida Poly’s Programming Club is a place where people with an appreciation of programming and any level of skill can go and learn and have fun. 
Math Club
The Math Club at Florida Poly seeks to promote a healthy environment for students to embrace higher-level mathematics and develop an appreciation for mathematics in STEM-related careers. 
Members of the Media Club work to provide students with the equipment to discover and explore current and emerging forms of media, including video production, game development, and audio production. 
The Rotaract Club provides an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. 

Facilities and Resources

The Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR Institute) supports phosphate-related studies to improve the environment, protect public health, and increase mining and processing efficiency. Staff biologists, engineers, and chemists also conduct in-house research, and the institute supports some non-phosphate topics such as energy and the mining and processing of other minerals. 

The Simulation, Instruction, and Multimedia (SIM) Lab is one of the most dynamic and hands-on labs on campus supports students across all majors as they undertake complex, innovative projects. Wearable computers, media production, game development, and simulated environments regularly take shape in the lab, which features a multisensory communications center continually updated with new technologies. Tomorrow’s digital obsessions take shape here, with augmented reality and virtual reality – and Florida Poly students – playing a starring role.