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Certificate in Critical Tools for Analytics Professionals (CTAP)
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The main objectives of this course is to gain familiarity with the levels of analytics and obtain hands-on experience with OR tools. Education and professional development focused courses are beneficial not only for the individual but they are a critical component to the Services as well as National Defense. There is a constant need for Analysts to continue the education process with analytical standards and methods evolving at a rapid pace due to the increasing threats of cyber security and other emerging threats our country faces today.
Mr. Alan Briggs, Senior Director Annapolis Junction Office & Senior Data Scientist, Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Mr. Briggs has a wide breadth of experience researching, teaching, and implementing machine learning, data science, and advanced analytics solutions. After nearly ten years in engineering at UPS, Mr. Briggs completed a master’s degree in logistics engineering from North Carolina State University. Building on his graduate work in metaheuristic optimization, he transitioned out of the commercial world and began working as a government contractor in the greater Washington DC area. Learn More
Mr. Alan Briggs, Senior Director Annapolis Junction Office & Senior Data Scientist, Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Mr. Briggs has a wide breadth of experience researching, teaching, and implementing machine learning, data science, and advanced analytics solutions. After nearly ten years in engineering at UPS, Mr. Briggs completed a master’s degree in logistics engineering from North Carolina State University. Building on his graduate work in metaheuristic optimization, he transitioned out of the commercial world and began working as a government contractor in the greater Washington DC area.
With experience at several well-regarded analytics consultancies, Mr. Briggs has worked on dozens of analytics projects during every phase of the process, from business and analytic problem framing, to data management, methodology selection, model building, all the way through to deployment and life-cycle management. He has built and led teams of software engineers and data scientists working on complex, high-impact problems. Additionally, Mr. Briggs has worked for several software vendors, providing technical assistance and leadership to sales organizations.
Outside of the office, Mr. Briggs has contributed thought leadership in a number of different ways. He has taught analytics sessions, workshops, and courses through various professional organizations and universities, including University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He has published a book chapter on the practice of analytics, and developed numerous blog posts, white papers, and conference presentations. He is actively involved in the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), where he has held several leadership and advisory positions and is currently the President of the 2,500 person Analytics Society. Mr. Briggs has also earned the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) designation, an ANSI certified professional certification for proficiency in Operations Research, Advanced Analytics, and Data Science.
An Operations Research Professional with experience in Government, Industry and Academia. He is the Chair of the MORS Continuing Education Committee and the INFORMS SpORts Section as well as a MORS Board of Directors member. He is also on faculty and teaches at the University of Arkansas and serves as an Executive Practicum Advisor at the NC State Poole School of Management. In his role as a Principal Operations Research Analyst at CANA Advisors, he leads the sports analytics research area.
Mr. David Saranchak is a Research Fellow and AI/ML Program Lead at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) in Johnstown, PA. He leads R&D of emerging techniques in data analysis, machine learning assurance, and differential privacy for multimodal data applications in tactical edge environments & computation platforms.
Dave’s passion for World War II history steered him to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 17. While serving, he was taught mathematical connections at Villanova University, where he received two BS degrees, one in mathematics and another in physics. He also earned two MS degrees, one in applied mathematics and another in telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Retired Marine Infantry officer with 20+ professional OR experience. Has diverse application area and methodological experience, from Markov Chains in modeling military suicide prevention to employing large scale LPs for optimizing sustainment of $85Bn worth of military real property. An adjunct professor with George Mason University, he teaches graduate classes in OR and data science with the Data Analytics Engineering, OR, and Health Informatics MS programs.
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