SAS Days at CSU

Speakers 2016

Dr. Ray Henry, Cleveland State University
Bryan Harris, SAS
Brian Durkin, Progressive Insurance
Dr. Andre de Waal, SAS


Dr. Ray Henry, Cleveland State UniversityDr. Ray Henry

Dr. Ray Henry received his Ph.D. in Information Systems at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has been published in premier journals including Information Systems ResearchJournal of Management Information SystemsCommunications of the ACMJournal of AIS, and Journal of Operations Management, among others. He has also presented his research at numerous national and international conferences.  Before coming to Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business, he was a faculty member at Clemson University.

Dr. Henry is the Director of the Business Analytics program at Cleveland State University and an associate professor in the Information Systems department.


Bryan Harris, SASBryan Harris

With over 20 years of technical and executive expertise in the development and deployment of advanced analytic solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and commercial industries, Mr. Harris has pioneered the integration of stream processing technologies with large-scale analytic platforms that can support both the data volume and velocity demands of today's sensor-driven environments. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.


Brian DurkinBrian Durkin, Progressive Insurance

As an Innovation Strategist, Brian Durkin provides expertise on new business ideas and introduces novel solutions to accomplish Progressive's enterprise goals. Brian develops and integrates strategies into the company's operation, builds partnerships to promote enterprise innovation and provides technology insight on Progressive's big bets. Brian is currently guiding Progressive's usage-based insurance team, where he uses new data technology to power ideation, exploration and rapid hypothesis testing.


Dr. Andre de Waal, SASAndre de Waal of SAS

Dr. Andre de Waal received his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of Bristol during 1994. He spent the next year in Germany and Belgium continuing his research in Logic Programming and Automated Theorem Proving. During 1996, he returned to South Africa to take up his position as lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (which later became North-West University). There, he was promtoed to Associated Professor. During 1999 he became one of the foudning members of the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics at the same university. He became responsible for the Data Mining Program in the Centre and shifted his research focus to include Neural Networks and Preddictive Modeling. He is the co-developer of the AutoGANN modeling node in SAS Enterprise Miner and has published several research papers on the automation and use of Generalized Additive Neural Networks. He joined SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina in December of 2010 as Analytical Consultant in the Global Academic Program.