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SAS Day @ CSU Highlights Supply Chain Innovation

In partnership with the SAS® Institute, Inc. Cleveland State University will host their fourth SAS Day at CSU: Data Analytics and the Supply Chain. Leading experts in the field will discuss big data, business analytics, blockchain and supply chain. The event will be held Friday, August 10 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the CSU Student Center.

Keynote speakers include Marc Blubaugh, co-chair of the Transportation & Logistics Group at Benesch Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Dr. Daniel Conway, chief operating officer of blockchain startup The Apollo Group; James Harroun, senior analytical training consultant for the SAS® Global Academic Program; Roger Thomas, manufacturing industry principal at SAS® and Dr. Zhongcai Zhang, chief analytics officer at New York Bancorp, Inc.

Registration is $40 for community members and $20 for students. Purchases can be made online at

“Organizations today are relying on data and business analytics to formulate strategy and influence decision-making, especially in the supply chain,” said Dr. Oya Tukel, associate dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business at CSU. “Technology solutions including blockchain are being adopted rapidly due to the increasing need for transparency, security demands in supply chain transactions and automation.”

“Events like SAS Day at CSU provide an opportunity for thought leaders to come together with industry professionals, faculty and students to learn more and hopefully take that knowledge and apply it to the challenges they face,” said Toni Paoletta, director of CSU’s Professional Development Center and lead event organizer.

“Overall, the event demonstrates Cleveland State University’s commitment to providing engaged learning opportunities that can impact Northeast Ohio,” added Paoletta. 

In addition to the keynote speakers, Dr. Tukel will lead an interactive panel discussion comprised of academics and senior analytics executives from Northeast Ohio business and industry. 

“We are proud of our partnership with SAS and excited to bring this opportunity to the Cleveland community and to Cleveland State University students,” added Dr. Ray Henry, chair of the Information Systems Department and director of the Business Analytics Program in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at CSU.