Carlson Analytics Lab

Carlson Analytics Lab projects are supervised by Carlson School faculty and professional staff. Professors from the Information & Decision Sciences department serve as faculty advisors to student teams, providing expertise on analytics approaches and techniques. Professional staff guide students on best practices related to project management, problem solving, and communication.


  • Professor Ravi Bapna

    Ravi Bapna

    Academic Director, Carlson Analytics Lab

    Ravi Bapna supervises student teams working on Lab projects, ensuring that approaches are sound, and that client needs are met. In addition to this role, Professor Bapna serves as Associate Dean for Executive Education and holds the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems.

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  • Ellen Trader

    Ellen Trader

    Managing Director, Carlson Analytics Lab

    Ellen Trader leads all aspects of Lab engagements, from working with clients on requirements definition to assigning student teams, and from coaching students on problem solving techniques to successful delivery of final work products. 

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  • Lee Thomas

    Lee Thomas


    Lee coaches students on effective communication strategies for analytics work. He also teaches information design in the University of Minnesota's graduate programs in technical communication. 

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  • Professor De Liu

    De Liu


    Professor Liu directs the MS in Business Analytics program, home of the Carlson Analytics Lab. He is also an Associate Professor and 3M Fellow in Business Analytics in the Information and Decision Sciences department.

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  • Dylan Kuntz

    Dylan Kuntz

    Associate Director, Carlson Analytics Lab

    Dylan connects with companies to discuss their analytics project needs and develop project proposals. He also works with student teams executing the work. 

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  • Faculty Mentors

    Award-winning faculty members from the Information & Decision Sciences Department serve as mentors to Carlson Analytics Lab teams. Faculty guide student work and vet the results to enure robust outcomes for clients. The Carlson School's Information & Decision Sciences Department is consistenly ranked among the top five in the country for management information systems education.

  • Gedas Adomavicius

    Gediminas Adomavicius

    Chair, Information & Decision Sciences Department

    Professor, Carolyn I. Anderson Chair in Business Education Excellence

  • Gordon Burtch

    Gordon Burtch

    Assistant Professor of Information & Decision Sciences and Lawrence Fellow 

    Consulting Researcher with Microsoft Research, NYC

  • Jason Chan

    Jason Chan

    Assistant Professor, Information & Decision Sciences

  • Ed McFowland

    Edward McFowland III

    Assistant Professor, Information & Decision Sciences

  • Ken Riley

    Ken Reily

    Senior Lecturer, Information & Decision Sciences

  • Soumya Sen

    Soumya Sen

    Assistant Professor, Information & Decision Sciences