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Online Master of Science in Data Science - Faculty

Lewis University's online Master of Science in Data Science faculty emphasize real-world examples in their teaching, so you can take what you learn in the classroom and apply it immediately to your career. Along with being professors at Lewis, our faculty members are also leading experts in the field of data set analysis.

Dr. Ray Klump

Professor and chair of Computer Science and Mathematics at Lewis University Ray Klump earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He specialized in simulating electric power systems to determine their proximity to voltage collapse. He has worked as Software Engineer and Senior Consultant for PowerWorld Corporation since 1997 and as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University since 2001. He served as Visiting Research Scientist with the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois from 2009 to 2012. He is currently Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of the Master of Science in Information Security at Lewis University. He has 20 publications in electric power system analysis, computational techniques, data visualization, and cyber security of critical infrastructures.

Dr. Sarah E. Powers

Dr. Sarah E. Powers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Lewis University. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Chicago in 2011, where her training was supported by a National Institutes of Health-funded Molecular and Cellular Biology training grant. Her dissertation, entitled "Subnuclear Compartmentalization of Cell Cycle Effectors in B Lymphopoiesis," focused on development and regulation of cells of the hematopoietic system with specific emphasis on the role of cyclin D3 in cell cycle regulation as well as transcriptional regulation. Upon completion of an appointment as a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Medicine and Knapp Center for Lupus Research at the University of Chicago, Dr. Powers joined the Lewis faculty in 2012. Her current research interests include transcriptome analysis of human cancers bearing cyclin D3 mutations as well as structural changes within the protein caused by these mutations.

Dr. Piotr Szczurek

Dr. Piotr Szczurek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University. He has received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2012, where he was awarded with the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), funded by the National Science Foundation. His research work was part of the Computational Transportation Science multidisciplinary doctoral training program. His dissertation was entitled "A Platform for Estimating the Relevance of Information in VANET Applications". Areas of his research interests include vehicular ad-hoc networks, machine learning, and computational transportation applications. He has received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from UIC in 2005, where he has graduated Summa Cum Laude and was recognized with the Bell Honors award. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as an Engineer for Tellabs, Inc., a telecommunication equipment developer.

Dr. Michael Tsiappoutas

Michael Tsiappoutas holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans in Psychology with a minor in Physics (2002), a Master's degree from the University of New Orleans in Applied Physics (2004), a Master's degree in Quantitative Psychology (statistics for social science) from Illinois State University (2007), and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science–Physics from the University of New Orleans (2011). He is currently a Research Statistician with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, Illinois.


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