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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 leading experts in the field of data set analysis.

Dr. Daniel Ayala

Assistant Professor

Daniel Ayala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University. He did his PhD studies in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he was awarded with the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship.
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Education

  • Ph. D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, exp. 2015
  • M.C.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras, 2003


Dr. Cindy Howard

Associate Professor

Dr. Cindy Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Lewis University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2010.
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Education

  • Ph. D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • M.S., Computer Science, Governors State University, 2001
  • B.B.A., Accounting and Information Systems, University of Wisconsin, 1985


Dr. Ray Klump

Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Mathematics

Dr. Ray Klump 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.
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Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993


Dr. Fatih Koksal

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fatih Koksal received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University in 2007 for his work in fiber optic networking and an M.S. from the same department in 2000 for his work in VLSI design of artificial neural networks.
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Education

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Texas Tech University, 2015
  • Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Bogazici University, 2007
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Bogazici University, 2000
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Bogazici University, 1998


Dr. Jason Perry

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jason Perry earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and started at Lewis in August 2015. His dissertation topic is protocols for secure computation.
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Education

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Rutgers University, 2015
  • M.A. Computer Science, Princeton University, 2004
  • B.S. Computer Science, University of Kentucky, 1999


Dr. Sarah E. Powers

Assistant Professor

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.
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Education

  • Ph. D., Immunology, University of Chicago, 2011
  • B.A., Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, 2004


Dr. Piotr Szczurek

Assistant Professor and Director of Master of Science in Data Science

Dr. Piotr Szczurek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Lewis University. He is also the director for the Master of Science in Data Science program. Since 2012, he holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
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Education

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 2012
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 2005


Dr. Michael Tsiappoutas

Adjunct Professor

Michael has been in the financial sector (Fortune 100) for the past 8 years working on predictive modeling, machine learning, data mining, and statistical learning. He is an Assistance Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board Member at Lewis University's Masters in Data Science, where he developed and is teaching Mathematics for Data Scientists.
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Education

  • Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science-Physics, University of New Orleans, 2011
  • M.S., Quantitative Psychology, Illinois State University, 2007
  • M.S., Applied Physics, University of New Orleans, 2004
  • B.S., Psychology with a Minor in Physics, University of New Orleans, 2002