About the Deloitte Center for Business Analytics
Thanks to an endowment from the Deloitte Foundation and its partners, the Center and its Scholars work to integrate the analytics component more broadly into the business curriculum. The Center develops leading-edge business analytics curriculum to provide students with the data knowledge, skills abilities needed to become the most highly-trained business leaders of tomorrow. Through the use of data and business analytics, companies are better equipped to make enlightened financial and operational decisions, while improving their competitive position in a global marketplace.
Deloitte Scholars are faculty members from the University of Illinois, who use their expertise to advance the mission of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. Scholars help develop practical case studies and innovative curricula that provide students with scientific knowledge, skills, and abilities to become leaders in the world of business analytics.
Assistant Professor of Accountancy and RC Evans Innovation Fellow Kim Mendoza has always been interested in the intersection of technology and accounting. She brings her expertise to teaching ACCY 570, Data Analytics Foundations, where students develop the skills to bridge the gap between data science and accounting. Kim earned a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount University and an M.S. and PhD in accounting from the University of Washington. She joined Gies Business in 2017. Her research interests include how technology, in the form of computer algorithms and robo advisors, impact investors’ responses to financial advice. She also examines financial and auditing regulation and its impact on key players’ decision-making processes.
The Deloitte Scholars Program is open to all University of Illinois faculty, tenure-track and specialized, with preference given to those in the Gies College of Business. This program spans a one-year term from August to August. Calls for applications are typically released toward the end of the spring semester and due at the end of May. Connect with us to stay informed of the latest news, course releases, and events happening with the Deloitte Center.
Gopesh Anand is Professor of Business Administration at the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois. His research examines how firms manage the quality of their products through process control and improvement, and incorporates elements of standardized work practices, transformational leadership, employee engagement, and outsourcing. Gopesh has an MBA and a PhD from The Ohio State University. His research has generated over 2,500 citations on Google Scholar and he serves in senior editorial roles in three leading journals in operations and supply chain management. Since joining Gies in 2006, he has taught several courses in statistics, operations and supply chain management, and process improvement to a variety of learners ranging from undergraduates to executives.
Professor and Area Chair for IOSA
Vic Anand joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 2017. Previously, he worked at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He completed his PhD in accounting at Cornell University. He also holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and an SB in mechanical engineering from MIT. He previously worked as a senior analyst at Science Applications International Corp. (a defense contractor), a consultant at Deloitte Consulting, and a manufacturing engineer at Ford Motor Company. Anand’s main research areas are cost accounting and the application of machine learning to forecasting accounting and financial data.
Aravinda Garimella is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Gies College of Business. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology in India and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Washington in Seattle. Before pursuing a doctoral degree in information systems, she worked as technology and management consultant with clients in the telecom, healthcare and public sectors in Asia and Europe, where she led several digital transformation projects. Aravinda’s research is at the intersection of technology and access. Her work helps practitioners design better and more equitable digital platforms and systems for communities and organizations. Her research stream in Responsible Artificial Intelligence examines AI-enabled task augmentation and how algorithmic inputs influence human decision making in decentralized financial markets, social media, and consumer relationships. Through her research and teaching, Aravinda is working to advance the role of ethics in the design, deployment and management of algorithms in society.
Joshua Herbold, PhD, CPA, is a teaching professor of accounting in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Josh also serves as the Associate Head for the Department of Accountancy. He currently teaches courses in data analytics, managerial accounting, and financial accounting. Josh is a past-president of the Montana Society of CPAs and a current board member of the Illinois CPA Society.
Teaching Professor and Associate Head
Anton Ivanov is an assistant professor of Information Systems at the Department of Business Administration at the Gies College of Business. He received his PhD in Management Science and Systems from the School of Management at the University at Buffalo. Ivanov’s research stands at the intersection of information systems, healthcare informatics, and social media with a focus on data analytics. His area of methodological expertise includes empirical analysis, econometrics, machine-learning, and mixed-methods involving qualitative analysis. His work has been published in the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), Production and Operations Management (POM), Scientific Reports, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), and other outlets. Ivanov has reviewed papers for Management Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), JMIS, POM, and other outlets. Ivanov has participated in the development of the business analytics curriculum for a private institution at Columbus, OH. His teaching interests include Business Intelligence, Data Science, Visualization and Reporting, Statistics, and Social Media Strategy among others. Across a number of courses, Ivanov has been consistently making it onto the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”. Anton Ivanov is also a recipient of several grants including C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, Jump ARCHES endowment through the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, and Gies Faculty Grant among others.
David Molitor is an Associate Professor of Finance and RC Evans Data Analytics Scholar at Gies College of Business. David, who is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, joined the faculty at Gies in 2013 after earning his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David’s research explores how location and the environment shape health and health care delivery in the United States. His work has won numerous awards including the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics and the NIHCM Foundation Research Award for outstanding published work in health care.
Dr. Mohammad Moshref-Javadi joined the IOSA area at the Department of Business Administration since August 2021. Dr. Moshref-Javadi works on analytics in supply chain, operations, and logistics. He received the outstanding research award from the Department of Business Administration in 2022 and has appeared in the list of teachers ranked as excellent for several semesters at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dr. Moshref-Javadi teaches several courses in analytics and supply chain, including BADM 211: Business Analytics, BADM 275: Operations Management, BADM 460: Business Process Modeling, and BADM 575: Supply Chain Analytics. Before working at the Gies College of Business, Dr. Moshref-Javadi has taught several courses in Logistics and Supply Chain at Northeastern University from 2019-2021. He has also worked on several real-world analytics projects with industries at the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT from 2017 to 2019 and in the state of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.
Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Illinois Supply Chain Management Corporate Affiliates Program
Unnati Narang is an assistant professor of marketing at Gies College of Business. Her research lies at the intersection of mobile marketing, omnichannel retailing, consumer mobility, and engagement in digital environments. She uses causal modeling, econometrics, machine learning, and deep learning to examine these themes. She received her PhD from Texas A&M University in 2020. Her work has been published/accepted at marketing journals, such as Marketing Science and the Journal of Marketing Research. She teaches Marketing Analytics, Advanced Marketing Management, and Statistics with R bootcamp at Gies. In her first year as an RC Evans Scholar in 2021, she plans to develop innovative pedagogical approaches for teaching analytics using real-world data and cutting-edge tools.
Julian Reif is an associate professor of finance and economics at Gies College of Business. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on the determinants and value of health. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and his BA from Vanderbilt University. He worked previously as a Senior Consultant at Bates White.
Wei Zhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Accountancy at the Gies College of Business. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Peking University, as well as a PhD in accounting from Yale University. Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on two interconnected areas: corporate financial reporting and the pricing of fundamental information. He employs empirical methods and utilizes big data in accounting and finance to investigate these topics. His research findings have been published in prestigious journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Management Science. Dr. Zhu actively contributes to the academic community by serving on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research. Additionally, he will commence his role on the editorial board of The Accounting Review in June 2023.
Assistant Professor of Accountancy
Grant Thornton LLP Faculty Fellow
Ye Joo Park is an Instructor of Accountancy at the Gies College of Business. Since joining Gies in 2020, Park has taught ACCY 570 (Data Analytics Foundations for Accountancy I), ACCY 575 (Data Analytics Foundations for Accountancy II), and BDI 475 (Introduction to Data Analytics Applications in Business). Park previously worked as a Software Engineer at Samsung Electronics.
Associate Academic Director
Ye Joo Park
Instructor of Accountancy