BI&A Professor Profiles

Mahmoud Daneshmand

Mahmoud Daneshmand is Professor of Business Intelligence & Analytics at Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 35 years of teaching, research & publications, consultation, and management experience in academia & industry including: Bell Laboratories, AT&T Shannon Labs – Research, University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, Sharif University of Technology, University of Tehran, New York University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

He has served as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Bell Labs as well as AT&T Shannon Labs -Research; Assistant Chief Scientist of AT&T Labs; Founder and Executive Director of the AT&T Labs university collaborations program. He is an Industry Professor at Howe School of Technology Management and department of Computer Science, Co-Founder of the Business Intelligence & Analytics MS program at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an expert in Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT)/Sensor & RFID Data Streams Analytics, Data Mining Algorithms, Machine Learning, Probability & Stochastic Processes, and Statistics. He is experienced in Risk Management, Quality and Reliability of IP-Based Services and Applications.

He has published more than 96 Journal and conference papers; authored/co-authored three books; holds two patents (2009 and 2010). 

He holds key leadership roles with IEEE Journals Publications as well as IEEE Major Conferences including: Co-Founder and Chair of Steering Committee of New IEEE Journal of Internet of Things; Guest Editor of several IEEE Journal Special Issues; Keynote Speaker of many IEEE as well as other International Conferences; Executive Committee of Globecom as well as ICC; Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE ISCC; and General Chair and Technical Chair of many IEEE conferences.

David Belanger

Enhancing the momentum, quality and growth of Stevens’ newly-launched graduate program in Business Intelligence & Analytics (BI&A) will the primary goal of Dr. David Belanger, who was recently appointed as a senior research fellow in the Howe School of Technology Management, after serving as an industry advisor during the BI&A program development stage.  

The BI&A program prepares students to manage and derive information from an explosion of business data, an area in which Belanger has a ton of experience.

A manager at AT&T Labs for three decades, and most recently its chief scientist, Belanger has spent his career at the top level of research in information technology, business intelligence, data analytics, data management, statistics and visualization. He is also skilled in the practical application of data analytics within industry to drive business performance – a key aspect of Stevens’ BI&A curriculum.

“My responsibilities will be to advise and support the research part of the BI&A program and to help it evolve, as well as to support external partnerships with industry and government, and to help generate exposure for the program,” said Belanger.

Belanger – who served on the Mathematics and Computer Science faculty at the University of South Alabama prior to joining AT&T – was the mastermind behind the creation of AT&T’s InfoLab. InfoLab is a premier research facility designed to dramatically improve AT&T’s business insights by creating technologies to analyze and manage data with both scale and speed.

“InfoLab was essentially a very early experiment in dealing with very large-scale, high-velocity data,” said Belanger.  

At AT&T, Belanger also supervised a department that conducted research on information utilization and delivered tools and practices to make software development more effective. His contributions to the development of large-scale information mining technologies have earned him the AT&T Science and Technology Medal and appointment as an AT&T Fellow.

Belanger said today, more than ever, business sectors of every kind require trained people to analyze large amounts of detailed data and understand what it all means. He is thrilled to join the faculty at Stevens, which is one of the first universities in the U.S. to offer a specified BI&A degree program and is a clear leader in the growing field.

“The availability of data in a wide variety of forms and detail has just exploded,” said Belanger. “With that there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition of the value that data can bring to a business. Stevens is preparing the workforce with a vital skill – the ability to manage large-scale data and derive information from in a way that was simply not possible a decade ago.”