Published 11/13/15

Daniel Hebert '13 reflects on faculty mentors

Daniel Hebert, right, with his faculty mentors Glass, center, and OlinskyThe Bryant University Advanced Applied Analytics Center (AAAC) hosted its second annual Analytics Using SAS Day on Nov. 4. Speakers from the SAS Institute, the private sector, and academia discussed topics including "Big Data" in the health sciences and data mining.

Daniel Hebert ’13 (right, with mentors Glass, center, and Olinsky), an associate analyst at 84.51°, returned to campus as one of the presenters and spoke about the analytics tools he uses to uncover customer insights for supermarket giant Kroger, the second-largest retailer in the United States. Hebert examines trends among shoppers to design specific coupons for its loyalty card holders.

"I still email Dr. Olinsky all the time."

An Honors Program graduate who majored in marketing with a concentration in applied statistics, Hebert was thankful to AAAC co-directors Richard Glass, Ph.D., professor of computer information systems, and Alan Olinsky, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer information systems, for mentoring him during his time at Bryant.

“They were amazing mentors,” he says. “They have been incredibly supportive to me, even after leaving Bryant. I still email Dr. Olinsky all the time to let him know how I’m doing and bounce different ideas off of him.”

“Bryant provided an amazing foundation for me in getting my feet wet in the analytics space,” he says. “Having the SAS courses and hands-on experiences helped me jump right into the professional role I now hold. Bryant helped me build a willingness to learn.”

Hebert joined a number of other accomplished speakers at SAS Day including:

  • Carlos Lara, Principal Solutions Architect, SAS Institute
  • Deirdre M. Heisler, Director, Analytic Consulting Epsilon Corporation
  • André de Waal, Analytical Consultant, SAS

With more than three decades of experience working in education, SAS has a rich heritage in higher education that presages a thriving future. SAS software is used by more than 3,000 institutions worldwide for teaching, research, and administration. It is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, it helps customers at more than 75,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster.