James Van Scotter Named Technology Educator of the Year
BATON ROUGE – James Van Scotter, the Sneha Bhandari Memorial Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences, has been recognized as the eWARDS Technology Educator of the Year. Specifically, Van Scotter won the award for his work with the department’s new Master of Science in Analytics program. The award was presented May 31.
“The ISDS department and the Experimental Statistics Department are teaming up to lead the way in a hot new area of business practice,” Van Scotter said. “Analytics and business intelligence are helping companies save money and become more competitive.”
According to Van Scotter, the analytics program has the backing of SAS and is off to a “great start” this year.”
“Our goal was to admit 20 students this year, which would have doubled the size of the program,” Van Scotter said. “As of today, we have approved 27 students, and there are still a few more applications to review.”
A joint effort, eWARDS is a cooperative program designed to recognize the technological achievements of Louisiana’s top companies, organizations and individuals. It is a celebration of innovation and achievement for those in local communities that have made a positive impact in the technology industry over the past year. This joint effort in the capital city region brings together the talents of the Louisiana Technology Council and the Louisiana Economic Development, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center.
“We are very excited and pleased to be honoring a diverse group of individuals and businesses that are making an important contribution to the region and the state,” LTC President Mark Lewis said in a released statement. “Our goal is to bring attention to the impressive technology developments in the Baton Rouge region in order to grow the community awareness and pride in homegrown achievements. Events like today’s celebration of positive achievements encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and help promote the region as a knowledge economy destination.”
The Technology Educator of the Year award is given to a teacher or instructor in K-12 public or private school, higher educational institution, technical school or training company; must be an outstanding example of an “Information Age Educator” using current technologies to educate, motivate and inspire students to develop careers in technology fields, according to an eWARDS release.
Van Scotter is now eligible to compete for the Governor’s Technology Awards, slated to be awarded in late June or early July 2012.
The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to innovation and technological change, as well as offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana.