Meet the Faculty of the Online Data Analytics Program

UMGC's data analytics faculty bring their knowledge of the tools, techniques, and technologies of this cutting-edge field to the classroom.

UMGC's data analytics curriculum is crafted, reviewed, and updated by a team of advisors and industry experts to ensure you're learning the latest workplace trends and technologies.


Just as UMGC paved the path for cybersecurity education, the university is once again at the forefront with launch of the data analytics program. We are partnering with leading employers to develop a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares our students with the skills and knowledge to compete and thrive in this growing field.

Charles Knode, PhD

Professor of Data Analytics

Data Analytics Program Development Team

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Elena Gortcheva

Program Chair and Professor of Data Analytics

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Carrie Beam Faculty Data Analytics

Carrie Beam

Professor of Data Analytics

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Steve Knode Faculty Data Analytics

Charles  Steve Knode

Professor of Data Analytics

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About Our Data Analytics Faculty

UMUC has brought together top data analytics experts from leading companies in such industries as government contracting, technology, and retail sales. Our faculty work for companies including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • IBM
  • Starbucks