Nichols College names endowed professor of data science and emerging technologies

November 2, 2021

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College Interim Provost Megan Nocivelli, DBA, has announced the appointment of Kevin D. Mentzer, PhD, to the new endowed position of Trustee Professor of Data Science and Emerging Technologies.

Mentzer, who most recently served as associate professor at Bryant University, teaches in the fields of data science, business analytics, and management information systems. He will develop a curriculum to advance the competencies of Nichols students in the new technologies that are transforming business.

“At Nichols College we partner with industry to ensure our curriculum is aligned with the demands in the marketplace. Today, every student needs data science education, and we are thrilled Dr. Mentzer will join us in preparing our students for the explosive demand in all fields associated with data science,” said Dr. Nocivelli. “He brings exceptional experience in the field and as an educator, and we expect him to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to benefit our students and industry partners.”

Mentzer is co-author of the book “Movie Analytics: A Hollywood Introduction to Big Data” and several journal articles and has presented internationally. He is co-founder and co-leader of the Analytics without Borders conference and serves as mini-track chair for Data Analytics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning for Social Media at HICSS.

An experienced information technologist, he has served a variety of professional roles at Energy Services Group Inc., Blue Cod Technologies, CounterPoint Technologies Corp., Progress Software, and the Hanover Insurance Group.

A resident of Holden, Mass., Mentzer earned a BS in business administration at Bryant University, and an MS in information technology and a PhD in business with a concentration in business analytics at Bentley University. He is also a certified blockchain solution architect

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