Math and Science Division Faculty Profiles

David Blodgett

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Blodgett joined Babson College in September of 2012 and currently teaches Biotechnology in the Math and Science Division. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish from Assumption College in 2002, his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science in 2007, and M.S. in Clinical Investigation in 2012 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Blodgett’s research interests center on glucose metabolism and the dysfunction caused by diabetes. In the lab, he investigates gene expression changes in alpha and beta cells from human pancreatic islets donors who do not have diabetes or have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The goal of these studies is to identify genes that positively or negatively affect beta cell function, which could eventually become therapeutic targets. His research has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals such as: Diabetes, Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of General Physiology, and Biochemistry.

Dr. Blodgett is generally interested in educating the broader community about the role of science and technology in everyone’s daily lives and looks forward to establishing a student centered research program on campus.

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Elizabeth Bryson

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Bryson is a marine biologist and ecologist whose research centers on coastal and nearshore habitats in the Gulf of Maine. Dr. Bryson has taught at Babson in several capacities: as a laboratory instructor, an Adjunct Professor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Prior to her arrival at Babson, Dr. Bryson taught laboratory classes at Northeastern University. Dr. Bryson is interested teaching about both the opportunities and the challenges that occur at the intersection of human society and the natural environment. Dr. Bryson teaches introductory and advanced topics courses focused on environmental, ocean and climate sciences.

Dr. Bryson’s research is highly field based and is driven by questions pertaining to environmental context: how do oceanographic currents and temperature changes impact biological interactions and community structure, what is the appropriate geographic scale for ecological management strategies, how will temporal changes in climate conditions impact ecological communities, etc. Dr. Bryson’s work on rocky shores has identified three distinct biogeographic provinces within Gulf of Maine nearshore environments, each governed by a different set of ecological ‘rules.’ These findings provide a foundation for more regionally appropriate conservation and fisheries management decisions and policies. Dr. Bryson has experience working in a variety of marine habitats, including rocky shores, salt marshes, mudflats and coral reefs.

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Ashley Bulseco-McKim

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Bulseco is an adjunct professor in the Math & Science Division, and has taught/is teaching Case Studies in Ecosystem Management (NST 2020) and Oceanography (NST 1060). As a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist, her research focuses on the response of coastal and estuarine systems to human-driven disturbances, such as nutrient runoff and sea level rise. Dr. Bulseco earned her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from Northeastern University (2018), her M.S. in Marine Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2015), and her B.S. in Marine Science (2012) from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is currently a post-doctoral scientist working at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA, where she is researching microbial food web connectivity.

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Joanna Carey

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Carey joined Babson in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Math & Science Division. She currently teaches Case Studies in Ecological Management (NST 2020), and Oceanography (NST 1060). Her research focuses on answering fundamental questions regarding ecosystem processes in the context of rapid global change. She examines how human activities are altering carbon, nitrogen, and silicon cycling along the land-ocean continuum (forests, rivers, salt marshes, and estuaries) in temperate and Arctic ecosystems. Dr. Carey received her Ph.D. in Earth Science from Boston University (2013), her M.S. in Environmental Science from Yale University (2007), and her B.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning from Virginia Tech (2005). Before joining Babson in 2017, Dr. Carey completed several post-doctoral fellowships, including an NSF Earth Science Fellowship and a USGS Powell Center Fellowship, both hosted at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.

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Eric Wai Kin Chan

  • Assistant Professor

Eric empirically studies the effects of education, labor, and housing policy on family and individual outcomes. He is interested in using experimental and quasi-experimental methods to provide causal evidence that is relevant for policy and practice. Further, he wishes to pursue research on quantitative measurement of images and texts to further policy research. Eric received his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University and his BS from Babson College.

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Richard Cleary

  • Professor
  • Robert E. Weissman '64 H'94 P'87'90 and Janet Weissman P'87'90 Professor in Business Analytics

Professor Rick Cleary is a statistician and mathematician with research and consulting interests in a variety of fields including sports, biomechanics, and statistical approaches to fraud detection and audit risk. Prior to coming to Babson College in 2013, Professor Cleary taught at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Cornell University, Bentley University, and Harvard University. He has held many leadership positions in the Mathematical Association of America, including six years on the Executive Committee as Associate Treasurer and a term as chair of the Joint Data Committee. He is currently on the Nominations Committee and the Polya lecturer selection committee. Professor Cleary enjoys working with mathematics teachers at all levels to improve statistics education and he gives frequent talks and workshops on ways to encourage statistical thinking. He is active in the Wellesley community as a youth sports coach and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Little League.

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Kirstin Cooprider

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Julie De Zutter

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. De Zutter is a research scientist in the lab of Dr. Anthony Carruthers in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1991, worked in the Biotech industry for several years before earning her Ph. D. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2001. Dr. De Zutter’s research focuses on studying the structure and function of the GLUT family of passive glucose transport proteins. A hallmark of cancer is an increase in glucose metabolism seen in highly proliferating cells. GLUT1 (the blood brain barrier transporter), GLUT3 (the neuronal transporter) and in some cases GLUT12 expression has been shown to be significantly increased in rapidly dividing cells. One potential strategy to exploit this metabolic characteristic of cancer cells is to screen and characterize potential chemical agents that inhibit glucose transport across the cell membrane both in vitro and in vivo. These studies will not only help to understand GLUT regulation in health and disease, but will also provide potential therapeutic targets for controlling glucose availability when perturbed by diseases, such as cancer. Prior to her arrival at Babson, she has taught courses at Becker and Dean College as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. De Zutter is interested in the science of biotechnology and the social, political and ethical questions that it raises, and promoting scientific literacy in the broader community.

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Ira Farber

  • Lecturer

Ira Farber, Full Time Lecturer of Science, was a member of Polaroid’s Vision Research Laboratory and conducted studies in adaptive signal processing. Subsequently, he joined Ortho Diagnostic Systems, Inc. as a Senior Scientist working in the area of flow cytometry and its application to medical instrumentation. He then turned his attention to the field of optical computing and served as vice president of Optron Systems, Inc. managing R&D contracts funded by the Department of Defense, NASA, DARPA, NSF and NIH. Returning to academia, Dr. Farber held the position of Associate Director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Research Center at Brandeis University. He has published in the fields of electro-optics, biophysics and neuroscience and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Harvard, MIT, Brandeis and WPI.

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William Huss

  • Adjunct Lecturer

In addition to teaching over 20 courses at Babson College, William Huss has taught courses at Bentley College and Framingham State as well as numerous professional seminars on Strategic Business Planning and Consulting. He is published extensively in conference proceedings on topics related to market planning, forecasting, and market research. Before teaching, as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at XENERGY, Inc. he provided marketing support, information services and energy efficiency consulting to many of the largest utilities and energy suppliers in North America.

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Theodore Kaplan

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Ted Kaplan, a Boston-area native, has been involved in high tech engineering, management, entrepreneurship, and higher education for many years. An engineer/MBA by training, he spent several years holding technical and management positions in the defense electronics and computer graphics/CAD systems industries, followed by founding and running a computer software training firm in Boston’s Back Bay, providing training services to major hospitals, professional associations, government agencies, industrial and financial services firms. Over the last fourteen years, Ted has migrated to teaching math and physics at the college level, conducting courses at Babson College, Bentley University, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Ted is an Electrical Engineering Graduate of Cornell University, holding both a B.E.E. and a Certificate of Advanced Engineering Study from that institution. In addition, Ted holds an MBA from Boston University.

On a personal note, Ted is on the Board of the Friday Night Supper Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to homeless and others in need in the Boston area.

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Nathaniel Karst

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Nathan Karst received his B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2007 and his doctorate in applied mathematics from Cornell in 2011. He is an avid teacher and researcher, having won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2014 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2015. Most recently, his research has focused on the role of nonlinear dynamics in microvascular networks and various problems in surface hydrology.

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Davit Khachatryan

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Davit Khachatryan is an applied statistician with research interests in analyzing patent data. Davit’s current and former research has produced publications in academic, peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series C), The American Statistician, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Scientometrics, and Journal of Quality Technology. Prior to joining Babson College, Davit was a Senior Associate at the National Economics and Statistics practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In the latter role he consulted in the area of predictive modeling and advanced data analytics, helping clients from financial, healthcare, and government sectors with building automatic predictive models and enhancing business intelligence solutions. Davit has earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from Yerevan State University, M.S. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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David Kopcso

  • Professor
  • QEB, Quantitative and Economic Basics: Pre-2-YR MBA 3-day intensive boot camp. (August 2018)

Dr. Kopcso is former director of the Board of Research and the Center for Information Management Studies. He consults on the analysis of data and on the applications of emerging technologies to business. His current research interests include the assessment of web site quality as well as the affect of emerging web technologies on business practices and on education. Dr. Kopcso's articles have appeared in Management Information Systems Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Operations Management, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Intelligence System Review, Advances in Artificial Intelligence in Economics, Finance and Management, Expert Systems With Applications, National Public Accountant, Collegiate Microcomputer, and other journals. Dr. Kopcso was a visiting fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Peter Lert

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Michelle Li

  • Assistant Professor

Michelle joined the Division of Mathematics and Science at Babson College in 2018. Her research and teaching interests include: Business Analytics, Data Mining, Management Science / Operations Research, Supply Chain Management / Logistics / Transportation, Game Theory, Quality Competition, Sustainable Systems, and Information Asymmetry. She co-authored a book titled “Competing on Supply Chain Quality – A Network Economics Perspective” which was published in 2016. In addition, her research has produced publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Omega, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Global Optimization, and International Transactions in Operational Research. Michelle received her PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Dennis F.X. F. Mathaisel

  • Professor

Dennis Mathaisel is Professor of Management Science at Babson College. He was a Research Scientist at MIT; founder and President of a computer software firm that developed systems for airline scheduling and resource allocation; and he was a Branch Manager for Operations Research at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

His teaching interests are in the fields of business analytics, management science, and quantitative methods. His research is focused on the sustainability of complex systems, business analytics, and airline scheduling and aircraft operations. He is the author of 39 refereed journal articles as well as three books: Sustaining the Military Enterprise: An Architecture for a Lean Transformation, Auerbach Publications Taylor & Francis Group; Sustaining the Military Enterprise: Enhancing its Ability to Perform the Mission, with J. Manary and C. Comm, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group; and Engineering for Sustainability, with J. Manary and Ned H. Criscimagna, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.

Dr. Mathaisel was the MIT co-lead of the Sustainment Operations Team for the Lean Sustainment Initiative for the U.S. Air Force. He has had research assignments with NASA, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Transportation (Office of the Secretary), Federal Aviation Administration, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Flying Tiger Line, Pan American World Airways, Hughes Air West, Olympic Airways, Federal Express, Iberia Airlines, Northwest Airlines, USAir, Continental, Garuda Indonesia, Trans World Airlines, and others. This experience has covered a range of topics including military logistics sustainability, lean enterprise sustainability, decision support systems, vehicle maintenance and routing, equipment acquisition, logistics, scheduling, fleet and route planning, and transport systems analysis and engineering.

Dr. Mathaisel's current publications focus on enterprise sustainment. His publications appear in Benchmarking an International Journal, Acquisition Review Quarterly, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, International Journal of Educational Management, Transportation Science, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Research on Computing in Education, Journal of Systems and Software, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and the Decision Sciences Institute Proceedings.

Dennis Mathaisel was elected as a Full Member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is also a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), The Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a private pilot and a previous owner of a Cessna 182 aircraft based at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts.

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Dessislava Pachamanova

  • Professor
  • Zwerling Family Endowed Research Scholar

On Sabbatical 2018-2019: Visiting Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Pachamanova’s research and consulting span multiple fields, including financial modeling, robust optimization, predictive analytics, operations, and simulation. She has authored and coauthored tens of articles in operations research, finance, accounting, engineering, marketing and management journals, numerous book chapters, as well as three books in computational finance and risk management: Robust Portfolio Optimization and Management (2007), Simulation and Optimization in Finance: Modeling with MATLAB, @RISK, or VBA (2010), and Portfolio Construction and Analytics (2016), all part of The Frank J. Fabozzi Series in Finance, J. Wiley & Sons.

Dr. Pachamanova teaches courses in analytics and computational finance in the undergraduate and the MBA programs. She co-designed Babson’s undergraduate and MBA business analytics concentration curricula and co-chaired the design task force for a Masters program in Business Analytics. Dr. Pachamanova has served as faculty director for two open enrollment business analytics programs at Babson Executive Education, Business Analytics for Managers (face-to-face format) and the Babson-Pearson Business Analytics for Managers in India program (online/blended format), and has designed numerous modules on business analytics for custom executive education programs. She serves on the INFORMS Professional Committee, the INFORMS OR & Analytics Student Team Competition Committee, and the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics Committee.

Dr. Pachamanova holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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George Recck

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Director, Math Resource Center

Mr. Recck has taught at Babson College since 1984. Prior to that, Mr. Recck worked his way toward his undergraduate degree from Babson as a Systems Manager in Babson's Computer Center. He continued his education at Babson rising to Operation Manager while earning his MBA degree. After receiving his MBA from Babson in 1984, Mr. Recck was promoted to Director of Academic Computer Services and began his teaching career shortly thereafter. Mr. Recck has authored a solution manual to accompany a calculus text. In addition, Mr. Recck is also the founder of Total Information, Inc., an information consulting firm specializing in providing service to small businesses.

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Terence Reilly

  • Associate Professor

Since coming to Babson, Dr. Reilly has focused much of his attention on how best to educate his students. He has spearheaded curriculum changes in the graduate and undergraduate management science classes. He has been awarded a grant to implement cooperative learning in the classroom and was an invited speaker at the Teaching of Management Science Conference, University of Indiana, 2000. Dr. Reilly has also developed a distance learning course in decision analysis with the Babson/Intel MBA program.

Dr. Reilly's research interests include decision analysis, sensitivity analysis, copulas (multivariate distributions), and applied statistics. Other areas of expertise are in decision and risk analysis and simulations models. He has been published in Management Science, Decision Sciences, Structural Equation Modeling, and Sociological Methods and Research. He is also co-author with Bob Clemen of Making Hard Decisions with DecisionTools.

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Vikki Rodgers

  • Professor
  • Division Chair

Dr. Rodgers if a professor of ecology who joined Babson College in September 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Math and Science Division. She teaches courses in: Case Studies in Ecological Management (NST2020), Biomimicry (SCN3655), Urban Ecology (SCN3650), and Art & Ecology (ENV4610). She received her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Hampshire in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Biogeochemistry at Boston University in 2007. She regularly presents her ecology research at national conferences and her work has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as: BioScience, Journal of Ecology and Oecologia. She was awarded the Deans Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Faculty Scholarship Award in 2014.

Dr. Rodgers’ research interests are focused on understanding the numerous effects humans are having on natural ecosystems. As a field ecologist she is interested in all aspects of global environmental change, but focuses on the effects of climate change and the spread of invasive species. Currently she co-directs the Boston Area Climate Experiment (BACE) field site in Waltham, MA. In addition, Dr. Rodgers performs pedalogical research to explore effective teaching strategies to engage non-STEM majors in environmental science.

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William Rybolt

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Rybolt has been active in microcomputer applications, cognitive psychology, user/computer interfaces, artificial intelligence, expert systems, and neural networks. He has been a principal in several startups, and consults on applications of emerging technologies to business. His current research includes studying the impact of new Internet technologies on business and education. Areas of expertise include Emerging Technologies, Educational Assessment, and Computer Programming. Dr. Rybolt's articles have appeared in Journal of Management Information Systems, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Intelligent Systems Review, Advances in Artificial Intelligence in Economics, Finance and Management, Expert Systems with Applications, and other journals.

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Leeann Simons

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Ms. Simons has taught at The Pennsylvania State University, Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University. She also worked as a clinical nutritionist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She is involved in a collaborative effort with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Stop and Shop Supermarkets in an effort to provide on site health education. Areas of expertise include diabetes, weight control, and women's health.

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Salma Tazi-Naim

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Howard Troughton

  • Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Troughton has taken a round-about way to teaching. After completing the required coursework for a Ph.D. in Mathematics, he decided to pursue a career that would use his skills as a birdwatcher. He completed a Master's degree in Environmental Science and his dissertation was studying wildlife control on airport property. After a few years as a wildlife ecologist, he began teaching mathematics courses where he met his wonderful wife, Polina. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Boston from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and have lived in the Boston area since. Professor Troughton has a wide range of interests and pursuits. He spends most summers in Calgary conducting wildlife surveys as part of the environmental assessment process for oil & gas projects. He is an avid history buff, collects coins & stamps and runs. He competes in agility with his dog, Cinders, and is training for his first marathon in 2013. Since 2002, he and his wife have visited all 50 states, 9 Canadian Provinces and the Yukon Territory.

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Denise S. Troxell

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Troxell’s current research interests focus on Graph Theory models of applications in telecommunications and in the spreads of (a) disease through populations, (b) opinion through social networks, and (c) faults in distributed computer networks. Her research and teaching interests also include Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, Theoretical Computer Science, and Mathematics/Business Analytics/Operations Research Education. Dr. Troxell's publications have appeared in: SIAM Journal of Discrete Mathematics; Discrete Applied Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics; IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I; Computers and Mathematics with Applications; Applied Mathematics Letters; Journal of Combinatorial Optimization; ARS Combinatoria; Australasian Journal of Combinatorics; Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications; Involve, A Journal of Mathematics; Mathematical Social Sciences; and Informs Transactions in Education. Prior to joining Babson, she held faculty positions at the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Montclair State University (NJ), and the College of The Holy Cross (MA). She is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS).

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Charles Winrich

  • Lecturer

Dr. Winrich teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced science courses at the undergraduate level, focusing primarily on the application of physical principles to understanding technology and environmental hazards. He has taught at Iowa State University and Union College, where he also managed the observatory. He managed the planetarium at the Schenectady Museum, where he developed new content for the public and school programs. He has also been active in science teacher development programs, and informal science education.

Dr. Winrich’s research interests revolve around the use of the history and philosophy of science as a tool for understanding science. He has co-authored papers for the Journal of College Science Teaching, and the Conference Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

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Hongsheng Wu

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Babak Zafari

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Zafari is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Analytics in the Math & Science Division. His area of interests are Healthcare Fraud Analytics, Bayesian Modeling, Statistical Models for Natural Language Processing, Predictive Modeling and Data Mining Methods for Business Applications, and Online Auctions. Prior to joining Babson College, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at The George Washington University School of Business teaching courses in Data Analysis and Decisions, Business Analytics and Data Mining. He was also a senior statistician consultant at Integrity Management Services where he was responsible for developing statistical models for fraud and abuse detection in Medicare and Medicaid programs. He received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, M.S. in Operations Research/Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The George Washington University School of Business.

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