Data Enthusiasts Listen Up!


Join us for the eighth annual Big Data Analytics Symposium hosted by the UCF Statistics and Data Science Department. The day-long series of speakers and networking opportunities connects students to industry professionals to explore the practical applications of big data and data analytics in the modern market place.

Save-the-Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Registration to Come!

2021 Virtual AGENDA

  • 9:00 a.m. – Early Morning Employer Info Sessions
  • 10:00 a.m. – Event Kickoff and Speaker (TBA)
  • 11:00 – Speaker (TBA)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. –  OUC/UCF Meter Data Science Competition
    Hosted by OUC, Meter Data Science Competition winners announced
  • 1:00 p.m. – Alumni Panel
    Learn how UCF alumni transitioned into successful big data careers using bachelors and master’s degrees
  • 2:00 p.m. – Employer Networking
    Talk to local companies regarding internships and career paths

Who attends?

The Symposium serves as a platform for exploring the application of the concepts that students are actively learning in their degree programs and how the knowledge learned applies in different real-world applications. All interested students, alumni and community members are invited to register and attend.

Why attend?

This year we are going virtual. Register to attend throughout the day to hear from local executives, alumni in the field, and student peers presenting on topics including data analytics, machine learning, and block chain. Learn from local big data experts how topics learned in class translate into the work being done in businesses.

Get your questions answered during live Q & A sessions. How do you find results in the data? What functions in a company does as a data scientist do? How can you best relay those results to clients?

Connect in virtual breakouts and listen to panels with alumni and employers in the field. What skills are employers looking for in the field?  Should I get my Masters and Ph.D. in the field?

Cost: Free; RSVP Required

Virtual Open House Format: Attendees are encouraged to come and go throughout the day as their schedule and interests allows. Return to this page for a full speaker schedule to be announced in February!

Employer Virtual Tables: Local employers will be virtually present to answer questions, discuss internships, and share about full-time roles. The Symposium concludes with a designated “meet-and-greet” networking session for students to connect with company representatives to learn about specific career paths within each company.

Past Speakers:

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

President & CEO, Addition Financial

Kevin Miller joined the executive leadership team at Addition Financial (formerly CFE Federal Credit Union) in 2004, and was named President and CEO in April 2017. Prior to being named President and CEO, Kevin led a variety of functions as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel. During his tenure, he has held responsibility for Legal, Regulatory Compliance, Card Services, Business Services, Collections, Human Resources, Facilities, and Development. Born and raised in Michigan, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his JD degree from Emory Law School in Atlanta. Miller has also obtained the NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer designation and completed the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) Certified Chief Executive program. Previously, Miller was an attorney at Graham, Builder, Jones, Pratt & Marks, an Orlando law firm.

Kevin is active in the Central Florida community, serving on the boards of the UCF Foundation, Inc.; A Gift for Teaching; and the Galileo School for Gifted Learning. Kevin frequently speaks at industry, educational, and charitable events. He and his family live, learn, and play in the Orlando metropolitan area.

Teddy H. Benson

Director of Data Integration, Disney’s Decision Science and Integration

Teddy Benson, at the age of 12, attended his first college level computer course on operating systems. At 14, worked in the programming department of the Lackland AFB Medical Center. Graduating from FSU, started with IBM as a multimedia/VRU developer. After three years, joined CEN as lead developer, designing secure credit card software for e-commerce. Two years later, moved to Siemens where he developed real-time conferencing software. Recruited by Lockheed-Martin’s e-commerce integration group to design e-commerce solutions. Three years later, founded Channel Intelligence (CI), developing a technology that connects shoppers with retailers through their brand website and digital advertising media. In 2012, Google purchased CI. In 2015, Mr. Benson joined Disney’s RMA (Revenue Management and Analytics).

Benson has a MS in Computer Science, minors in Mathematics & Electronics. He holds patents in fields of computing & computing methodologies; has written technical articles, spoken on computer security & computer forensics, and recognized as an expert witness in federal courts of Florida. He is runner, Star Wars fan, tinkerer, poker player, & amateur magician.

Special Thanks To Our 2021 Sponsors:

Pegasus Luncheon Sponsor

OUC Logo

Table Sponsors

Milliman company logo

UCF College of Business, UCF Master of Science in Data Analytics

Contact Kathryn Matta to learn more about sponsorship and scholarship opportunities for the 2021 Big Data Analytics Symposium.