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
Student Union Pegasus Ballroom

Registration to Come!


  • 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. –  Microsoft Research Fellows Presentations
    Meet our Microsoft Scholars and learn how they are using cloud-computing resources to support their data-intensive research projects
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Keynote Speaker
    Teddy Benson, Disney’s Decision Science and Integration
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch – Open to all attendees
    Provided by Addition Financial, Customer Churn Analytics Competition winners announced
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. –  Alumni Panel
    Learn how UCF alumni transitioned into successful big data careers using bachelors and masters degrees

    • Jimmy Rudolph ‘76 – Retired, Lockheed Martin and APT Research
    • Kenny Eisinger ‘11 – Manager of Paid Media Analytics, Net Conversion
    • Jennifer Belvin ’19 – Ab Initio Support, Citi Group
    • Ashwaq Alsoubai ’19 – Lecturer, King Abdulaziz University
    • Andrea Bruere ’19 – Client Manager/Data Analyst, Contec Americas, Inc.
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Employer Networking and Reception
    Talk to local companies regarding internships and career paths

Who attends?

The Symposiums 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 students and alumni interested in the field are invited to attend.

Why attend?

Throughout the day you will hear from local executives, alumni in the field, and student peers presenting on topics including data analytic, 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 answer during Q & A sessions. How do you find results in the data? How can you best relay those results to clients? What skills are employers looking for in the field? What functions in a company does as a data scientist do? Should I get my Masters and Ph.D. in the field?

Cost: Free; RSVP Required

Open House Format: Attendees are encouraged to come and go through out the day as their schedule allows.

Food and Beverage: Lunch will be provided for anyone choosing to attend the lunchtime program hosted by Addition Financial. Snacks will be provided by the College of Business for the employer networking portion.

Employer Tables: Local employers will be present throughout the day to discuss internships and full-time roles. The Symposium concludes with a designated meet-and-greet reception for students to connect with employers to learn about specific career paths within each company.

2020 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.

2020 Keynote Speaker:

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 2020 Sponsors:

Luncheon Sponsor

Addition Financial Logo

Event Sponsors

OUC Logo  Playfair Data - Event Sponsor

Table Sponsors

Darden Restaurants Logo  Walt Disney World Logo  EA Sports Logo Employment Technologies Logo Intego Logo - Table Sponsor

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.