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Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations


To be the global leader in scientific, data-driven research concerning information technology, analytics, and operations; and to transmit this knowledge to our students as we prepare them for solving some of the world’s most challenging problems.  


Through both teaching and research, the Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations department builds upon the inherent synergies between data governance, data analytics, and the optimization of operational systems. The department’s various programs and service courses seek to educate students about this synergy and to prepare them to make sound, ethical and well-rounded business decisions. The ITAO Department’s specific objectives include:

  • Establishing and maintaining global research reputations in each of our core disciplines:
    • Analytics
    • Operations Management
    • Information Technology
  • Improving the human condition at work by preparing future business leaders for the ever-changing technical, managerial, and ethical landscape of business
  • Promoting the Catholic character of Notre Dame through our personal and collective conduct


Undergraduate: The Department offers two majors to Mendoza College of Business students: IT Management (currently available) and Business Analytics (beginning with the graduating class of 2019).

Graduate: IT, Analytics, and Operations coordinates the MS in Business Analytics program offered in Chicago. The Department also supports Notre Dame MBA concentration tracks in Business Analytics and Consulting. In fall 2017, the ITAO Department will introduce a new dual-degree program that provides two-year MBA students with the opportunity to graduate with both an MBA and an MS in Business Analytics degree.


R Easley 331

John W. Berry Sr. Chair of Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations
102F Mendoza College of Business
(574) 631-6077

Easley joined the Mendoza College of Business faculty in 1994. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision and Information Systems from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on economic modeling of Network Neutrality, Internet auctions, privacy and piracy in Internet commerce, and collaborative technologies.




Associate Professional Specialist
377 Mendoza College of Business
(574) 631-9356

Waddell joined the Mendoza College of Business faculty in 2012. She previously was a faculty member at Villanova University, as well as the assessment specialist for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she created the necessary infrastructure for collecting evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level.  Her areas of research interest include the study of interpersonal interactions, gender dynamics, evaluating evidence of teaching effectiveness and quantitative methodology. She teaches sections of the Statistics in Business course.

Waddell earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College, and her master’s and doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.