Scott Nestler

Associate Teaching Professor

Scott  Nestler

Contact Information


Scott Nestler joined Mendoza College of Business as an associate teaching professor subsequent to his retirement from the U.S. Army after more than 25 years of service. Most recently, he was the Force Strategy Division Chief at the Center for Army Analysis. Previously, he taught at the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served as an analyst and leader of analytic teams in a variety of locations, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Nestler has a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Maryland – College Park, a master’s in strategic studies from the Army War College, a M.S. in applied mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. Additionally, he is active in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as part of the Analytics Certification Board (ACB), which oversees the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program and the INFORMS SpORts (Operations Research in Sports) Section.

Areas of Expertise

Sports Analytics

Ethical Use of Data & Analytics

Financial & Project Portfolio Analysis

Decision & Risk Analysis

Forecasting & Predictive Modeling

Talent & Workforce Analytics

Data & Information Visualization

Reliability & Prognostics


MS, U.S. Army War College

Ph D, University of Maryland - College Park

MS, Naval Postgraduate School

BS, Lehigh University


Capstone Project

Ethics of Data Analytics

Statistical Inference in Business

Ethics in Business Analytics

Sports Analytics

Business Intelligence (Data Mining)


"Statistics in Pursuit of Social Justice", (with Harrison Schramm, Tracey Koehlmoos), Significance (ASA / RSS), 2018.

"Using the INFORMS Ethical Guidelines in the Classroom", (with David Hunt), OR/MS Today, 41, 2017.

"P-values in Operations Research", (with Harrison Schramm), OR/MS Today, 43, 2016.

"Analytics in Sports", INFORMS Editor's Cut, 2, 2015.

"Not Taught in School (But Useful in the ‘Real World’)", (with Samuel Huddleston), Analytics Magazine, 2015.

"Analytics Rising: Certified Analytics Professional in the DoD", (with Aaron Burciaga), PHALANX: The Magazine of National Security Analysis, 47, 2014.

"Where the Analytics Jobs Are", Analytics Magazine, 2014.

"Certified Analytics Professional: A Usage Guide for Employers and Clients", Analytics Magazine, 2014.

"The Combat Patch: Binary Indicator or Something More?", Small Wars Journal, 2013.

"Assigning Senior Leaders Using Strategic Leadership Competency Matching", Defense Technical Information Center, 2013.

"WholeSoldier Performance Appraisal to Support Mentoring and Personnel Decisions", (with Robert Dees, Robert Kewley), Decision Analysis, 10, 2013.

"Certified Analytics Professional", (with Jack Levis, Bill Klimack), Analytics Magazine, 2012.

"The Shape of Analytics Certification", (with Jack Levis, Bill Klimack, Michael Rappa), OR/MS Today, 39, 2012.

"Reproducible (Operations) Research: A Primer and Why The OR Community Should Care", OR/MS Today, 38, 2011.


"Fundamentals of Data Analytics", (with Rodney Sturdivant, Joel Berrier, Krista Watts), zyBooks, August 2016


Carnegie Mellon University Sports Analytics Conference, "College Football Playoff Ticket Option Pricing" (October 20, 2018).

Harrisburg University Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Analytics and Applied AI, "Ethical Considerations in Data Science & Analytics" (October 16, 2018).

Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference, "Analysis of Potential NCAA Basketball Rule Changes" (June 21, 2018).

SoCal Big Data Summit, "Ethical Considerations in Data Science & Analytics: “Should We?” Not Just “Can We”" (November 4, 2017).

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, "Teaching Sports Analytics" (October 24, 2017).

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, "A Data-Driven and Value-Focused Thinking Approach to an Analytics Job Search" (October 23, 2017).