Mendoza School of Business

Information Technology, Analytics, & Operations

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Now more than ever, the world needs tech and data experts

As the amount of available data outpaces our ability to consume it—and the technologies used to collect and interpret that data evolve—businesses everywhere need experts to capture, mine and interpret the findings.

The Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations Department builds upon the inherent synergies between data governance, data analytics and the optimization of operational systems. The result is a highly relevant curriculum created to address the challenges of a data-saturated—and technology-dependent—world.

You will graduate with the ability to help organizations run more effectively and efficiently—and do so through an ethical framework that can only be established when you ask more of business.


The department offers two majors to Mendoza College of Business undergraduate students:

  • Business Analytics: As a BAN major, you will learn how to be a global leader in scientific, data-driven analysis and research concerning all aspects of business operations.
  • Business Technology: As a BTEC major, you will learn the fundamentals of solving business problems with technology and acquire skills that are directly applicable to fields as diverse as financial services, health care, manufacturing and consulting.

At the graduate level, the department:

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Be a Global Leader

Our vision is 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.

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Preparing Students For In-Demand Careers

The McKinsey Global Institute has estimated that "the United States alone faces a shortage of ... 1.5 million managers and analysts to analyze big data and make decisions based on their findings."

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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a transformative technology force affecting firms of all sizes and across all industries. The cloud model offers flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient access to computing resources on a just-in-time basis. In this course, you will explore the applications of cloud computing to common business problems. You will learn to create full-stack cloud solutions, including the use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies.

Career Support

Prepare to be in demand

Choosing a highly relevant career path in information technology, analytics or operations is the first step toward a successful career. The next step: ensuring that you’re prepared to seize the opportunities that come your way when you embark on your career.

Whether you’re interning with EY or Accenture, learning a programming language like Python in one of your courses, or attending an ITAO Career Connect event, you will be actively preparing for a successful career every step of the way at Notre Dame.

  • Abbott Labs
  • AbbVie
  • Accenture
  • Capital One
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PepsiCo
  • Protiviti
  • PwC
  • Target

There is no algorithm for fun, but the Notre Dame student experience is close.

While your time as an Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations student will be rigorous, it will also be intellectually invigorating, rewarding and fun. Take advantage of Notre Dame’s renowned student experience by:

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What You’ll Learn

A constantly evolving curriculum can also contain eternal truths

Ours are fields in constant flux. Our curriculum is constructed to provide you with the technical skills you’ll need to flourish the minute you embark on your career—and the theoretical and ethical foundation to serve you well for the rest of your life.

Whether you’re learning to program through Data Analysis with Python, communicate the results of your data in a persuasive way in Data Storytelling, or discovering the strategic opportunities and challenges associated with next generation technologies, through the aptly named Strategic Business Technologies, you will find our curriculum challenging, relevant and exciting.

Department Administration

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John W. Berry Sr. Chair of Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations

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.

Contact: (574) 631-6077 or


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Professor Waddell

Assistant Department Chair and Associate Professional Specialist

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.

Contact: (574) 631-9356 or


Bailey Smith

Administrative Assistant

Contact: (574) 631-6183 or


ITAO Management Advisory Board:

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  • Michael Bechtel, ’98, Managing Principal, Ringleader Ventures
  • Joe Brenner, ’90, CIO, Sally’s Beauty Supply
  • Mike Brown, ’01, Regional Director, Athletics Advancement, University of Notre Dame
  • Julianne Crimmins Soriano, ’13, Digital Health and Innovation Manager, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ted Dowd ’11, Senior Vice President, Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
  • Rik Flor ’95, Director, R&D Information Technology, AbbVie
  • Mike Giberti, ’88, IT Manager, Progressive Insurance
  • Donald Ginocchio, ’81, SAP University Alliances Director – Notre Dame
  • Mike Gunville, ’01, Digital Transformation Leader, Adobe
  • Bill Harrington, ’92, Partner, FGMK LLC
  • Dornn Harris, ’09, Associate, SAP America, Inc.
  • Gregory E. Hedges, ’81, Managing Director, Protiviti
  • Angela Hooper, ’02, Technical Architect, ThoughtSpot
  • Katie Kelleher, ’10, Manager, Slalom Consulting
  • Lauren Keller ’09, Nielsen Connected Partner Product Leader, The Nielsen Company
  • Alex Kirkpatrick ’12, Partner, RJ Reliance Consulting
  • Jenni Lankfer ’09, Technical Product Manager, General Electric
  • Joe McBrayer, ’09, Director of Solution Architecture, Civis Analytics
  • Kevin McCarter, ’85, Partner, Deloitte
  • Emmet Murphy, Director, Credit Suisse
  • Joe Nocera, ’97, Partner, PwC
  • Eric Parker, ’99, Director, KPMG
  • Ed Pok, ’98, Senior Principal, Sagence Group, Inc.
  • Meghan Roeder, ’09, Healthcare Consultant, Deloitte
  • Laura Rokita, ’09, Software Engineering Resident, Google
  • Ben Schack, ’03, Director, P&C US technology Strategy, BMO Financial Group
  • Dave Sernett ’86, Partner, Advisory Services, Health Strategy, EY
  • Joe Sifer ’87, EVP, Engineering & Science GM, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Joe Tsai, ’09, Senior IT Audit, EY
  • Susie Turk, ’98, Director,
  • Eileen Wirley, ’82, CIO, Monroe Community College
  • Tom Yemc, ’88, Alliance Director, Accenture
  • Kristine Yuen ’10, Design Lead, LinkedIn