New Director Hired to Lead Online Master’s Programs

Andrew D. Banasiewicz, a seasoned risk analyst and educator, has been appointed director of Merrimack's new online master's programs in data science and business analytics.

Banasiewicz is founder and principle of Erudite Analytics, an independent research and analysis firm focused on risk measurement. He was previously director of data science at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and senior vice president of analytics at an insurance brokerage firm.

Banasiewicz, who holds a doctorate in business from Louisiana State University, also has extensive experience in the classroom, previously holding teaching appointments at Boston University, Providence College and Harvard University, among other institutions.

“Merrimack’s innovative data science and business analytics online programs allow students to develop a robust technical, statistical and scientific foundation while also gaining strong business acumen,” Banasiewicz said. “In today’s rapidly changing fields of data science and business analytics, these programs were designed with industry leaders to ensure the curriculum is focused on mastering the advanced analytics, business decision-making and data-science skills that employers are seeking when making hiring and promotion decisions. I am pleased to be leading Merrimack’s efforts, and look forward to graduating leaders in these high growth fields.”

Experts say that demand for deep analytical talent in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than its projected supply by 2018. The result may be a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills.

Merrimack’s new programs will provide an employer-aligned curriculum designed for busy working professionals.

For more information about the Master of Science in Data Science or Master of Science in Business Analytics, visit the program website.