Mohsen Farhadloo earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Communication Systems) at the Amirkhabir University of Technology – Tehran Polytechnic in Iran. He went on to a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California (UC) - Merced in 2015, where he worked on analyzing customer reviews to understand what drives customer satisfaction using data mining/machine learning techniques.
After his PhD, he worked on social media analytics with applications in public policy and public health as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Farhadloo subsequently did a postdoc at the UC - Los Angeles working on applications of data mining in the public health domain.
Following an assistant professorship at UC – Riverside, he joined Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in early 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics. Dr. Farhadloo currently develops and applies techniques from business analytics for applications in health, business and public policy domains.
The John Molson School of Business will launch its MSc in Business Analytics and Technology Management this coming Fall 2022. Similar to our December blog post featuring the program’s Director, Dr. Suchit Ahuja, we asked Dr. Farhadloo about the importance and relevance of Business Analytics and Business Technology Management, their combined potential impact and opportunities for students in the program.
Many schools offer programs in either Business Analytics or Business Technology Management. Why do you feel the combination of the two is an important feature of John Molson’s new program?
John Molson’s Master of Science (MSc) in Business Analytics and Technology Management provides a unique opportunity for students to add analytical skills to their toolkits while simultaneously gaining managerial knowledge about emerging technologies. The program is offered by the Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, meaning that students will have access to the resources and collaborative learning opportunities from our faculty members with expertise in both business analytics and technology management.
Why do you feel it is important for graduate students to gain skills in both Business Analytics and Business Technology Management?
So many innovative entrepreneurship opportunities exist at the intersection of analytics and technology management. Combining emerging technologies and analytics can lead to innovation for solving problems and discovering efficiencies in today’s business landscape.
How do you foresee the impact of Business Analytics and /or Business Technology Management in the world of business? In what sector(s) specifically?
Business analysts can fill vital roles as “translators” combining both analytical skills and knowledge of their practical applications for businesses. Our graduates will be primed for a data-driven world and will be in high demand. The McKinsey Global Institute’s report, The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world, projects a demand of two to four million business data translators over the next decade in the United States alone.
Like our John Molson alumni, who can be found making a difference in businesses around the world, graduates of the MSc in Business Analytics and Technology Management, will be able to pursue career opportunities in Montreal and beyond to respond to ever growing global demand for specialized talent in the field.