Experiential Learning

Chicago Spring Break - Data By The Lake

Spring Semester Course with Spring Break Immersion Experience

IST 687 – Applied Data Science (3 credits)

This enhanced version of Applied Data Science introduces fundamentals of data analysis and data mining, with the added benefit of applying concepts learned to real problems in organizations in Chicago. Students will also discuss broader issues relating to leveraging both data analytics and data visualization to answer real-world data challenges. A key component of this face to face spring class is that students will work in teams on real data problems posed by organizations, then during spring break students will travel to Chicago, where they will meet with the assigned organizations, as well as visit some additional organizations, learning about real-world data science challenges and initiatives. The results of the data analysis will be presented to the organizations at the end of the semester.

Class size is limited to 16 students.

Any matriculated graduate student may apply. Undergraduate students may apply with special consideration.

Dates for the next Chicago Spring Break will be forthcoming.


Jeff Saltz

Saltz’s work in industry has often focused on building new teams that leverage emerging technologies to deliver innovative business solutions. In his last corporate role, he worked at JPMorgan Chase. At JPMC, he helped to drive innovation throughout the firm. He also held several other key management positions at the company, including head of information technology for credit card risk and authorization, global head of eBusiness technology, and vice president of computational technology.

He previously served as chief technology officer and principal investor at Goldman Sachs/Goldman Sachs Ventures, where he invested and helped incubate technology start-ups. He started his career as a programmer, project leader and consulting engineer with Digital Equipment Corp (now part of HP).

He received his BS in computer science from Cornell University, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Robert Heckman

Bob teaches strategic management of information resources, information industry strategies, and information consulting. Bob has more than 20 years experience in the information services industry as a senior manager of data processing operations, systems development, and information systems marketing. He received his PhD in information systems at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.


Students register for this special section of IST 687 during the spring semester. The cost for the travel portion of the course is $500, and includes round trip transportation from Syracuse, hotel, and daily breakfast.