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Iyer named program director of applied data analytics at Appalachian

By Haley Childers

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Lakshmi Iyer has been named program director of applied data analytics at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageDr. Lakshmi Iyer is the new program director of applied data analytics at Appalachian State University. Photo submitted

Iyer will join Appalachian’s faculty as a professor in the Walker College of Business’ Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, effective July 1.

As program director, Iyer will lead the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics degree program that Appalachian launched in 2016 to help bridge the gap between industry demand and skills in the area of big data.

Iyer most recently served as director of graduate programs in the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Under her leadership, enrollment in UNCG’s information systems and supply chain graduate programs more than doubled. She was also instrumental in establishing an analytics concentration at the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management level as well as a graduate certificate in business analytics.

“Dr. Lakshmi Iyer brings a wealth of administrative experience in managing and growing graduate programs, and in building partnerships with the business and professional community,” said Dr. Sandy Vannoy, associate dean for graduate programs and research in the Walker College. “Further, she is a seasoned teacher and researcher.”

Iyer’s research interests include emerging information and communication technology organizations and users, social inclusion and information technology (IT), business intelligence/analytics, healthcare IT, decision support systems and knowledge management.

Her work has been published in respected journals including the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Management and others.

Iyer is a board member for the Teradata University Network – a free portal for the global academic community that provides resources for teaching and research in the fields of analytics, business intelligence, and decision support – and is a board member for the Association of Information Systems (AIS) Special Interest Group in Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA).

Iyer earned a Ph.D. in business administration with a major in management science and information technology and a minor in computer science from the University of Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Bangalore University in India.

About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling nearly 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and nearly 175 graduate students, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at

About the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics Program

Organizations increasingly rely upon both structured and unstructured large-scale data for operational and strategic decision-making. Appalachian’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics degree provides students with not only the technical skills to work with data, but to do so within the business context. The program develops business professionals who understand and apply data analytics concepts, techniques and tools to promote effective organizational problem-solving. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.