Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie Rosenthal, Ph.D

Chatham University’s Business & Entrepreneurship Department is pleased to welcome Stephanie Rosenthal, Ph.D, as its new Assistant Professor of Applied Data Science Analytics. Dr. Rosenthal teaches Introduction to Programming, Business Analytics: Research Methods, and the Integrative Business Capstone course during her first semester at Chatham.

Dr. Rosenthal completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Her professional experience includes working for the robotics startup Bossa Nova Robotics as a Human-Robot Interaction Scientist, and for the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University as a Research Scientist.

“When you start a business, you’re looking to create a product that improves people’s lives in some way so that they want to buy it. My background in human-computer interaction will allow me to help students understand how to study, write about, present, and sell their ideas about improvements as they move towards their business careers,” Dr. Rosenthal shares as she envisions her new venture into business education.

Dr. Rosenthal is excited to be teaching Introduction to Programming as her first course in the new Applied Data Science Analytics undergraduate curriculum. She loves project-based classes because the experience of practicing the concepts taught in lectures really help drive home the ideas, and students can start to assess the differences, tradeoffs, benefits, and challenges to each of the concepts they are taught.  Dr. Rosenthal also looks forward to creating an interactive curriculum for her Business Analytics: Research Methods course.

“Research Methods is something really important for everyone to understand, so I want to make sure students can not only create their own studies but also evaluate data and studies that they see on the television or online.”

Professor Rosenthal and Dr. Rachel Chung are co-teaching the Integrative Capstone course during the Fall. This will be an exciting opportunity for Dr. Rosenthal as it will allow her to work on projects with students.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Rosenthal join the business and entrepreneurship department. Data analytics is a key skillset for all business professionals, and we know our students will benefit tremendously from learning and working with Dr. Rosenthal on her research projects,” says Dr. Chung.

Dr. Rosenthal knows that no job is perfect. Therefore, she advises students to think about what’s most important for them and look for positions that meet those criteria. For her, collaborating, working with others, and learning new things are very important criteria as she evaluates a new project or career path to pursue.  For example, Professor Rosenthal has worked very hard to continually improve her writing skills because she knows that communication is very important, not only in the workplace, but in every aspect of our lives.

Professor Rosenthal has always loved baking. In her spare time, she often tries to make bread, cookies, or brownies. She has also started taking stained glass making classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. “I really like the combination of art with the science or technical precision required to execute it well.”

Applied Data Science Analytics allows students to develop and implement their own theoretical understanding of data analytics through hands-on practice and application. The major pulls from many functional areas of business and information technology to give students innovative and in-demand skills. Professor Rosenthal’s knowledge and skills are a great asset for Chatham students interested in pursuing their degree in Management Information Systems or Applied Data Science Analytics at the undergraduate level. Chatham University’s MBA program includes a concentration in Information Management where students gain theoretical understanding of information architecture, as well as experience with information management systems essential to diverse industries such as accounting, project management, healthcare, and countless others.

*In a related article, an earlier version of the course Introduction to Programming was featured in Business Insight in Fall 2016.

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