Interdisciplinary Research


The Deloitte Institute for Research & Practice in Analytics
The Deloitte Institute for Research & Practice in Analytics (DIRPA) is an initiative funded by Deloitte and designed to bring together students and faculty from the University of Miami in a cross-disciplinary effort to better understand the business and analytic needs, challenges, and opportunities of industry and community organizations across the globe.

dirpa initiatives

Deloitte Scholars

The Deloitte Scholars program honors students for stellar academic performance in the University of Miami’s MS in Business Analytics program. The Deloitte Scholars will be determined through feedback by the MS in Business Analytics program faculty in collaboration with Deloitte representatives. As part of this initiative, the Deloitte Scholars will be offered mentoring by the industry professionals at Deloitte, invited to participate in the capstone projects and interview preparation workshops from Deloitte, and considered for full-time positions at Deloitte.

DIRPA Award for Research in Analytics

This annual award serves to recognize published or accepted research in analytics among Miami Herbert Business School faculty. Research in all areas of analytics is considered, from methods to applications, with preference given to research with applications in relevant business areas. 

Past Winners:
  • 2022 – Nina Huang, Managing Congestion in a Matching Market via Demand Information Disclosure, Information Systems Research, June 2022
  • 2021 – Christos Zacharias, Multimodularity in the Stochastic Appointment Scheduling Problem with Discrete Arrival Epochs, Management Science, 2020

DIRPA Visiting Professional in Analytics

The DIRPA Visiting Professional in Analytics program brings industry professionals to Miami Herbert to collaborate on curriculum development and student training. Visiting Professionals are identified in popular areas of analytics not included in the current MSBA curriculum, to ensure faculty and students are exposed to new and relevant industry topics.

Brandon Adams | DIRPA VPA 2022
Brandon Adams | DIRPA VPA 2022 

Brandon is a seasoned DFS and Poker pro, perennially ranked in RotoGrinders Top 50 DFS players and a regular at high stakes poker tables. He has taught undergrad Economics courses at Harvard in game theory, behavioral finance, and international macroeconomics for nine years. Brandon has published and lead research for several books from The Big Short to ASA's daily fantasy football publication.

As the 2022 DIRPA Visiting Professional in Analytics, Brandon will develop and teach a graduate course titled The Business of Sports Analytics in Spring 2022, as well as an undergraduate course in Sports Analytics in Fall 2022. Beyond his work in the classroom, Brandon hopes to being a unique conference related to careers in sports analytics to Miami Herbert Business School and will be available to mentor Miami Herbert students interested in careers in the field.

Conference, Training & Certification

DIRPA aims to keep Miami Herbert faculty, staff, and students familiar with the most up-to-date development. This includes supporting individuals to attend analytics conferences (e.g., INFORMS Analytics Conference, Spark + AI Summit) and participate in training sessions offered at such conferences, and get certified for specialized analytics skills. For more information, contact


Analytics evolves rapidly! To increase Miami Herbert students exposure to the latest tools, technologies, and methods and to supplement the MS in Business Analytics curriculum, DIPRA provides funding for hands-on workshops. Previous workshops covered topics in advanced python for data science, Microsoft Power BI “Dashboard in a Day”, AWS Cloud Technologies, among others. If you are interested in offering a workshop, or are a current Miami Herbert student with a request for a workshop, please contact

Grants for Research and Teaching

DIRPA has funding available to Miami Herbert faculty for use in the research or teaching of analytics. These are often used to purchase data or computing needs. For more information or to submit a request, contact

Capstone Projects

During their semester-long capstone project, students work in teams to solve the real-world problem presented by their company. In their capstone project, students are challenged to demonstrate creativity in applying theories while considering their project’s technical, environmental, social and ethical feasibility.

  • Predictive Hiring for Sales Performance

  • Email Targeting Marketing

  • Guest Commerce 

  • Incremental Promotion

  • Analyzing the Future Job Profile

  • Google Spend Analytics

  • Taxbot

  • Vaccine Adherence

  • Realtime Promotion using Stream Analytics

  • Scheduling Optimization in Anestesia

  • Clinician and Patient Engagement

  • Revenue Cycle Management

  • Quality of Care Measures

  • Customer Sentiment Analysis

  • Budget Analysis

  • Trust Model

  • On-Call Model

  • Analyze Revenue Dilution

  • Digital Maturity Assessment

  • Prescriptive Expansion of Direct Repair Program

  • Analysis of B2C Sales

  • Product Sentiment Analysis

Purpose-Driven Leadership

The following is a list of members of the DIRPA Advisory Council

Doug Lehmann, Miami Herbert Business School, Director

Kim Griffin, Deloitte

Joseph Johnson, Miami Herbert Business School

Jay Miller, Deloitte

Bert Naquin, Deloitte

Robert Plant, Miami Herbert Business School

Peter Pruitt, Deloitte

Kay Tatum, Miami Herbert Business School