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Thursday Sessions

The theme of the Thursday morning keynotes and plenary presentations is Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Science. Be inspired to incorporate these critical topics into your classes after leading faculty share their experiences. Get updates from the North American Academic Board, learn about the upcoming Digital Transformation Academic Events and the Summer Workshops. Listen to how Deloitte Consulting is taking its recruiting strategy to the next level with University Alliances member institutions. The Majdi Najm Outstanding Service Award will be presented.

The afternoon features peer-reviewed presentations by faculty on innovations in teaching SAP. Attendees may select from topics such as Analytics, Accounting, Digital University, Industry 4.0 / IoT, Design Thinking and Project Propel. Additionally, a mentoring session for SAP University Alliances experienced members is offered.

During the morning, research and teaching poster sessions will be featured.

A list of Thursday Sessions follows. Check back for updates.

Thursday, February 18

06:30am - 08:30am


08:00am - 12:00pm


08:30am - 08:35am

Ann Rosenberg
08:35am - 08:55am

SAP University Alliances North America Academic Board Update
Bipin Prabhakar, Indiana University
Michael Bliemel, Dalhousie University
Yvonne Antonucci, Widener University

08:55am - 09:05am

Majdi Najm Outstanding Service Award
SAP University Alliances North American Team

09:05am - 09:15am

Journey to Innovation: How IoT & Data Science Enhances Learning with GBI
Simha Magal, Grand Valley State University

09:15am - 9:45am Next-Gen Consultants: Perspectives from Deloitte
Tanya DanceKelly, Deloitte Consulting
09:45am - 10:10am

Education for the Digital Transformation - Project Propel Empowered by SAP
Donna Covington, Delaware State University
Brian Reaves, SAP

10:10am - 10:15am Signing Ceremony: North Carolina Central University as a new SAP University Alliances and Project Propel Member, Wanda Lester, Interim Dean

10:30am - 11:00am

Academic Poster Sessions featuring teaching and research posters,
and Break

11:00am - 11:20am Faculty Spotlight: Examples of Next-Gen Consulting in Action
Nitin Kalé: University of Southern California
Simha Magal: Grand Valley State University
Nancy Jones: San Diego State University
11:20am - 11:40am SAP Cloud for Analytics
Jacob Stark, SAP
11:40am - 12:00pm Digital University
Keith Harmon, SAP 
12:00pm - 12:10pm SAP Digital Transformation Academic Events
 John Baxter, SAP 
12:10pm - 12:20pm SAP University Alliances North America Summer Workshops
Colleen Raftery
12:20pm - 12:30pm Preview of Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Ann Rosenberg
12:30pm - 01:30pm Lunch

01:30pm - 03:00pm

Breakout Sessions 
Facilitated by Academia and SAP

I. Analytics

II. Project Propel

III. Accounting

IV. Digital University

V. Design Thinking Curriculum Options

03:00pm - 03:30pm


03:30pm - 05:00pm

Breakout Sessions
Facilitated by Academia and SAP

VI. Analytics Curriculum Jam

VII. Project Propel (session continues)

VIII. Mentoring - Advanced Topics

IX. Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things

X. Design Thinking Curriculum Options (session continues)

05:00pm Conference Ends