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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Center for Business Analytics Research (CBAR)

The CBAR Lab strives to work collaboratively with industry, government, and academic partners, to provide outreach services in the fields of business, analytics, and information technology to businesses and organizations in and around South Dakota.

Our goal is to help these businesses and organizations research and develop solutions that will help meet their business needs and technology professionals by leveraging data and enhancing data-driven decision-making processes.

The CBAR Lab hosts active relationships with regional banks as well as insurance and health care firms. We also consult relationships for analytics projects, place student interns and graduates, have active involvement in technology user groups, and ensure the availability of a skilled and qualified workforce for analytics in South Dakota.

Previous work includes:
  • Active industry-faculty partnership through SAS and R user groups
  • Leadership roles in analytics and business intelligence areas
  • Academic alliance partnerships with global leaders in analytics
  • Academic alliance programs with SAS, IBM, and EMC2

With dedication to databases, decision support, and analytics training, CBAR aspires to enhance DSU programs through partnerships that support unique internship opportunities for students at DSU.

These partnerships will provide a pool of trained analytics professionals for the fields of information technology, finance, health care, service, manufacturing, and other industries in the state, region, and nation.

The CBAR Lab is more than happy to partner with you and determine approaches best suited for your business or organization.

If you would like to partner with the CBAR Lab, please reach out to our lab director with specific project information, timelines, and contact information.

David Zeng

David Zeng

Associate Professor


College of Business and Information Systems


Office Location: East Hall
Phone: (605) 256-5165