Data and Decisions

Data and Decisions

Our team seeks to advance the human condition and society with better decisions through data.

Data and Decisions, Destination Areas, Virginia Tech

February 20, 2019

Data and Decisions and 2019 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture with Dr. Dan Ariely: "Free Beer"
Location: Moss Arts Center
Time: 5pm-7pm
Admission: Free

The Data & Decisions Destination Area is proud to co-sponsor this  2019 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture. Professor Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics and author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff, and Dollars and Sense. Professor Ariely is a New York Times bestselling author and his TED talks have been viewed over 10 million times.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Ariely will speak about “Free Beer.” No tickets are required. The lecture will be followed by a public reception. You are cordially invited to attend.

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Deloitte Fellowship Winners


The Data and Decisions Destination Area received 25 applications for the Deloitte Foundation Data Analytics Fellowship from five colleges across the university (CAUS:1, CLAHS: 3, COE: 10, COS: 4, PCOB: 7). A committee consisting of four members of Data and Decisions and three representatives from Deloitte chose the following five fellowship recipients for 2018-2019:

  • Long Xia
    Business Information Technology, PCOB (Alan Wang, advisor)
  • Kaveh Kelarestaghi
    Civil Engineering, COE (Kevin Heaslip, advisor)
  • Sirui Yao
    Computer Science, COE (Bert Huang, advisor)
  • Jonathan Baker
    Math, COS (Mark Embree, advisor)
  • Leanna Ireland
    Sociology, CLAHS (James Hawdon, advisor)


Each fellowship recipient will receive a $10,000 award.

Congratulations to the award recipients, and thank you to everyone who submitted an application, wrote a recommendation, or helped with the selection process.   

A special thank you to Deloitte for initiating this interdisciplinary fellowship for our graduate students and for supporting the Data and Decisions Destination Area vision. We look forward to seeing the results of the research projects and engaging with these talented students.

Faculty Recruitment

Over the next five years, Virginia Tech is strategically investing in hiring innovative and collaborative faculty to advance its vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century global land-grant institution through our Destination Areas initiative. 

 Data and Decisions Destination Area is looking for new faculty to join our team. 

We seek to be a global destination for data analytics and decision sciences, integrating across all Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas. 

Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities. This Destination Area further addresses policymaking and policy analysis, collaborating at the intersection of scientific evidence, governance, and analyses to translate scholarship into practice.


Stakeholder Committee