Analytics students present at Appalachian Research in Business Symposium

Walker College of Business students presented analytics research at the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium (ARBS) in Johnson City, Tennessee March 23.

The event was the fifth annual ARBS, and it was hosted by East Tennessee State University.

The students are senior political science and economics major Avery Dobbins, MBA student with data science concentration Dalton Stout, and data analytics graduate students Dan Emery, Daniel Paprocki and Lucas Stinson

Each has worked with Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) director Joseph Cazier, or business faculty advisors Brandy Hadley, professor of finance in the Walker College and CARE faculty fellow, or Ed Hassler, professor of information systems and director of technology for CARE.

Dobbins presented on Blocks for Bees: Solving Bee Business Problems with Blockchain Technology with Hadley, Cazier and computer science professor James Wilkes. Dobbins also worked with junior computer science major Alisha Sprinkle, who was unable to attend ARBS.

Emery presented on Technology Transfer Policy Efficiency: The Influence of Diversity & Inclusion with Hadley. Emery also worked in collaboration with MBA student Austin King and recent alumnus Koby Meyer, who were unable to attend ARBS.

Paprocki, Stout and Stinson presented on Best Practices for Data in Rural Utilities: The Importance of Data Standardization with Hassler, Cazier and communications professor Thomas Mueller.

The presentations are partially funded by the Lee Barnes Benefaction for Learning Enhancement and Enrichment Fund.

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According to Cazier, the papers are in the process of being expanded for publication in a journal, and some of the students are actively seeking grant funds.

About the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium

The purpose of the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium is to provide an opportunity for the business faculty of universities in the Appalachian region to share current research interests and outcomes. Research is presented in the business areas of Accounting, Business Education, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Management, and Marketing. Research in the developmental stage as well as investigations nearing completion are invited to participate annually.

About Student Research in the Walker College of Business

The Walker College Business encourages students to participate in research supervised by a faculty mentor to: Learn more about issues or questions of specific interest; Learn how business firms and government agencies do research; Gain additional job skills; Work more closely in a collaborative and mentoring context with a professor, and Improve presentation skills. Business students are eligible to apply for a variety of research grants designed to cover costs associated with research projects or creative endeavors, including Appalachian State University Office of Student Research Grants, Barnes Program Research Grants, and the CERPA Scholars Program. Learn more at

From left: Dalton Stout, Lucas Stinson, Avery Dobbins, Daniel Paprocki, Ed Hassler, Brandy Hadley, Dan Emery and Joseph Cazier during the 2018 Appalachian Research in Business Symposium
Published: Mar 30, 2018 8:31am