Chapman University Receives $2.5 Million Donation from Kay Family Foundation

The $2.5 million gift from the Kay Family Foundation funds faculty, student and potentially alumni research, projects, and other activities in the field of data analytics (often referred to as big data).

The fund will be distributed over a five-year window in equal $500,000 increments, targeted to primarily support applied analytics research that impacts business and society.

Four Chapman faculty members have been selected as the 2016 grant winners for the Kay Family Foundation donation. The winners transcend interdisciplinary studies and share their work relating to big data below.

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Chapman community employs data analytics to deliver real world impact

Four Chapman faculty members have set out to uncover new opportunities for societal impact by examining and analyzing large amounts of data. Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary hopes to stabilize the relationship between extreme weather and resulting outages, ultimately resulting in higher customer satisfaction. Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook seeks to identify Orange County at-risk mothers and their children and determine why these mothers aren’t participating in no-cost health care programs.

Another researcher, Dr. Erik Linstead, will be assisting board-certified behavior analysts in providing more tailored and effective treatment plans to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lastly, Dr. Abel Winn is dedicated to improving electromagnetic spectrum auctions to enable the growth of mobile computing and the ability to send and receive data on your smartphone.

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