Grant Thornton Institute

Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management (GT-IDEA)

GT-IDEA is an interdisciplinary institute that spans Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. With a focus on assessing risk both in terms of service delivery exposure and/or client risk, the mission of GT-IDEA is to leverage disruptive technology and unlock innovation in the market by integrating leading-edge technology with business and policy.

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Meet the Co-Directors

Eric Kinser

Senior Lecturer

Eric Kinser is a senior lecturer in the Department of Operations and Decision Technologies at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. At Kelley, Eric teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in spreadsheet modeling, visualizing data with Excel and Microsoft’s Power BI suite, Cloud Based Analytics, and Visual Basic for Applications. In addition to serving as co-director for the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk, he is a faculty sponsor for the Business Analytics Club, and is a co-author on the Your Office textbook series. Prior to joining Kelley he worked in the medical field and in higher education as a technology and decision support specialist.

Travis J Brown

Senior Executive Assistant Dean, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

As the senior executive assistant dean, Dr. Brown built and serves as the academic director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program and Cross-Curricular Education, the executive director of the Shoemaker Innovation Center, and the point of contact for strategic discussions related to the commercialization of faculty research. Dr. Brown also holds a special academic appointment as an HCI/d Core faculty member, which entails teaching Design Strategy and Strategic Design and serving as a faculty advisor for the HCI/d master's degree students as well as the co-director of the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management. In addition, he is the faculty advisor for the Ideation & Creation Entrepreneurs (ICE), the Shoemaker Scholars, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), and the Product Management Club. Prior to returning to Indiana University to pursue his doctoral degree, Dr. Brown spent his career within the intersection of business and technology, focusing on performance management, entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, business analytics, software development, and interaction design in corporate and small business settings.

B. Andrew Chupp

Senior Lecturer, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Dr. B. Andrew Chupp joined the faculty of SPEA (now the O'Neill School) in 2018. His range of research interests include environmental policy and he has recently focused on a retrospective analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Acid Rain Program with a continued investigation of the interplay between state and federal environmental policies. His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Studies, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Public Finance Review, and others.