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Michael Schra

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Michael grew up on the Space Coast in Florida where he developed an interest in Systems Engineering on his high school’s robotics team. This led to him receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Business Finance from the University of Florida. While in college, he was a teaching assistant for classes covering Business Finance, VB.net, Relational Databases, and Web-Based Decision Support Systems. Prior to joining Accenture, Michael completed internships with a successful startup company in Florida, Citibank, Lockheed Martin, and twice with the FDIC during the peak of the financial crisis.

As a member of Accenture’s Technology Strategy Consulting practice, Michael has worked on projects in numerous industry and roles; including as a Divestment Data Separation Analyst for an energy company, a Process Change Analyst for a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and an ITIL Process Analyst for a telecom company. Wanting to widen his experience with data analytics, he joined a Mobile Device Management implementation project as a Data and Deployment Analyst. While on the project, Michael analyzed the mobile device usage patterns of 100,000 users to discover trends amongst diverse personnel subsets, explaining the lower than expected enrollment rate. His findings directly influenced the executive level decision to continue the deployment.

Recognized as an SME for Accenture’s mobile device security and usage analytics, Michael found himself leading the Deployment and Technology work streams for a client’s 10,000 user MDM implementation prior to leaving for the MS in Analytics Program. He is looking forward to deepening his statistics and analytic skill sets with Northwestern’s rigorous, applied, and industry connected curriculum.