M.Sc. in Computing & Data Analytics

Faculty Profiles

The MSc CDA features award-winning faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Sobey School of Business. Our instructors are experts in wide ranging computing and data analytics disciplines and maintain active research programs and industry partnerships.  MSc CDA also features industry based instructors in each course, so students receive real-world learning experiences and connections to potential internships, sponsored projects, and industry events.

Dr. Pawan Lingras

Director, MSc CDA
Professor, Mathematics & Computing Science
MCDA5580 Data Mining
MCDA5550 Web, Mobile, Cloud Application Development


Pawan Lingras is a Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science and Director of M.Sc. in Computing and Data Analytics at Saint Mary’s University. He has authored more than 200 research papers in various international journals and conferences. He has also co-authored three textbooks, co-edited two books, and nine volumes of research papers. He has been Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant recipient for 25 years, as well as other commercialization funding programs including NSERC Engage, NRC/IRAP, Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation fund, and Mitacs. His research and commercialization projects include data mining, big data, retail mining, wearable technology, Internet of Things, sensor data analysis, Web usage mining, image processing, engineering process mining, clustering - pattern profiling, prediction, automated classification, association mining and optimization using evolutionary algorithms. He is an active organizer and reviewer for a number of international conferences and journals.

Pawan is a recipient of Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching by the alumni association and Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence award by Saint Mary’s student association. He was the coach of Saint Mary's CS Huskies programming team from 1999-2010, winning eight Atlantic Canadian Championships, four runner-up finishes, and one trip to the World Finals (Hawaii, 2002). He continues to mentor students in a variety of app development competitions.

Pawan is a graduate of IIT Bombay with graduate studies from University of Regina. His co-authors include professionals from Canada, India, China, Tunisia, USA, UK, Germany, Norway, and Chile. He was the Director of a Business Administration and Computing program in the The Gambia, West Africa. He recently served as a University Grant Council (UGC) funded Scholar-in-Residence at SRTM University, Nanded, and as a visiting professor at IIT Gandhinagar, both in India. During these two visits in 2011-12, he extensively traveled through India giving more than 40 invited talks. He has also previously served as a Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Scholar. He has also participated in Science tour of Germany and most recently served as a visiting faculty at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Michael Zhang‌Associate Professor, Sobey School of Business
MCDA5520 Statistics and its Applications in Business

He has PhD in Management Science from Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario. He also has a master degree in Financial Economics and a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. He teaches courses of Applied Data Analysis, Statistics, Operations Management and Quantitative Methods for Master of Finance, Master of Applied Science, MBA and Undergraduate students. His research centers on Business Optimization and Healthcare Analytics. His research has been awarded by multiple funding agencies such as CIHR, NSERC, Mitacs, CIRS and Innova Corp. He has extensive experiences in healthcare modeling, business logistics, revenue management, and large network simulation. He is leading (co-leading) several national and provincial healthcare projects including:

  • Atlantic Canada Children’s Effective Service Strategies
  • Nova Scotia Senior Care Optimal Solution
  • Canadian Chronic Disease Awareness and Management Program
  • Connection-Collaboration-Evaluation-Support (CCES): Improving Youth Success

Dr. Hai Wang

Professor, Finance, Information Systems, and Management Science
MCDA 5560 Business Intelligence & Data Visualization


  • Big Data
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Shared Services

Dr. Stavros Konstantinidis

Professor, Mathematics & Computing Science
MCDA5540 Managing and Programming Databases

Stavros Konstantinidis obtained a BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens (1988), and the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Western University (1992 and 1996, respectively). From the summer of 1996 to the summer of 1998 he served as an assistant professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Lethbridge. In the summer of 1998 he joined the department of Mathematics and Computing Science at Saint Mary's University (SMU), where he is currently a tenured professor. At SMU he has served as coordinator of graduate students, coordinator of computing science, and chairperson of the department. He is interested in theoretical and mathematical aspects of computing science, and applications in error control codes, string processing, and bioinformatics. He has published many scientific articles in leading journals and international conferences, including two best conference paper awards. He has served in the program committees of several international conferences as well as in various committees of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada---as a national committee chair in two occasions.


Dr. Yasushi Akiyama

Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Computing Science
Associate Director - Admissions, MSc CDA
MCDA 5530 UI/UX Design and Quality Engineering

Yasushi completed his MSc from Saint Mary’s University and PhD from Dalhousie University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computing Science at SMU and a Human-Computer Interaction researcher. His research focuses on design, implementation, and evaluation of digital tools that support users to view and manipulate different types of multimedia data. In addition to his academic research, he has also worked with the industry partners on several Research and Development (R & D) projects.


  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • UI/UX Design and Evaluation
  • Digital Creative Tools
  • Multimedia Data Visualization
  • Multimodal Interaction Technologies


Mohamed Eltobgy 

Manager, Business Analysis - IBM Canada
MCDA 5530 UI/UX Design and Quality Engineering

Mohamed is the Manager for the Business Analysis team at IBM Halifax, Canada and SMU MSc CDA Alumni (2016) with extensive experience in Business Analysis and IT including expertise in system analysis, software development, managed services, business analytics, and managing the requirements lifecycle. Mohamed has worked in different domains with strong knowledge in financial services, telecommunications and health care. 


  • Business Analysis and Analytics, System Analysis and design, data migration.
  • Enterprise Design thinking.
  • Agile project management, Agile Methodology.
  • Solution design, managing requirements lifecycle, application managed services.

Chad West

Manager of IT, Municipality of the County of Kings
MCDA5540 Managing and Programming Databases

Chad is currently the Manager of IT for the Municipality of the County of Kings.  He was previously the software architect for Track Group Analytics and spent over 14 years on the IBM DB2 SQL query compiler development team.


  • Full-stack Software Development
  • SQL compilation and optimization
  • Agile Methodologies and Project Management