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Jeff Zeanah

Jeff Zeanah

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current City: Atlanta, GA

BS, Industrial Engineering; The University of Alabama
MBA; The University of Alabama

Languages spoken: English

Using SAS since 1980    Teaching SAS since 2001

Using JMP since 2003

Professional experience:
President of Z Solutions, Inc., a firm focused on customized analytical consulting for over 20 years. He has consulted with industry leaders in manufacturing, retail, software, public health, science, finance, and utilities. A frequent lecturer on the topic of explaining analytics and the management of analytical projects, Jeff enjoys sharing field experiences with colleagues. As a recognized expert on neural networks and a broad range of exploratory data mining tools, Jeff has authored papers on neural networks, exploratory data mining, and the implementation of those techniques in organizations. He is the developer of exploratory approaches and techniques that have been used by Fortune 500 companies, independent researchers, government agencies, and over 30 universities worldwide. Jeff's approaches have been applied in areas as diverse as market research, software license compliance, tasting wines, nutrition, sizing electric transformers, and classifying stars.

Courses I teach include

Exploratory Analysis for Large and Complex Problems Using SAS Enterprise Miner
Explaining Analytics to Decision Makers: Insights to Action

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Authored/coauthored works:

Impediments to Exploratory Data Mining Success, Published as a chapter in Organizational Data Mining: Leveraging Enterprise Data Resources for Optimal Performance

Invited speaker at conferences

M2008 Data Mining Conference (2008)
M2009 Data Mining Conference (2009)
Analytics 2012 (2012)
The University of Alabama Business Analytics Symposium (2013)

Recommended resources:
Other resources: Many do not know the Enterprise Miner procedure guides are available on-line at There are lots of good tricks to be found.

What students are saying:

Great instructor. Like the use of real world scenarios in teaching.
This was a great class, both for the new methods I have learned and for Jeff's advice on presenting new information.
It's an entire different way of thinking. Jeff is amazing.

What is the best part about teaching?
The students. There is always a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and interests. The best classes are those in which I am learning at least as much as the students.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
Cooking and wines.

What is your favorite place or dream vacation destination?
Anywhere I haven't been.

What is your most memorable moment of teaching a SAS (or JMP) class?
Not a pleasant memory but most memorable is first needing, then getting a root canal during the lunch break and teaching afterwards with a numb mouth. More pleasantly (and also memorable) was teaching in Chicago and watching the Blue Angels practicing outside the windows for the weekend air show.

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