With a project based on analytics using SAS solutions, Juan Sebastian Lopez Cubides from Colombia was awarded the SAS® Global Forum Student Scholarship. Cubides received the scholarship at SAS Global Forum 2012 in Orlando.
Juan Sebastian Lopez Cubides was part of a group of students and professors at the University of the Andes in Colombia that created the “Travel Portal,” a carpooling project to improve mobility and reduce pollution in Bogota. Cubides’ thesis, “Data Crunching and Data Mining,” earned him the SAS Student Scholarship Award.
Since he started studying Industrial Engineering, Cubides noted that SAS has been the key solution to solving different problems.
“My thesis is based on the data about the portal operation, where I analyzed the preferences of the economic agents through data mining and data crunching techniques (construction of databases with unstructured information),” he said.
SAS was the high-performance, versatile and flexible solution that helped Cubides analyze data from the project, which is available now to the whole university community - some 15,000 users.
His thesis is based on three analytic models:
- Optimization model, which considers the shared data and provides mobility to the information to select the driver/passenger for each route.
- Logistic Regression model that analyzes the preferences of the passengers, so the driver and the passenger can select and decide who they want to travel with.
- Descriptive Statistical Analysis to analyze usage to determine the incentives and better manage the peak hours.
Today, Cubides is deputy professor of Advanced Statistics at the University of the Andes, where he teaches the main statistical analysis tools (ANOVA and Regression Analysis), emphasizing solutions to current economic problems. He also teaches SAS programming courses to prepare students for the labor market, an outgrowth of his involvement with Beca SAS 2011, a program for Mathematics and Statistics students and graduates who teach platform and analytics topics.
“In the academic field, now I can teach students the unbeatable combination of tools that will provide them with a labor advantage, and SAS is a key tool.”
“Thanks to Beca SAS 2011, I had the chance to visit the offices in Mexico, and get the skills necessary for the labor world, where the data have become the most valuable asset in the organizations,” Cubides said. “In the academic field, now I can teach students the unbeatable combination of tools that will provide them with a labor advantage, and SAS is a key tool.”
Cubides, 21, also has the ASA Designation Candidate of the Society of Actuaries and the Base Programmer for SAS® 9 certification, as well as the expertise in statistics and actuarial science that allowed him to represent his country in the international AIMSS/MOPTA Mathematical Modeling Competition 2010.
His plans include getting additional SAS certifications and teaching statistics in Colombia, and then getting an MBA in analytics and statistics in another country.