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Matt Pickard

Matt Pickard


Associate Professor / Owner

Northern Illinois University / Pickard Predictives LLC | Illinois, USA


Authored Curriculum

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My Most Recent Course

Dimensionality Reduction in R

4 hours16 Videos56 Exercises856 Learners

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My Work Experience

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Northern Illinois University | Aug 2021 - Present

Associate Professor of Accounting Data and Analytics


Northern Illinois University | Jun 2021 - Present

Associate Professor of Accounting Data and Analytics


Northern Illinois University | Aug 2018 - Jul 2021

Assistant Professor of Accounting Data and Analytics


Pickard Predictives, LLC | Nov 2016 - Aug 2018


I provide data and analytics training, consulting, and services. I have provided the following trainings: Audit Data Analytics with Excel Excel Basics and Beyond: A Hands-On Approach Business Process Mapping with Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs) and System Flowcharts Jumping into the Basics of R Working with Data in R: Leveraging the tidyverse Visualizing Data in R with ggplot2 R Shiny Basics I will create custom training to fit your organizations needs. I also provide data and analytics solutions in R, Excel, Tableau, and Python.
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University of New Mexico | Aug 2012 - May 2018

Assistant Professor of Accounting

I teach Accounting Information Systems with an emphasis on system documentation (data flow diagrams and flowcharts) and technical skills (database design, SQL, and pivot tables). My research centers on automating interviews of all type using computer-based avatars (i.e., embodied characters - both human and non-human). My interest in and work with data analytics is increasingly growing - both in consulting and curriculum development.

Center for the Management of Information (CMI) | Aug 2008 - Jul 2012

Research Associate


Raytheon Missile Systems | Aug 2008 - Dec 2010



University of Arizona | Jan 2008 - Jan 2009

Ph.D. Student


Brigham Young University | Jan 2006 - Jan 2008

Student / Research Assistant


National Instruments | Sep 2004 - Jun 2006

Project Manager

• Protected company’s market share by leading a team of 15 people to develop proposals for the Directors of Engineering in order to address the threat of an immerging industry standard. Based on the proposal, the Directors understood the work required for various possibilities. • Effectively educated the V.P. of R&D and 55 engineers on the aforementioned standard via PowerPoint presentations. • Met the needs and schedule requirements of 5 other projects while managing a strategic software driver project. Shipped the project on time and within budget.

National Instruments | Sep 2002 - Sep 2004

Application Engineer


National Instruments | May 2000 - Sep 2002

Engineering Intern


My Education

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Ph.D., MISUniversity of Arizona - Eller College of Management | 2012
M.B.A., Business - Information SystemsBrigham Young University | 2008
B.S., Computer EngineeringBrigham Young University | 2002
S.A., Electrical EngineeringRicks College | 1999

About Me

Matt Pickard

I am an Associate Professor of Data and Analytics at Northern Illinois University. On the side, I do data analytics consulting and training as the owner of Pickard Predictives, LLC. I'm an avid user of R, and competent in Python.

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