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CADS Consulting


The Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) Consulting at Bentley University provides commercial and non-profit organizations with data science and business analytics consulting services to address their business and research needs and drive improved organizational performance. CADS Consulting is a unique resource that supplements the capabilities of external organizations while also generating a source of collaborative research for faculty and training for students. Through Bentley University,  CADS Consulting offers clients access to the best-in-class analytical expertise and the best-in-class business content expertise to support organizational decision making and performance.

CADS Consulting has been in existence for over a decade and has conducted successful projects across a variety of industry sectors including healthcare, utilities, high-tech and finance. The faculty who work in CADS Consulting have over 50 years of combined consulting experience solving complex business problems in a manner that can be understood, interpreted and integrated by their clients. Our work demonstrates how academia and industry can work together to establish the positive contributions that quantitative analysis plays in fact based decision making. The collaboration enhances both sectors when practical applications and cutting-edge research enrich each other.


CADS Consulting has utilized data science, analytics, statistical modeling and optimization to help organizations address a range of business issues related to prediction and forecasting, market research, customer analysis, operations improvement and performance optimization. A brief outline of some of the methodologies that CADS Consulting has utilized in past client projects is provided in the table below.

  • Descriptive statistics and estimation
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Survey development and analysis
  • Experimental design
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Survival analysis
  • Text analysis
  • Statistical process control
  • Generalized linear models
  • Time series models   
  • Hierarchical/multilevel models
  • Bayesian models
  • Data wrangling
  • Data visualization
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Stochastic process analysis
  • Process simulation
  • Process optimization

In addition, the CADS Consulting staff can provide training on the above methodologies and other business analytic and data science topics to the client’s staff to facilitate a cost effective transfer of knowledge to the client organization.


The following diagram highlights the three-step process used by CADS Consulting to conduct client engagements. CADS Consulting initially works with potential clients to determine the feasibility for defining a project that meets the client’s objectives, timeline and budget. This effort results in a project proposal that outlines the project deliverables, consulting team, schedule and costs. Once the proposal is accepted by the client, a contract is executed which initiates the start of the project. Over the course of the project, the CADS Consulting team keeps the client informed of the project progress and, as needed, will help transfer the project knowledge to the client organization to facilitate the implementation of the project results and the successful resolution of the original business issue.



CADS Consulting collaborates with a limited number of clients annually on projects involving a wide range of business issues. Our past clients represent a variety of industries and include:


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If you would like to learn more about CADS Consulting or would like to discuss how CADS Consulting might be able to help your organization, please contact:

Sam Woolford Ph.D., PStat®, CQE
Professor Emeritus of Statistics  
Director, Center for Analytics and Data Science Consulting 
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Bentley University
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 891-2086

Sam Woolford Ph.D., PStat®, CQE