In an effort to expand the understanding of business analytics and associated careers, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business created the Smith Analytics Consortium. A partnership between corporations and Smith’s first-class faculty, the Consortium will focus on experiential learning projects, analytic demonstrations, thought leadership events, executive education, curriculum development, and research. Smith Analytics Consortium members will have the opportunity to help shape research and curriculum, and provide consulting projects for students to tackle during their capstone courses. The Second Annual Smith Analytics Conference was held on April 27, 2018. Conference Details.