Walt DeGrange is the Senior Director of Analytics for CANA. He recruits, develops, and enables a team of analytics professionals to produce high-level analytics products across federal and commercial domains including operations research studies & analysis, analysis of logistics systems, sports analytics, data and information-based decision support solutions, and data quality & analytic assessments. He is also a faculty member at the University of Arkansas in the Operations Management graduate program, an MBA Executive Advisor at the NC State University Poole School of Management, and the Past Chairperson for the INFORMS SpORts Section. His analytics projects include work with several organizations across the Department of Defense, a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team, and several commercial organizations. Walt teaches professional analytics courses for both INFORMS and Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He also wrote the book Field Guide to Compelling Analytics with Lucia Darrow focusing on how to encourage different audiences to trust and use analytics. Walt was awarded the 2023 MORS Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award for service to MORS and contributions to Military Operations Research and is currently serving on the MORS Board of Directors.


  • Teaching analytics
  • Sports Analytics
  • eSports
  • Operations Research
  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Machine Learning
  • Deployment of analytics


  • MS in Operations Research, 2005

    Naval Postgraduate School

  • BE in Electrical Engineering, 1992

    Vanderbilt University



Executive Advisor

NC State Poole School of Management

Aug 2015 – Present Raleigh, NC
Mentors, coaches and advises graduate student teams taking the MBA Capstone Practicum Course required for a supply chain concentration.


University of Arkansas

Oct 2014 – Present Online
Teaches several courses including Organizing for Change and Cost Estimation Models for the online Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) program.

Senior Director of Analytics, Director of Analytics Capabilities, and Principal Operations Research Analyst


Aug 2014 – Present Virtual

Responsibilities include:

  • Talent acquisition
  • Strategic development and deployment of analytical solutions
  • Teaching courses in the applications of analytics applications and data visualization

Talks & Podcast Interviews