Who's Who in Institutional Research

Biniam Tesfamariam, PhD

Bini serves IU South Bend as its Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and has been at the university since August 2011. Prior to his move to South Bend, Bini was a graduate research assistant at New Mexico State University, where he also attained his PhD in Higher Education Administration (concentration in Quantitative Research and Analysis).

Biniam's technical skills include expertise in:

  • Basic and advanced statistical methods
  • Research methods
  • SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS programming; SPSS; Access; Excel
  • Advanced SQL query language and manipulating database warehouse (PeopleSoft, Microsoft SQL server, Oracle)
  • Development of Medium-Sized Database warehouse for Business Intelligence using SSMS, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS
  • Survey data analysis and higher education policies
  • Data visualization and dissemination tools such as Tableau, Power Bl

Contact Bini at biktesfa@iusb.edu or 574-520-4104.

Xiaoxu Shan, MS

Xiaoxu came to IU South Bend in 2017, shortly after attaining her MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University, Chicago. Her undergraduate degree in Finance is also from DePaul University.

Xiaoxu's areas of technical accomplishment and expertise:

  • SAS Certified Advanced Programmer/SAS Certified Base Programmer
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in financial analysis and data reports
  • Dataset integration and preparation
  • Visualization and data exploitation
  • Conducting surveys and assessment of the data
  • Conducting research studies to support decision making processes
  • Proficient in SAS (SQL queries), R, Stata, and Excel

Contact Xiaoxu at xshan@iusb.edu or 574-520-5230