Through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program, Dr. Richard Wang, University Professor of Information Quality at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) and Director of MIT Information Quality Program, has been appointed by the Army as the Chief Data Quality Officer, serving as the Army Authority for assessing and improving data quality across the Army Enterprise. Dr. Wang will use his expertise to improve analytical processes supporting executive decision making to foster a corporate global enterprise approach. Additionally, he will assist the Army to formulate policies and procedures to enhance business intelligence goals and objectives.
Dr. Wang, recognized as a world-class expert on data quality matters, will provide advice to Army Governance and Executive Boards consisting of the Senior Military Leadership across the Enterprise including Army Secretariat and Staffs. Additionally, Dr. Wang will recommend strategies and solutions that will significantly streamline management burdens and reduce overhead and operating costs of Army Data Management Programs. He will also be responsible for developing and implementing data quality strategies and criteria to manage data elements across the Army Enterprise, ensuring that data is trusted.
Dr. Wang was instrumental in creating the Master of Science in Information Quality (MSIQ) degree at UALR in 2006. The MSIQ program established at UALR was the world’s first graduate degree in information quality and is the still the only program of its kind in the U.S. (https://ualr.edu/eit/iq). In 2008, UALR added an Information Quality Emphasis to its Applied Science PhD program. The total enrollment for both programs in for the spring 2009 semester stands at 62 students. Dr. Wang also serves as the Co-Director of the UALR Laboratory for Advanced Research in Entity Resolution and Information Quality (https://ualr.edu/eriq/).