Grand View University announced it will add a business analytics major beginning this fall. The major will prepare students to think critically about data, use it in meaningful ways and better understand business situations to improve an organization’s performance, the Des Moines-based university said in a release. Grand View has hired Oscar Aguilar, previously an analytics consultant with Principal Financial Group, to head the new major. Aguilar has bachelor's and master’s degrees in applied statistics, and a doctorate in statistics with a mathematics minor. His research includes applied statistics, machine learning, optimization, data mining and math-finance. According to Iowa Workforce Development, business analyst positions are among the fastest-growing occupations in Iowa.