The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted today to approve the Institute’s proposal to acquire a larger facility to accommodate enrollment growth in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The Institute will proceed to seek closure on a lease agreement for approximately 25,000 square feet, which will allow it to enroll up to 120 students in the MSA Class of 2016 next June. “We’re excited about the opportunity to expand enrollment and ready to move forward,” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa. “The MSA has one of the university’s largest applicant pools for a graduate program, and now we’ll be able to admit that many more talented and deserving candidates.”

Want to advance aviation safety mining terabytes of data flowing from modern airliners? Or reduce medical costs and improve quality of care analyzing millions of health records? Are you a sports enthusiast and want to live Moneyball in real life? Our graduates do all that and more. If you have a mind for mathematics and statistical programming, and a passion for working with data to solve challenging problems, we invite you to join the Institute and hundreds of its alumni and let us help boost your career as an analytics professional. Apply for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016, slated to begin studies next June. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it’s wise to apply early. Information sessions are held throughout the fall semester. Photo: 2014 graduates Mitushi (employed at Apple) and Allison (employed at Deloitte).

Kick-off meetings held here and elsewhere around the country marked the beginning of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015 practicum projects for 17 teams of students. Many of the teams traveled to their sponsor’s locations, up and down the east coast to destinations such as Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and Jacksonville, Florida. The practicum is a core facet of the MSA learning experience, where teams of students work on challenging problems using large amounts of proprietary data from the sponsors. The projects last 8 months and culminate in late April when teams hit the road once again to deliver executive-level presentations to their sponsors.  Read the rest of this entry »

The NC State University Board of Trustees voted to approve a proposal to allow the Institute to acquire larger facilities on Centennial Campus to accommodate growing enrollment in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The proposal now awaits approval of the UNC Board of Governors. The new facilities will enable the Institute to enroll up to 120 students next summer for the Class of 2016. The vote puts the MSA on a path to become one of NC State’s largest graduate programs in terms of degrees conferred annually. The MSA has a history of operating at full capacity, beginning in Read the rest of this entry »

Download the MSA Student Profile BookThe Institute is delighted to introduce 86 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Interested employers and friends of the Institute are invited to download the Student Profile Book to learn more about our students. Prospective employers: please contact us to receive your complimentary copy of the Class of 2015 Resume Book when it becomes available in December. Onsite interviewing begins in January—please call the Institute’s career services coordinator April Wilson (919-513-2979) to schedule a visit date at your earliest convenience. Graduates are available for full-time employment beginning in May. Read the rest of this entry »

In a major step forward, the Institute is meeting the need for more computational power to wrestle with the complexity of modeling increasingly large data sets. Since our inception in 2007, the typical practicum project performed by student teams has steadily grown from hundreds of megabytes to gigabytes and now terabyte scale data problems. With the help and generosity of SAS, the Institute is upgrading its computing facility with a powerful 21-blade server stack capable of running the latest high performance analytics software. The new servers represent a fivefold increase in computer processing speed and over 300 terabytes of data storage. Installation of Read the rest of this entry »

Predictive Analytics WorldThe Institute’s Dr. Aric LaBarr returned to Washington DC today to speak at the Predictive Analytics World for Government 2014 conference. Dr. LaBarr’s talk, titled “Finding a Lost Person and Evaluating State Budget,” provides two case studies in analytics based on work performed at the Institute. Also speaking at the conference is Institute alumnus Gerhard Pilcher (MSA 2010), Vice President and Senior Scientist at Elder Research.

School SuppliesIt’s back to school for hundreds of 6th-, 7th-, and 8th- graders at nearby Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School (CCMMS). The MSA Class of 2015, continuing a student tradition, sought to lend a helping hand to our Centennial Campus neighbors by holding a charitable drive to donate school supplies—from pencils and notebooks to backpacks to USB data storage devices—everything schoolchildren need to be productive, but cannot always afford on a tight family budget. Many thanks to all of the MSA student volunteers who gave generously of their time in the collection effort, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who made a donation! Read the rest of this entry »

Aric LaBarrThe Institute’s Dr. Aric LaBarr was in Washington DC today to speak on a panel about Big Data and Analytics used to solve human resource problems in government. The panel was convened by the American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and moderated by Johan Bos-Beijer, Director Business Operations and Analytics Division, U.S. General Services Administration. In addition to Dr. LaBarr, the panel included: Dr. Allen Zeman, President, Center for Human Capital Innovation; Steven Hernandez, Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Information Assurance, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, Executive Director, OPM Innovation Lab, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Estée Lauder CompaniesOne of the world’s leading cosmetics companies, Estée Lauder, is among the many organizations on this year’s roster of practicum project sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. The seventeen projects—which span aerospace, autos, chemicals, consumer product goods, banking, energy, professional sports, transportation, heavy machinery, and government—were selected from over 50 proposals submitted to the Institute. In addition to Estée Lauder, new this year to the list of sponsors are: AT&T, Cigna, Cresco, John Deere, International Ag, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Raytheon, RTI, Sensus, and the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. Returning sponsors include: Eastman Chemical, M&T Bank, Quaero, Railinc, The J.M. Smucker Co., Volvo, and the CIA. Read the rest of this entry »

Institute for Industrial EngineersThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was the invited guest speaker this evening at a dinner gathering of the Raleigh Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) on the NC State campus in Raleigh. Dr. Rappa’s talk focused on how the emergence of Analytics and Big Data will broadly affect the practice of industrial engineering. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering. The event was organized by Haleh Byrne, Product Lead for Industrial Engineering and Continuous Improvement, with North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service.

Wells FargoThe Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa traveled to Charlotte today to speak at a corporate-wide gathering of the Wells Fargo Enterprise Data and Analytics leadership team convened by the company’s new Chief Data Officer, Dr. Charles Thomas. Dr. Rappa provided executives with an overview of the Institute’s novel 10-month Master of Science in Analytics degree program and its growing pipeline of graduates. Joining him in the presentation were two colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Dean of the Belk College of Business, Dr. Steven Ott, and the director of the university’s new Data Science and Business Analytics program, Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic. It has become increasingly common for large organizations to appoint a c-suite executive, namely a Chief Data Officer (CDO), to oversee the company’s data strategy, provide enterprise data governance, and determine ways to leverage data for improved risk management and customer experiences.

Michael RappaThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was the keynote speaker today at the 12th Annual Lean Six Sigma Forum—Big Data, Big Decisions: Leveraging Lean Six Sigma in a Data Rich Environment—hosted by the NC State University College of Textiles. In his lecture, Dr. Rappa provided a sweeping overview of how the world is being changed by “big data” and the new digital reality facing businesses. The Institute’s students in the Master of Science in Analytics use big data—combined with power analytics software tools—to help organizations understand every facet of their business, from customers to operations to distribution and more. The talk concluded with observations about how the growing abundance of data will also present serious challenges, which require new ways of thinking about what data we collect, store and analyze in the future.

JSM 2014How the Statistics community can best respond to the demand for data science and analytics education was the topic of a presentation by the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa at the Joint Statistical Meetings held this week in Boston. Data Science and its relationship to conventional statistics degree programs is the focus of an intensifying dialogue in academic departments across the country. Speaking to an audience of 200 attendees, Dr. Rappa encouraged Statistics faculty to play a leadership role in developing new curricula that squarely targets the broad set of skills individuals need to be productive data scientists. The invited special presentation was part of a session organized by Dr. Ming Li and chaired by Dr. Martha Gardner titled “The Industrial Internet Read the rest of this entry »

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