The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2017, our 10th student cohort, which will begin studies next summer. The MSA is the nation’s longest running full-fledged master’s degree program in data science with an unparalleled track record for producing highly sought-after graduates. Applications are now being reviewed and the process will continue on a rolling basis, so it is advantageous to apply early. Here are some common questions prospective applicants have: Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute continues to broaden the scope of employment options for its graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The fall semester is in full swing and the Institute has welcomed a number of new and returning employers for information sessions. Among new visitors is the Institute’s first non-U.S. based employer B2W Digital, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The information sessions give employers an opportunity to meet with all 114 candidates in the MSA Class of 2016 as a prelude to recruiting during spring semester. Read the rest of this entry »

Twenty-three teams of Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) students spread out across the country the past few weeks to kick-off practicum projects with their sponsors. From Boston to Seattle and Chicago to Orlando, teams traveled to meet with executives to review business objectives and to familiarize themselves with the sponsor organization and industry. The MSA Class of 2016 brings the total number of practicum projects to 110 with 80 sponsors since the Institute’s inception in 2007. The projects cover a wide spectrum of problem areas and industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Download the MSA Student Profile BookThe Institute is delighted to introduce 114 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. 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 2016 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 May 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Sarah Egan WarrenThe Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Egan Warren to the position of Technical Communication Specialist. Most recently, Sarah served as the Assistant Director of the Professional Writing Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State, where she taught classes in professional communication, mentored graduate students, and collaborated with faculty, staff, and students on departmental and university-wide programs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute is delighted to announce the sponsors of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016 practicum team projects. This year 23 student teams will be tasked with projects from 20 sponsoring organizations spanning many industry sectors as well as government agencies and non-profit organizations. Notable projects this year include the Institute’s first team project with a consortium of seven major art museums from across the U.S. and Canada led by the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Institute’s students also for the first time will venture into the highly competitive world of motorsports with a project sponsored by the legendary Richard Childress racing team. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark CusickCongratulations to doctoral candidate Mark Cusick, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation — Human Generated Topics: A Gold Standard for Automated Topic Evaluation — aimed at making better sense of the vast amount of text, such as product reviews, generated on the web. Specializing in natural language processing, machine learning, and text mining, Cusick worked as a research assistant to the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa since enrolling in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science in 2011. In August, Dr. Cusick will join as a data scientist in the company’s Cambridge (Mass.) research office. Read the rest of this entry »

MIT Chief Data Officer SymposiumThe Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa was in Cambridge this week to participate in the annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium. Dr. Rappa moderated a discussion with a distinguished group of financial industry executives that included Lynda Abend (Chief Data Officer at John Hancock Financial Services), Kelsey Calhoun, (Director of Operational Analytics and Reporting at Liberty Mutual), John Pyhtila, Ph.D. (Head of Analytics at Cigna), and Gopal Subramanian (Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments). Read the rest of this entry »

MSA Student ProfilesThe 10-month journey has begun for 115 students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. The ninth MSA cohort is the result of the most selective admissions process since the Institute’s inception in 2007. “It’s our largest and, by every measure, most-talented group of students to date,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa. “Enrolling over 100 students is a significant milestone. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to partner with them and look forward to working together.” The admissions committee reviewed 1,061 applications, up 33-percent from last year, and four-times the number from just 36 months ago. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, has been named to the Analytics Curriculum Advisory Group of the AACSB, the prestigious accrediting body of business schools worldwide. The new advisory group is tasked with providing guidance in developing services to help accelerate the creation and enhance the quality of analytics degree programs in business schools. There are over 80 such graduate programs in the U.S. alone—in and outside of business schools—and many more around the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute has begun the process of moving into its 26,000 square foot facility in Alliance One, a new building opening this week at 901 Main Campus Drive on Centennial Campus. The Institute will occupy two floors on the south wing of the building. The new facility is adjacent to the Institute’s existing location along Main Campus Drive in Venture II, and a short distance from the Hunt Library. The move will span 4-6 weeks, in order to allow for the installation of furnishings and technologies in the offices and classrooms. Once completed, the facility will become home to 115 incoming students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. Operating capacity in the facility will allow the Institute to expand from the present two cohorts to three cohorts—a total enrollment of 120 to 150 students—as circumstances warrant continued growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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