March MadnessIt’s the culmination of “March Madness” at the Institute—the annual job placement tournament when Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree candidates make decisions about post-graduation employment opportunities. This season MSA students logged over 1,000 initial interviews with 152 employers. The Class of 2015 is on a record-setting pace to become our eighth consecutive cohort to top 90-percent placement in jobs by graduation, with 98-percent of the students already accepting offers of employment in the profession. Commenting on the successful placement of the Class of 2015, the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa said “It’s rewarding to see our students succeed in such a spectacular way in the highly competitive global marketplace for analytics talent. They’re all first-round draft picks with great career opportunities awaiting for them upon graduation.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alliance Center OneThe Institute will relocate in May to Alliance Center One, a newly constructed building on Centennial Campus. The 26,000 square foot facility will allow the Institute to increase enrollment in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program to 120 students for the Class of 2016, and can accommodate up to 160 students—doubling the Institute’s current operating capacity. The MSA, which launched with 24 students in 2007, presently has 86 students enrolled. The Institute last doubled enrollment in 2012 and has operated at full seating capacity for three consecutive years. “It will be terrific to welcome the Class of 2016—our ninth student cohort—to a new home and to work with them in this beautiful facility,” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa. “Alliance Center One will give us room to grow and fuel our continued ascendancy as the nation’s first and foremost graduate program in analytics.” Read the rest of this entry »

Download the MSA Student Profile BookIf you’re an employer looking to hire a talented analytics professional in the next 120 days, please let the Institute connect you with one of our 84 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. The Class Resume Book is now available and free to prospective employers. Please contact us to receive your copy. Onsite interviewing begins in January—call the Institute’s career services coordinator April Wilson (919-513-2979) to schedule a visit date. Graduates are available for full-time employment beginning in May. We look forward to working with you in the coming months! Read the rest of this entry »

Andrea VillanesThe Institute’s Andrea Villanes traveled to Lima, Perú this month to help introduce young people to computer programming using Python as part of PyCamp Teen Perú – a special workshop organized by Women in Technology Perú and sponsored by the Python Software Foundation. A native of Perú, Villanes is an active member of Women in Technology and a frequent volunteer who helps organize community events to educate schoolchildren about programming. At NC State, Andrea is studying to complete her Ph.D. in computer science while working as a research associate for the Institute. Read the rest of this entry »

John ElderThe Institute was honored to have Dr. John Elder, a leader in the field of data mining, predictive analytics, and text mining, deliver the capstone guest lecture of the fall semester for students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Dr. Elder is an award-winning author on techniques for practical data mining, ensembles and text mining. Founder of Elder Research in 1995, his company works on a wide variety of data and text mining projects. Dr. Elder was joined by two Elder Research colleagues and Institute alumni, Gerhard Pilcher (MSA 2011) and Daniel Bailey (MSA 2013). Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016, our 9th student cohort, which will begin studies next summer. Applications are now being reviewed and the process will continue on a rolling basis, so it is advantageous to apply early. If you plan to submit an application, don’t delay. Here are some common questions Read the rest of this entry »

Aric LaBarrDr. Aric LaBarr was invited to participate in an NSF-sponsored workshop to consider and to help outline educational programs designed to prepare a workforce capable of meeting the challenge of large-scale data in neuroscience. Information-neuroscience, or “iNeuro,” is an emerging field that demands an appropriately skilled workforce educated via an unprecedented transdisciplinary approach. The academic regimens that would provide adequately trained individuals are without precedent and need to be developed. The goal of the workshop is to produce guidelines for educating the next generation of information curators/scientists. The workshop brought together managers and purveyors of data resources, individuals involved with bioinformatics training, Read the rest of this entry »

Fidelity InvestmentsThe Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa was the opening keynote speaker today at the Data Strategy Symposium, a worldwide gathering of 250 technical professionals in the data engineering and architecture organization at Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s leading financial services firms. The symposium was convened by the Technology Advisory Group chaired by Mihir Shah, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Fidelity. Dr. Rappa shared with attendees his perspective on data science and how to address the growing shortage of analytics talent. He highlighted the Institute’s novel 10-month Master of Science in Analytics degree program and its growing pipeline of graduates. Joining Dr. Rappa as a featured speak was Dr. Phil Shelley, President at Chicago-based Newton Park Partners and thought-leader in the field of big data.

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.”

Michael RappaThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, delivered a keynote address today at the Analytics 2014 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Rappa discussed how universities are solving the talent shortage in analytics and illustrated his talk with the Institute’s successful seven-year track record with the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. Dr. Rappa called on universities to breakdown barriers to interdisciplinary education and explore creative solutions to organize the learning experience in ways that better prepare graduates for working with big data. He also called on the private sector to partner closely with universities, and to seek out and support Read the rest of this entry »

Patrick HallKostas KyriakoulisMaster of Science in Analytics (MSA) faculty and alumni converged in large numbers on Las Vegas last week at Analytics 2014, the premiere annual event bringing together 1,000 analytics professionals. Representing the Institute at the conference were two speakers on program: Associate professor Dr. Kostas Kyriakoulis delivered a presentation on model risk (Evaluating the Performance of GARCH-Based VaR Models Through Backtesting), and MSA alumnus Patrick Hall, presented an overview of machine learning. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Analytics 2014The Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa joins advisory board member Dr. Jerry Oglesby as co-chairs of the Analytics 2014 conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19-21. With over 1,000 registered attendees, Analytics 2014 is one of the year’s major educational events that brings together working professionals, industry experts and leading researchers in the field of analytics.

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 »

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