Prospective students for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) are welcome to attend the next applicant information session scheduled for Monday, March 10, at 6:00 PM at the Institute. In addition to learning about the innovative MSA degree program, attendees will meet faculty and staff and tour the Institute facilities. Seating is limited. Interested individuals please register to attend. This will be the last information session of the season. Individuals planning to apply for admission to begin studies this year should submit their application as soon as possible and no later than April 1.
The Institute is delighted to welcome its newest staff members to our team, Jessica Petrus and Megan Meadows. Jessica is a recent business graduate of The Ohio State University, who joins the Institute as program associate. Having specialized in international business, Jessica is fluent in Spanish and Chinese. The Institute’s new admissions coordinator, Megan, joins us from Florida, where she worked for three years in college admissions at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Seminole State College. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in business from East Carolina University. The addition of Jessica and Megan brings the size of the Institute’s staff to fifteen full-time professionals.
A important feature of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program is the opportunity for students to obtain industry standard analytics tool certifications while earning their degree. The most popular certifications among our students come from SAS, the leading provider of business analytics software and services, and founding partner of the Institute. To date, over ninety percent of the MSA Class of 2014 have completed at least three certifications: SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9, SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner 7, and SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling. Additionally, one-third of the student cohort has earned SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9. Read the rest of this entry »
If 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 80 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. The Class Resume Book is now available and free to prospective employers. Please contact us to receive your electronic copy today. We look forward to working with you in the coming months.
The Institute’s Dr. David Dickey and Andrea Villanes presented separate work at SESUG 2013 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Dr. Dickey, a professor of statistics who teaches students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program, delivered an overview of data mining methods titled Finding the Gold in Your Data. Ms. Villanes, a research associate with the Institute, presented work based on her master’s thesis titled Analytical Approach for Bot Cheating Detection in a Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game. All of the published papers from the SESUG annual meetings are made available online by the Institute as a courtesy to the SAS user community. The archive contains over 1700 papers presented since 1999.
The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015, our eighth 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Steve Neola (MSA Class of 2014) was selected by the NCSU Entrepreneurship Initiative to participate in the Silicon Valley Spring Break Trip where he and 15 other students will meet with entrepreneurs and executives from small start-ups to large multi-national companies to prepare them for starting their own businesses. Steve was selected for the scholarship because he would like to create an automated investment solution for hard-working Americans who don’t have the time or skill to manage their own investments. The proposed solution would be more diversified and sophisticated than existing services, while simpler to use. Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s Dr. Aric LaBarr spoke recently with IT executives at the Premier CIO Forum in Research Triangle Park. Dr. LaBarr’s talk focused on the incredible and rising demand for data practitioners able to communicate actionable insight to organizational decision makers. He discussed the specific skills and capabilities today’s employers look for in such people, and how the Institute is successfully meeting the need with its intensive 10-month Master of Science in Analytics curriculum. The CIO Forum was developed by and for the leading CIOs and senior IT executives throughout the region in conjunction with the Executive Advisory Council in direct response to the concerns and critical topics of interest.
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to the heart of Silicon Valley this week to speak with attendees at the DataBeat 2013 Data Science Summit. Dr. Rappa shared the dais with colleagues from Stanford and Northwestern in a panel discussion on data science education. Northwestern launched its Master of Science in Analytics program in 2012 and will graduate its first cohort of 30 students this month. The Institute is currently in progress with its seventh Master of Science in Analytics cohort, a group of 80 candidates, who are scheduled to graduate in May. Stanford recently announced Read the rest of this entry »
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Tom Davenport (author of the bestseller Competing on Analytics) praised the Institute’s innovative approach to graduate education as a model to be emulated. Davenport is critical of what he sees at other universities, where analytics degree programs are typically placed in a single school and, as a result, offer a narrow perspective. Lamenting the lack of faculty collaboration, Davenport asks “But why can’t we all get along? The earliest graduate degree in analytics, the Master of Science in Analytics at North Carolina State, was a cross-university initiative from its beginning in 2007.” First proposed by Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute thanks the numerous guest lecturers and employers who visited this semester to meet with members of the MSA Class of 2014. We are very grateful for the time they spent sharing information about their work on the front lines of the analytics profession. Visiting lecturers covered a wide range of contemporary topics, from the analytics of software security to the emerging industrial internet, and represented nearly a dozen industries, including aerospace, apparel, banking, consulting, consumer product goods, health care, hospitality, and insurance, among others. Read the rest of this entry »
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and NCSU Libraries co-hosted a screening of the documentary She++, which explores the issues around girls, code and computing, followed by a panel discussion with the Institute’s research associate, Andrea Villanes. The panel was moderated by Dr. Lina Battestilli, WiCS faculty advisor, and also included NCSU computer science professors Tiffany Barnes and Sarah Heckman, and Google software engineer Melanie Donny-Clark. In the past decade the number of first-year female undergraduates who expressed interest in a computer science major declined 79%. Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s Dr. Aric LaBarr and Dr. Michael Rappa were in Baltimore this week to talk in separate sessions at the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting. Dr. LaBarr participated in a panel with Satish Nargundkar (Georgia State), Bob McQuaid (Pepperdine), and Kirk Karwan (Furman), which focused on experiences and advice on how to include analytics in university curriculum. The session discussed software tools, preparing data for analysis, balancing the use off-the-shelf software with providing mathematical understanding of techniques, and the amount of teamwork and communication skill development, among other topics. Read the rest of this entry »
What if social networks were smart enough to “forget” friends who were mere acquaintances? What if search engines could “forget” obscure images and webpages crawled years ago? Imagining a future where technologies possess human qualities (like forgetfulness) was the focus of a wide-ranging discussion led by the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa and MIT’s Miriam Roure at Engaging Data 2013, a conference organized by the MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge. “The ability to collect, analyze, and store data in perpetuity,” says Rappa, “has created a world in sharp contrast to how the mind has evolved to cope with everyday life. Forgetting (and recollecting) are inherently human qualities, and arguably necessary in a social context.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today at the Internet Summit, the Southeast’s largest gathering of people and companies focused on digital media, which is held in Raleigh each year at the Convention Center. Dr. Rappa led a session on “Big Insights from Big Data,” with a talk on the emerging role of data scientists. The session included Brian d’Alessandro (VP of Data Science, Dstillery), Julie Lockner (VP, Information LMS, Informatica), and Srinidhi Kondaji (Software Engineer, Data Science, Eventbrite).
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Washington, DC, today to participate in a White House sponsored meeting to explore public-private partnerships in Big Data. Called Data-to-Knowledge-to-Action, the high-level summit brought together government, industry, and university leaders to discuss collaborations in education and R&D. Dr. Rappa moderated a panel discussion on Education and Workforce Development featuring Dr. Deborah Nolan (University of California at Berkeley) and Dr. Roy Campbell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Berkeley, partnering with NYU and the University of Washington, announced a $38 million gift for data science from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Illinois announced a $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation that will focus on two topics, big data and bioengineering. Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today with faculty and students at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, as part of the Belk College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Rappa spoke about the Institute’s innovative formula for success in addressing employer demand for analytics talent. UNC-Charlotte has proposed the creation of a Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics, as a Professional Science Master’s program that draws faculty expertise from the Belk College of Business and the College of Computing and Informatics. The new degree program is scheduled to begin in 2014 pending approval of the UNC Board of Governors. Commenting on the proposal, Dr. Rappa said “UNC-Charlotte is moving in the right direction, working together across disciplinary boundaries to develop an education that will help fulfill a growing need in the region for analytics skills. It’s gratifying to know the Institute has been a source of inspiration for our colleagues in Charlotte.”
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to Manhattan this week to participate in a plenary panel discussion on data scientists at Building a Smarter University: Big Data, Innovation and Ingenuity, hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) and its Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher. The event was the third installment in the SUNY Critical Issues in Higher Education conference series. In a wide ranging and sometimes contentious discussion, Dr. Rappa was joined by Harper Reed, self-proclaimed hacker and former CTO of the Obama re-election campaign; Vivek Wadhwa, technology entrepreneur turned academic and frequent columnist; and Dr. Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Congratulations to Andrea Villanes, the Institute’s research associate, who took home the Best Poster Award at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Andrea’s poster, Analytical Approach for Bot Cheating Detection in a Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game, is based on her master’s thesis in Computer Science. The poster will be featured at other SAS conferences in the coming year. Andrea joined the Institute’s staff full-time in July after earning her M.S. in Computer Science.
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, joined esteemed colleagues from several major universities today to engage employers in a dialogue about the role of analytics education programs in addressing the talent gap at the Analytics 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida. The panel, entitled “Big Data, Academia and The Job Market,” was organized and chaired by Dr. Jennifer Priestley (Kennesaw State University), and included Dr. Jeff Camm (University of Cincinnati), Dr. Goutam Chakraborty (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Charles Sox (University of Alabama), and Dr. Richard Sowers (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). The panel represented some of the country’s premiere graduate degree and certificate programs focused on analytics. Sponsored by SAS, Analytics 2013 is an industry-leading conference for the latest ideas, research and best practices in the field of analytics.