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).

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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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