Erin Cutrell and Taylor Shipman share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. Cutrell and Shipman receive the prize in recognition by their peers of their superior performance throughout the 10-month program. Commenting on the winners, the Institute’s director, Michael Rappa, stated “Erin and Taylor earned high praise from their peers and it’s easy to understand why. They possess wonderful leadership skills, bringing intelligence and abundant enthusiasm to their work.” Cutrell, who is a 2007 graduate in biostatistics from UNC-Chapel Hill will Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute for Advanced Analytics held its annual commencement exercise for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. Diplomas were awarded to eighty-one degree candidates. The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, presided over the ceremony, held at the Raleigh Convention Center, and was joined by members of the faculty and staff and four-hundred guests. It was the Institute’s sixth commencement exercise since its inception in 2007. The new graduates join the Institute’s alumni community, which now numbers 255 graduates. Graduates and their families had much to celebrate with over 90-percent of the class having Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today at the White House Big Data Partners Workshop, in Washington, DC. The workshop was convened by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program to encourage multiple stakeholders, including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations to develop and participate in Big Data initiatives across the country. Also speaking on the panel were Jake Porway (DataKind), Annika Jimenez (Pivotal), Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations to Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra on her promotion to Associate Professor. Dr. Dasmohapatra joined the NC State in 2007 as Assistant Professor in Forest Biomaterials. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from The Pennsylvania State University. Her interests are in the area of strategic marketing, distribution and value addition strategies and marketing research methods. She teaches Customer Analytics in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. Dr. Dasmohapatra recently spoke on a panel at the eMetrics Summit in San Francisco.
The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 heads to commencement with a bright future. Highly capable analytics professionals ready to tackle the challenges of big data, they are in high demand in virtually every sector of the economy. The 81-member Class of 2013 (double the size of prior classes) became the sixth consecutive cohort to attain over 90-percent job placement by graduation since the Institute’s inception in 2007. Ninety-five percent of students reported one or more offers of employment, over 50-percent reported 3 or more offers. Just ahead of graduation 92-percent have Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, testified today at a hearing of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. The focus of the hearing was Next Generation Computing and Big Data Analytics. In his testimony, Dr. Rappa discussed the role different academic disciplines such as computer science, statistics, and others play in Analytics, the Institute’s success with the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is addressing the severe shortage of skilled professionals like data scientists, and the MSA program’s potential as a model for other universities. Also Read the rest of this entry »
Employer demand for Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) graduates remains exceptionally strong. With one month until graduation preliminary data on job placement shows over 90-percent of the Class of 2013 have received one or more offers of employment, and over 80-percent have accepted new positions. Two-thirds of the class received two or more job offers, and over half received three or more. The Institute hosted recruiting visits for 47 employers, and students averaged 15 initial job interviews. The average base salary reached an all-time high of $96,900, an increase of nearly 9-percent over the Class of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
Enrollment of the incoming Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is close to completion. It is the most competitive admission cycle since the MSA program’s inception in 2007, with a record low acceptance rate of 21-percent for the intensive 10-month program. The admissions committee reviewed 468 applications—up 72-percent over the previous year—and interviewed 210 candidates to create the cohort of 85 students. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Aric LaBarr spoke today in Washington DC at the Big Data Committee Government Symposium sponsored by the American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC). The purpose of the symposium was to explore how various federal government agencies can tap rapidly increasing amounts of data to further their mission and make better decisions or gain efficiencies in the face of tight budgets. The panel, which was titled “Making the Business Case for Big Data Analytics / Skill Sets / Training,” was chaired by Susan Stolting (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and included Dean Silverman (U.S. Department of Treasury).
The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was an invited speaker on the topic of Big Data at 2013 Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Festival hosted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of this year’s event was “Data Science: Unlocking the Power of Big Data,” which drew a large audience and was also broadcast to other locations across the NIH campuses. (NIH video broadcast of the presentation — starts at 4:53:00.)
Job placement for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 begins in earnest this month. A total of 77 candidates seeking new employment are set to begin interviewing for positions in the analytics profession. Over the 90-day placement season, the Institute will host information sessions and arrange interviews with as many as 40 to 50 employers representing a wide range of job opportunities, including banking, consumer product goods, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, Internet, management consulting, manufacturing, marketing, public service, retail, and telecommunications. Some of the employers that have scheduled visits and job interviews include: Read the rest of this entry »
At the midpoint in the application cycle for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the number of applications has already surpassed the all-time high—up 132% over the previous year-to-date total. The surge in applications is attributable to the reputation and uniqueness of the MSA program, now entering its seventh year, and the strong demand for analytics professionals nationwide. The preeminence of the MSA program starts with the quality of its applicant pool, said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa: “We carefully evaluate each and every applicant, Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute is now reviewing applications for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 for studies commencing in June. Admission to the MSA program is highly competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of being accepted for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all 80 seats are taken. Although the first-round priority deadline has passed for international applicants, including those currently residing in the U.S., non-U.S. citizens may still apply for admission (application materials should be expedited to ensure timely arrival). The Class of 2014 will be the Institute’s seventh MSA cohort since its founding in 2007. For more details regarding application procedures, see: Information for Applicants.
Looking to hire a data analytics professional in 2013? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 resume book is now available! Prospective employers interested in reviewing 80 resumes of MSA candidates graduating in May, should please contact us to obtain a copy. The Institute will host employer information sessions through January, and welcomes employers to secure dates for onsite interviews during the month of February. You can also download the MSA Student Profile Book to learn more about our students.
The American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC) has appointed Dr. Aric LaBarr to serve on its Big Data Committee. The Committee provides a forum for sharing and collaboration between federal, state and local government agencies seeking to leverage their data for better informed decision-making. Members will recommend approaches to developing big data technical frameworks and capability maturity model assessments, and promote best practices by increasing awareness of research, technologies, and use cases. The ATC-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated Read the rest of this entry »