MSA 2015 commencement, Amanda and AliceThe Institute held its 8th annual commencement exercises for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015 on May 2. Diplomas were conferred to eighty-six degree candidates on a beautiful sunny morning May 2nd at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Presiding over the graduation ceremony was the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa. He was joined by members of the faculty, staff and five-hundred invited guests. Surrounded by family and friends, the graduates had much to celebrate as they embark on their new careers gainfully employed as well-paid analytics professionals. “Our mission is to produce the world’s finest analytics practitioners,” said Dr. Rappa. “Today marks the culmination of ten months of hard work and determination, and each of our students demonstrated they have what it takes to succeed in the profession. The Institute is delighted to welcome them into the MSA community.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hats off to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015! With commencement a few days away, the Institute is delighted to report its second consecutive year of 100-percent job placement before graduation. All 84 students searching for new employment secured well-paying positions in the analytics profession. Average base salaries for candidates with less than 3 years of prior work experience increased to $90,900; those with 3 or more years of prior experience saw average salaries increase to $103,600. Overall students had an average of 12 initial job interviews and 3 offers of employment. Major employers new this year include Dell, Disney, Fidelity Investments, Florida Blue, and Liberty Mutual. Fourteen industry segments Read the rest of this entry »

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015 is on the final leg of its journey, as seventeen practicum teams bring to culmination eight months of work pouring over large volumes of complicated data and building models. Many of the teams are on the road this week traveling to destinations around North Carolina and as far away as Boston, New York, and Jacksonville, Florida, to deliver the results of their practicum projects to their sponsors. Students conducted a wide array of studies, from the analysis of warranty claims to optimizing civilian mass-evacuation procedures in response to a disaster, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Michael RappaChancellor Woodson has appointed Dr. Michael Rappa to a newly endowed position as Goodnight Director, named in honor of the University’s distinguished alumnus and prominent business leader Dr. James Goodnight. Dr. Rappa came to NC State in 1998 as Distinguished University Professor after nine years on the faculty at MIT, and quickly garnered a reputation as an educational innovator. In 2006 he proposed the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA), the nation’s first full-fledged graduate degree program focused on analytics. He led the initiative to create the MSA and establish a new interdisciplinary academic unit—the Institute for Advanced Analytics—to administer the program, becoming its founding director in 2007. Now in its ninth year, Dr. Rappa’s brainchild has grown into one of the university’s largest and most selective graduate programs. Each year his students, as a group, are the university’s most sought-after and highest paid graduates. The Institute is widely recognized among employers for producing top-notch analytics professionals, and its success has spawned over 80 similar degree programs at universities from coast-to-coast.

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 »

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