MSA Student ProfilesThe Institute welcomes the matriculation of 120 students in the Class of 2017, and marks a significant milestone enrolling its tenth cohort in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. It’s the largest class to date and, by the numbers, a very accomplished group of students. “What makes the Institute such a wonderful place to teach and learn begins with attracting great students,” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa. “They’re smart and ready to work, and we’re delighted to have them with us. Greeting the new cohort is a humbling reminder of the rapid growth and remarkable success of the MSA over the past decade.” Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Employment ReportThe Employment Report for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016 is now available. The Institute marks its ninth consecutive year of job placement at, or very near, full employment by graduation for its students. The 11-page report details job placement results for 109 MSA degree candidates who actively sought new employment at completion of the program. By graduation, the placement rate was 95-percent; another 4-percent had employment offers pending. The median salary was $90,000. The 113 graduates in the Class of 2016—the Institute’s largest cohort to date—will add an estimated $10.5 million in annual payroll to the U.S. economy.

The Institute is delighted to host The Foresight Practitioner Conference on October 5-6, 2016. Produced in conjunction with Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, the conference program features talks by nine forecasting experts, including Anne Robinson, Executive Director of Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics at Verizon Wireless and former President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); and Michael Gilliland, Product Marketing Manager at SAS and Foresight Editor for Forecasting Practice. Foresight is published by the nonprofit International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).

The Institute invites interested organizations to submit proposals to sponsor a practicum team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2017. Since 2007, our students have conducted a wide variety of projects—110 with 70 sponsors—from virtually every industry sector, as well as state and federal government agencies and non-profits. Sponsors identify challenging business objectives and share data for their student team to analyze. The 8-month project is conducted confidentially and without a sponsorship fee. The proposal submission period is open through July 1. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, please see the guidelines for Practicum Sponsorship. If you have questions, or would like to discuss a proposal before submission, please contact the Institute’s practicum manager, Dr. Christopher West. Read the rest of this entry »

MSA 2016 commencement, Ivan and Leigh AnnThe Institute held its 9th annual commencement today for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. Diplomas were conferred to 113 degree candidates on a beautiful springtime morning in downtown Raleigh. Presiding over the ceremony was the Institute’s founding director, Dr. Michael Rappa. He was joined by members of the faculty, staff and seven-hundred invited guests. Surrounded by family and friends, the graduates had much to celebrate as they embark on their new careers as analytics professionals. “The Class of 2016 marks an important milestone as the Institute’s first cohort to exceed 100 students,” said Dr. Rappa speaking to graduates. “You not only lived up to our high expectations, you raised the bar for future classes. Your hard work and dedication has earned you a place in the community of MSA alumni, which you so rightly deserve.” Read the rest of this entry »

INFORMS Business Analytics MeetingThe Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) today named the Institute for Advanced Analytics one of three finalist schools in the competition for the UPS George D. Smith Prize, an award created to strengthen ties between academia and industry. The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of analytics and operations research. The other two finalists are: the School of Information Systems & Management at Carnegie Mellon University; and the Operations Research Program at the United States Air Force Academy. Read the rest of this entry »

Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences InstituteThe Institute for Advanced Analytics joined forces this week with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to co-host the 2016 Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in Math Sciences. The primary goals of the workshop is two-fold: to familiarize women and/or under-represented minorities in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academia, industry, and government, and to focus on challenges currently faced by women or minorities in mathematical sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

INFORMS Business Analytics MeetingStudents in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016 begin job interviews this week, and already they have taken an important next step in their journey as analytics professionals post-graduation. By joining the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (known as INFORMS), the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of analytics, MSA students recognize the importance of being on top of their game: to stay connected to the profession, to keep up to date on the latest methods and best practices, to adhere to the society’s code of ethical conduct, and to promote the highest professional standards. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2017, our 10th student cohort, which will begin studies next summer. The MSA is the nation’s longest running full-fledged master’s degree program in data science with an unparalleled track record for producing highly sought-after graduates. Applications are now being reviewed and the process will continue on a rolling basis, so it is advantageous to apply early. Here are some common questions prospective applicants have: Read the rest of this entry »

Stuffed AnimalsThe MSA Class of 2016, continuing a student tradition, sought to lend a helping hand to our neighbors at WakeMed Children’s Hospital by holding a charitable drive to donate gifts for children undergoing care over the holiday season. 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 »

Christopher HealeyThe Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Healey to the Goodnight Distinguished Professorship in Advanced Analytics. Dr. Healey is a noted scholar in the field of data visualization and visual analytics—specifically the development of methods for visualizing large, multidimensional datasets to support rapid and accurate exploration, analysis, validation, and discovery. A member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at NC State, Dr. Healey has been actively involved in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program since the Institute’s inception in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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