Michael Rappa

Director Named to Big Data Commission

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, has been named Academic Co-chair of a newly convened Big Data Commission by the technology industry trade group TechAmerica Foundation in Washington DC. The Commission has been tasked with making recommendations on how to handle the mountains of data that are being generated by various agencies of the federal government. The Administration Continue reading “Director Named to Big Data Commission”

Practicum Call for Proposals

The Institute for Advanced Analytics invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a student team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Practicum. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their team to analyze. The Institute can accept up to sixteen proposals this year. The proposal submission period is open now through July 31. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, please read the guidelines for Practicum Sponsorship. If you have questions, or would like to discuss a proposal in advance of submission, please feel welcome to contact the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa.

2012 Director’s Prize Awarded

Patrick Hall and Scott Sims share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012. Hall and Sims 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 “Patrick and Scott are two individuals with exceptional leadership qualities who earned high praise from their peers Continue reading “2012 Director’s Prize Awarded”

MSA Commencement Ceremony

The Institute for Advanced Analytics held its annual commencement exercise for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012. Diplomas were awarded to thirty-eight 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 over two-hundred guests. It was the Institute’s fifth commencement exercise Continue reading “MSA Commencement Ceremony”

Job Placement Tops 90%

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012 heads to commencement this week 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. Employer demand for MSA candidates set new records on virtually every key performance indicator. Notably, the Class of 2012 became the fifth consecutive cohort since the Institute’s inception in 2007 to attain over 90-percent job placement by graduation. Candidates in 2012 also logged more interviews, more job offers, and higher starting salaries and bonuses than each of the previous four graduating classes. Continue reading “Job Placement Tops 90%”

MSA Students Earn Predictive Modeling Certificate

The Institute is delighted to report that 29 candidates (76%) of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012 successfully earned the SAS Predictive Modeling certificate. Industry standard software tools are an integral part of the MSA learning experience and used extensively by students in their day-to-day work with big data. The Institute’s partnership with the industry leader in business analytics, SAS, provides MSA students Continue reading “MSA Students Earn Predictive Modeling Certificate”

Teams Present Practicum Projects

Eight student teams are wrapping up their analytics practicum projects with final presentations to their sponsors this week—including one team that will travel to eBay headquarters in San Jose, California to present its findings. The Practicum is a core component of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) curriculum that gives students an opportunity to work with large, complex data sets provided by sponsoring organizations. Practicum projects apply advanced data modeling techniques to wide ranging business problems, from improving customer acquisition, loyalty and retention, to managing high volumes of unstructured customer feedback and dispute resolution data, to predictive models for guiding investment strategies in volatile financial markets. In addition to eBay, other project sponsors included: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Elder Research, M&T Bank, Marriott, Quaero, Siemens, and The Daniel Group.