August 2011

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The Institute significantly increased its investment in information technologies to accommodate the escalating requirements of student practicum projects in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The practicum consists of teams of 4-5 students working on a challenging business problem with actual data from a sponsoring organization. Current projects typically involve 100′s of megabytes to 10′s of gigabytes of raw data—though the amount of data grows with each year. The new investments, Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute is pleased to welcome Anthony Franklin to its staff as a graduate teaching assistant. Franklin is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Statistics at NC State University. He completed dual M.S. degrees in Financial Mathematics and Statistics from NC State in 2010, and graduated summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Coastal Carolina University in 2007. Franklin will work with MSA students individually and in small groups to help them improve their foundational knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

University Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson expressed his support today for the Institute’s proposal to expand enrollment of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program beginning in 2012. The proposal, which was put forth in February, called for a doubling of enrollment, from 40 to 80 students, and the additional staff and space needed to operate the program. Implementation of the plan is contingent on the Institute’s ability to secure adequate space to accommodate the larger cohort of students.

Today students celebrated the successful conclusion of the MSA summer boot camp with a presentation by guest speaker, Chuck Musciano. Mr. Musciano is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Martin Marietta Material, a frequent speaker on IT-related topics including social media, and author of  HTML & XHMTL: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly). The MSA boot camp stretches across six weeks with daylong classes focused on learning foundational knowledge in statistics and analytics tool skills. Students also get their first exposure to a team project.