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 »

Michael RappaThe Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa spoke to a international congregation of academics at the Data Science and Advanced Analytics Forum hosted by SAS, in Cary. The two-day forum highlighted the development of graduate education in the field, and how universities and industry can work together in developing curricula and enhancing education with real-world problems and data. Dr. Rappa’s session also included talks by Dr. Riaan de Jongh, director of the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics at North-West University in South Africa, and Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, a professor of marketing at Oklahoma State University.

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 »

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 whole, are the most sought-after and highest paid graduates of the university. 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.

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 »

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 »

John ElderThe Institute was honored to have Dr. John Elder, a leader in the field of data mining, predictive analytics, and text mining, deliver the capstone guest lecture of the fall semester for students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Dr. Elder is an award-winning author on techniques for practical data mining, ensembles and text mining. Founder of Elder Research in 1995, his company works on a wide variety of data and text mining projects. Dr. Elder was joined by two Elder Research colleagues and Institute alumni, Gerhard Pilcher (MSA 2011) and Daniel Bailey (MSA 2013). Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016, our 9th student cohort, which will begin studies next summer. Applications are now being reviewed and the process will continue on a rolling basis, so it is advantageous to apply early. If you plan to submit an application, don’t delay. Here are some common questions Read the rest of this entry »

Aric LaBarrDr. Aric LaBarr was invited to participate in an NSF-sponsored workshop to consider and to help outline educational programs designed to prepare a workforce capable of meeting the challenge of large-scale data in neuroscience. Information-neuroscience, or “iNeuro,” is an emerging field that demands an appropriately skilled workforce educated via an unprecedented transdisciplinary approach. The academic regimens that would provide adequately trained individuals are without precedent and need to be developed. The goal of the workshop is to produce guidelines for educating the next generation of information curators/scientists. The workshop brought together managers and purveyors of data resources, individuals involved with bioinformatics training, Read the rest of this entry »

Michael RappaThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in midtown Manhattan today to participate on a panel of experts to discuss the implications for the legal professional of the rapidly expanding volumes of data used in litigation. The keynote panel, held at the ALM Legal Analytics and the Business of Law Summit, also featured ARPC partner Amy Brockman; Anthony Battista, a partner at Condon and Forsyth; and David Pluchinsky, a partner at Bierne, Maynard and Parsons. With the amount and complexity of data involved in the discovery process—especially in large scale litigation like class-action law suits—lawyers are finding themselves increasingly in need of analytics professionals to help understand the facts and build a case.

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