The Institute has begun the process of moving into its 26,000 square foot facility in Alliance One, a new building opening this week at 901 Main Campus Drive on Centennial Campus. The Institute will occupy two floors on the south wing of the building. The new facility is adjacent to the Institute’s existing location along Main Campus Drive in Venture II, and a short distance from the Hunt Library. The move will span 4-6 weeks, in order to allow for the installation of furnishings and technologies in the offices and classrooms. Once completed, the facility will become home to 115 incoming students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. Operating capacity in the facility will allow the Institute to expand from the present two cohorts to three cohorts—a total enrollment of 120 to 150 students—as circumstances warrant continued growth. Read the rest of this entry »

Institute for Industrial EngineersThe Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa was in Nashville today to discuss the future of analytics degree programs at the annual Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference sponsored by IIE, the global association of productivity and efficiency professionals specializing in industrial engineering, healthcare, ergonomics and other related professions. Dr. Rappa was joined on the panel by a distinguished group of faculty that included Dr. Joel Sokol (Georgia Tech), Dr. Diego Klabjan (Northwestern) and Dr. David Shmoys (Cornell), who discussed each school’s program and offered insights into some of the challenges that lay ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a practicum team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2016. Since 2007, our students have conducted a wide variety of projects—nearly 90 in all—from virtually every industry sector, as well as state and federal government agencies. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their 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 »

Applications surpass 1,000Applications to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program increased for the ninth consecutive year—surpassing the 1,000 mark for the first time—for admission to the Class of 2016. That’s quadruple the number of applicants from just 36 months ago when the Institute increased enrollment to 80 students. This year the Institute reviewed 1,061 applications, interviewed 335 applicants, and offered admission to 131 to enroll 115 students. Applications and enrollment grew at the same pace (33%). The Institute is moving into a new facility in June, enabling it to admit the larger cohort. With the continued growth in applications, the acceptance rate dipped to a new all-time low of 12.3%, once again making the MSA the University’s most-selective master’s degree program. Read the rest of this entry »

Justin FeerhusenNatali Ojeda MenesesCongratulations to Natali Ojeda Meneses and Justin Feerhusen, who share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Ojeda and Feerhusen earned the prize in recognition by their peers of their exemplary performance throughout the 10-month program. Announcing the winners at commencement, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “Natali and Justin proved themselves to be consummate team players, consistently garnering high praise from their peers. They represent everything we value in our graduates, as smart and dedicated professionals who get the job done through skillful teamwork.” Ojeda is a native of Mexico City who completed prior degrees at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Upon graduation she will join EY as Senior Consultant in Charlotte. Feerhusen is a Nebraska native and graduate of Doane College. He will return to the Midwest after graduation to begin work as Senior Analytics Manager with Crete Carrier Corporation.

MSA 2015 commencement, Amanda and AliceThe Institute held its 8th annual commencement exercises today for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Diplomas were conferred to eighty-six degree candidates on a beautiful sunny morning 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 »

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 »

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