The Institute for Advanced Analytics held its annual commencement exercise for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. Diplomas were awarded to eighty-one 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 four-hundred guests. It was the Institute’s sixth commencement exercise since its inception in 2007. The new graduates join the Institute’s alumni community, which now numbers 255 graduates. Graduates and their families had much to celebrate with over 90-percent of the class having Read the rest of this entry »

The White HouseThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to Washington, DC, today to speak at the White House Big Data Partners Workshop. The workshop was convened by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program to encourage multiple stakeholders, including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations to develop and participate in Big Data initiatives across the country. Also speaking on the panel were Jake Porway (DataKind), Annika Jimenez (Pivotal), Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations to Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra on her promotion to Associate Professor. Dr. Dasmohapatra joined the NC State in 2007 as Assistant Professor in Forest Biomaterials. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from The Pennsylvania State University. Her interests are in the area of strategic marketing, distribution and value addition strategies and marketing research methods. She teaches Customer Analytics in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. Dr. Dasmohapatra recently spoke on a panel at the eMetrics Summit in San Francisco.

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 heads to commencement 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. The 81-member Class of 2013 (double the size of prior classes) became the sixth consecutive cohort to attain over 90-percent job placement by graduation since the Institute’s inception in 2007. Ninety-five percent of students reported one or more offers of employment, over 50-percent reported 3 or more offers. Just ahead of graduation 92-percent have Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Washington, DC, today testifying at a hearing of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. The focus of the hearing was Next Generation Computing and Big Data Analytics. In his testimony, Dr. Rappa discussed the role different academic disciplines such as computer science, statistics, and others play in Analytics, the Institute’s success with the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) is addressing the severe shortage of skilled professionals like data scientists, and the MSA program’s potential as a model for other universities. The following video contains excerpts from Dr. Rappa’s testimony at the hearing:

Employer demand for Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) graduates remains exceptionally strong. With one month until graduation preliminary data on job placement shows over 90-percent of the Class of 2013 have received one or more offers of employment, and over 80-percent have accepted new positions. Two-thirds of the class received two or more job offers, and over half received three or more. The Institute hosted recruiting visits for 47 employers, and students averaged 15 initial job interviews. The average base salary reached an all-time high of $96,900, an increase of nearly 9-percent over the Class of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Why students enroll – In their own wordsEnrollment of the incoming Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is close to completion. It is the most competitive admission cycle since the MSA program’s inception in 2007, with a record low acceptance rate of 21-percent for the intensive 10-month program. The admissions committee reviewed 468 applications—up 72-percent over the previous year—and interviewed 210 candidates to create the cohort of 85 students. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Aric LaBarr spoke today in Washington DC at the Big Data Committee Government Symposium sponsored by the American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC). The purpose of the symposium was to explore how various federal government agencies can tap rapidly increasing amounts of data to further their mission and make better decisions or gain efficiencies in the face of tight budgets. The panel, which was titled “Making the Business Case for Big Data Analytics / Skill Sets / Training,” was chaired by Susan Stolting (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and included Dean Silverman (U.S. Department of Treasury).

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was an invited speaker on the topic of Big Data at 2013 Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Festival hosted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of this year’s event was “Data Science: Unlocking the Power of Big Data,” which drew a large audience and was also broadcast to other locations across the NIH campuses. (NIH video broadcast of the presentation.)

Job placement for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 begins in earnest this month. A total of 77 candidates seeking new employment are set to begin interviewing for positions in the analytics profession. Over the 90-day placement season, the Institute will host information sessions and arrange interviews with as many as 40 to 50 employers representing a wide range of job opportunities, including banking, consumer product goods, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, Internet, management consulting, manufacturing, marketing, public service, retail, and telecommunications. Some of the employers that have scheduled visits and job interviews include: Read the rest of this entry »

At the midpoint in the application cycle for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the number of applications has already surpassed the all-time high—up 132% over the previous year-to-date total. The surge in applications is attributable to the reputation and uniqueness of the MSA program, now entering its seventh year, and the strong demand for analytics professionals nationwide. The preeminence of the MSA program starts with the quality of its applicant pool, said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa: “We carefully evaluate each and every applicant, Read the rest of this entry »

The Institute is now reviewing applications for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 for studies commencing in June. Admission to the MSA program is highly competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of being accepted for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all 80 seats are taken. Although the first-round priority deadline has passed for international applicants, including those currently residing in the U.S., non-U.S. citizens may still apply for admission (application materials should be expedited to ensure timely arrival). The Class of 2014 will be the Institute’s seventh MSA cohort since its founding in 2007. For more details regarding application procedures, see: Information for Applicants.

Looking to hire a data analytics professional in 2013? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 resume book is now available! Prospective employers interested in reviewing 80 resumes of MSA candidates graduating in May, should please contact us to obtain a copy. The Institute will host employer information sessions through January, and welcomes employers to secure dates for onsite interviews during the month of February. You can also download the MSA Student Profile Book to learn more about our students.

The American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC) has appointed Dr. Aric LaBarr to serve on its Big Data Committee. The Committee provides a forum for sharing and collaboration between federal, state and local government agencies seeking to leverage their data for better informed decision-making. Members will recommend approaches to developing big data technical frameworks and capability maturity model assessments, and promote best practices by increasing awareness of research, technologies, and use cases. The ATC-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated Read the rest of this entry »

To accommodate the recent doubling of enrollment to 80 students, the Institute is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its staff. “Attracting talented professionals is key to building a high-performing organization, and I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of individuals to our team,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, at a ceremony today marking the end of fall semester. “As the Institute enters its next phase, the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) has quickly ascended to become one of NC State’s largest and finest graduate degree programs. The success of Read the rest of this entry »

Michael RappaThe Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today in Washington, DC with senior IT executives across Federal agencies and state government about the looming talent shortage in Big Data. The panel included Jeff Butler, Director, Research Databases, with the Internal Revenue Service and Micheline Casey, former Chief Data Officer, State of Colorado. This past summer Dr. Rappa served as academic co-chair of TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission, which examined strategies for transforming government through the application of Big Data.

The Institute is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014—to become the seventh cohort of students admitted to the Institute since its founding in 2007. We anticipate another round of well-qualified applicants seeking to secure one of 80 available seats. Although its still early in the process, applications submitted to date are up 286-percent and application starts are up 87-percent over the same period last year. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between January and April. The Institute will hold its next MSA information session on November 12.

Writing in the October issue of Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil give the Institute’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program high praise as one of only a few sources of talent with proven strengths in data science alongside Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon. The HBR special issue on “Big Data” highlights the looming shortage of analytics professionals needed to grapple with the rapidly increasing size and complexity of data. The Institute’s founding director, Michael Rappa, expressed his gratitude: “It’s an honor to see the MSA mentioned in esteemed company, and to be recognized as one of the leading programs with a proven track record. It’s no small achievement.” Founded at NC State six years ago, the MSA is the first and preeminent degree of its kind in the nation and a model for other universities. (See: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.)

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 Student Profile Book is now available to download for prospective employers and prospective applicants who wish to learn more about our students. The Institute hosts employer information sessions throughout the Fall semester and in January. Student resumes are distributed in early December and onsite interviews are planned for February. Interested employers are invited to contact us for more details about recruiting MSA graduates.

The key to seizing on the Big Data opportunity lies in educating and training the workforce around analytics and data science, according to a new report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission. The report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government,” provides the government with a comprehensive roadmap to using Big Data to better serve the American people. The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, who served as Academic Co-chair of the commission, stated “The value of big data lies in our ability to extract insights and make better decisions. The acute shortage of analytics professionals and data-savvy managers will be addressed most successfully through creative partnerships between industry, government and universities. There are several efforts underway, but we must intensify and accelerate the national investment in proven models.” Read the rest of this entry »

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