Students Lead Charitable Drive

It’s back to school for hundreds of 6th-, 7th-, and 8th- graders at nearby Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School (CCMMS). The MSA Class of 2015, continuing a student tradition, sought to lend a helping hand to our Centennial Campus neighbors by holding a charitable drive to donate school supplies—from pencils and notebooks to backpacks to USB data storage devices—everything schoolchildren need to be productive, but cannot always afford on a tight family budget. Many thanks to all of the MSA student volunteers who gave generously of their time in the collection effort, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who made a donation! Continue reading “Students Lead Charitable Drive”

University Committee Approves Space Request

Today the University Space Committee chaired by Provost Warwick Arden reviewed the Institute’s request for a strategic lease of approximately 22,000 square feet of office and classroom space on Centennial Campus to grow the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program to a maximum of 180 students. The new Alliance One building, currently under construction, was approved for a strategic lease for a term of 10 years.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Data Group

The Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa traveled to Charlotte today to speak at a corporate-wide gathering of the Wells Fargo Enterprise Data and Analytics leadership team convened by the company’s new Chief Data Officer, Dr. Charles Thomas. Dr. Rappa provided executives with an overview of the Institute’s novel 10-month Master of Science in Analytics degree program and its growing pipeline of graduates. Joining him Continue reading “Wells Fargo Data Group”

Michael Rappa

Six Sigma Forum Keynote

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was the keynote speaker today at the 12th Annual Lean Six Sigma Forum—Big Data, Big Decisions: Leveraging Lean Six Sigma in a Data Rich Environment—hosted by the NC State University College of Textiles. In his lecture, Dr. Rappa provided a sweeping overview of how the world is being changed by “big data” and the new digital reality facing businesses. The Institute’s students Continue reading “Six Sigma Forum Keynote”

JSM – Joint Statistical Meetings 2014

Data Scientists and Big Data

How the Statistics community can best respond to the demand for data science and analytics education was the topic of a presentation by the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa at the Joint Statistical Meetings held this week in Boston. Data Science and its relationship to conventional statistics degree programs is the focus of an intensifying dialogue in academic departments across the country. Speaking to Continue reading “Data Scientists and Big Data”

MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap

Speaking today at a summit on “Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap” held at MIT, the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa shared his views on how universities can best respond to industry needs and address the acute shortage of data scientists. “Analytics is a team sport,” said Rappa. “We’ve focused our energy on creating a scalable learning model for producing high performing teams of professionals, who can blend Continue reading “Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap”