2014 Commencement Exercise

The Institute held its 7th annual commencement exercise for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Diplomas were conferred to seventy-nine degree candidates on a beautiful May 3rd morning at the Raleigh Convention Center. Presiding over the graduation ceremony was the Institute’s founding director, Dr. Michael Rappa. He was joined by members of the faculty, staff and four-hundred invited guests. Surrounded by family and friends, the graduates had much to celebrate as they embark on their new careers gainfully employed in positions as well-paid analytics professionals. Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s graduates! Continue reading “2014 Commencement Exercise”

Students Graduate to Full Employment

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is the Institute’s seventh consecutive cohort to graduate fully employed in promising careers as analytics professionals. All 75 candidates searching for new employment secured positions prior to graduation. Average starting salaries were in the mid-$90’s, with solid gains for candidates without prior work experience. Students had an average of 13 initial job interviews and 3 offers. There were many returning employers, as well as several new employers, including well-known companies such as Apple, Boeing, Cisco, EY, and Red Hat. Fifteen industry segments were represented among those hiring, with software, consulting and financial services being the most popular. “Demand for our graduates is the strongest we’ve seen,” said Dr. Michael Rappa, the Institute’s director. “We’re delighted to have a large following of employers—many of them the world’s most-admired companies.” Read the complete 2014 Employment Report.

Practicum Teams Deliver Results

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is on the final leg of its journey, as seventeen practicum teams bring to culmination eight months of work pouring over large volumes of 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 Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, and Washington, DC, to deliver the results of their practicum projects to their sponsors. Students conducted a wide array of studies, from reducing hospital re-admissions to improving customer retention to price optimization, and more. Continue reading “Practicum Teams Deliver Results”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at Utility Analytics Summit

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today at the Utility Analytics Summit on the campus of Duke University in Durham. Joining Dr. Rappa on the panel were Dr. Johan Enslin, the Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at the University of North Carolina at Charolotte, and Dr. Thomas Katsouleas, Dean of Engineering at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. Moderated by Scott Carlberg, the panel focused on the role of universities in developing analytics talent for the utilities industry.

$22 Million

That’s how much employers brought to the table this spring in their bid to recruit talent from the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. The total dollar amount of offers of employment extended to 75 candidates by 55 employers was $22,541,642, to be precise, in starting salaries and signing bonuses. The Class of 2014 attracted a record number of 246 job offers, in record time, and the offer dollar volume was 24% higher than last year’s total of $17.9 million. With 30-days remaining until graduation, 100% of the Class of 2014 have reported receiving one or more offers of employment, and 97% of candidates have already decided on a new position. Employers represent a broad cross-section of industry throughout the U.S. Complete details about this year’s student outcomes will be made available in the 2014 Employment Report in May.

INFORMS

Students Attend Analytics Conference

A group of students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 traveled to Boston this week to attend the INFORMS Annual Conference of Business Analytics and Operations Research. The conference program spanned three days and included keynote speeches by Tom Davenport, co-author of the best-seller, Competing on Analytics, and Kathy Kilmer, Director, Sales Planning and Analytics, Walt Disney Continue reading “Students Attend Analytics Conference”

Cigna

Director Speaks at Cigna Event

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was the invited guest speaker today to a biannual gathering of the Cigna data organization convened by the company’s Vice President for Information Management and Analytics, Scott Filiault. Based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Cigna is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Cigna has $32.4 billion in annual Continue reading “Director Speaks at Cigna Event”