Villanes, Dickey Present at SESUG

The Institute’s Dr. David Dickey and Andrea Villanes presented separate work at SESUG 2013 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Dr. Dickey, a professor of statistics who teaches students in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program, delivered an overview of data mining methods titled Finding the Gold in Your Data. Ms. Villanes, a research associate with the Institute, presented work based on her master’s thesis titled Analytical Approach for Bot Cheating Detection in a Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game. All of the published papers from the SESUG annual meetings are made available online by the Institute as a courtesy to the SAS user community. The archive contains over 1700 papers presented since 1999.

Steve Neola

Neola Wins Scholarship

Steve Neola (Class of 2014) was selected by the NCSU Entrepreneurship Initiative to participate in the Silicon Valley Spring Break Trip where he and 15 other students will meet with entrepreneurs and executives from small start-ups to large multi-national companies to prepare them for starting their own businesses. Steve was selected for the scholarship because he would like to create an automated investment solution for Continue reading “Neola Wins Scholarship”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks in Silicon Valley

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, traveled to the heart of Silicon Valley this week to speak with attendees at the DataBeat 2013 Data Science Summit. Dr. Rappa shared the dais with colleagues from Stanford and Northwestern in a panel discussion on data science education. Northwestern launched its Master of Science in Analytics program in 2012 and will graduate its first cohort of 30 students this month. The Institute is Continue reading “Director Speaks in Silicon Valley”

Davenport Praises Institute

Wall Street JournalWriting in the Wall Street Journal, Tom Davenport (author of the bestseller Competing on Analytics) praised the Institute’s innovative approach to graduate education as a model to be emulated. Davenport is critical of what he sees at other universities, where analytics degree programs are typically placed in a single school and, as a result, offer a narrow perspective. Lamenting the lack of faculty collaboration, Davenport asks “But why can’t we all get along? The earliest graduate degree in analytics, the Master of Science in Analytics at North Carolina State, was a cross-university initiative from its beginning in 2007.” First proposed by Continue reading “Davenport Praises Institute”

Deadline Nears for International Applicants

December 15 is the priority deadline for prospective applicants who are not U.S. citizens to submit their application for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The Institute seeks to enroll 85 talented and motivated students for the Class of 2015—the eighth MSA cohort since 2007—which begins classes next June. Continue reading “Deadline Nears for International Applicants”

Guest Speakers Round Out Fall Semester

The Institute thanks the numerous guest lecturers and employers who visited this semester to meet with members of the MSA Class of 2014. We are very grateful for the time they spent sharing information about their work on the front lines of the analytics profession. Visiting lecturers covered a wide range of contemporary topics, from the analytics of software security to the emerging industrial internet, and represented nearly a dozen industries, including aerospace, apparel, banking, consulting, consumer product goods, health care, hospitality, and insurance, among others. Continue reading “Guest Speakers Round Out Fall Semester”

Andrea Villanes

Villanes Speaks on WiCS Panel

Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and NCSU Libraries co-hosted a screening of the documentary She++, which explores the issues around girls, code and computing, followed by a panel discussion with the Institute’s research associate, Andrea Villanes. The panel was moderated by Dr. Lina Battestilli, WiCS faculty advisor, and also included NCSU computer science professors Tiffany Barnes and Sarah Heckman, and Google software engineer Melanie Donny-Clark. In the past decade the number of first-year female undergraduates who expressed interest in a computer science major declined 79%. Continue reading “Villanes Speaks on WiCS Panel”