JSM – Joint Statistical Meetings 2013

Director Speaks at Joint Statistical Meetings

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Montréal today speaking at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), during an invited panel on Curriculum Development and Funding Opportunities in Big Data. In his presentation, Dr. Rappa provided an overview of the Master of Science in Analytics and its success in meeting the growing demand for data scientists. Dr. Rappa was joined on the panel by Bill Howe (University of Washington), Michelle Christine Dunn (National Cancer Institute), Nandini Kannan (NSF) and session chair, Sastry Pantula (Dean of the College of Science at Oregon State University).

Registration Opens

The Institute offers two courses for individuals who do not already have the prerequisite knowledge of statistics to enroll in the Master of Science in Analytics degree program. Registration is now open for ST513 and ST514, which are taught online and can be taken in either Fall or Spring semesters. The prerequisites are intended for prospective MSA applicants (including those who are not currently enrolled at NC State) to help prepare for admission in the summer of 2014. Those individuals looking to take their first course in statistics should start with ST513. Individuals with prior coursework in statistics may be eligible to enroll directly into ST514.

MSA Students Donate School Supplies

It’s back to school this week for hundreds of 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders at nearby Centennial Campus Middle School. The MSA Class of 2014 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 “MSA Students Donate School Supplies”

MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Director Delivers Keynote at MIT Gathering

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week visiting colleagues at Harvard and delivering a keynote address at the 7th Annual M.I.T. Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium. Dr. Rappa spoke about the role of the data scientist in modern organizations. The Institute’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program has a successful 6-year track record in creating Continue reading “Director Delivers Keynote at MIT Gathering”

MSA Class of 2014

Institute Welcomes MSA Class of 2014

The Institute welcomes to campus 85 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014, the seventh cohort to enter its innovative 10-month degree program. Commenting on the occasion, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “The MSA Class of 2014 student profile is record-setting on every dimension and significantly raises the bar on the Institute’s already high admission standards. It is a very talented group and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with them.” Continue reading “Institute Welcomes MSA Class of 2014”

Call for Proposals – Analytics Practicum

The Institute for Advanced Analytics invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a practicum team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their team to analyze. The Institute can accept up to seventeen proposals this year. The proposal submission period is open now through July 31. 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 in advance of submission, you are encouraged to contact the Institute’s practicum manager, Dr. Christopher West.

2013 Director’s Prize Awarded

Erin Cutrell and Taylor Shipman share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. Cutrell and Shipman receive the prize in recognition by their peers of their superior performance throughout the 10-month program. Commenting on the winners, the Institute’s director, Michael Rappa, stated “Erin and Taylor earned high praise from their peers and it’s easy to understand why. They possess wonderful leadership skills, bringing intelligence and abundant enthusiasm to their work.” Cutrell, who is a 2007 graduate in Continue reading “2013 Director’s Prize Awarded”