MSA Commencement Ceremony

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 Continue reading “MSA Commencement Ceremony”

The White House

Director Speaks at White House Event

The 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, Continue reading “Director Speaks at White House Event”

Sudipta Dasmohapatra

Dasmohapatra Promoted

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.

Job Placement Tops 90%

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 Continue reading “Job Placement Tops 90%”

Michael Rappa

Director Testifies in Congress

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, Continue reading “Director Testifies in Congress”

Starting Salaries Set New Record

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. Continue reading “Starting Salaries Set New Record”

MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape

Enrollment 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. Continue reading “MSA Class of 2014 Takes Shape”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at NIH

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 Continue reading “Director Speaks at NIH”