Alumni News

Congratulations to Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) alumni on recent promotions and job transitions this month, including: Bailey Flores ’16, promoted to Data Science Senior Manager at The Home Depot in Atlanta; Vincent Kwek ’14, promoted to Director, Customer Success at Nielsen in Chicago; Wes Ledebuhr ’14, joined Sightline Payments as Director, Research and Analytics, in Denver; and Andrew Williams ’14, promoted to Manager, Healthcare Customer Advisory Sales Engineering at SAS. Read more in Alumni News.

MSA 2021 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of ’21!

Congratulations to the 118 graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics Class of ’21! The Institute’s 14th cohort since its inaugural class in 2008, they join the our alumni community of over 1,100 data savvy professionals working in over 360 organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world. Read about the Class of ’21’s successful job placement in the 2021 Employment Report, with 92% having accepted a new position by graduation and 97% just 30-days out. Continue reading “Congratulations to the Class of ’21!”

WiDS 2021

Responsible Machine Learning Conference

Registration is now open for the WiDS-Raleigh @ Institute for Advanced Analytics 2021 Responsible Machine Learning conference to be held June 3-4. The event is completely online and free to attend. Organized by the Institute’s Drs. Shaina Race and Andrea Villanes in cooperation with RTI International, the 2-day conference will coincide with the annual Women in Data Science Worldwide conference hosted by Stanford University.

Class of 2021

Class of ’21 Employment Report

Keeping with tradition, the Institute published its comprehensive Employment Report immediately upon graduation. Despite the challenges caused by the global pandemic, the Class of ’21 matched the Institute’s historical placement average of 92% at graduation over the past 14 years. The average salary reached $97,200 (based on 100% reporting salary data). “Hat’s off to the Class of ’21,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa. “Students showed incredible resilience, staying focused on their studies throughout the 10-month program in spite of the many obstacles arising from the pandemic. They come away stronger and more ready than ever for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Hat toss

University Earnings Leader, Again

Graduates of the Institute’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) continue to lead the University in terms of average earnings (at graduation) for the third consecutive year data has been collected. According the the University’s Office of Institutional Strategy and Analytics, MSA Class of ’20 graduates earned an average starting salary of $102,135, which was 22% higher than the average for all 533 master’s degree candidates graduating in May 2020. (The May 2020 results were only just published after a long delay caused by the pandemic.) The strength of the result Continue reading “University Earnings Leader, Again”

Christopher West

West named Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher West has been promoted to the position of Teaching Associate Professor. A member of the Institute since 2015, West earned his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in 2006. He leads the Institute’s practicum, the experiential learning component of the MSA curriculum. Prior to joining the Institute, West was a USAF engineering officer and faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Applying for the Class of ’22

The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2022, which will begin studies in June 2021. The MSA is the nation’s longest running full-fledged master’s degree program in data science with an unparalleled track record for producing highly sought-after graduates. Learn more and the application process and deadlines. Here are a few answers to prospective applicants’ common questions: Continue reading “Applying for the Class of ’22”

Student Spotlight: Microsoft Practicum

Three months into their eight-month practicum projects, students in NC State’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2021 are deep in the throes of data analysis, applying the techniques they are concurrently learning in the classroom to solve their sponsors’ business problems. In the coming weeks, they will work with Institute faculty and staff to practice and fine-tune the midpoint presentations they’ll deliver to their sponsoring organizations in December. Continue reading