March Madness

March Madness Yields $25 Million

$25 million—that’s the current tally on the dollar value of employment offers extended to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2019 during the job placement period, fondly known around the Institute as “March Madness.” The Class of 2019 is on a record-setting pace to become our twelfth consecutive cohort to top 90-percent employment by graduation, with 85-percent of the students already accepting offers Continue reading “March Madness Yields $25 Million”

From Ballet Dancer to Data Analyst

Congratulations to Sarah Egan Warren on her award at the 14th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium held March 20. The symposium included poster presentations from more than 200 graduate students from NC State University. Students were nominated by Directors of Graduate Programs to participate. The posters were judged by faculty, and the top three posters from each category received recognition. Warren’s poster (“Former Ballet Dancers’ Transfer of 21st Century Skills to Careers as Data Analysts”) was awarded 3rd place for the College of Education where she is completing her PhD in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development. Continue reading “From Ballet Dancer to Data Analyst”

Practicum Team Kick-Off Meetings

Twenty-three student teams in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) began meeting with their sponsors up and down the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida and into the Midwest. The teams spoke with executives to review business objectives and familiarize themselves with the sponsor organization. The Class of 2019 brings the total number of practicum projects to 180 with 120 sponsors since the Institute’s Continue reading “Practicum Team Kick-Off Meetings”

Aric LaBarr

LaBarr Appointed Associate Professor

The Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Aric LaBarr as Teaching Associate Professor. Previously, Dr. LaBarr was Director and Senior Scientist at Elder Research, and was for several years earlier a member of the Institute’s faculty teaching classes in statistics, mathematics, and operations research. Dr. LaBarr, who holds degrees in economics and statistics from NC State, specializes in predictive modeling, advanced analytics, forecasting, and risk management. Continue reading “LaBarr Appointed Associate Professor”

Audrey Chang

Chang to Head External Relations

The Institute is delighted to announce Dr. Audrey Chang has been named Head of External Relations. Previously, Dr. Chang was Chief of Business Planning and Partnerships at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Dr. Chang earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University in 2009. She also holds a M.S. from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis. Continue reading “Chang to Head External Relations”

Asurion Practicum

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The Institute is delighted to announce our practicum sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2019. Student teams are tasked with projects from 24 sponsoring organizations. Among sponsors new this year are an impressive international line-up of major financial institutions, including Charlotte-based Bank of America, Zurich-based Credit Suisse, and Montreal-based RBC Royal Bank, as well as the biotech company, bioMérieux, based in Marcy-l’Étoile, France. Fifteen of the 24 sponsors are returning Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”