Hats off to the Astros!

Congratulations to our friends at the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 World Series of Major League Baseball — what a terrific year for the team and their loyal fans in Houston and beyond! The Institute is very grateful to the Astros organization for providing projects for our students to work on as part of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) practicum learning experience. Special thanks to Continue reading “Hats off to the Astros!”

Student Profile Book

Now available, the Student Profile Book highlights over 100 candidates enrolled in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2018. The Institute invites you to learn more about our students. Prospective employers: please email us to receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 Resume Book when it becomes available December 1st, or call April Wilson, head of career services, at (919) 513-2979.


Rules of Engagement

For the sixth year, business coach and speaker Mary Crane spent a day at the Institute, helping Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) students polish their professionalism. Crane’s visit with the class of 2018 commenced with her dynamic seminar, ‘The Rules of Engagement’ — or what some people call proper business etiquette. She shared stories and lessons learned to illustrate the rules that guide professionals Continue reading “Rules of Engagement”

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The Institute is delighted to announce the sponsors of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2018 practicum team projects. This year 22 student teams are tasked with projects from 22 sponsoring organizations. New sponsors include the Institute’s first projects with Nashville-based Asurion, Duke Health, General Motors, and several others. Represented on this year’s list are major financial institutions, retailers, insurers, health providers, and technology enterprises. Sponsors hail from eleven states from across the U.S. Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”

Institute to Host Forecasting Conference

The Institute is delighted to host The 4th Annual Foresight Practitioner Conference: Recoupling Forecasting with Inventory Control and Supply Planning on November 15-16, 2017. Produced in conjunction with Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, the conference program features talks by nine forecasting experts, including keynote speaker Aris Syntetos, Professor of Operational Research and Operations Management at Cardiff University, who will share his recommendations for better communication between demand forecasters and inventory controllers. Continue reading “Institute to Host Forecasting Conference”

Valerie Schwartz

Schwartz to Head Admissions

The Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Valerie Schwartz to the position of Head of Admissions. Most recently, Valerie served as Senior Assistant Director of NC State’s Park Scholarships program, where she managed recruitment and external communications, played a key role in the selection of award recipients, expanded the program’s fundraising initiatives, Continue reading “Schwartz to Head Admissions”

Welcoming the Class of 2018

The Institute is delighted to announce the matriculation of 115 students in the Class of 2018, the eleventh cohort in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. “What makes the Institute such a wonderful place to teach and learn begins with attracting great students,” said the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa. “They’re smart and ready to work, and we’re delighted to have them with us. Greeting the new cohort is a humbling reminder of the rapid growth and remarkable success of the MSA over the past decade.” Continue reading “Welcoming the Class of 2018”


Institute Named Prize Finalist

For the second consecutive year the leading international association for professionals in analytics and operations research, INFORMS, has named the Institute for Advanced Analytics one of three finalist schools in the competition for the UPS George D. Smith Prize. The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of analytics and operations research. Continue reading “Institute Named Prize Finalist”