Class of 2014 Profiles

The Institute is pleased to introduce 80 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Interested employers and other friends of the Institute are encouraged to learn more about our students by reading the Student Profile Book, which is now available to download. The Class of 2014 Resume Book is scheduled to be distributed in December. Prospective employers are welcome to contact us to receive their free copy.


SAS Hosts Class of 2014

SAS Institute, the leader in business analytics software and services, hosted a visit today by the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 in its Executive Briefing Center at the company’s campus in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. James Goodnight, SAS co-founder and CEO, spoke with students about the company’s latest generation of high performance analytics technology and solutions. Joining Dr. Goodnight was Dr. Radhika Continue reading “SAS Hosts Class of 2014”

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The NFL’s defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens lead this year’s roster of practicum project sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. The Ravens are joined by Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros as the two professional sports clubs among 17 sponsors in total. The projects—which span aerospace, autos, chemicals, apparel, consumer product goods, banking, air transportation, healthcare, lodging, and government—were selected from 56 proposals submitted to the Institute. New this year to the list of sponsors are: Cisco, Eastman Chemical, J.M. Smucker & Co., Premier, Recall, Rex Healthcare, SchoolDude, United Airlines, and Volvo. Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”

Information Session Dates

Prospective applicants to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program are encouraged to attend one of the many information sessions, which begin in September and are held throughout the fall semester. Attendees will learn about the MSA curriculum and how to apply for admission. Please come and meet the staff and tour the Institute’s facilities. Seating on any given date is limited, so be sure to register in advance if you plan to attend.

NSA Announces New Analytics Lab

The National Security Agency announced today the establishment of the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) located adjacent to the Institute on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The $60 million lab will be a cornerstone of the emerging advanced data innovation hub at NC State, bringing together some of the brightest minds from government, academia, and industry to collaborate on the most challenging big data problems. “We have chosen the Research Triangle area for its vibrant academic and industry interest in large data analytics, and NC State for having the nation’s first, and preeminent, advanced degree program in data analytics,” said Dr. Michael Wertheimer, Director of Research, NSA. “By immersing intelligence analysts with NC State’s diverse group of scientists, we hope to discover new and powerful ways to meet our foreign signals intelligence and information assurance missions – giving us an edge to better protect the nation.”

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”