Employers: MSA Resumes Now Available

Looking to hire a data analytics professional in 2013? The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 resume book is now available! Prospective employers interested in reviewing 80 resumes of MSA candidates graduating in May, should please contact us to obtain a copy. The Institute will host employer information sessions through January, and welcomes employers to secure dates for onsite interviews during the month of February. You can also download the MSA Student Profile Book to learn more about our students.

Institute Welcomes New Staff Members

To accommodate the recent doubling of enrollment to 80 students, the Institute is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its staff. “Attracting talented professionals is key to building a high-performing organization, and I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of individuals to our team,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, at a ceremony today marking the end of fall semester. “As the Institute enters its next phase, the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) has quickly ascended to become one of NC State’s largest and finest graduate degree programs. The success of Continue reading “Institute Welcomes New Staff Members”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks on Big Data Talent Shortage

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today in Washington, DC with senior IT executives across Federal agencies and state government about the looming talent shortage in Big Data. The panel included Jeff Butler, Director, Research Databases, with the Internal Revenue Service and Micheline Casey, former Chief Data Officer, State of Colorado. This past summer Dr. Rappa served as academic co-chair of TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission, which examined strategies for transforming government through the application of Big Data.

MSA Applications Rise Sharply

The Institute is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014—to become the seventh cohort of students admitted to the Institute since its founding in 2007. We anticipate another round of well-qualified applicants seeking to secure one of 80 available seats. Although its still early in the process, applications submitted to date are up 286-percent and application starts are up 87-percent over the same period last year. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between January and April. The Institute will hold its next MSA information session on November 12.

Harvard Business Review – Big Data Issue

MSA Receives High Praise

Writing in the October issue of Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil give the Institute’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program high praise as one of only a few sources of talent with proven strengths in data science alongside Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon. The HBR special issue on “Big Data” highlights the looming shortage of analytics professionals Continue reading “MSA Receives High Praise”

MSA Class of 2013

Class of 2013 Student Profiles

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 Student Profile Book is now available to download for prospective employers and prospective applicants who wish to learn more about our students. The Institute hosts employer information sessions throughout the Fall semester and in January. Student resumes are distributed in early December and onsite interviews are planned for February. Interested employers are invited to contact us for more details about recruiting MSA graduates.

Big Data Commission Releases Report

The key to seizing on the Big Data opportunity lies in educating and training the workforce around analytics and data science, according to a new report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission. The report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government,” provides the government with a comprehensive roadmap to using Big Data to better serve the American people. The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, who served as Academic Co-chair of the commission, stated “The value of big data lies in our ability to extract insights and make better decisions. The acute shortage of analytics professionals and data-savvy managers will be addressed most successfully through creative partnerships between industry, government and universities. There are several efforts underway, but we must intensify and accelerate the national investment in proven models.” Continue reading “Big Data Commission Releases Report”

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The Institute is pleased to announce its practicum sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013. The projects were selected from a record number of proposal submissions (40). Among the organizations sponsoring projects this year there are several returning from previous years as well as a host of new sponsors, including industry leading firms from across the country, and several state and federal government agencies. Projects come from a wide variety of areas including agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, sports, and telecommunications. This year’s sponsors are: Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”