Institute Welcomes New Board Members

The Institute is delighted to announce the addition of six new members to the Executive Advisory Board at its winter meeting today, bringing the total membership to fifteen. The Board convenes twice each year to provide strategic guidance to the Institute and its pioneering Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. “We are fortunate to have this esteemed group to help guide the Institute,” said its director, Dr. Michael Rappa. “Our students will benefit from the depth of their experience and insight into the real world practice of analytics.” The new members Continue reading “Institute Welcomes New Board Members”


Students Named SAS Ambassadors

Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree candidates Patrick Hall and Ryan Snyder have been named SAS Student Ambassadors. Hall and Snyder were recognized for their work in combining Base SAS data step programming with the Java Processing Graphics library to create a scalable, flexible protocol for generating data-driven graphics. The SAS Student Ambassador Program recognizes and supports students who use Continue reading “Students Named SAS Ambassadors”

Monsanto Scholarships Announced

The Institute, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Monsanto Company announced today a $500,000 grant to train the next generation of plant breeding professionals with skills in analytics. The Monsanto Scholarships in Advanced Analytics will be awarded to six degree candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program beginning in 2012. “Encouraging and enabling the development of future plant breeders is and will continue to be an integral part of making agriculture more productive,” said Sam Eathington, Monsanto VP Continue reading “Monsanto Scholarships Announced”

Institute Welcomes Applicants for MSA

The Institute has begun accepting applications for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program’s Class of 2013, which is set to begin studies next June. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis as soon as complete. Our enrollment capacity for the new class will be expanded to accommodate up to 80 students. To maintain a small classroom setting, students will complete the 10-month Continue reading “Institute Welcomes Applicants for MSA”

Hiring of Analytics Talent to Increase

Investment in business analytics and analytical talent will rise in 2012, but organizations still have their work cut out for them when it comes to making projects effective and instilling the right analytical culture and skills, according to new research from Accenture and SAS. Of the 258 North American business leaders surveyed by the Accenture SAS Analytics Group, 72 percent indicated they will increase spending on business analytics in 2012 as compared to 2011. Continue reading “Hiring of Analytics Talent to Increase”

MSA Alumni Panel at Internet Summit

Four alumni from the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program spoke about the future of analytics as part of a panel discussion today at the 2011 Internet Summit being held in downtown Raleigh. Participating in the panel were: Erika Burger (MSA ’11), Senior Business Analyst, Maxpoint Interactive; Richie Couchon (MSA ’10), Senior Analytic Analyst, Quaero; Geoff Lewis (MSA ’10), Director of Analytics, ShareFile; and Daniel Zaratsian (MSA ’11), Analytics Consultant, SAS.


INFORMS Annual Meeting

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday to speak at the INFORMS 2011 Annual Meeting. Dr. Rappa will discuss the education of analytics practitioners as part of a panel organized on graduate degree programs in Analytics. In 2006, he proposed and led the development of the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree at NC State. Continue reading “INFORMS Annual Meeting”