James Goodnight

SAS hosts MSA Class of 2012

SAS Institute, the leader in business analytics software and services, hosted the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2012 today in its newly opened Executive Briefing Center at the company’s headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. Jim Goodnight, SAS co-founder and CEO, spoke with students about the rapidly growing importance of analytics to businesses and government, and the value of an analytics-focused education Continue reading “SAS hosts MSA Class of 2012”

Michael Rappa

Science of Better Podcast

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was interviewed today by Barry List as part of The Science of Better: “Crunching the Numbers” podcast. The topic of discussion was the Institute’s innovative degree program, the Master of Science in Analytics. The biweekly podcast series offers engaging in-depth conversations about analytics and operations research of interest to practitioners. The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the leading association for analytics professionals, is the sponsor.

Institute Hosts Workshop

Today the Institute hosted the Pharmaceutical Users Software Exchange (PhUSE) for a single day event on campus entitled Principles and Practices of Statistical Programming: Analysis and Reporting in a Regulated Environment. PhUSE is an independent, not-for-profit organization run by volunteers that provides a global platform for the discussion of topics encompassing the work of Data Managers, Biostatisticians, Statistical Programmers and eClinical IT professionals.

Institute Increases Technology Investment

The Institute significantly increased its investment in information technologies to accommodate the escalating requirements of student practicum projects in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The practicum consists of teams of 4-5 students working on a challenging business problem with actual data from a sponsoring organization. Current projects typically involve 100’s of megabytes to 10’s of gigabytes of raw data—though the amount of data grows with each year. The new investments, Continue reading “Institute Increases Technology Investment”

Anthony Franklin

Franklin Joins Institute Staff

The Institute is pleased to welcome Anthony Franklin to its staff as a graduate teaching assistant. Franklin is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Statistics at NC State University. He completed dual M.S. degrees in Financial Mathematics and Statistics from NC State in 2010, and graduated summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Coastal Carolina University in 2007. Franklin will work with MSA students individually and in small groups to help them improve their foundational knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

Chancellor Endorses Expansion Plan

University Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson expressed his support today for the Institute’s proposal to expand enrollment of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program beginning in 2012. The proposal, which was put forth in February, called for a doubling of enrollment, from 40 to 80 students, and the additional staff and space needed to operate the program. Implementation of the plan is contingent on the Institute’s ability to secure adequate space to accommodate the larger cohort of students.

Summer Boot Camp Concludes

Today students celebrated the successful conclusion of the MSA summer boot camp with a presentation by guest speaker, Chuck Musciano. Mr. Musciano is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Martin Marietta Material, a frequent speaker on IT-related topics including social media, and author of  HTML & XHMTL: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly). The MSA boot camp stretches across six weeks with daylong classes focused on learning foundational knowledge in statistics and analytics tool skills. Students also get their first exposure to a team project.

Faculty Join Steering Committee

The Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Meyer and Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra have joined the Institute’s Faculty Steering Committee. Dr. Meyer is Professor of Mathematics at NC State who teaches linear and matrix algebra in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) curriculum. Dr. Dasmohapatra is Assistant Professor in the Wood Products business area specializing in strategic marketing, distribution and value addition strategies and marketing research methods. She teaches customer analytics to MSA students. The two new members to the committee come with the recent retirement of Dr. Charles Jones, Edwin Gill Professor of Finance and a member of the committee since its inception in 2006.