MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap

Speaking today at a summit on “Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap” held at MIT, the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa shared his views on how universities can best respond to industry needs and address the acute shortage of data scientists. “Analytics is a team sport,” said Rappa. “We’ve focused our energy on creating a scalable learning model for producing high performing teams of professionals, who can blend Continue reading “Bridging the Data Science Talent Gap”

Shaina Race

Race Joins Faculty

The Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Shaina Race to the position of assistant professor. Protégé of esteemed mathematician Professor Carl Meyer, Dr. Race earned her Ph.D. in Operations Research from NC State in May. Her doctoral dissertation, Iterative Consensus Clustering, involves mathematical models for high-dimensional data analytics. Dr. Race has instructional experience in several areas of mathematics and won the Department of Mathematics Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Continue reading “Race Joins Faculty”

FCC – Federal Communications Commission

Students Influence Broadband Debate

The results of work performed by a student practicum team in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2013 has made its way into the latest report on consumer broadband wireline services published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Measuring Broadband in America 2014. The team—led by Neha Rawal and including Suman Basu, Robert Moreira and Attila Veres—developed a novel method Continue reading “Students Influence Broadband Debate”

MSA Class of 2015

Institute Welcomes MSA Class of 2015

This week 86 candidates in the Class of 2015 begin a 10-month journey as the eighth cohort in the Institute’s innovative Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The 2015 cohort is the result of the most selective admissions process in the history of the Institute. “It’s a very talented group,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to partner with them and look forward to the time Continue reading “Institute Welcomes MSA Class of 2015”

Become a Practicum Sponsor

The Institute for Advanced Analytics invites interested organizations to submit a proposal to sponsor a practicum team project for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015. Since 2007, MSA students have conducted a wide variety of projects—70 in all—from virtually every industry sector, as well as state and federal government agencies. Sponsors identify challenging business problems and share data for their team to analyze. The 8-month project is conducted confidentially and without a sponsorship fee. The proposal submission period is open through July 15. To learn more about how to submit a proposal, please see the guidelines for Practicum Sponsorship. Continue reading “Become a Practicum Sponsor”

Payback Period

19- to 26-Months

That’s how long, on average, it will take for students who completed the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) this year to recover the cost of attending (tuition and fees) and the year of lost earnings (pre-MSA salary). In investment terms, that’s the payback period: the length of time it takes for the cumulative gains from an investment to equal the cumulative cost. Ideally, investors—in this case students—would like the shortest Continue reading “19- to 26-Months”

Digital Analytics Association

Director Elected to Association Board

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Digital Analytics Association. Founded in 2004, the DAA is a global not-for-profit association of analytics professionals with a mission to help individuals and organizations illuminate and overcome the challenges of data acquisition, exploration, deduction and application. The DAA helps thousands of its individual members become more valuable Continue reading “Director Elected to Association Board”

Applications Surge to Record High

Applications to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program increased for the eighth consecutive year—and over 70-percent for the third straight year—bringing the total number of applicants for admission to the Class of 2015 to nearly 800. That’s more than triple the number of applications from just 24 months ago, when the Institute first doubled its enrollment to 80 students. The Institute offered admission to Continue reading “Applications Surge to Record High”

2014 Director’s Prize

Steve Neola and Keith Walthall share this year’s Director’s Prize as the top graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Neola and Walthall receive the prize in recognition by their peers of their exemplary performance throughout the 10-month program. Announcing the winners at commencement, the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, said “Steve and Keith consistently earned high praise from their peers for their intelligence, leadership and teaming skills. They set a high bar and stand out as ideal role models for all of us—the kind of analytics Continue reading “2014 Director’s Prize”

2014 Commencement Exercise

The Institute held its 7th annual commencement exercise for candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Diplomas were conferred to seventy-nine degree candidates on a beautiful May 3rd morning at the Raleigh Convention Center. Presiding over the graduation ceremony was the Institute’s founding director, Dr. Michael Rappa. He was joined by members of the faculty, staff and four-hundred invited guests. Surrounded by family and friends, the graduates had much to celebrate as they embark on their new careers gainfully employed in positions as well-paid analytics professionals. Congratulations and best wishes to this year’s graduates! Continue reading “2014 Commencement Exercise”

Students Graduate to Full Employment

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is the Institute’s seventh consecutive cohort to graduate fully employed in promising careers as analytics professionals. All 75 candidates searching for new employment secured positions prior to graduation. Average starting salaries were in the mid-$90’s, with solid gains for candidates without prior work experience. Students had an average of 13 initial job interviews and 3 offers. There were many returning employers, as well as several new employers, including well-known companies such as Apple, Boeing, Cisco, EY, and Red Hat. Fifteen industry segments were represented among those hiring, with software, consulting and financial services being the most popular. “Demand for our graduates is the strongest we’ve seen,” said Dr. Michael Rappa, the Institute’s director. “We’re delighted to have a large following of employers—many of them the world’s most-admired companies.” Read the complete Employment Report.

Practicum Teams Deliver Results

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 is on the final leg of its journey, as seventeen practicum teams bring to culmination eight months of work pouring over large volumes of data and building models. Many of the teams are on the road this week traveling to destinations around North Carolina and as far away as Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, and Washington, DC, to deliver the results of their practicum projects to their sponsors. Students conducted a wide array of studies, from reducing hospital re-admissions to improving customer retention to price optimization, and more. Continue reading “Practicum Teams Deliver Results”

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at Utility Analytics Summit

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, spoke today at the Utility Analytics Summit on the campus of Duke University in Durham. Joining Dr. Rappa on the panel were Dr. Johan Enslin, the Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at the University of North Carolina at Charolotte, and Dr. Thomas Katsouleas, Dean of Engineering at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. Moderated by Scott Carlberg, the panel focused on the role of universities in developing analytics talent for the utilities industry.

$22 Million

That’s how much employers brought to the table this spring in their bid to recruit talent from the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. The total dollar amount of offers of employment extended to 75 candidates by 55 employers was $22,541,642, to be precise, in starting salaries and signing bonuses. The Class of 2014 attracted a record number of 246 job offers, in record time, and the offer dollar volume was 24% higher than last year’s total of $17.9 million. With 30-days remaining until graduation, 100% of the Class of 2014 have reported receiving one or more offers of employment, and 97% of candidates have already decided on a new position. Employers represent a broad cross-section of industry throughout the U.S. Complete details about this year’s student outcomes will be made available in the 2014 Employment Report in May.