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 together the mix of skills needed to draw insights from big data.” Dr. Rappa was joined in the discussion by colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The summit was convened in conjunction with the 8th Annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium, which brought together over 300 attendees from industry, government, and universities.