Storytelling with Data

At the 3rd Symposium on Storytelling with Data, industry professionals, educators, and students spent the afternoon learning about and discussing how data storytelling can be effectively used when communicating with different audiences. Speakers from Northwestern University, Microsoft Research, University of Utah, NC State University, and Tableau shared best practices, storytelling structure, tools, and techniques  The Institute’s Dr. Chris West and Dr. Sarah Egan Warren moderated breakout rooms where participants were able to discuss aspects of storytelling in a small group setting. The symposium was organized by NC State University’s Department of Computer Science in collaboration with the Bioinformatics Research Center and the Institute for Advanced Analytics and made possible through sponsor support from BCBS of NC, OneTrust, PRS Health Sciences, and Renaissance Reinsurance.

Applying for the Class of ’23

The Institute welcomes applicants for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2023, which will begin studies in June 2022. The MSA is the nation’s longest running full-fledged master’s degree program in data science with an unparalleled track record for producing highly sought-after graduates. Learn more and the application process and deadlines. Here are a few answers to prospective applicants’ common questions: Continue reading “Applying for the Class of ’23”

Alumni News

Congratulations to Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) alumni on recent promotions and job transitions this month, including: Bailey Flores ’16, promoted to Data Science Senior Manager at The Home Depot in Atlanta; Vincent Kwek ’14, promoted to Director, Customer Success at Nielsen in Chicago; Wes Ledebuhr ’14, joined Sightline Payments as Director, Research and Analytics, in Denver; and Andrew Williams ’14, promoted to Continue reading “Alumni News”

MSA 2021 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of ’21!

Congratulations to the 118 graduates in the Master of Science in Analytics Class of ’21! The Institute’s 14th cohort since its inaugural class in 2008, they join the our alumni community of over 1,100 data savvy professionals working in over 360 organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world. Read about the Class of ’21’s successful job placement in the 2021 Employment Report, with 92% having accepted a new position by graduation and 97% just 30-days out. Continue reading “Congratulations to the Class of ’21!”

WiDS 2021

Responsible Machine Learning Conference

Registration is now open for the WiDS-Raleigh @ Institute for Advanced Analytics 2021 Responsible Machine Learning conference to be held June 3-4. The event is completely online and free to attend. Organized by the Institute’s Drs. Shaina Race and Andrea Villanes in cooperation with RTI International, the 2-day conference will coincide with the annual Women in Data Science Worldwide conference hosted by Stanford University.

Class of 2021

Class of ’21 Employment Report

Keeping with tradition, the Institute published its comprehensive Employment Report immediately upon graduation. Despite the challenges caused by the global pandemic, the Class of ’21 matched the Institute’s historical placement average of 92% at graduation over the past 14 years. The average salary reached $97,200 (based on 100% reporting salary data). “Hat’s off to the Class of ’21,” said the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa. “Students showed incredible resilience, staying focused on their studies throughout the 10-month program in spite of the many obstacles arising from the pandemic. They come away stronger and more ready than ever for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Hat toss

University Earnings Leader, Again

Graduates of the Institute’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) continue to lead the University in terms of average earnings (at graduation) for the third consecutive year data has been collected. According the the University’s Office of Institutional Strategy and Analytics, MSA Class of ’20 graduates earned an average starting salary of $102,135, which was 22% higher than the average for all 533 master’s degree candidates graduating in May 2020. (The May 2020 results were only just published after a long delay caused by the pandemic.) The strength of the result Continue reading “University Earnings Leader, Again”

Michael Rappa

Director Honored

The Institute’s founding director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was named by Chief Data Officer (CDO) Magazine as a 2021 Academic Data Leader. The editors thoroughly research top universities in every region to identify the Data Leaders within the academic community. Honored on the list are educators who currently practice and demonstrate a track record of subject matter expertise, combine with a passion for the data community. Continue reading “Director Honored”

Christopher West

West named Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher West has been promoted to the position of Teaching Associate Professor. A member of the Institute since 2015, West earned his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in 2006. He leads the Institute’s practicum, the experiential learning component of the MSA curriculum. Prior to joining the Institute, West was a USAF engineering officer and faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology.