JSM – Joint Statistical Meetings 2014

Data Scientists and Big Data

How the Statistics community can best respond to the demand for data science and analytics education was the topic of a presentation by the Institute’s director Dr. Michael Rappa at the Joint Statistical Meetings held this week in Boston. Data Science and its relationship to conventional statistics degree programs is the focus of an intensifying dialogue in academic departments across the country. Speaking to Continue reading “Data Scientists and Big Data”

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”