Andrea Villanes

Villanes Wins Best Poster Award

Congratulations to Andrea Villanes, the Institute’s research associate, who took home the Best Poster Award at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Andrea’s poster, Analytical Approach for Bot Cheating Detection in a Massive Multiplayer Online Racing Game, is based on her master’s thesis in Computer Science. The poster will be featured at other SAS conferences in the coming year. Andrea joined the Institute’s staff full-time in July after earning her M.S. in Computer Science.

Michael Rappa

Director Speaks at SAS Analytics Conference

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, joined esteemed colleagues from several major universities today to engage employers in a dialogue about the role of analytics education programs in addressing the talent gap at the Analytics 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida. The panel, entitled “Big Data, Academia and The Job Market,” was organized and chaired by Dr. Jennifer Priestley (Kennesaw State University), and included Continue reading “Director Speaks at SAS Analytics Conference”

Campbell Law School

Director Speaks at Law School Symposium

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, gave the opening keynote lecture today at the Campbell Law Review Symposium hosted by the Campbell University Wiggins School of Law. This year’s theme for the Symposium was “The Evolving Role of the Corporate Counsel: How Information Technology is Reinventing Legal Practice.” Dr. Rappa’s talk provided an overview of the rapid advances in analytics in recent years and the implications of “big data” for the legal community.

Director Speaks with Marketing Executives

The Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, was in Los Angeles today to speak with attendees at the annual conference of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (known as CASRO). CASRO brings together senior executives across companies engaged in consumer marketing research. It’s a field that’s going through rapid changes due to advances in business analytics and the proliferation of data through social media and mobile technologies. Dr. Rappa spoke about the Institute’s innovative model for educating the data savvy professionals, the Master of Science in Analytics, now in its seventh year.

Apply Now For MSA Class of 2015

Want to advance aviation safety mining terabytes of data flowing from modern airliners? Or reduce medical costs and improve quality of care analyzing health records? Are you a sports enthusiast and want to live Moneyball in real life? Our graduates do all that and more. If you have a mind for mathematics and statistical programming, and a passion for working with data to solve challenging problems, we invite you to join the Institute and hundreds of its graduates and let us help boost your career as an analytics professional. Apply for admission to the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2015, slated to begin studies next June. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it’s wise to apply early. Information sessions are held throughout the fall semester.

Class of 2014 Profiles

The Institute is pleased to introduce 80 candidates in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. Interested employers and other friends of the Institute are encouraged to learn more about our students by reading the Student Profile Book, which is now available to download. The Class of 2014 Resume Book is scheduled to be distributed in December. Prospective employers are welcome to contact us to receive their free copy.


SAS Hosts Class of 2014

SAS Institute, the leader in business analytics software and services, hosted a visit today by the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014 in its Executive Briefing Center at the company’s campus in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. James Goodnight, SAS co-founder and CEO, spoke with students about the company’s latest generation of high performance analytics technology and solutions. Joining Dr. Goodnight was Dr. Radhika Continue reading “SAS Hosts Class of 2014”

Practicum Sponsors Announced

The NFL’s defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens lead this year’s roster of practicum project sponsors for the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) Class of 2014. The Ravens are joined by Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros as the two professional sports clubs among 17 sponsors in total. The projects—which span aerospace, autos, chemicals, apparel, consumer product goods, banking, air transportation, healthcare, lodging, and government—were selected from 56 proposals submitted to the Institute. New this year to the list of sponsors are: Cisco, Eastman Chemical, J.M. Smucker & Co., Premier, Recall, Rex Healthcare, SchoolDude, United Airlines, and Volvo. Continue reading “Practicum Sponsors Announced”