Three must-listen podcasts for data scientists

There is a podcast out there for everyone, and in some cases, many. I have discovered that there are more than a few podcasts written by and for people like me — unashamed data nerds. Here are my favorites. Data Skeptic Data Skeptic is one of the most popular podcasts Continue reading Three must-listen podcasts for data scientists

Alumni in Action: Emily Burnett

Meet Emily (“Emmy”) Burnett ‘17. She entered the MSA program immediately following her undergraduate studies in statistics, business, and sociology at Rice University. Upon completion of the MSA, Burnett joined Red Hat in its Raleigh headquarters and is currently working as a Principal Business Data Scientist. We talked with Burnett Continue reading Alumni in Action: Emily Burnett

5 Things You Didn’t Know about MSA Class of 2020

After one amazing summer spent at the Institute for Advanced Analytics, I’ve realized my classmates possess some unexpected qualities. Many may expect a group of analytics professionals to be reserved, serious, and glued to their computer screens. However, in only 8 weeks I’ve discovered a completely different picture. 1 – Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know about MSA Class of 2020

Bootcamp: The Long and Short of It

Analytics bootcamp at the Institute for Advanced Analytics somehow felt both shorter and longer than six weeks. In many ways it felt as if it flew by, but in hindsight, I can’t believe that my classmates and I were actually able to accomplish as much as we did in only Continue reading Bootcamp: The Long and Short of It

Alumni in Action: Jing Zhao

Meet Jing Zhao ’12. She entered the MSA program with bachelor’s degrees in advertising and English literature from China’s Harbin Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s in communication from NC State. Upon completion of the MSA, Zhao joined Deloitte’s Raleigh office, where she has built a successful career Continue reading Alumni in Action: Jing Zhao

Feed the Pack Food Drive

During summer bootcamp, MSA students, faculty, and staff donated $369 and 244 pounds of resources to Feed the Pack Food Pantry at NC State. The orange and blue cohorts competed to donate the most during the final two weeks of the summer bootcamp racing toward the incentive of a casual Continue reading Feed the Pack Food Drive

Learning SAS With Baseball Data, Where Process > Results

Last Monday marked the beginning of the “bootcamp” portion of the MSA program. Aside from two communications classes and preparing for a group presentation, the first week of bootcamp mainly consisted of learning and applying statistical concepts and the SAS programming language. As a member of the orange summer cohort, Continue reading Learning SAS With Baseball Data, Where Process > Results

Analytics in the Arts: An Interview with Danielle Suh

“…data exists in a specific context and there are so many other factors involved, so a large part of what we do is making sure that all of those things are accounted for. Especially because we’re talking about an art form, it’s not just a sterile “this is what the Continue reading Analytics in the Arts: An Interview with Danielle Suh

Intramural Softball Winners 2019

Proc Home; Run; The MSA intramural sports teams were able to claim another championship with the softball team, Proc Home; Run;, completing a perfect season and winning the league pennant. The road to victory was not smooth sailing for the team, as they had to face the only other undefeated Continue reading Intramural Softball Winners 2019

Student Spotlight: Putnam Investments Practicum Team

With final presentations slated for the month of April, students in the NC State Master of Science in Analytics’ 23 practicum teams are now concentrating much of their energy on their eight-month-long projects sponsored by diverse organizations. This month, we’d like you to meet the Putnam Investments practicum team. Founded Continue reading Student Spotlight: Putnam Investments Practicum Team

Alumni in Action: Wes Ledebuhr

Wes Ledebuhr ‘14 is a Marketing Analytics Manager with Dish Network based out of Englewood, Colorado. Prior to attending NC State’s MS in Analytics program, Wes completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Michigan State University. He went on to become a high school mathematics teacher who was curious about Continue reading Alumni in Action: Wes Ledebuhr

Book review of Weapons of Math Destruction

As budding data scientists and analytic professionals, we’ve immersed ourselves in the IAA curriculum to develop both our technical and soft skills. We’ve learned that conducting analytics is meaningless without some way to gain insights or inform decisions. In practice, analytics requires a blend of understanding the technical underpinnings and Continue reading Book review of Weapons of Math Destruction

The Value of a Music Degree

Overheard while coaching youth orchestra rehearsal: “I want to major in music, but my parents said I’ll never get a job and it’s a waste of time.” A group of high schoolers nodded in agreement, acknowledging the perceived disconnect between following your passion and someday leading a successful life. As Continue reading The Value of a Music Degree