SAS team leading ‘Big Data’ workshops at UWGB in May 2016

GREEN BAY – It will be a big data and analytics couple of days when the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) team from the SAS world headquarters in Cary, N.C., and several major Green Bay corporations, community organizations and federal agencies — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), come together to discuss analytics, and offer SAS analytics workshops at UW-Green Bay in May.

The event is Thursday, May 5 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday, May 6 (7:30 a.m. to noon). SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics and business intelligence, and is used at more than 75,000 sites worldwide including 93 of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies.

The event hosts speakers presenting topics pertaining to analytics — Big Brother Analytics (Security v. Privacy), Political Science Analytics (Text Mining of GOP Presidential Debates), Human Resources (HR) analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, Health Analytics, Insurance Analytics, Media analytics (Data driven Investigative journalism), Community Analytics, and Crime Analytics among others. The companies represented include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, Achieve Brown County, Bellin Health, Gannett / USA Today Network, Schneider National and SAS.

The public is invited to register for the analytics presentations and privacy and security discussions. Hands-on workshops on data mining and text mining using SAS will be reserved for academics — students, faculty and staff (UWGB or from other colleges and universities). Cost for the SAS Day is $40 for an industry/community member; $20 for individuals with faculty/academic staff status (UWGB or from other colleges and universities) and $5 for students (UWGB or other colleges and universities). The cost covers refreshments and lunch. Workshop attendees will be provided with lunch on both days.

The event is presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business’ student association — the Society for Information Systems Management and Business Analytics SISMBA (www.uwgb.edu/sismba).

Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business, and academic director of UWGB’s newly launched online collaborative Master of Science in Data Science program (www.uwgb.edu/data-science), and faculty adviser of SISMBA, is behind the effort as local host. Bansal says the hands-on labs require basically no prior programming experience and will be a great opportunity for our faculty and students in particular, and others, to get a feel for big data and advanced data analytics. The workshop will be of interest to anyone who wants to see first-hand how analytics can be used to enhance envisioning and strategic decision-making — across disciplines and across industries.

SAS, Secura Insurance Companies, National Nicolet Bank, UW-Green Bay College of Professional Studies, Office of Graduate Studies at UWGB, and Office of Research and Grants at UWGB are the primary sponsors.  The two-day schedule and a list of speakers, workshops and registration information are available at www.uwgb.edu/sas-day/.

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It’s going to be BIG (Data)

It will be a Big Data couple of days when the SAS team from the SAS world headquarters in Cary, N.C., comes to UW-Green Bay next spring — Thursday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 6, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, to be precise. The visitors will lead hands-on Big Data and Data Analytics workshops. SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics and business intelligence, and is used at more than 75,000 sites worldwide including 93 of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies. Hands-on labs will be offered on Big Data, Text Mining, Visual Analytics and Data Mining. Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business and academic director of UWGB’s newly launched online collaborative masters in data science program, is behind the effort as local host. He says the hands-on labs require basically no prior programming experience and will be a great opportunity for UWGB students in particular, and others, to get a feel for Big Data and advanced data analytics. Industry leaders and experts are expected to take part as keynotes and panelists. Watch this space for links to speaker profiles, registration opportunities and a schedule, along with further details.

Bukralia to speak about data science to NEW startup group

Rajeev Bukralia will present a talk on data science and data strategy at the upcoming meeting of Digital Fertilizer — a community of high-tech startups and entrepreneurs in Northeast Wisconsin — at 6 p.m. next Monday (Sept. 14) at the Green Room Lounge in De Pere. The talk, “Data, Data, Everywhere: Harnessing Data for Competitive Advantage,” will discuss strategies for overcoming organizational barriers, managing data related risks, and catalyzing innovation through data analytics. The talk will investigate how some organizations are using data strategies to create competitive advantage.

“In an age of big data, organizations are able to collect and store a staggering amount of data,” Bukralia says. “Yet, the process of harnessing data is riddled with complex barriers related to organizational culture, business processes, and technology.”

Bukralia is director of data science outreach and computer science lecturer at UWGB. He is teaching in the new master’s degree program in data science. His research focuses on data analytics, machine learning, big data, and IT strategy.

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

UW-Green Bay marked the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System. UWGB is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities. Officials say the new degree responds to local demand in one of America’s fastest growing fields. “The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics. For more on the new program.

New academic year brings new master’s in Data Science

(Photo above courtesy of UW-Extension)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay marks the Sept. 2 start of the fall semester and the 2015-16 academic year with the debut of the first online master’s degree in data science ever offered in the UW System.

UW-Green Bay is a partner in the new Master’s of Data Science degree with UW-Extension and five other UW System universities, in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. Faculty from each of the participating campuses will teach the online classes.

Officials say the new degree responds to one of America’s fastest growing fields as businesses and organizations seek to harness vast amounts of data — newly available through various technological innovations — to make better, data-driven decisions.

“The exponential growth in data generation, and the need to get hands around this data, has led businesses scrambling for ways to hone their strategies, improve existing processes and bolster innovation in their products and services,” says Gaurav Bansal, associate professor of management, information science and statistics at UW-Green Bay.

Adds Bansal, who will direct the Master’s of Data Science program at UW-Green Bay, “This program harnesses not only the faculty expertise from different UW campuses but also different academic disciplines including Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology Management, Business Management and Communication. The program has been developed with input from Industry leaders and is closely aligned with the business needs in this area.”

The curriculum will be grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management and communication. Students will learn how to clean, organize, analyze and interpret large and complex data sets using the latest tools and analytical methods. Admission to the program will require a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA. Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE will not be required.

“Our ability to collect and interpret data is crucial to the success of our business,” says Matt Mueller, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, an advocate of the new program. “Decisions that we make — from providing market insights, to developing modern capabilities, to creating efficiencies in our manufacturing environment and everything in between — are data-driven. We employ a number of professionals (in this area), and I see this online master’s degree program in Data Science as another great resource for us.”

Bansal says tuition will compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out-of-state.

The Master of Science in Data Science program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in math, statistics, analytics, computer science, or marketing; or three to five years of professional experience as a business intelligence analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, information technology analyst, database administrator, computer programmer, statistician or other related position.

Bansal points also to a report by McKinsey Global Institute that predicts demand for “deep analytical talent” in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than projected supply by 2018. Opportunities have been identified in almost every economic sector: manufacturing, construction, transportation, warehousing, communication, science, health care, computer science, information technology, retail, sales, marketing, finance, insurance, education, government, law enforcement, security and more.

The Master of Science in Data Science joins a growing list of online degree and certificate programs available at UW-Green Bay. Prospective students seeking more information about the Master of Science in Data Science program are encouraged to visit the website, call 1-877-895-3276 or email.

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Publicity for fall 2015 launch of new master’s in data science

UW-Extension is getting some media attention with its news release announcing the launch of a new, 12-course, 36-credit online master’s degree in the fast-growing field of data science. It’s a collaboration involving Extension and the four-year UW campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. (UW-Green Bay’s share of the curriculum offerings will be two courses. Rajeev Bukralia expects to go live this fall with Foundations of Data Science, and Gaurav Bansal of Business Administration is planning a spring 2016 course in data analysis.) The major is expecting approval from the Higher Learning Commission. UW Extension Dean David Schejbal anticipates high demand: “In Wisconsin and across the country, employers in most industries are in great need of skilled professionals with the ability to transform big data into actionable insights.” For more, see the release.

Regents OK new collaborative master’s in Data Science


The UW System Board of Regents voted April 10 to approve a new Master of Science in Data Science program to launch in fall 2015. The online program is to be offered collaboratively by UW System campuses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior, with support from UW Extension.