Over the past five years, scores of universities around the country have introduced master’s-level data science programs, but few universities approach data science the way the University of Virginia does.
In May, the Data Science Institute graduated 44 students with the University of Virginia’s first master’s degrees in data science.
Its name is Rivanna, and it’s the University of Virginia’s new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, a high-performance machine – really a combination of linked high-power computers (hence, “cluster”) – designed to greatly enhance and establish computationally intensive and data-intensive research at the University.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has approved a new Master of Science in Data Science program at the University of Virginia, offered through the University’s Data Science Institute.
The ability to mine large quantities of data for helpful nuggets of useful information is in great demand; a report from Gartner Inc. estimates that 4.4 million “big data” jobs will be created worldwide by 2015.
To help prepare University of Virginia students to fill those needs, the University is among 30 new schools entering into an Academic Initiative with IBM this month to help create big data and analytics-focused curricula.
During the last year, the University of Virginia has been working with faculty and administrators across Grounds to organize a Big Data Institute.