Industry Engagement

Through the School of Data Science (SDS), UNC Charlotte and our corporate partners have fully actualized the critical role of big data and digital science as a determining factor of competitive success. We are proud to be one of the first organizations to develop a comprehensive program that provides a talent pipeline and serves as an expert resource for continuing education and external research. UNC Charlotte offers the researchers and infrastructure for digital science innovation.

​THE CENTER FOR VISUAL AND DECISION INFORMATICS

One of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) longest running programs is the Industry University Cooperative Research Center or IUCRC. This collaboration of industry, academe, and government focuses on industry-relevant, pre-competitive research to perform cutting-edge pre-competitive fundamental research in science, engineering, and technology area(s). Members are recruited and guide the direction of a center’s research through financial support, active involvement and mentoring. By focusing on projects that are of interest to industry, it is the purpose of the IUCRC program to drive innovation and build the U.S. economy.

UNC Charlotte has joined phase two of an NSF IUCRC, specifically, the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI). The CVDI’s mission is to research and develop next-generation technologies in data science, big data analytics, including visual analytics, augmented intelligence, and decision informatics to enable decision makers in government and industry to fundamentally improve the way their organization’s information is interpreted and analyzed. CVDI brings together, analytic, visual and perceptual techniques by advancing the state-of-the-art in the research fields of information visualization, visual analytics, and automated analysis.  

THE SYSTEM FOR OBSERVATION OF POPULOUS AND HETEROGENEOUS INFORMATION (SOPHI)

SOPHI is a data lake repository that allows for cloud-based, collaborative research to bring promising ideas to market. By enabling the timely ingestion, storage, discovery, and retrieval of large volumes of both structured and unstructured data in virtually any native format, SOPHI will enable SDS partners and associated users to maximize their data productivity.

The rigorous controls placed on access to data will instill confidence in external partners that the data resident in SOPHI is secure and protected. Similarly, the repository’s standardized procedures for data and process management will allow SDS practitioners to focus on research, free from the distractions of the overhead imposed by handling diverse datasets from a myriad of sources.  

Contact Rick Hudson for Partnership Opportunities

RECRUITMENT

At its core, the mission of the School of Data Science is to develop and generate talent to meet market demand for professionals with domain expertise, a passion for data, deep analytical talents, and strong communication skills. 

UNC Charlotte's graduate programs draw students from diverse backgrounds in health, retail, financial, supply chain and energy. The curriculum stresses applied research and problem solving, often with industry experts and practitioners leading the classes. 

UNC Charlotte offers graduate programs in Health Informatics and Analytics (HI&A) and in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA). They are interdisciplinary degree programs drawing faculty talent from the Colleges of Business, Computing and Informatics, Health and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Throughout their studies, students work in multidisciplinary teams that foster communication and leadership skills while also honing their technical and analytical expertise. The capstone for the master’s students is required industry internship/practicum. During that practicum, students are immersed in the organizational culture and mentored by subject matter experts in the field. The intended product is a graduate with translational skills, experienced with data and analysis in multiple domains.

Student Snapshot

200 Students Currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate and Master's Degree Programs

3-5 Years average minimum of professional experience prior to matriculating

40% of students are working part-time with companies across Charlotte

Sponsor an Internship/Recruit for the Future

An internship is an opportunity for students to apply theories, ideas, principles, and skills learned in the classroom to a capstone project of problem-solving in practice. The practicum environment provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability as Data Science professionals and contributing team members. For employers, this is an opportunity to evaluate potential job candidates in the real-world work environment, before offering permanent employment. 

Contact Josh Hertel for Partnership Opportunities


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