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New Graduate Certificate: Data Analytics


Data analytics (i.e., the process of acquiring, extracting, integrating, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of deriving useful information) is becoming an important quantitative methodology in a wide variety of applications.  The need for data analytics is due to the massive accumulation of “Big Data”  in all industries to include but not limited to healthcare, finance, government (federal, state, and local), and cyber defense. 

This certificate program provides a broad overview of the end-to-end value chain for Big Data Analytics, from the capture and management of the data, through the analytics that harness the data to create value.  The program is designed to provide a framework for the methodologies for organizing and integrating disparate data, analyzing and visualizing the integrated data, and determining what decisions or actions should be taken to generate value from the data. The program is comprised of 12 credits of required coursework.

The certificate is intended for students who are interested in addressing the challenge of transforming the massive data arising in applications such as business analytics, cyber defense/forensics, energy, finance, genomics, healthcare, intelligence, law enforcement, or transportation, into meaningful information.  The program is intended for graduate students in areas where applications of big data may arise.

Certificate Requirements

The following four courses (12 credits) must be completed with a grade of B or better:

AIT 580, STAT 515, and OR 531 will be offered in Fall 2013. CS 504 and OR 531 are expected to be offered in Spring 2014.

Open Forum: Revised Time Limits for Ph.D. Programs: Tuesday 4/2

A subcommittee of the Mason Graduate Council was recently formed to examine the current rules about maximum duration of PhD studies at Mason. The committee prepared a draft proposal which was discussed at the Graduate Council last month.

We would like to invite you all to an open forum to discuss this proposed draft and hear your comments before the proposal moves forward.  A draft of the proposal is included below, with changes underlined.

The forum is scheduled for Tue. April 2 at 3:00 pm. It will take place in Mason Hall, room D0005.

Draft Proposal:

For both full-time and part-time students enrolled in post-master’s doctoral programs, the total time to degree will not exceed eleven (11) nine (9) calendar years from the time of first enrollment as a doctoral student. Doctoral students are expected to advance to candidacy in no more than six five years and to complete all other degree requirements for graduation (including dissertation or final project) in no more than five four years from the time of advancement to candidacy. Students who do not meet published time limits because of circumstances beyond their control (including personal or family illness or incapacity, military activation or deployment, or other similar circumstance) may petition their dean for an a single extension of one calendar year at any point during their program. Extensions to the time limit for advancement to candidacy may be granted for a maximum period of one calendar year. The one-year extension granted to advance to candidacy will run concurrently with the five years provided to complete the dissertation. In case of an extension, the total time limit to for completion of the degree will not exceed eleven (11) ten (10) years. even for those students granted a time extension for advancement to candidacy. Students who are given permission to re-enroll following an absence from Mason may not count the time limits as beginning on the date of re-enrollment. Failure to meet the time limits or to secure approval of an extension request may result in termination from the program. International students attending in F-1 or J-1 status also have more restrictive time limits to advance to candidacy and to complete the degree and cannot expect the maximum 11 9-year deadline to apply to them. Students should contact the Office of International Programs and Services for information. It is the responsibility of the student to conform to these time limits.

Planning Meeting for NSF ADVANCE Proposal: Monday 4/22

George Mason University is in the initial phases of preparing a grant application to the National Science Foundation, ADVANCE program.  The meeting will be held on the Fairfax campus with video connections to Arlington and Prince William. The location will be determined shortly.

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. 

The meeting will be held on Monday, April 22, at 1pm.

If you would like more information, please contact Carl Batt ([log in to unmask]).

The meeting is being organized by Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Carl Batt.


Michael Hieb Receives Funding from Booz Allen Hamilton / US Dept. of Defense

Michael Hieb of the C4I Center received $23K from Booz Allen Hamilton and the US Dept. of Defense for his project “M&S CO Mission Support Services”.

Larry Kerschberg and Collaborators are Issued a Patent

Larry Kerschberg of the Computer Science Department, Ph.D. graduate Hanjo Jeong, and Yonsei University professors Yong Uk Song and Wooju Kim were issued the following patent by the US PTO.

Case-Based Framework for Collaborative Semantic Search
Larry Kerschberg, Hanjo Jeong, Yong Uk Song and Wooju Kim
8,386,4785 B2
Issue date:
February 26, 2013.

Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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