NSA Announces Partnership with NC State University in Big Data

RALEIGH, NC — The National Security Agency plans to create a data analysis lab on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, officials said Thursday.

The NSA grant to fund the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences is the largest sponsored research contract in the university’s history, officials said, and the lab is expected to bring 100 jobs to the Triangle over the next several years and attract related government and industry projects.

“We appreciate the confidence of the National Security Agency to select N.C. State for this groundbreaking endeavor,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement. “Not only will it enhance the academic experience for our students and faculty, it will also add to the economic prosperity of our community through new jobs, new industry and new partnerships.”

A key goal of the lab is to promote advances in the science of data analysis through collaborations among industry, academia and government, officials said.

N.C. State’s expertise in handling “big data” ranges from its Institute for Advanced Analytics, which offers an intensive 10-month master’s degree – the first program of its kind – to its Center for Innovative Management Studies, which examines the trends and technologies surrounding big data. The university also has traditional strengths in computer science, mathematics and statistics and is hiring four faculty members for its new data-driven science “cluster.”

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