OSU Launches New “Big Data” Degree Program

The goal of the newly launched Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) is to enable the use of big data to solve real world problems. Now the leaders of TDAI are building a program from the ground up to teach graduate students to help solve those problems. As businesses move to a future where every transaction and interaction is quantified and analyzed, The Ohio State University is working to prepare students for careers in this new world.

TDAI is working to develop a new professional science master’s degree to train the next generation of analytics-enabled professionals, including data scientists. The institute is doing its homework in order to make sure these future graduates are ready to get jobs.
Industry leaders said the graduate program should serve different students on different tracks, including those who have a range of technical knowledge in the field of data analytics. The program should also be available to workers who want to take classes around their current job.

More work needs to be done to move the program forward. TDAI leadership will be looking at everything from the types of students who would be well served by the graduate degree to the course structure to teaching methods.

OSU to Create Center Dedicated to Data

The Ohio State University has established a Translational Data Analytics Institute that will advance Ohio toward becoming a global hub for the development, application and study of translational data analytics solutions.

The TDAI represents an investment over 10 years of $500 million in teaching, research and engagement to solve global issues related to energy and the environment, food security and production, health and wellness, and the humanities and arts.

TDAI is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of innovators. Together, its 105 faculty affiliates from throughout the university, including 41 new hires, bring expertise and know-how unparalleled in scope across foundational data science disciplines and applied domains.

In addition to research and scholarship, TDAI is advancing data science and analytics education to ensure Ohio State students are prepared to take on the countless opportunities in one of the job market’s fastest-growing fields.

In April 2018, TDAI will move to its new home in the renovated Pomerene Hall, where it will offer 21,000 square feet of research, teaching and innovation space for faculty, industry partners and the community to collaborate. The new facility will include hardware, software and data visualization labs; multiple types of work areas; and event space. It will launch with a series of open-house events next spring.