Understanding, managing, and using data — often large amounts of unstructured data — is becoming increasingly important in nearly every industry, government sector, and academic domain. Indeed, not having the skills and infrastructure to apply data science reliably has become a major risk in itself. The UNC System has recognized North Carolina’s capacity to provide national leadership in this important sector, and NC State is uniquely positioned to address this goal.

NC State’s Data Science Initiative will expand our research, teaching and outreach efforts to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics by:

  • integrating our existing capabilities;
  • improving data science education, in both methods and applications;
  • enhancing human and physical resources; and
  • facilitating internal and external partnerships


The Data Science Initiative (DSI) is sponsored by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at NC State University to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics. Founded in 2014, DSI seeks to enhance internal capabilities and better enable faculty, students and researchers to use and further data science methods and applications to help ideas become solutions. DSI further seeks to strengthen internal collaboration and external partnerships through its efforts to raise awareness about internal resources, educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional development levels, and to improve existing data science infrastructure across campus.



Alyson Wilson
Dr. Alyson Wilson
Professor, Statistics

Mladen Vouk
Dr. Mladen Vouk
Past Director
Distinguished Professor, Computer Science
Vice Chancellor, Office of Research and Innovation

Patrick Dreher
Dr. Patrick Dreher
Assistant Director
Research Professor, Computer Science

John Streck

John Streck
Program Manager

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