Quantitative methods have been a strength at NYU since Richard Courant established what is now the Courant Institute. Courant was a student of the legendary mathematician David Hilbert, but is best known for collecting a world-class group of mathematicians interested in applied problems. We’re now building on that foundation to create some truly novel educational programs, including:
- An MS in Data Science kicks off this fall, drawing on faculty all over NYU. My understanding is that the core course will be taught by the talented singer-guitarist Foster Provost.
- We have a brand new MS in Business Analytics, whose first class started this week. Last night I joined them for a terrific talk by Michael Flowers, the Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York. (Yes, there apparently is someone with that title.) One of the things I found interesting was the tight connection between data and actions: his goal is to show city agencies how to target their resources more effectively. Examples at the link.
My understanding is that many of these courses are available — now — to MBA students and, with permission, ambitious undergrads.