The DataScience@SMU Blog

Finding Meaning In Data: How Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is Optimizing Business Outcomes

Around the world, the airline industry is continually seeking new methods to improve operations and enhance the customer experience. And increasingly, it’s using big data and data analytics to do it. For Immersion 2016, DataScience@SMU invited Steve Shaffer External link , CIO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport External link  (DFW), to share his thoughts on ways to find meaning in data in relation to the airline industry. Here, we’ll highlight the opportunities and advantages for big data and analytics in airport optimization that Shaffer sees — as well as how other players in the industry are aligning with such efforts.

Course Spotlight: Data and Network Security

Students in the Master of Science in Data Science program at Southern Methodist University are required to take the Data and Network Security course as part of their core coursework. This course focuses on the fundamental concepts, mechanisms and protocols for data and network security. We asked our students to reflect on the topics covered in this course and how the course has impacted the development of their data science skills. 

Alternatives to Silicon Valley Surprise Data Scientists

When people think of data science they correctly associate it with big data and usually think of Silicon Valley. But the alternatives to “The Valley” are surprising, and trends in this field (like many others) are skewing to disruption. Smart students and motivated professionals of all ages are finding that earning a master’s degree in data science allows them to transition into a new field, or grow in their current one, in many different parts of the United States.

DataScience@SMU Student Spotlight – Carrie Garcia

Q&A with Carrie Garcia, DataScience@SMU student. Balancing school with her professional and growing family life, Garcia has little time to spare in her schedule. Carrie disscusses how an online data science program is helping her to make more data-driven decisions in the world of marketing. 

What a Difference Four Days Can Make: SMU Immersion 2016

Many students want the opportunity to interact with peers, faculty and industry leaders in person – and relax in a beautiful campus environment. That’s why DataScience@SMU offers SMU Immersion, a unique component of our curriculum that helps students improve their skills and knowledge – and become better job candidates in the process. This year’s event took place July 21–24 and made a big impact on those who attended.

DataScience@SMU Student Spotlight – Moorthy Manickam

Q&A with Moorthy Manickam, DataScience@SMU student. Working from home for the last nine years, Manickam knows how to draw the line between his professional life and his personal life. Manickam discusses why he prefers the online classroom to the on campus classroom. 

An Introduction to Natural Language Programming

The natural language programing paradigm builds on the premise of getting machines to read and understand natural human language, like English. These form the basis for the advanced form of computing called cognitive computing.

Hunting Unicorns: How DataScience@SMU Revamped My Job Search

Bryan Hudson earned an M.S. in experimental psychology from Northeast Louisiana University in 1999, married his college sweetheart and moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he has worked as the manager of a mental health study, a business consultant/analyst, a computer programmer and developer, database administrator, and data scientist. Bryan is currently enrolled in the DataScience@SMU program.