Patrick Gibbons | December 16, 2019
In the past decade, the University of Notre Dame has made significant investments to create a strong foundation in new data-driven academic programs, including programs in applied and computational mathematics and statistics, business analytics, an online master’s degree in data science, a University-wide undergraduate minor in data science, and a proposed liberal arts computer science major, to name a few.
These programs complement and enhance existing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in computer science and computer engineering as well as a number of college and university centers and institutes devoted to the collection, curation and analysis of data to support decision-making in key problem domains across society.
The University will now take the next steps in these efforts, thanks to a transformative $25 million gift from alumnus Robert Lumpkins and his wife, Sara, a Saint Mary’s College graduate, to establish the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, an interdisciplinary, university-wide hub that will connect faculty, students and research across existing data science and analytics programs on campus while serving as a catalyst for future programmatic needs.
The new institute also will serve as an incubator for collaboration with industry, government and academia to advance data-science and analytic innovations. In doing so, the Lucy Family Institute aims to make Notre Dame a leader in data science and analytics, graduating students in all fields who are data-enabled, analytically savvy and ethically driven.
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