By: J.D. Ross
Dave Dischiave, Associate Professor of Practice, and Director of the Global Enterprise Technology and Systems and Information Science programs at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has been recognized by IBM for his development of curricula focusing on business and technical skills.
IBM’s Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards honor the work of faculty members who develop coursework that reflects the mix of technical and problem-solving skills that necessary to prepare today’s students for Big Data and analytics careers, across all industries.
As part of IBM’s Academic Initiative program, the company provides participating institutions with access to IBM Big Data and analytics software, curriculum materials, case study projects, and IBM data scientists who visit classes as guest lecturers.
Dischiave’s curricular contribution to the program assesses computing best practices for industry professionals. He addresses the need to select the computing solution for appropriate use, where the correct solution can be deployed for best results. Findings will guide the development of course materials for courses in data analytics, database management systems, database security, data warehousing and data mining.
"Leaders in business, education and government must take action to foster a new generation of talent with the technical expertise and unique ideas to make the most of this tsunami of Big Data," said Richard Rodts, Manager of IBM's Global Academic Programs. "To narrow this skills gap, IBM is committed to partnering with universities around the world to provide students with Big Data and analytics curriculum to make an impact in today's data-driven marketplace."
The IBM Faculty Awards program is a competitive worldwide initiative intended to encourage collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide with those in IBM’s research, development and services organizations. This year, fourteen educators from institutions around the globe were recognized. These awards are a subset of the company’s University Awards program, which supports basic research, curriculum innovation, and educational assistance in focus areas that are fundamental to business and technology innovation.