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U of A Data Science Program Featured at NWA Tech Summit




Karl Schubert, left, with other panelists at the 2022 Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit.

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Karl Schubert, left, with other panelists at the 2022 Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit.

The U of A Data Science program was showcased at the 2022 Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit.

Karl Schubert, Professor of Practice and Associate Director for Data Science, spoke at a panel discussion titled “Developing Our Nation’s Tech Workforce.” The panel consisted of Schubert and Lonnie Emard, director of learning at the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences, with Joe Rollins, workforce development for the Northwest Arkansas Council, serving as panel moderator.

Topics included the importance of developing our state’s technology workforce for collaboration both in K-12 and in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

“The demand for tech talent, especially in data, is growing exponentially,” GB Cazes of Emory Group LLC told the NWA Council. “From data science to data engineering to data analytics and visualization…companies are struggling to truly understand and leverage their data. New programs and innovative partnerships are essential to develop talents and meet the demands of employers today, tomorrow and in the future.”

Under the National Science Foundation’s Data Science Program DART grant, the U of A partnered with the University of Central Arkansas College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Stephen R. Addison and Jennifer Fowler of the Arkansas Economic Development Council to create statewide data science. educational ecosystem with a “start anywhere, end anywhere” approach to 2+2 data science programs and complementary concentrations.

Work done on the statewide data science education ecosystem with the Arkansas Department of Education and state colleges and universities reflects the status of the U of A as a land concession and state flagship institution.

“It is a privilege to work with the University of Arkansas, the Northwestern Arkansas Council and others to help solve the growing need for skilled technology talent,” said Bill Yoder, director executive of the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences.

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit was held October 16-18 in Bentonville.

“The NWA Tech Summit brought together community and business leaders from across the region, state and country who are committed to building the tech workforce of today and tomorrow,” Emard said. .