Big Data Expert to Lead Master’s Program

Jersey City, N.J. – July 16, 2014 – Saint Peter’s University today announced the appointment of Sylvain Jaume, Ph.D., as director of the master’s program in data science with a concentration in business analytics at Saint Peter’s University. Jaume has extensive experience in academic and industrial research in electrical engineering, computer science and data science as well as in program management and curriculum development. The Saint Peter’s data science degree program is the first of its kind in the N.Y./N.J. area and classes will be offered beginning in the fall of 2014.

“We have high aspirations for our cutting-edge program in data science,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “We are working with a number of industry partners on our curriculum and we believe Dr. Jaume will serve as a tremendous asset as we move forward with the launch of the program this fall.”

Prior to joining Saint Peter’s, Jaume was the director of interdisciplinary engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He taught subjects in engineering and computer science and established many international collaborations. During his career he developed large data analysis and medical imaging technologies, which are used in hospitals and in collaboration with the Intel Corporation.

“In today’s world, data is becoming a larger part of the strategic planning process in a wide-variety of industries,” said Jaume. “The growing importance of big data is what makes the data science program at Saint Peter’s even more relevant and my vision is to establish international recognition for this valuable program. I am very excited to join the community at the University and I look forward to working with everyone on campus.”

Jaume earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Universite Catholique de Louvain. He was a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of many research publications and is the recipient of awards for academic achievement.

The master’s program in data science at Saint Peter’s University integrates computer science, statistics and data-based business management principles to inform data driven decision making. The program was developed to align with the “best of industry applied practice” in big data solutions. The curriculum reflects the most current approaches to the management of data science technology as developed by leaders in the industry such as the Oracle Corporation.

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