Purdue's new provost working on data science initiative

There's a new focus on data science at Purdue University. That's thanks to a push from newly hired Provost Jay Akridge.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 6:23 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 6:58 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There's a new focus on data science at Purdue University. That's thanks to a push from newly hired Provost Jay Akridge.

Akridge is looking to encourage campus-wide conversation on data science.

He said it's an area that's tied to almost all university majors.

Akridge has only been in the position of provost for one day, but he said he's been working closely with Executive Vice President Suresh Garimella on the new data science initiative.

"How do we help students prepare to be successful in a data-driven world?" asked Akridge. "What areas of research become places that Purdue can become the go-to place to be seen as a center of excellence in this area."

Akridge said he also plans to pick up where former Provost Deba Dutta left off. That plan includes continued work on student success and diversity.

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