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Texas A&M University Master's of Science in Analytics program officials Simon J. Sheather (right), Myra Gonzalez (left) and Javier Aldape (second from left) celebrate the program's 2014-15 scholarship recipients (center, from left) Pablo Ormachea, Brian Klute and Kyle Briese.

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Three students in the Texas A&M University Master's of Science in Analytics program have been recognized with competitive scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

Kyle Briese (Mary Greeley Medical Center), Brian Klute (Mayo Clinic) and Pablo Ormachea (Baylor College of Medicine) each earned the coveted honor reserved for students entering their initial year of the two-year, Houston-based program launched last fall by the Texas A&M Department of Statistics in partnership with Mays Business School to help provide working professionals with the quantitative skills needed to thrive in an increasingly data-driven world.

Simon J. Sheather, academic director for the program, says the highly competitive scholarships are awarded each fall based on selective criteria and a holistic review of all candidates from nonprofit organizations. Winners receive either a partial or full scholarship that covers half or the entire cost of attendance, estimated at $50,000 per year.

"It was a hard decision," said Sheather, a professor of statistics at Texas A&M since 2005. "This year we received applications with a diverse employment background, strong academic records and a variety of skill sets that will continue to drive this program to premiere status."

Texas A&M's analytics program is designed to benefit both working professionals and their employers by equipping its students with some of the most sought-after skills in myriad industries -- statistics, technological expertise and business analysis. Sheather says the multidisciplinary coursework (75 percent statistics, 25 percent business with a capstone project) provides comprehensive, balanced training in statistical modeling and predictive analytics to create data scientists who will be thought leaders and innovators.

In only its second year, director Myra Gonzalez notes the program is receiving applications from a vast array of industries: oil/gas and energy, defense, information technology, healthcare, banking, food services and government agencies.

"We are delighted with the quality of students who are applying and also very excited about our second cohort," Gonzalez said.

To learn more about the program, visit http://analytics.stat.tamu.edu/.

For more information on the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, visit http://www.stat.tamu.edu/.

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Brief biographies for the 2014-15 scholarship recipients are included below:

Kyle Briese
Briese has been employed with Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, for six years, currently as a manager of financial planning and previously as a decision support coordinator. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Iowa State University, followed by some graduate work at George Washington University. Briese has experience in decision support and also financial analysis in the healthcare industry, particularly at Mary Greeley Medical Center. He brings to the analytics program nine years of professional experience in healthcare finance, planning and analysis, and organizational goal-setting as well as strategic planning in key areas, such as operational and capital budgets, long-term strategic planning, and patient service line and market analysis. Mary Greeley Medical Center is a nonprofit, 220-bed hospital providing healthcare services for a 13-county region in central Iowa.

Brian Klute
Klute has been working for the Mayo Clinic at its Rochester, Minn. campus for the past four years, including the last three as a senior health systems engineering analyst. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA in finance from the University of Michigan. Klute has 15 years of experience in analytical and computer application in the area of finance. In addition to serving as the internal consulting advisor on the financial implication of business activities for the Mayo Clinic, he led the team charged with redesigning critical functions of the hospital's scheduling system. He also has had important consulting-related roles in other Mayo Clinic departments. Klute received the Mayo Gold Quality Fellow award for leading the implementation of a new information technology system and also was a member of the 2014 INFORMS prize team. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education recognized for both its patient care practices and its vast array of leading research areas.

Pablo Ormachea
Ormachea has been employed with the Baylor College of Medicine's Initiative on Neuroscience and Law (NeuLaw) since 2012, first as an adjunct fellow and for the past year as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of esteemed neuroscientist David Eagleman, who directs the Initiative. Ormachea received a bachelor's degree in history and government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. Ormachea's research deals with quantitative and qualitative analyses to promote evidence-based policy making. Specifically, he is working on neuroscience-based techniques to identify high-risk offenders. The Initiative on Neuroscience and Law brings together a unique combination of neurobiologists, legal scholars and policy makers to study how new discoveries in neuroscience can be effective in navigating the law-making process.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Myra Gonzalez, (979) 845-6855 or myra-g@tamu.edu

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