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Texas A&M University Master's of Science in Analytics Program Academic Director Simon J. Sheather (center) congratulates 2015-16 Master's of Analytics Scholarship recipients Jane Crittenden and Rupesh Koshy.

COLLEGE STATION --

After celebrating its first graduates in May, the Texas A&M University Master's of Science in Analytics program welcomed its third cohort of students in August, bringing current enrollment in the prestigious graduate program to 40 students.

"It's an amazing accomplishment," said Javier Aldape, MS Analytics program manager. "We're looking forward to a great experience with this group."

Two of those 40 students -- Jane Crittenden from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital and Rupesh Koshy from the City of Houston -- have been selected as 2015-16 recipients of the Texas A&M MS Analytics Scholarship. Established in 2013, the highly competitive scholarships are awarded each fall based on selective criteria and a holistic review of all interested candidates who work in nonprofit organizations.

"We look for outstanding academic records -- someone who has demonstrated leadership and someone who will pioneer the area of big data analytics in their organization," said Dr. Simon J. Sheather, professor of statistics and MS Analytics Academic Director. "It gets more difficult every year. The students are more competitive, and each one of them contributes in impressive ways to their employers."

Texas A&M's two-year, Houston-based analytics program was launched in fall 2013 by the 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. The program delivers a competitive advantage to both employees and industry by capitalizing on worldwide demand for highly skilled data scientists with the ability to parse and prioritize an increasingly massive amount of digital information dominating fields from business to healthcare.

Crittenden is the manager of decision support at Brooks Rehabilitation, a post-acute healthcare system headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition, she is the financial manager for Brooks' bundled payment program launched in 2013 as a Medicare pilot program testing value-based payments. The program uses standardized assessments, risk scores, longitudinal care-planning and measures of functional improvement to track and improve patient outcomes and reduce costs during a 60-day episode of care. Crittenden says she is pursuing her MS Analytics degree to learn skills essential to transforming Brooks' data into information capable of driving decisions across all levels of the organization.

Crittenden received her bachelor's of arts degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1994 and a master of public administration (MPA) from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 2004. During her last semester at UNO, Crittenden competed with MPA students across the country and was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Koshy, a leader in the City of Houston Planning and Development Department, has spent the past nine years working with the nation's fourth-largest city in areas such as annexations, demographics and spatial analyses using GIS. Currently, he is working with the Community Sustainability Division, a group that works on long-range planning and some subdivision-level regulation, all of which demand a great deal of interaction with the residents of Houston. Koshy says he plans to use the skills that he gains from the MS Analytics program toward creating a more efficient system to analyze data that the Planning Department collects on various aspects, including sales tax revenue, demographics, residential plats, building permits and geographic information systems.

Koshy received his master's of city and regional planning from the University of Texas at Arlington along with a certificate in geographic information systems (GIS). He previously earned a bachelor's degree with honors in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, in India after attending school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as an alumnus of the Abu Dhabi Indian School.

"We are excited about Jane and Rupesh leading innovation and analytics in the non-profit industry," said Myra Gonzalez, MS Analytics program director. "They are already leaders in their organizations, but their new skills will make them thought leaders in their respective industries."

For more information on the 2015-16 scholarship recipients or Texas A&M MS Analytics in general, visit http://analytics.stat.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Javier Aldape, (979) 845-2149 or javieraldape@tamu.edu

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  • Jane Crittenden

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