Bank of America gift supports Data Science Initiative, lecture series

Bank of America is committing $1.5 million to the Exponential Campaign to support research at UNC Charlotte in the Data Science Initiative and to sponsor a series of marquee lectures at the University.

The donation establishes an endowed fund supporting UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative and creates an Endowed Chair in Security Analytics, which positions the University at the center of the data analytics revolution.

The endowed chair will strengthen the leadership and impact of UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte region within the North Carolina Data Science Initiative. Research in security analytics will create synergies within the College of Computing and Informatics’ existing strengths in the Center of Configuration Analytics and Automation and the Charlotte Visualization Center, as well as UNC Charlotte’s campus-wide Data Science Initiative.

“Bank of America is pleased to build upon its longstanding partnership with UNC Charlotte,” said Bank of America Charlotte Market President Charles Bowman. “The University is central to Charlotte’s role as a hub for innovation, a center for civic engagement and a region focused on leading the way in information technology.”

Educational programs in security analytics will help address the severe talent shortage in this field by educating the next generation of strategic thinkers, thought leaders and security professionals to make risk-based decisions using data-driven evidence, deep technical knowledge and the ability to take proactive security actions.

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