"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." -Albert Einstein
The MSBA Program allows students to become T-shaped analytical thinkers & adaptive innovators who can collaborate with smart machines (Collaborating Intelligence = Humans + Smart Machines) efficiently & effectively.
Milgard Women's Initiative: Professional Mentorship Program
MWI Mentorship Program
The MWI Mentorship Program is designed for early to mid-career students, particularly those who are the first in their families to attend college and international students, to explore issues women face in their careers and to engage with a mentor outside their usual networks. Mentors are drawn from the community of executive women leaders across the Puget Sound community.
While our mentors identify as female, we welcome mentees who identify anywhere along the gender spectrum.
Hands-On Learning (Applied Projects with Companies)
From the first day of the program, students will join a team to tackle real-world analytics projects with companies. Students (as analytics consultants) have the opportunity to apply concepts, principles and methods associated with business analytics to solve complex problems in an application domain associated with their area of interest (e.g. analytics specialization in marketing, HR, ERP/supply chain, logistics, operations, manufacturing, sales, advertising, finance, retail, education, healthcare, sports, e-commerce, IT, telecommunications, hospitality/tourism, public services, utilities and more).
The culmination of students’ hard work is showcased through live demo/poster style sessions open to public viewing. Each team is represented and is able to discuss the analytics methodology followed to co-create the digital solution, specifically highlighting the tools and techniques they used to discover, plan, develop and deploy their working prototype analytics solutions.
During AY 17-18, students have worked with a diverse range of 9 industry partners including Boeing, CHI Franciscan Health, DataCentral, Delta Airlines, Metro Parks, South Sound Military Community Partnership, Stellar Industrial Supply, and Turnover Intelligence.
During AY 18-19, students have worked on 8 projects with a diverse range of 7 industry partners including Microsoft, CHI Franciscan Health, City of Tacoma, Columbia Bank, Metro Parks, and Harbor Wholesale Foods.
During AY 19-20, two cohorts of 77 MSBA student consultants are working with 18 industry partners including CHI Franciscan, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, Costco Whole Sale, Delta Air Lines INC., Harbor Wholesale Foods, Inc., IBM, Metropolitan Appliance, MultiCare Health System, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, Point Defiance Zoo, Providence St Joseph Health, Sound Credit Union, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, Stellar Industrial Supply, Tacoma Power, Tacoma Public Schools, TCS World Travel, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.