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Data Driven WV

Now beginning its third year of operations, Data Driven WV works to support faculty research, student experiential learning and the prosperity of West Virginia and the surrounding region.  DDWV focuses on creating impact for organizations through the use of data analytics and cybersecurity and, more generally, data technologies.


Mission

Data Driven WV supports the state of West Virginia in advancing its causes, communities and corporate efforts through providing data-driven technical insights and analytic solutions.

Vision

Powered by analytical insights, Data Driven WV will support the prosperity and health of the state's economy and its people through targeted outreach, education and research. Data Driven WV will also provide a learning “lab” space to grow the next generation of data scientists, cybersecurity and analytics professionals to continue contributions to society.

DDWV predominantly supports the Chambers College Business Data Analytics and Business Cybersecurity Management academic programs but works with faculty and students from other departments and colleges and project scope varies. Organizational problems are solved through student capstone experiences, student employment, student extra-curricular experiences, faculty research and/or faculty, staff and alumni support.

Organizations 

Data Driven WV recognizes that organizations of diverse sizes and industries can benefit from our student, faculty and staff support. No matter the scope of the project, we welcome the opportunity to evaluate projects that would positively impact our state and students. Opportunities for engagement include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Graduate level capstone projects – students complete project work throughout the second half of the Spring semester and Summer semester with faculty/staff oversight.
  • Undergraduate level projects – students complete project work year-round with faculty/staff oversight.
  • Faculty research projects – faculty and technical staff serve as subcontractors/consultants for higher level R&D projects.

Data Driven WV is not a fee-for-service model; however, we will solicit donations for project work, based on talent and resource needs, to help fund our initiative and ensure its sustainability. Depending on project scope, additional resources may be required for paid student, faculty or staff time. Faculty research projects, however, are considered sponsored projects, and we follow the guidelines set forth by the Office of Sponsored Projects. 

Data Driven WV is restricted to using open-source tools or technologies being used in curriculum due to costs associated with many tools. However, if organizations are willing and able to provide student access or licenses to a specific tool, solutions can be created using those technologies.

There are also opportunities for subject matter experts from partner organizations to present to students as part of our TechTalk series. 

To begin the process of having a project evaluated, please either contact us at datadrivenwv@mail.wvu.edu or complete the Project Intake Form at the link in the right-hand menu.

Students 

Data Driven WV provides students with real-world data analytics and cybersecurity experience to enhance their education and build a more competitive resume. Using projects from organizations across the state and region, you will solve problems under the mentorship and management of alumni, faculty, and staff. These projects will allow you to hone your skills with real-world applications, while potentially exposing you to internship and job opportunities.

All projects will require students to have regular interaction with the client contact and culminate with a written and oral presentation to summarize project outcomes. Some projects will include exposure to tools and technologies outside of curriculum for more seamless integration with the organization’s infrastructure. These opportunities can serve as an additional way to add to the skills section of your resume.

Participating students will have first priority for attending our TechTalk series and will be eligible to apply for funding to pursue technical certifications to advance your education and career.

Any interested students are welcome to complete our Interest Form and may be considered for a project team after an interview process. Paid opportunities through our center are occasionally available and will be posted to Handshake. For unpaid opportunities, you may be eligible to receive course credit. These details will be discussed during the interview process, and any questions can be directed to datadrivenwv@mail.wvu.edu.

Alumni 

Alumni of our M.S. in Business Data Analytics and Business Cybersecurity Management programs have the opportunity to engage with Data Driven WV in a variety of ways.

  • Project Mentorship – meet regularly or ad hoc with student teams to help guide project outcomes.
  • TechTalk Presenter – host a workshop or speak with students about your area of expertise.
  • Career Mentorship – help students with resume review, technical interview preparation and networking.
  • Program Sponsorship – bring DDWV problems from your current organization for our students to help solve.

If you wish to engage with us on any of these items, please contact us at datadrivenwv@mail.wvu.edu.


Faculty

We welcome faculty from across WVU to work on projects with us. Opportunities for engagement include the following.

  • Project Mentorship – meet regularly with student teams and client contacts to help guide project outcomes. (Some opportunities may include a stipend.)
  • Contract/Research SME – serve as SME for contract and research opportunities in partnership with external organizations. (These opportunities due include compensation for time.)
  • Research Support – if wishing to hire student and or technical staff support for funded research, we can assist.

If you wish to engage with us on any of these items, please contact us at datadrivenwv@mail.wvu.edu.