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SAS partners with Clemson for data, cybersecurity

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Analytics company SAS has partnered with Clemson University to provide research, software, services and funding for the Watt Family Innovation Center.

According to a news release, professors, students and researchers “can access and apply advanced SAS Analytics, business intelligence, cybersecurity and data management software toward that mission. SAS also will provide teaching materials, onsite training for faculty and staff, and help develop analytical programs.”

“The Watt Family Innovation Center is a unique educational facility that quickly has become invaluable to our students and faculty and one of the most innovative in the nation,” said James P. Clements, Clemson University president, in the release. “This partnership with SAS, a leader in innovative software solutions, will allow us to better serve our university community, and we are very appreciative of their generous support of Clemson’s mission.”

SAS is the sixth Founding Innovation Partner, joining Comporium Inc.; Haworth Inc.; Philips Lighting; Scientific Research Corp., and SCRA.

“The Watt Center brings together students, faculty and industry in a hothouse for learning and research,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, in the release. “With data and analytics at the heart of innovation today, that means Clemson can generate more of the talent in high demand worldwide.”

According to the release, Clemson will receive access to SAS Visual Analytics, the company’s flagship data visualization and exploration tool. SAS Analytics software will help researchers discover the “why” behind the data by uncovering hidden relationships and trends. Using predictive analytics and forecasting tools, they will dig deeper into “what-if” and “what next?”

In addition, access to SAS Cybersecurity will support teaching and learning about how to detect suspicious network activity and thwart malicious intrusions.

The partnership will also benefit the ClemsonForward strategic plan. Part of the plan lists research priorities and six innovation clusters for research.

One cluster is cyber-infrastructure and big data science, which includes cybersecurity, intelligent transportation and computational genomics, digital humanities, business analytics, connected mobility and data-enabled science, engineering and social science.

“The SAS analytics tools are a perfect fit for Clemson as we implement the university’s strategic plan around cyber-infrastructure and big data science,” said Todd Marek, executive director of the Watt Center, in the release. “The collaboration provides an important capability for the Clemson research community and I’m very appreciative of the relationship we have built with SAS.”

Professors will be able to easily integrate SAS software into coursework, giving students hands-on experience. A study of 54 million employee profiles on PayScale.com identified “Knowledge of SAS” as the No. 1 career skill that translates into salary bumps.

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