A New Maker Space Is Slated For UST



Via News Release

“Students returning for spring semester in February will discover a new space in what is now ’85 in the Anderson Student Center. Thanks to a collaboration between the Opus College of Business and the Division of Student Affairs, St. Thomas will have its first maker space: a creative commons for students who are interested in creating things, either for their own personal enrichment or for potential future business opportunities.”

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Brothers’ Pitch Wins UST Student Business Competition



By Sam Black, Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal

“Brothers Connor McCarthy and Brennan McCarthy have won the first-ever real estate business idea competition put on by the University of St. Thomas for an idea called Ratemybuilding.com, which would allow tenants to post property ratings and comments and let landlords reply to criticism.  The McCarthy brothers will split the $10,000 scholarship prize.”

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Norris Institute has cash for seed funding Minnesota tech startups


University of St.Thomas Norris InstituteThe William C. Norris Institute turned over a new fiscal year last month, resulting in $250k of fresh capital available for seed funding local startups at $25k+, according to Director Mike Moore.

“The William C. Norris Institute continues the legacy of the founder of Control Data Corporation by supporting the start up and growth of visionary companies in Minnesota. The Institute’s seed capital fund invests in innovative technology-based companies that are in the early stages of commercializing proprietary products and services.”

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Big plans for big data at UST

by Peter Beacom

UST CoE4BD There is a shortage of talent in the labor pool for dealing with very large sets of data and The University of Saint Thomas Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) is gearing up to do something about that.

The newly formed Center of Excellence for Big Data (CoE4BD) will serve as a teaching and research group that will offer education and support to groups in academia, government, and business in need of help processing big data.

As a field, big data doesn’t exactly have a concrete definition. One of the organizers of the CoE4BD, Dr. Brad Rubin, considers a problem that contains a certain amount of “volume, velocity, and variability” in its data set to fall into the big data domain. Large sets of marketing, business operations, and scientific data sets are the usual suspects. Dr. Rubin is an information retrieval specialist in the GPS program, but the idea for the center sprang from collaboration with a neuroscientist at the University of Saint Thomas.

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by The TECHdotMN Team

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