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Football Wizard?


If you could predict with high accuracy whether a team will call a pass play or a run play during a game, you might be able to write your own ticket into NFL stardom!  Well an industrial engineer with a Statistics minor and an alumni Statistics major, both from North Carolina State University (NCSU) may have developed a mechanism into just such stardom.

William Burton and Michael Dickey from NCSU have built a statistical model that predicts the play-calling tendency of NFL teams with high accuracy.  To test their model, the two randomly selected 20 games from completed NFL seasons.  The model's best result was correctly predicting 91% of plays in a 2014 game between Jacksonville and Dallas with the average prediction accuracy over all 20 games at 75%.

We may just be reading about Coach Burton or Coach Dickey in the not to distant future.

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Congratulations to Carson Kent

Carson Kent is a recent recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for his research proposal on Quantum Error Correction in the field of Computational and Mathematical Engineering.  The GRF provides 3 years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Carson is joined by 4 other outstanding Mines students, Ashley Bucsek in Mechanical Engineering, Katerina Gonzales in Geophysical Engineering, Kimberly Slinski in Hydrologic Science & Engineering, and Bradley Wilson in Geophysical Engineering.

Congratulations Carson on an excellent proposal and good luck on your future research!


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