|[April 18, 2014]
Altamira announces partnership with GMU Engineering School
MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Altamira Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce a partnership
with George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering to develop
and support industry-grounded big data and cloud computing expertise.
The Volgenau School of Engineering provides graduate and undergraduate
education, as well as contract programs, focused on and responsive to
the unique technology, management, and leadership needs of government
and the business community. Examples include a set of two-day,
non-credit courses that raise understanding around massive data
analytics and systems engineering topics, and a full master's degree in
Data Analytics Engineering, each delivered at the customer's offices.
Altamira is a leader in data science and in building big data and cloud
computing technology, from the foundational layer to the user experience
rooted in a deep understanding of the knowledge discovery process.
Altamira's extensive experience serving the United States intelligence
community and long history of partnering with academic institutions,
combined with Mason's leadership in innovation and corporate engagement
make this a perfect match.
"Altamira's accomlishments in developing game-changing technologies and
performance navigating complex policy, security, and enterprise data
issues, will provide our students practical applications that enhance
the learning experience," said Maj Gen (ret) Robert H. Latiff, Ph.D.,
Director of Intelligence Community Programs at Mason's Volgenau School
of Engineering and Department of Applied IT.
It is because of their experience in big data and cloud technology
throughout the national security space that Mason joined forces with
"Our data scientists and engineers are fully credentialed academic
faculty working directly with George Mason to help educate the broader
community," said Chris D'Agostino, Altamira's President and Chief
Mr. D'Agostino has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Mason for more than
three years, teaching software engineering and big data courses. Joining
him as instructors are Dr. Dan Law and Charles Greenbacker. Dr. Law
earned his Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Oxford and
serves as Altamira's Chief Scientist. He brings to this partnership
nearly 20 years of multi-disciplinary research and technology
development experience. Mr. Greenbacker is Altamira's Director of Data
Science and an expert in natural language processing, having co-authored
over a dozen academic publications in peer-reviewed journals and
research conference proceedings. Together, this team provides a course
of study giving students a solid understanding of the foundational
elements of big data combined with the ability to apply this knowledge
through the design and implementation of solutions.
"We've successfully completed several courses already and have a full
calendar set for 2014," added D'Agostino.
"Education and training opportunities also occur outside the classroom,
so we've teamed with George Mason University to host our annual cyber
hack-a-thon, following the success of our inaugural event last year,"
said Craig Parisot, the company's Chief Strategy Officer. "This and our
success partnering with the university on customer-funded advanced
research projects is a model for Academic-Corporate partnering."
Altamira is currently accepting applications for their summer internship
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