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Inside CMDA work/study hall

Inside CMDA work/study hall

The Computational Modeling and Data Analytics program had found its groove

The College of Science’s Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) program — part of the Academy of Integrated Science — is taking off. Big time. In a few short years the number of majors has shot past 400.

The program is also bringing new life to the Old Security Building on campus, with lab/meeting space for students. Mark Em­bree, director of the CMDA program and a profes­sor in the Department of Mathetmatics, says the locale is busy most weeknights after dinner time. (It is shared with the Department of Statistics’ Statistical Applications & Innovations Group, or SAIG — think “sage,” like the spice — which has undergraduate researchers helping faculty crunch data in research projects.)

“I have the pleasure of mentoring scores of Science students who are passionate about solving important problems across many domains,” Embree said. “As an alum of Virginia Tech, I’m especially excited to work with this impressive new generation of Hokies. These young scientists want to make a difference, and are in high demand in today’s workforce.”


415: Number of CMDA majors

CMDA graduates now work for: Amazon, Capital One, General Dynamics, GE Aviation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MITRE Corp., and more!