Published 03/16/15

Number crunchers solve real-world problems

Joshua Ballance '12Bryant’s outstanding programs in analytics, economics, and mathematics and statistics produce not only skilled graduates but sought-after employees. That’s because these exceptional “number crunchers” assist companies and organizations to solve a variety of real-world problems, transforming the way companies do business.

Analytics, for example, allows users to predict the likelihood of something happening. Applied mathematics and statistics may be perfect for students who are curious about why and how things happen. Economics in a nutshell is how individuals, business, and government manage their resources to best satisfy their wants and needs.

Joshua Ballance ’12 (above) discovered his passion for economics at Bryant. A position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston allowed him to team up with a senior economist in the bank’s New England Public Policy Center. “This enabled me to work on research topics – primarily in the field of labor economics – that align closely with my personal research interests and previous exposure as a student at Bryant,” says Balance, whose goals include a Ph.D. in economics.

Ryan McGovern ’10 took every math, statistics, and programming course he could and earned his SAS® license at Bryant. Today, as a program analyst at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, McGovern works with datasets involving 50 million people and billions of associated claims. “It doesn’t take much to realize how swamped the government is with information,” he says. “Where I come in is making these data sources usable and able to tell a story.”