Michael Rappa is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and a member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute, he leads the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics as its principal architect. Before joining NC State as Distinguished University Professor in 1998, for nine years he was a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Appointed the inaugural Goodnight Director in 2015, his current position at the Institute is endowed and named in honor of the University’s distinguished alumnus Dr. James Goodnight.

Research Areas

  • Advanced Learning Technologies
  • Data Sciences and Analytics
  • Information and Knowledge Management


Ph.D., University of Minnesota


  • IBM Faculty Award - 2010