NSA to open data analysis lab at NCSU

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The National Security Agency plans to create a data analysis lab on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, WRAL reports.

The NSA grant to fund the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences is the largest sponsored research contract in the university’s history, according to the report, and the lab is expected to bring 100 jobs to the Triangle area over the next several years and attract related government and industry projects.

Specific funding, personnel numbers and facility details for the new lab weren’t disclosed for security reasons, officials said. Access to the lab will be restricted to people who have government security clearance, but some of the fundamental research will be conducted at the unclassified level in existing faculty labs, they said.

“We appreciate the confidence of the National Security Agency to select N.C. State for this groundbreaking endeavor,” NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement. “Not only will it enhance the academic experience for our students and faculty, it will also add to the economic prosperity of our community through new jobs, new industry and new partnerships.”

A key goal of the lab is to promote advances in the science of data analysis through collaborations among industry, academia and government.

Read more: WRAL

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