Texas A&M Mays Names New Dean

Nate Sharp is the new dean of Texas A&M Mays Business School

From College Station, Texas: Dr. Nate Y. Sharp has been named dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, effective Feb. 1, 2023, where he holds the Nelson D. Durst Endowed Chair in Accounting.

Texas A&M President M. Katherine Banks said Sharp is committed to advancing the mission and goals of Texas A&M.

“Nate is known as a unifier and team builder. He not only embraces the core values, he also lives them,” she said. “I am absolutely confident he will position the Mays School to be at the pinnacle of excellence where it belongs.”

Sharp reacted to his new role. “It is a tremendous honor to be named dean of Mays Business School,” he said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this role and, in turn, to give back to a school and a university that have given me so much. I sincerely appreciate the support of Chancellor Sharp and President Banks. To have the confidence of these two visionary leaders means a great deal to me, and I am thrilled to work together with them and with the incredible faculty, staff and students of Mays Business School to achieve our goal of preeminence.”

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Ariel de Fauconberg is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a PhD student in the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School

Hope amid angst on the climate-tech front

From Cambridge, UK: A book proposal on pioneering entrepreneurial solutions to climate change written by Ariel de Fauconberg, a Ph.D. student at Cambridge Judge Business School, won the Bracken Bower Prize awarded by The Financial Times for the best business book proposal by an author aged under age 35.

Ariel was named winner of the £15,000 prize at a ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 5 December, announced by FT Editor Roula Khalaf.

Ariel’s book proposal – entitled Before the Dawn: Racing to Net Zero on the Front Lines of Climate Innovation – traces the triumphs and heartbreak of 60 entrepreneurial teams seeking a “fundamental transformation” of business practices and global infrastructure in order to combat climate change.

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HEC Paris & École Polytechnique launch data & finance double degree

From Paris: Building on the success of the Master of Science and Technology (MScT) in Data Science for Business, HEC Paris and École Polytechnique are forging ahead with their partnership and determination to combine their expertise. The two institutions will launch the Data & Finance Double Degree in the academic year starting September 2023. This program merges the Data Science for Business MScT and the Master in Finance from HEC Paris in a world first for data science applied to finance.

As the name suggests, the Data Science & Finance program, taught jointly by HEC Paris and École Polytechnique, combines twin expertise in data science and finance. The course is designed for students from across the world who have studied engineering, management and economics or science and math, and who are keen to perfect their skills and expand their professional opportunities. For the 2023 academic year, 20 students will be selected.

This double degree, which is unique in the world, is taught entirely in English and is delivered over two years. The first year, which is spent at École Polytechnique, focuses on data science with courses on statistics, probability, regression and classification, together with more targeted modules on optimization, machine learning and deep learning in particular. It also includes hands-on training in hard skills using the Python and R programing languages. In addition, the course begins to explore financial markets and the digital processing of financial data.

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