Christopher West, as Practicum Manager at NC State University's Institute for Advanced Analytics, guides the Institute's Masters of Science in Analytics student teams through their 8-month practicum project experience producing analytics based results for sponsoring companies and organizations. In addition to guiding the student teams he manages the Institute's internal cradle to grave processes supporting the practicum Dr. West is a retired U.S. Air Force engineering officer with over 21 years of experience in project management and leadership positions. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2006.