Meet the National Coordinating Committee of the Big Data Hubs. Learn more about these members below, and visit the regional Hub websites for more information about our full team.
Florence Hudson is Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm, and Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
She is a former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, and aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA. She Chairs the global IEEE/UL P2933 Working Group on Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security, and has published books on TIPPSS. She serves on Boards for Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and executive business education from Harvard and Columbia Universities.
DR. VASANT HONAVAR
Dr. Vasant Honavar received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Madison, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Honavar is currently a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Computer Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics and Genomics, Neuroscience and Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University.
He currently holds the Edward Frymoyer Endowed Chair of IST. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, Associate Director of the Institute for Cyberscience, Co-Director of the NIH-funded Biomedical Data Sciences PhD program, and Informatics lead (research) for the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
In 2016, Honavar was appointed as the Sudha Murty Distinguished Visiting Chair of Neurocomputing and Data Science at the Indian Institute of Science. Prior to joining Pennsylvania State University, Honavar served on the faculties of Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Neuroscience, and Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University (1990-2013) and as a program director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) (2010-2013) where he led the Big Data Science and Engineering Program and contributed to multiple other programs.
Meredith Lee is the Founding Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, a venture launched with support from the National Science Foundation to build and strengthen partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government.
Based at the University of California – Berkeley, Dr. Lee collaborates globally as part of a national network of Big Data Innovation Hubs to address scientific and societal challenges. Her work focuses on translational data science, including initiatives in Smart and Connected Communities, Water, Disaster Recovery, Health, and Education. Meredith was previously a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, guiding strategic programs in graph analytics, risk assessment, machine learning, data visualization, and distributed computing. Under the Obama Administration, she led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response & Recovery Initiative and contributed to several science, technology, and open data / open government initiatives.
Nick Baguley is a well-known Community Leader in the technology space in the West. His connections in Data Science and Big Data spread around the world.
As one of the earliest co-founders of a HUG (Hadoop User’s Group) in the United States and as an entrepreneur, Nick has been able to influence and help create the rising wave of Big Data and Analytics in Utah. He has been heavily involved in the Big Data Hubs and the National Data Science Organizers (NDSO) group from the White House. Through Big Data Utah and Utah Geek Events, he has created and co-organized many large conferences and competitions. Nick founded Evolve STEAM, a training entity focused on Data Science, AI and Data Engineering. Nick President of Alpha Tech Research Corp, CEO and CDO for Front Analytics, and he co-founded Wrench.ai, Data Scrubs and more. Nick has acted as an advisor to Universities, Non-Profits, Corporations, Startups, and Individuals for years. This has allowed Nick to impact curriculum, strategic directions for companies, hiring decisions, career advancements and to build communities
DR. RENATA RAWLINGS-GOSS
Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is currently the founding Executive Director of the South Big Data Innovation Hub, whose mission is to catalyze partnerships among universities, industry, and government around Big Data, Data Science and the “Internet of Things”.
She also serves as the Director of Industry Partnerships for the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). She is a biophysicist by training and pursues continuing efforts to increase the participation of women and under-represented minorities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math). To that end, she serves as the President/ CEO of Good with Data, LLC which runs The Data Career Academy. Dr. Rawlings-Goss worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, under the Obama administration, to define national Big Data policies and priority goals within the NITRD inter-agency Big Data Senior Steering group. She co-led the writing team for the National Big Data Strategic Plan with partners from (NSF, NIH, DARPA, DOE, NSA, NIST, NOOA, NASA, USGS, NRO, DHS, DOD, EPA, HHS, AHRQ, NARA etc).
Michela Taufer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and holds the Jack Dongarra Professorship in High Performance Computing in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Before joining UTK, she was Professor in Computer and Information Sciences and a J.P. Morgan Case Scholar at the University of Delaware where she also had a joint appointment in the Biomedical Department and the Bioinformatics Program.
She earned her undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) and her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or ETH (Switzerland). From 2003 to 2004 she was a La Jolla Interfaces in Science Training Program (LJIS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), where she worked on interdisciplinary projects in computer systems and computational chemistry.
W. JOHN MACMULLEN
Shefali Mehta is an environmental and agricultural economist and statistician who has spent the past 10+ years working with organizations to tackle problems holistically. Dr. Mehta founded Open Rivers to tailor the support to the individual needs of clients.
Throughout her career, she has focused on collaborating across disciplines, industries and sectors to identify innovative and pragmatic solutions to complex issues. She has worked with clients across the ag and food value chain. She received her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics and MS in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA in Economics from New York University. Shefali serves or has served on various Boards including Pheasants Forever, the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Pests and Plant Center, the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota and Bountifield. You can read more about Shefali’s background and path to founding Open Rivers.
Metro/Urban Data Science
Natural Resources & Hazards
Big Data Technology
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Smart, Connected, and Resilient Communities
Big Data in Health
Health and Disparities
Smart Cities and Communities
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Environment and Coastal Hazards
Education + Data Literacy
Urban to Rural Communities
Responsible Data Science: Security + Privacy Ethics