Kirk Borne keynote speaker

Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen, Astrophysicist & Big Data Consultant
  • Big Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
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Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton based in McLean, Virginia USA (since 2015). In those roles, he focuses on applications of data science, data analytics, data mining, machine learning, machine intelligence, and modeling across a wide variety of disciplines. He also provides leadership and mentoring to multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, modelers, and data scientists; and he consults with numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation. He previously spent 12 years as Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University where he did research, taught, and advised students in the Data Science degree programs. Before that, Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities on NASA space science programs, including a role as NASA’s Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, contract manager in NASA’s Astronomy Data Center, and program manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office.

Dr. Borne has a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude in Physics from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech.

He is an active contributor on social media, where he is an advocate of data literacy for all and has been listed consistently each year since 2013 as the #1 or #2 top worldwide influencer in Big Data and Data Science on social media. In 2013 he won the Dean’s Impact Award for Faculty Excellence in the George Mason University College of Science. In 2014 he was named an IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero. In 2016 he was named Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy.

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