The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee advances the mission of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub and acts as an oversight board. It is comprised of three parts – the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Priority Area Leaders – whose members are listed below.


Executive Committee

René Bastón

Executive Director

René Bastón has over 20 years of experience in innovation, alliance building, public/private collaborations, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and commercialization. He spent years as a management consultant for systems integrator, Ernst & Young; has created a number of public/private partnerships; and has founded startups based on the transfer of university, NIH, and NIST technologies.

      Kathy McKeown

      Principal Investigator

      Kathleen R. McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, and also serves as the Director of the Data Science Institute. Full bio available here.

          Vasant Honavar

          Executive Committee Member

          Dr. Vasant Honavar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Madison, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. In September 2013, Honavar joined the faculty of Penn State University, where he currently serves as a Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair  of Information Science and Technology. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics and Associate Director of the Institute for Cyberscience. Full bio available here.

              Andrew McCallum

              Executive Committee Member

              Andrew McCallum is Professor and Director of the Information Extraction and Synthesis Laboratory in the School of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has published over 250 papers in many areas of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, data mining and reinforcement learning, and his work has received over 30,000 citations. Full bio available here.

                  James Hendler

                  Executive Committee Member

                  James Hendler is the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and Head of the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has authored over 200 technical papers in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. Full bio available here.

                      Jamie Callan

                      Executive Committee Member

                      Jamie Callan is a Professor at the Language Technologies Institute, a graduate department in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. He has a joint appointment in the School of Information Systems and Management within CMU’s Heinz College.His research and teaching focus on text-based information retrieval and analysis. His recent work develops advanced search engine architectures, architectures for large-scale distributed search, federated search of vertical search engines, adaptive information filtering, and a variety of text analysis/mining/analytics methods. Full bio available here.

                        Manager of Operations

                        Katie Naum

                        Manager of Operations

                        Katie Naum is passionate about intelligent use of data, science writing that engages and inspires, and sustainability. A native of western New York and current Brooklynite, she holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.


                          Governance Committee 

                          Nabil Adam Website Rutgers University- Newark
                          Micah Adler Website Fiksu
                          Cheryl Begandy Website Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
                          Mark Gerstein Website Yale University
                          Jennifer Chayes Website Microsoft Research
                          John Goodhue Website Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center
                          Josh Greenberg Website Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
                          Florence Hudson Website Internet2
                          Tim Kraska Website Brown University
                          Bharat Rao Website KPMG
                          Theresa Pardo Website SUNY Albany
                          Amen Ra Mashariki Website ESRI

                          Priority Area Leaders

                          Ryan Baker Website Penn State Education
                          Jane Greenberg Website Drexel University Data Sharing
                          Chris Hill Website Massachusetts Institute of Technology Discovery Science
                          Constantine Kontokosta Website New York University Cities & Regions
                          Mark Latonero Website Data & Society Ethics
                          Sam Madden Website Massachusetts Institute of Technology Data Sharing
                          Manish Parashar Website Rutgers University Discovery Science
                          Chirag Patel Website Harvard Medical School Health
                          Abani Patra Website SUNY Buffalo Energy
                          Adam Smith Website Penn State University Privacy and Security
                          Stephen Uzzo Website New York Hall of Science Data Literacy
                          Beverly Woolf Website UMASS Amherst Education