Meet our founding community. You can learn more about some of the people behind the Northeast Big Data Hub below, as well as on our Activities pages.

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.

      Jeannette Wing

      Principal Investigator

      Jeannette M. Wing is Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. She came to Columbia in July 2017 from Microsoft, where she served as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, particularly in trustworthy computing. 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.

                        Governance Committee 

                        Nabil Adam Website Rutgers University- Newark
                        Cheryl Begandy Website Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
                        Mark Gerstein Website Yale University
                        John Goodhue Website Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center
                        Josh Greenberg Website Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
                        Florence Hudson Website FDHint, LLC

                        NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University

                        Tim Kraska Website Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                        Gideon Mann Website Bloomberg
                        Amen Ra Mashariki Website ESRI
                        Theresa Pardo Website SUNY Albany
                        Bharat Rao Website KPMG

                        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
                        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
                        Rebecca Wright Website Barnard College Privacy and Security

                        Manager of Operations

                        Katie Naum

                        Manager of Operations

                        Katie Naum is passionate about responsible data science, sustainability, and  #scicomm that engages and inspires. A native of western New York and current Brooklynite, she holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. Her interests include writing, hiking, and traveling.

                          Emeritus Leadership

                            Kathy McKeown

                            Founding Principal Investigator

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