People Test

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.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee advances the mission of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub and acts as an oversight board.

Florence Hudson
Executive Director

Florence Hudson is Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub hosted at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. She is founder and CEO of FDHint, LLC, and Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University. She is a former IBM VP and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, and aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA. Full bio available here.

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.

Jamie Callan

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.

Laura Dietz

Laura Dietz is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where she leads the lab for text retrieval, extraction, machine learning and analytics (TREMA). She is collaborating with researchers in Biogeochemistry, on data science for studying the impacts on humans on their environment. She organizes a tutorial/workshop series on Utilizing Knowledge Graphs in Text-centric Retrieval (KG4IR) and coordinated the TREC Complex Answer Retrieval Track. She received an NSF CAREER Award for utilizing fine-grained knowledge annotations in text understanding and retrieval. Previously, she was a research scientist at Mannheim University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and graduated from the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. Full bio available here.

Carsten Eickhoff

Carsten is an assistant professor of Medical and Computer Science at Brown University where he leads the Biomedical AI Lab, specializing in the development of data science and information retrieval techniques with the goal of improving patient safety, individual health and quality of medical care. Before coming to Brown, he studied artificial intelligence and machine learning at the University of Edinburgh, TU Delft and ETH Zurich. Carsten has authored more than 80 conference and journal articles on topics pertaining to automatic large-scale text processing and retrieval as well as information extraction from unstructured natural language resources. Aside from his academic endeavors, he is involved in several deep technology startups in the health sector that strive to translate technological innovation to improved safety and quality of life for patients. Full bio available here.

John Goodhue

John Goodhue is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, a data center and consortium that serves more than 20,000 researchers, students, and educators at Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, and other institutions in the Northeast. John’s interests include regional and national collaboration on infrastructure for research computing, and developing the next generation of computing professionals. His industry experience includes management and technology leadership positions at Cisco Systems, BBN Technologies, and several early stage startup companies. Full bio available here.

James Hendler

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.

Seed Fund

David Bader

David A. Bader is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and inaugural Director of the Institute for Data Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, and SIAM, and advises the White House, most recently on the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). Dr. Bader is a leading expert in solving global grand challenges in science, engineering, computing, and data science. He has served on the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, Computing Research Association (CRA) Advisory Board, Internet2 Advisory Council, and IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. His interests are at the intersection of high-performance computing and real-world applications, including cybersecurity, massive-scale analytics, and computational genomics. Bader is a cofounder of the Graph500 List for benchmarking “Big Data” computing platforms. Bader is recognized as a “RockStar” of High Performance Computing by InsideHPC and as HPCwire’s People to Watch in 2012 and 2014. Full bio available here.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board includes regional leaders from academia, industry, non-profit organizations and government, whose insights help further the Hub’s mission and who demonstrate sustained interest in engaging with the Hub in a voluntary role. Leaders of the following Thematic and Cross-Cutting Areas are indicated below.

Thematic Areas

Cross-Cutting Areas


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.