Leadership Team


Meet some of the people behind the Hub. You can learn more about our leadership team below. To learn more about our collaborators and find out how you can get involved, visit the Collaborators page.

Steering Committee

Florence Hudson
Executive Director, Co-Principal Investigator

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

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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. Read Jeannette Wing's full bio.

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Yusuf Danisman

Yusuf Danisman is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science department at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at The Ohio State University and worked at the University of Oklahoma before joining CUNY. He is currently working on fractal geometry and its applications to the stock market.

Yusuf is also a member of the National Student Data Corps' Founding Committee.

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 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 and was previously a research scientist at Mannheim University, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Laura graduated from the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. Read Laura Dietz's full bio.

Carsten Eickhoff

Carsten Eickhoff is Assistant Professor of Medical Science, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University, where he leads the Biomedical AI Lab. Carsten studied AI and ML at the University of Edinburgh, TU Delft, and ETH Zurich and has written on automatic large-scale text processing and retrieval and information extraction from unstructured natural language resources. Carsten is involved in several deep technology startups that translate technological innovation to improved safety and quality of life for patients. Read Carsten Eickhoff's full bio

Forough Ghahramani

Forough is Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs for Edge. Forough was previously Associate Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), where she led the development of the outreach and educational programs focused on big data and large-scale computing. Forough previously served as associate dean and department chair, new program development, teaching, and accreditation. Read Forough Ghahramani's full bio

Forough is also a member of the National Student Data Corps' Founding Committee.

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 among others. John’s interests include infrastructure for research computing and supporting the next generation of computing professionals. John was previously in management and technology leadership positions at Cisco Systems, BBN Technologies, and several early stage startup companies. Read John Goodhue's full bio

Co-Principal Investigators

James Hendler

James Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has authored over 450 technical papers in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. Read James Hendler's full bio.

Vasant Honavar

Dr. Vasant Honavar represents the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub on the Big Data Innovation Hubs' National Coordination Committee. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, specializing in AI. In 2013, Honavar joined Penn State University, where he currently serves as a Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Science and Technology. He is the founding Director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics and Associate Director of the Institute for Cyberscience. Read Vasant Honavar's full bio.

Florence Hudson

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

Andrew McCallum

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. Read Andrew McCallum's full bio

Operations

Lauren Close
Operations & Communications Manager

Lauren joined the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University as a Communications and Operations Manager in June 2021. Prior to joining the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Lauren was the Program Manager for the Program for Economic Research (PER) in the Department of Economics. She earned her Master's Degree in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and has a background in communications and fine arts events management.

Seed Fund Steering Committee

David Bader
Chair

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). David is interested in the real world applications of high performance computing, including cybersecurity, massive-scale analytics, and computational genomics. Read David Bader's full bio.

Florence Hudson
Ex Officio

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

Jenni Evans

Jenni L. Evans is the Director of Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), Professor of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science and served as Centennial President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2019. Her research spans tropical climate, climate change, and hurricane lifecycles in the tropics and through extratropical transition, as well as the “music of hurricanes.” Read Jenni Evans' full bio

Josh Greenberg

Joshua M. Greenberg is director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology program. Dr. Greenberg is an active member of the broader digital library and digital humanities communities and maintains research and teaching interests in the history and sociology of information technology, the dynamics of public engagement with expert knowledge, and the methodological implications of new digital technologies for research. Read Joshua Greenberg's full bio

Josh is also a member of the Hub's Advisory Board. 

Chris Hill

Chris Hill specializes in Earth and planetary computational science. He was a founding developer of the M.I.T. General Circulation Model (MITgcm), a numerical simulation tool used for a wide range of basic science and applied studies in planetary fluid dynamics, and helped launch the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), a major open standard for creating multicomponent models of Earth system processes. Read Chris Hill's full bio

Chris is also a member of the Hub's Advisory Board.

 

Jill Jemison

Jill Jemison is Assistant Dean for Technology/CIO at the University of Vermont with responsibility for infrastructure, application development, support, educational technologies and AV at the Larner College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She was formerly chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources and faculty director of the GIR Leadership Institute. Read Jill Jemison's full bio.

Daniel Lopresti

Dan Lopresti is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, having recently completed 10 years as chair of the CSE Department, and director of Lehigh's Data X initiative. His research examines algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, document analysis, and computer security. He is also the Vice Chair of the Computing Research Association’s CCC Council. Read Dan Lopresti's full bio

Renée Miller

Renée J. Miller is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s National Academy of Science, Engineering and the Humanities. She received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Her work is focused on building practical data integration systems. Read Renée Miller's full bio

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.

Josh Greenberg

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Josh is also a member of the Hub's Seed Fund Steering Committee. 

Chris Hill

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chris is also a member of the Hub's Seed Fund Steering Committee.

Constantine Kontokosta
Abani Patra
Julia Stoyanovich

Student Leadership

The Hub’s Student Leadership Team is composed of 7 students from Columbia University, whose diverse interests and skills contribute to the facilitation of our ongoing activities and projects and the promotion of the Hub’s mission

Isabella Graham Martinez

Isabella works with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub on a variety of projects, including the Data Science Resource Repository and the COVID Information Commons transcription / translation projectShe is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at Columbia University and is expected to graduate as a dual major in Statistics and Mathematics in Spring 2023. 

Macy Moujabber

Macy serves as the student project coordinator for the Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Workshop series, as well as assisting with the Hub's Industry Resources for Academia and Data Science Resource Repository. Macy is currently pursuing a Masters in Industrial Engineering program at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and she is expected to Graduate in the Fall of 2021.

Dashansh Prajapati

Dashansh joined the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub in Fall 2021, when he began working on the National Student Data Corp's Video Library. Dashansh is currently pursuing a Masters in Data Science at Columbia University's Data Science Institute, and he expects to graduate in Fall 2022.

Benjamin Sango

Benjy assists with the Seed Fund Program and manages the Hub's Community Engagement Analytics.  Benjy is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Economics at Columbia University, and he is expected to Graduate in the Spring of 2022. Benjy is also a member of the National Student Data Corps' Founding Committee.

Teah Selkin

Teah helps manage communications and operations for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub as well as the COVID Information Commons. Teah is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Financial Economics with a concentration in Educational Studies at Columbia University, and she is expected to Graduate in the Spring of 2023.

Haleigh Stewart

Haleigh currently serves as a Project Coordinator with the National Student Data Corps and collaborates with the NSDC Founding Committee to cultivate content and community engagement. She is helping to launch the Hub's Data Science Career Panel series. Haleigh is pursuing a Bachelor's in Psychology with a Special Concentration in Public Health at Columbia University, and she is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2022.

Saanya Subasinghe

Saanya works with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub's Operations & Communications Manager on branding and marketing initiatives for the Hub. Saanya is pursuing a Bachelor's in Economics and Psychology at Columbia University, and she is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2022.

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. Read Kathleen McKeown's full bio.