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Data Science Executive Advisory Board

Patricia Florissi, Ph.D.
Chair, Data Science Executive Advisory Board
Dr. Florissi is Global CTO for Sales, Greater New York City Area for DELL/EMC2. Patricia earned an MBA from Sterns Business School, NYU and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University. Patricia is also an accomplished author and blogger.

Phil Adams
Program Director, UMass Dartmouth
Mr. Adams earned an S.M. from MIT Sloan School of Management and after selling World Energy Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: XWES) which was subsequently purchased by ENERNOC.
Phil is now Interim Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Dartmouth.

Suranjan De
Deputy Director, Regulatory Science U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Mr. De is a highly-accomplished leader and visionary Information Systems management professional with exceptional project management and technology delivery skills. His achievements across the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute of Health (NIH) & Pharma, demonstrate his superior project performance through alignment of innovative healthcare informatics solutions with strategic business objectives for increased operational efficiency, productivity improvements and cost savings.

Anup Ghosh, '91, Ph.D.
Managing Director at Accenture Security, Washington D.C. Metro Area
Dr. Ghosh earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia after graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering from WPI in 1991. Prior to founding and being CEO of Invincea, he was Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he created and managed an extensive portfolio of cyber security programs.  Anup has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in cyber security journals and served on the Naval Studies Board and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Christopher Gillett
Software Architect Athenahealth, MA
Mr. Gillett was previously Chief Technology Officer of Shareaholic, an award winning growth toolkit, designed to help websites grow traffic, engagement and monetization. After earning a BS in CS from Central Michigan University, Chris came east to patent an invention and make his mark in the Cambridge software world.

Pamela Goldberg
President and CEO at Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), VA
Ms. Goldberg earned a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford University School of Business. Pamela is an internationally recognized leader in medical technology innovation and entrepreneurship, and leads strategy to effect change for industry and regulators.

Christopher Herrick
Director, Research Patient Data Registry Partners Healthcare
Mr. Herrick leads all operational and technical staff who support the collection, consolidation, querying, and dissemination of clinical data from the research patient data registry (RPDR) to investigators across the enterprise. The RPDR contains more than 2 billion individual data points on close to 7 million patients.

Tom Kilkenny, '82
General Manager, Automotive, Aerospace and Defense at IBM, CT
Mr. Kilkenny is a WPI alumnus and is proud of his BS in Mechanical Engineering which launched his career into Aerospace Defense at IBM. He is currently General Manager at IBM, helping to improve enterprise efficiencies and drive revenue growth.
However, Tom will be best remembered at WPI as being 'among the all-time greatest wrestlers' and as such, has been inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.

Venkat Kolluri, Ph.D.
CEO and
Dr. Kolluri earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, PA.  Venkat is the CEO of, a premium geofence enabled mobile advertising company and, a location based on-demand home services mobile platform. Venkat also co-founded, the parent company of Cidewalk and Krosslink.Org, an entrepreneurial program empowering public libraries.

Todd Leen, Ph.D.
Program Director National Science Foundation, VA
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) 
Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF) 
NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon

Frank Lo
Director of Data Science, Draftkings
Mr. Lo leads growth-driven teams, combining product vision and software engineering to enable new opportunities around personalization, marketing, and operations. Draftkings is unique in their expertise in inferential mathematics, algorithms/machine learning, and data technology to truly leverage our "big data" to solve some of the most analytically complex business problems.

Shawn Murphy, MD, Ph.D., FACMI
Director of Research Computing and Informatics at Partners Healthcare and
Director for the Laboratory of computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Murphy holds a BS in chemistry from Notre Dame, and an MD and Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago. After a medicine internship at Beth Israel in Boston, he undertook a neurology residency, epilepsy fellowship, and computer science fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Murphy joined the faculty of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MGH and serves as an attending neurologist and instructor in medicine at Harvard. Dr. Murphy's informatics interests have centered on the use of clinical data to support research and has designed ‘complex adaptive systems’ with mobile software agents to organize the unstructured elements of electronic medical records into formats that are usable for research purposes. He is the director of the Partners Research Patient Data Registry.

Pavel Ozhogin, Ph.D.
Director, Data Science at National Grid
Dr. Ozhogin has a passion for discovering actionable insights from data coupled with process improvement expertise. Pavel co-developed a Predictive Storm Damage Model with MIT to predict power outages 5 – 7 days before a major weather event. The impact of the model should be shorter restoration times through better resource decisions and deployment before an event.

Paul Pilotte
Technical Marketing Manager at The MathWorks
Paul earned both a BSEE and an MSEE in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Babson College Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.  His work as Technical Marketing Manager at The MathWorks involves hiring and coaching teams of product managers who in turn lead business development and technical marketing efforts to grow MATLAB adoption in data analytics, machine learning, computational finance and computational biology.

Les Servi, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Operations Research, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Servi earned an Sc.B/Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, and an MS and Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University. Les is an informs (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) speaker and gives lectures on analyzing social media data having discontinuous underlying dynamics.  Currently he is Group Leader, Operations Research, The MITRE Corporation. 

Ryan Ward
Vice President, Business Operations at Hubspot
Mr. Ward leads Hubspot’s Employee Experience group, which was assembled by bringing together a handful of independent teams under a new mission: to leverage technology to enable every employee to achieve more by removing interruptions, friction, and manual processes so that each employee has more time, energy, and tools to focus on doing their best work.