The data analytics boom is far reaching and no longer confined to the realm of Silicon Valley and traditional tech giants. With the need for data scientists expanding to sectors such as education and manufacturing, many experts predict a growing chasm between the demand for data scientists and those with the necessary skills. Join us for a keynote and interactive panel discussion with industry leaders from a variety of fields to explore the booming demand and reliance on data.
7 p.m. Registration and Networking Reception opens
7:30 p.m. Program begins
8:45 p.m. Networking Reception continues
512 West 22nd Street
New York, NY
Federica Bianco is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy as well as at the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. Additionally, she is resident faculty in the Data Science Institute. Bianco works on data-driven solution to problems that span from the nature of astrophysical explosions to delays in the justice system. After graduating from the University of Bologna with a degree in Astronomy, she earned her doctorate in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Bianco has held fellowships at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and postdoctoral positions at the University of Santa Barbara Las Cumbres Observatory and at NYU, where she was a James Arthur postdoctoral fellow. She has also previously held a research faculty position at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress. In 2019, Bianco was selected as a TED fellow, one of only 20 individuals to earn that distinction worldwide.
Cathy Wu is the founding director of the University of Delaware Data Science Institute (DSI), the Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering and Computer Science. She aims to establish the DSI as a central effort to accelerate data science research and to create interdisciplinary research collaborations across a variety of fields impacting our everyday lives. Additionally, Wu is an internationally acclaimed pioneer in bioinformatics, which uses computing to extract meaning from large amounts of biological data. She is the founding director of the Bioinformatics master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs at UD—interdisciplinary programs with more than 60 graduate students from five colleges. She holds both a master’s and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Purdue University, a postdoctoral degree in Molecular Biology from Michigan State and a master’s in computer science from the University of Texas at Tyler.
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Gregory Dobler is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy as well as at the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. Additionally, he is resident faculty in the UD Data Science Institute. After graduating from Haverford College with a degree in Physics, he went on to earn both his master’s and a doctorate in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania. Dobler serves as director of the “Urban Observatory”—a multi-institutional facility for the observational study of cities as complex systems—where he applies data analysis techniques from astronomy, computer vision and machine learning to images of city skylines to study air quality, energy consumption, lighting technology, public health and sustainability. In addition to his work with the Urban Observatory, he also leads urban data analysis projects related to the equitable distribution of greenspaces, mapping long timescale economic trends across cities, and surrogate measures for traffic safety.
Tamara L. Ganc, AS94, is the global head of learning design and innovation within Google’s Go-to-Market organization. GtM ensures Google's complex and ever-evolving Ads business (which drives 80% of Google’s revenue) runs smoothly. The GtM "Mastery" team ensures that all internal Google Ad sellers, thousands of Ads customer service agents, as well as millions of external customers using Google’s ad products, are well-trained and able to maximize their impact. She previously served as chief learning officer at Vanguard and led the organization’s learning and development strategy as the head of Vanguard University. Ganc also spent time at Deloitte as a learning and development manager. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in English, earned a degree in Instructional Design at Penn State and earned her MBA from the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University.
Kevin Montgomery, EG88, is the founder of Collaborate.org, an award-winning site for global impact as well as CEO and co-founder of IoT/AI, a start-up pioneering sensor and Internet of Things technologies with AI in the military, industrial and health markets. He was previously a senior researcher at the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, and cofounder of the National Biocomputation Center, where his team developed technologies for computer-based surgical planning, augmented reality surgery, surgical simulators, anatomical atlases, and wireless telemedicine. He regularly serves as an advisor for DoD, NIH, NSF, and other agencies, as well as advises and consults with several small, high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Joining us from California, Montgomery is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Computer & Information Science. He and was the first alumni distinguished lecturer as part of CIS’s 55th Anniversary Celebrations last fall. The title of his talk was Collaborate.org - building a worldwide cloud infrastructure for everyone in the world to work together to solve the world’s problems. He went on to earn his master’s and a doctorate in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Andrew Reiskand, EG88, is senior vice president of data strategy at Mastercard where he is responsible for the creation, collection, acquisition and use of data in the development of new products and solutions across the enterprise. He previously served as Mastercard’s senior vice president of data management and deputy chief privacy officer. Prior to joining Mastercard Reiskand served as privacy and intellectual property counsel for a variety of organizations in the direct marketing, interactive advertising and industrial chemical industries. After earning a degree from the University of Delaware in Chemical Engineering he went on to graduate from Columbia Law School.
Special thanks to the UD Alumni Association for its generous support of this event and to Glen Weiss, AS91, and Vornado for the venue use of space at 512 W. 22nd Street.
$5 of each ticket purchased will be donated as a gift on your behalf toward the Data Science Institute.