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Big Data Instructors

Dr. Rajkumar Bondugula

Dr. Rajkumar Bondugula

Rajkumar Bondugula is currently a Principal Data Scientist and Senior Director at Equifax. He has earned an MS and a PhD from University of Missouri-Columbia, both in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning. He has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as the book Application of Fuzzy Logic In Bioinformatics. He has professionally used machine learning for computer vision, computational biology, e-commerce, social intelligence, and fintech.

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Dr. Sam Franklin

Dr. Sam Franklin

Sam is Head of Decision Sciences at 360i, where he leads a team of talented data scientists who believe the only thing more fun than data is Big Data. Sam spent three years at Google as a Principal Analytical Lead for the retail sector, and he conducted fiscal policy research for the U.S. Treasury Department as a Presidential Management Fellow. Dr. Franklin earned an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University, where he specialized in behavioral finance research. Sam is an active member of several charity boards.

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Dr. Mahmoud Ghavi

Dr. Mahmoud Ghavi

Dr. Ghavi is an accomplished scientist, educator and corporate executive with extensive experience and proven leadership in the fields of information technology, data management, data analytics, and healthcare informatics. As Chair and Chief Academic Officer of Consort Institute, he is responsible for the development and successful delivery of intensive educational courses focused on big data analytics, business intelligence, big data management, healthcare informatics, and information technology.

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Dr. Brad Kossmann

Dr. Brad Kossmann

Brad currently leads the Data Science practice at Softcrylic, building advanced predictive models to help guide and automate analysis and decision making in marketing. Previously, Brad was a Manager of Data Science at 360i, where he developed forecasting and optimization workflows, as well as machine learning models in natural language processing. Brad has a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry, with a focus on computational methodologies for the simulation and analysis of biomolecular complexes.

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Dr. Sridhar Palle

Dr. Sridhar Palle

Dr. Palle is a computational scientist with expertise in high performance Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computer Aided Engineering applications. Dr. Palle is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Palle holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mississippi. Dr. Palle is also the recipient of "Outstanding Research and Excellence" award at NGC, Jackson State University.

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Dr. Reza Vaezi

Dr. Reza Vaezi

Dr. Vaezi is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business, with subjects including Data Mining, Android Application Development, System Analysis and Design, and Human-Computer Interactions. He has developed and taught data mining/business intelligence courses at Coles College since 2013. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Dr. Beverly Wright

Dr. Beverly Wright

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Tim Eck

Tim Eck

Tim has 20+ years of experience architecting, developing, implementing, and managing business intelligence and relational database solutions. He has experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, finance, retail, and federal, state, and local government. His core technical capabilities are Relational Databases, Business Intelligence, Data Integration, and Data Warehouse Architecture. Tim graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Management Information Systems.

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Todd Sharp

Todd Sharp

Todd's career has focused on global organizations and enterprise systems, including extensive work in the cloud services sector with partners such as Microsoft, Siemens, Cisco and Sun Microsystems, from which he won an award as one of five top Internet integrators in North America. Todd is currently advising multiple technology firms working to address needs across the areas of healthcare, human performance and regulatory compliance. Todd holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

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Hal Rottenberg

Hal Rottenberg

Hal is a Staff Practitioner at Splunk, with 15+ years of experience working in the IT industry in areas including security R&D, systems architecture, IT operational analytics, and developer evangelism. He is a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at local user groups and industry conferences, and prolific podcaster. Besides Splunk, his other passions are Windows PowerShell, home automation, and his family, not necessarily in that order.

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Sanjay Mistry HIT,MBA, BE

Sanjay Mistry HIT,MBA, BE

Sanjay has extensive experience in the areas of Information Technology, more specifically in Business Intelligence and Analytics. Sanjay has held several positions with The Hartford Insurance Group, IRI and North Highland consulting and has completed larger BI implementations at Kellogg's, Snyder's Pretzels, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Prestige Brands, ACH Food and many others. Sanjay has completed Healthcare IT program from Emory University, MBA from Rutgers University and Bachelor in Computer Science from SVNIIT India.

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David Ferber

David Ferber

David Ferber has 20+ years of experience in the credit industry, currently focusing on the technical development and growth of Equifax's data platforms. This experience includes re-engineering batch processing platform from Mainframe to Super Computers and implementation of the first massively parallel processing database into production. He has also integrated data delivery solutions providing large volume, high speed, and time series analytics.

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