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Interview with Kirk Borne

by | Apr 20, 2020 | Interviews,

Kirk Borne

Kirk Borne

Principal Data Scientist, Data Science Fellow, and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton

Key Topics:Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning, AI, Data Literacy, Internet of Things (IoT), Business Analytics
Location:Columbia, Maryland, USA

I am currently the Principal Data Scientist, Data Science Fellow, and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton. I have been with the company since 2015. Before that I was a Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years and at NASA for nearly 20 years. I have been working with data systems for over 35 years, with a special attention to machine learning and data science since 1998. I am a global invited speaker at data science and AI conferences, where I give special attention to promoting data literacy for all.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I have a PhD in astronomy. I have worked with data and modeling my entire career, including in my formal education. I spent 20 years working on data systems activities at NASA, initially as staff scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope project. I then spent 12 years teaching data science at a university. I have worked on data science and machine research projects since the 1990’s. The combination of teaching, research, mentoring, writing, and public speaking has boosted my own knowledge and my influence.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Data literacy. Data science for all. Machine learning. Internet of things. The Experience Economy. Modeling and simulation of complex systems.

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

Bob E. Hayes, Bill Schmarzo, Carla Gentry, Lilian Pearson, Jim Marous, Evan Kirstel, Ronald van Loon, TamaraMcCleary, Adrian Rosebrock, Jason Brownlee, Mike Quindazzi, Qlik, Data Science Central and many more!!!

Outside of your key topics who else influences you?

Towards Data Science, Top Bots, CMSWire, HubSpot and many more!!!

How would you describe your offline influence?

Speaking, Writing, and Consulting

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Social Promotions on Twitter and LinkedIn. Speaking opportunities, Webinars, Blogs, Podcasts, Video interviews (in that order)

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

Google news, Twitter, LinkedIn

What brands have you worked with?

SAS, Western Digital, ODSC, Oracle, Pega Systems, Automation Anywhere, Qlik, SAP, IBM, Dataconomy, SYNTASA, MapR, Lentiq, Progress SW, Apex Systems, RemoteWork.US, and more.

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience? 

  • Provide a quote for content or news article
  • Share / create a social post
  • Participate in online chat (e.g. Twitter chat, Crowdchat, Google Hangout)
  • Create video content

What are your passions outside of work?

My work and social media activities are my passions inside and outside of work. Otherwise, spending time with family is my greatest passion.

What business/organisations are you affiliated to?

Booz Allen Hamilton

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

You can reach me via Twitter or LinkedIn