Kirk Borne is a Big Data advisor, researcher, consultant, blogger, data science advocate and public speaker. He is currently serving as Principal data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. He is one of the top big data influencers and previously professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University.
He has been with Mason since 2003 to 2015, where he did research, taught and advised students in the graduate and undergraduate Data Science, Informatics, and Computational Science programs. He helped to create the Data Science B.S. degree program that began in 2007. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years in positions supporting NASA projects, including an assignment as NASA's Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, and as Project Manager in NASA's Space Science Data Operations Office. He has extensive experience in big data and data science, including expertise in scientific data mining and data systems.
He has published over 200 articles and given over 200 invited talks at conferences and universities worldwide. He serves on several national and international advisory boards and journal editorial boards related to big data. In these roles, he focuses on achieving big discoveries from big data, and he promotes the use of information and data-centric experiences with big data in the STEM education pipeline at all levels. He believes in data literacy for all.