Industrial Advisory Board
Jason Barbour is the President and Founder of Erias Ventures, a government contractor focused on data science, software engineering, and system engineering, and Founder of Data Works MD, an organization focused on data science education and learning. With a drive for success and a passion for technology, he has developed big-data analytics, enterprise automation products, and operational cyber tools for a number of clients. In his work with Data Works MD, he has built a community of enthusiasts working together to share and learn about the wonders and science of working with data.
Neta Ezer is the Northrop Grumman Corporate Senior Manager of Strategic Planning. Dr. Ezer previously served as Technical Fellow and Architect for Human-Machine Teaming in Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and as an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Architect for the Northrop Grumman AI Campaign. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Dr. Ezer was a Senior Human Engineering Researcher at the Futron Corporation, working on NASA Orion, International Space Station and human-robot interaction research. She served as Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Ezer has over 15 years of experience in human factors, user experience and AI, with over 40 published papers and proceedings in these areas. Dr. Ezer holds a B.S. in Industrial Design and M.S. and PhD degrees in Engineering Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.
Edward J. Fortunato is the Chief Economist of Exelon Corporation. As the Chief Economist, he tracks global and domestic economic forces, forecasts future economic trends, and analyzes how these patterns and events impact the company. Over the last eighteen years at Exelon, Edward has managed the proprietary trading book and the short-term analytics group. He has led the implementation of trading strategies in both the proprietary and hedging books and has run the fundamental analysis group. Prior to working at Exelon, Edward served as the Vice President of Natural Gas Trading at Merrill Lynch Global Commodities and was a Senior Energy Trader at Edison Mission Energy. He originally started out in the oil business, trading oil, natural gas, and other commodities. Edward has an MBA with high honors in finance from Boston University and a BBA from Baruch College. He is an active community member and has been involved with Catholic Charities and Our Daily Bread Hot Meal Program since 2012. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Partners in Excellence Scholarship Program and Marian House, and is the Chair of the Loyola University Maryland’s Data Science/Science Board of Directors. Although a native New Yorker, Ed now lives in historic Ellicott City, Maryland with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Dozer.
Franklin Hernandez currently works as a VP - Data Science & Governance for Synchrony Financial. Synchrony Financial is the largest provider of private label credit cards in the country and much of his work involves working with large data sets to improve the outcomes for the customer and business. He has a decade of experience working in the financial services industry having worked for Guggenheim Investments, Citi, PNC Capital Advisors, and Freddie Mac. His roles have included Risk Forecasting Analyst, Investment Risk Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst, and Portfolio Credit Manager. He has a BA in Economics from UMBC, an MBA - Finance and MS of Data Science both from Loyola University and is currently pursuing an MS of Artificial Intelligence at Johns Hopkins.
Scott Jachimski has more than 21 years of experience in the intelligence community and DoD, delivering strategic software applications, data science and AI/ML solutions to federal clients. His areas of expertise include cloud and geospatial algorithm development, data enrichment, change management and strategy, and analytic tradecraft acceleration. Scott currently focuses on enhancing Booz Allen’s analytic workforce and its capabilities. He and his team are developing approaches to incorporate data science and artificial intelligence capabilities into future client environments and solutions. He works with clients across the Federal Government helping them develop data science training programs for their workforces and prepare their agencies for broader data literacy. Scott is actively involved in the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation where he serves as co-chair for the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Working Group. Scott serves on the Loyola University Data Science Industrial Board and has worked with Virginia Tech’s College of Science and Computer Science Resources Consortiums. Scott holds a B.S in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.
Ed Mullin - Think
Stephanie L. Poisson is a highly talented technical expert with skills across the spectrum of artificial intelligence, including natural language processing, deep learning, and reinforcement learning. Both a hands-on programmer and a technical leader, she has not only created new methods in machine learning for autonomous cyber defense and complex language problems, but also, through leading a diverse team consisting of interns, senior researchers, and software engineers, built a multi-language event processing and reasoning system from a fledgling research project to a full-scale analytical processing engine used by customers. Ms. Poisson holds both a Bachelor’s of English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Master’s of Science in Computational Linguistics from Georgetown University. After completing her M.S., she furthered her graduate studies at Georgetown , expanding her knowledge of both linguistics and machine learning, and conducted novel research in creating deep semantic-based natural language processing tools. A researcher and lifetime learner at heart, she is always searching for new methods of solving tough problems and constantly keeps her knowledge fresh by keeping up with the latest tools and technologies.
Elizabeth Rhoades - National Cryptologic School
Elizabeth Rhoades is the Data Science Curriculum Manager for the Department of Defense. She has over 15 years of experience in education and training, specifically in the areas of teaching methodology, language instruction, second language acquisition, and more recently, data literacy and data science.
Amit Singh is the CTO and Co-Founder of Asymmetrik Ltd., a Maryland based technology firm focused on delivering high-impact software and analytic solutions to the Intelligence Community and major healthcare organizations. Mr. Singh earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia after which he has served as a technical leader at a number of agencies to include NASA, White House, DARPA, and the Intelligence Community.
Joseph D. Warfield is currently a principal statistician and Chief Scientist of the System Performance Analysis group in the Force Projection Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). The work in the group focuses on testing and evaluation for Naval and Air Force programs. In addition, the group provides statistical consulting to programs across the Laboratory and to various government and defense agencies in the areas of experimental design, response surface methodology, nonlinear regression analysis, predictive analytics, and reliability-related methods. His current research areas focus on optimal design approaches for generalized linear model applications, Bayesian estimation of system reliability and risk quantification, and predictive analytics using structured and unstructured data sources. Dr. Warfield has taught courses on design of experiments and regression analysis through the Strategic Education program at JHU/APL. Dr. Warfield received a B.S. in mathematics from Loyola University, an M.S. in statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in statistics from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Data Science Projects from Spring 2021
A strength of the program is the required two-semester capstone practicum, which could include a summer internship. The practicum is an independent or group project that uses the data science techniques acquired during the program in an applied manner to solve a practical problem with a local partner. In the first semester, students design the project and present their plan to the program's board; this could be part of a paid internship. The program director works to develop opportunities by developing a strong advisory board, comprised of industry, government, and not-for-profit representatives. In the second semester, students implement their project and present the results of the project to the board for approval.
- Analysis of Financial Publishing Subscriber Engagement and Trends by Stephan F.
- Analyzing and Predicting Wildlife Incidents (Wildlife Center of Virginia) by Carlin S.
- COVID-19 Data Analysis Using Patient EHR Data (Healthjump) by Premdutt G.
- Data Science for Small Business: Predicting Attendance for a CrossFit Affiliate (Outsiders CrossFit) by Chad F.
- Efficient Reverse Image Search (MasterPiece Solutions) by William T.
- Identify In-Store Cigarette Theft in Real Time (Royal Farms) by Jeremy A.
- Predicting After Repair Property Values Using Natural Language Processing (Red Cedar Real Estate) by Joseph G.
- Story Point Estimation (Bloomberg L.P. - Marc Wintjen) by Denise L.
- Where the Vacants Are: Predicting Abandoned Houses in Baltimore City (Baltimore Appalachia Work Camp) by Andrew F.
Data Science Project from Spring 2020
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