Dr. Kirk Borne

Dr. Kirk Borne

Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at the global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton based in McLean, Virginia. In those roles, he focuses on applications of data science, data analytics, data management, machine learning, artificial intelligence, modeling, and simulation across a wide variety of disciplines. He also provides leadership and mentoring to multi-disciplinary teams of data scientists and analysts. In addition, he consults with numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation.

Previously, he was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he did research, taught, and advised students in the doctoral and undergraduate data science degree programs. For his contributions, he received the College of Science Dean’s Impact Award for Faculty Excellence in 2013. Prior to his dozen years at the university, Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities on NASA space science program contracts, including roles as NASA’s Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope and Program Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office. Dr. Borne has a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude in Physics from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. In 2014 he was named an IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero, and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy.

He is a sought-after keynote speaker at international conferences on data science, analytics, and data strategy. In 2017, he was invited by the Executive Office of the President to represent the United States in the areas of Big Data, A.I., and the Future of Work at the G7 Nations Innovators’ Summit in Turin Italy. Since 2013 he has been listed consistently each year as a top worldwide thought leader and influencer in Big Data and Data Science on social media. Follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne. He was recently named the number 1 Top Digital Influencer worldwide by a media company in Paris France.”