Nicholas Skytland            Big Data for the Biggest US National Aeronautics and Space Administration                                                                            (NASA) Missions

    Nick is a NASA data scientist and evangelist with a passion for human spaceflight. He currently serves within the Technology and Innovation Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters. Nick has leadership experience in EVA crew training, flight operations integration and hardware development, as well as research in biomechanics and human physiology in microgravity. He has been a team member in numerous analog simulations including the NBL, NEEMO and Zero-G missions.

Nick has pioneered new ways of doing business for over a decade and is directly responsible for many successful cutting-edge initiatives such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history. During his career in the federal government, he has also founded NASA’s Open Innovation Program, led the implementation of the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts, developed open-source software and encouraged new partnerships between government and industry, academia and citizens.

Nick is a gifted communicator and strategic leader who regularly represents NASA in technical and public spheres. He has presented research to the United Nations, the White House, Department of Defense, Army Sciences Board, U.S. Naval Academy, Disney Imagineering, NASA Advisory Committee, and Public Services Summit at the Nobel Prize Ceremony as well as given numerous TEDx talks on exploration and discovery.

He is an experienced diver and a four-time Ironman triathlete as well.

Dr. Jay Liebowitz           The Synergy Between Knowledge Management and Data Analytics 

Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  He previously was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  He served as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.  He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. One of his most recent books is Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016).


Dr. Dursun Delen          Creating Knowledge with Big Data and Analytics

Dr. Dursun Delen is the holder of William S. Spears Endowed Chair in Business Administration and Patterson Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Analytics, Director of Research for the Center for Health Systems Innovation, and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from OSU in 1997. He authored/co-authored seven books/textbooks in the area of Business Analytics, Decision Support Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Mining and Text mining and his research and teaching interests are in business analytics, data and text mining, decision support systems, knowledge management, business intelligence and enterprise modeling.