External Advisory Committee
Nomi Bergman '85
Nomi Bergman '85 is the president of Bright House Networks, the sixth largest cable company in the US. Bergman is an expert in industry innovation that improves customer value and satisfaction. Her genuine attentiveness to both people and culture combined with her ability to strategically navigate quickly evolving technologies and rapidly advancing platforms garners top results. She has served on the FCC Technical Advisory Committee and the CableLabs Technical Advisory Committee and several other boards. She is a Trustee of the University of Rochester.
David L. Ennist '78, PhD, MBA
David L. Ennist '78, PhD, MBA is a biomedical scientist and business leader with broad experience in the biotech and pharma industry. He is currently the CSO at Origent Data Sciences, Inc. Prior to that he was Scientific Expert and Program Team Head for Novartis and Genetic Therapy, Inc., and Principal at DLE Consulting, where he consulted on drug development products from preclinical through phase 4 stages. He has published over 25 scientific articles in journals including Blood, PNAS, Journal of Immunology and Clinical Cancer Research. His expertise encompasses drug development, molecular biology, immunology, oncology, gene therapy, data analytics and research management. Dr. Ennist holds a BA in biochemistry from the University of Rochester.
Oren Etzioni is the executive director of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He was a professor in the University of Washington's computer science department, was the founder or co-founder of several companies, and the author of over 100 technical papers that have garnered about 20,000 citations.
Dr. Bob Fiete is Chief Technologist and Fellow at L3Harris Corporation, Space and Intelligence Systems. He has taught many courses and seminars on the image chain modeling process he developed, briefed the National Security staff in the White House Situation Room, briefed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in a congressional hearing, and worked with the FBI and DOJ on criminal cases involving image exploitation. Dr. Fiete has authored three books, is a Senior Member of OSA and Fellow of SPIE, and was awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal by SPIE.
Dan Gallagher MBA '84
Dan Gallagher MBA '84 is President and CEO of Soleo Communications. Soleo’s mission is to make useful connections for people everywhere, every day. Its software-as-a-service platform is used by a variety of companies that provide consumer-facing services ranging from mobile applications to directory assistance. SOLEO provides these services with carrier-grade security, reliability and performance. Dan earned an MBA at the Simon School of Business, and Soleo’s headquarters is in the greater Rochester area, in Victor.
Luke Guerrero '05
Luke Guerrero '05 is responsible for technology development and management at Brand Networks, overseeing product, engineering and IT. In his six-year tenure at Brand Networks, Luke has developed and grown key practices including media and professional services, project management, analytics, and engineering. Prior to Brand Networks, Luke spent six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company’s CIO Advisory consulting unit. There he was responsible for deploying technology and business strategies within the financial services industry across both North America and Asia. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.
Alon Halevy is the Chief Executive Officer of Recruit Institute of Technology and is a leading researcher in the area of data integration. Prior to that, he headed the structured data management research group at Google. He has also been a professor of computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He co-founded Nimble Technology (now Actuate Corp.) and co-founded Transformic, a company that created search engines for the deep web, and was acquired by Google.
Eric Horvitz is a distinguished scientist and the managing director Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. He has served as president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and is chair of the Section on Information, Computing, and Communication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
John Kelly is senior vice president of corporate operations at Xerox. Prior to Xerox, Kelly founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Niteo Partners Inc. and at Cap Gemini. He is a Trustee of the University of Rochester and serves on the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business executive advisory council and dean’s forum.
Bob Maybee is Vice President of Customer Loyalty & Insights for Wegmans Food Market, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York. Bob graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1979 Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting. Bob obtained his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980 with a concentration in Finance. Bob began his career at Wegmans during the mid-70s working part-time in the Frozen Foods, Produce, Front-End and Grocery departments. Upon completion of graduate school, Bob began full-time for Wegmans in September 1980 as a Marketing Research analyst. When Wegmans began their Shoppers Club program in 1990, Bob's group was responsible for both the analysis of the information and the creation of Targeted Marketing programs. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice President of Grocery, and in 2013 Bob moved into the newly created position of Vice President of Customer Loyalty & Insights.
Greg Munves '04
Greg Munves '04 is President and COO of 1010data. 1010data provides the world's leading "self-service" big data analytics platform, which combines the simplicity of a spreadsheet with the scalability, reliability and security of an enterprise data warehouse. In his former roles at 1010data, he launched the company's data cloud and oversaw its expansion from financial services to sectors across the retail and consumer goods industries. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester.
Mikki Nasch is the CEO of The Activity Exchange, which brings the science behind consumer marketing to the healthcare challenge. She is also an entrepreneur who has built high-growth technology companies focused on data-driven decisions. She has held leadership roles in Sense Networks, Fair Isaac, Company DNA, BackWeb, and Reuters.
Alex “Sandy” Pentland
Sandy Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the advisory boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, Telefonica, and a variety of start-up firms.
Peter Pirolli joined the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) as Senior Research Scientist in 2017. Previously he was a Research Fellow in the Interactive Intelligence Area at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he studied human information interaction. Before joining PARC, he was a Professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley. Peter received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He received a BS in psychology and anthropology from Trent University. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the National Academy of Education, and the ACM Computer-Human Interaction Academy. Peter is the author of “Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information.” Peter is currently an Associate Editor for Human Computer Interaction.
Mark Pitts is Chief Analytics & Data Officer and Senior Vice President of Lifetime Healthcare, a $6.9 billion family of companies financing and delivering health care services in Upstate New York, including Excellus BCBS Healthplan - serving over 1.8 million members. Pitts has over 25 years of healthcare experience in both payer and provider organizations. In his seven years with UnitedHealthcare, Mark built the UHC Data Science function from the ground up, including the creation of an innovative and award-winning data & analytics platform, and pioneered the application of machine learning and unstructured data analysis to health care challenges. He is a sought-after public speaker on the subject of health care analytics, regularly appearing at events in North America and around the world.
Danny Sabbah '74, MS '78, PhD '82
Danny Sabbah '74, MS '78, PhD '82 is currently retired from IBM. He has over 40 years experience as a software professional with experience in software management, research and software development. His last assignment was to shepherd the evolution of IBM’s Cloud business as it’s CTO and chief product strategist. He and his team created the PaaS solution that IBM currently sells (Bluemix) on it’s core IaaS offering. Prior to his CTO role, he was General Manager for two of IBM’s multibillion dollar software businesses. He was a founder of IBM’s open source policy and had a leading hand in such projects as Eclipse, Web Services, and CloudFoudry. As a researcher in IBM's Research division in the late 80’s and early 90’s, he did work in AI and was the first ever Director of Software Technology there. His own research work was in the early days of so called “connectionism”, a precursor to today’s deep learning. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and a business degree from the Wharton School of management at U of Penn.
Richard Scheuermann is the director of informatics at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Prior to JCVI, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Pathology at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Tex. He has led three projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and has served as the biomedical Iiformatics lead for UT Southwestern’s Clinical and Translational Science Award.
Bart Selman is a professor of computer science at Cornell University. He has (co-)authored over 100 publications, including six best paper awards. His papers have appeared in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and a variety of conferences and journals.