DJ Patil is the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and the Chief Data Scientist at the White House. Celebrated as one of Forbes’ top seven data scientists and one of CNN’s top 36 most powerful tech disruptors, his work and research explores the way big data can help companies and governments broaden their impact.
Dr. Patil’s career as a data scientist — a term he helped coin — has included successful stops in academia and the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Product at RelateIQ, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2014. He also previously held positions at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, Skype, PayPal, and eBay.
Prior to his work in the private sector, Dr. Patil worked at the Department of Defense, where he directed new efforts to use data to anticipate emerging threats to the United States. As a doctoral student and faculty member at the University of Maryland, he used open datasets to make major improvements in numerical weather forecasting.
The author of three books and several influential articles, Dr. Patil has been called “a pioneer in the field of data science” and has been featured on the cover of Fast Company. He is lauded as an engaging and thought-provoking speaker who entertains audiences with his quick wit and wealth of industry experience.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park.
If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It
This talk draws on his lessons learned from building products in Academia, government, and industry. Its key lessons focus on how to be more agile in approaching and solving problems.
Learn about the art of turning data into products.
Building Data Science Teams
How to go from being a near high school dropout to a proclaimed Data Guru: a new way of approaching life and work.