Dr. Kirk Borne is the Chief Science Officer at AI startup Data Prime Inc. since April 2021. He is also the owner and founder of his own freelance influencer marketing business Data Leadership Group LLC. He is a career data professional, data science leader, and research astrophysicist. From 2015 to 2021, he was Principal Data Scientist, Data Science Fellow, and Executive Advisor at the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Previously, Kirk was a professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he co-founded the world's first data science undergraduate degree program, and where did research and taught data science at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus and at the University of Texas in Arlington. Before that, he spent 20 years supporting data systems activities for NASA space science missions, including a role as NASA's Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Telescope and a role as Contract Program Manager in NASA's Space Science Data Operations Office. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech. Since 2013, he has been identified as a top worldwide influencer on social media, promoting analytics, data science, machine learning, AI, data-driven business strategies (AI, analytics, IoT), and data literacy for all. He is currently advisor to several businesses and educational institutions. He is most recently exploring the synergies and innovation opportunities at the convergence of multiple emerging digital technologies: the metaverse, digital twins, intelligent edge, immersive realities, autonomous systems, and more!