2020 Data Science Leadership Summit

Academic Data Science Alliance


October 12, 2020 to October 14, 2020
8:00am to 3:00pm
Virtual Participation




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BIDS' David Mongeau and Cathryn Carson will be featured presenters at the 2020 Data Science Leadership Summit being hosted by the Academic Data Science Alliance on October 12-14, 2020. The goal of the Summit is to convene leaders of data science programs and faculty interested in creating new initiatives on their campuses: to form an academic leadership community for data science; to share best practices where they face similar challenges and opportunities; and to take collective responsibility in preparing next-generation data scientists to contribute in the best interests of society.

This year's keynote speakers will be Tanya Berger-Wolf (the Faculty Director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute, and a professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University), and Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University.

2020 Data Science Leadership Summit Committee

  • Raghu Machiraju, PC Chair - The Ohio State  University
  • Margrit Betke, 2019 PC Chair - Boston University
  • Cathryn Carson - University of California, Berkeley
  • Nicholas J. Horton - Amherst College
  • Vandana Janeja - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Eric D. Kolaczyk - Boston University
  • David Mongeau - University of California, Berkeley
  • Purush Papatla - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Abani Patra - Tufts University
  • Yasmeen Shorish - James Madison University

This year's meeting is being sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the University of Washington eScience Institute, the NYU Center for Data Science, and the National Science Foundation.


David Mongeau

Former Executive Director

David Mongeau, now the Founding Director of the School of Data Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was the Executive Director of BIDS from April 2018 to June 2021. During that time, in collaboration with the Faculty Director and Faculty Council, he set strategic direction and oversaw the BIDS research, training, and outreach. He also led the institute’s industry and foundation relations and its engagement with other UC and global research institutes, all toward the overarching mission at BIDS to create and deploy data science methods, practices, and technologies to enable discovery. Previously, David co-led the data analytics institute at Ohio State; worked at Battelle, where he championed its proposal for an AI and cybersecurity company, now Covail; and worked for many years at Bell Labs – starting on the team that introduced the first C++ compiler and UNIX System V and leaving after building a global business and technology consulting practice, now part of Nokia Bell Labs Consulting. David earned his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and later earned a graduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Purdue University. Many of his interests lie beyond data science, embracing the humanities and arts.

Cathryn Carson

Professor, History, UC Berkeley

Cathryn Carson holds the Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Before receiving her Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University, she was trained in condensed matter physics. Her research deals with the intellectual, political, and institutional history of contemporary science, including theoretical physics and data science. She has served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences, founding Director of the Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D-Lab), founding Senior Fellow of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Faculty Lead of the Data Science Education Program, and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board for Berkeley's Data Science Planning Initiative, which developed the blueprint for Berkeley’s organizational realignment around data science. In 2019-20, she served as Associate Dean for Strategy and Planning for the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society. She was a co-I for the Moore/Sloan Data Science Environments.


Tanya Berger-Wolf

TDAI Faculty Director, The Ohio State University

Ruha Benjamin

Associate Professor of African American Studies and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, Princeton University