Announcing our new BIDS Executive Director, David Mongeau

March 20, 2018

To the Berkeley Research Community:

It is a genuine pleasure to announce the appointment of David Mongeau as the Berkeley Institute of Data Science's (BIDS) new Executive Director.

David comes to us from the Ohio State University, where he has been the Managing Director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI). During his time there, he led the development and successful execution of a remarkable strategic plan to establish and grow the institute. Before working at Ohio State, he had a full and fascinating career at Bell Labs and also at Battelle. David has broad academic interests (his undergraduate and graduate degrees were in humanities and data analysis), with both extensive and intensive experience in data science, information engineering, and business development. More details are included in his bio appended below, and you'll see that David has the background and the energy to help BIDS reach its full potential as a cross-disciplinary home and convening point for data science research here at Berkeley. He is, moreover, a great person to talk to and a pleasure to work with.

I know that David is looking forward to joining the BIDS community, and working with faculty, researchers, students and staff to cultivate and connect the campus' world-leading domain research and our world-leading methodological research. He will start at Berkeley on April 16.

Please join me in warmly welcoming David to BIDS.


Saul Perlmutter
Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Professor of Physics


David Mongeau's bio:

David has been co-leading the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) at the Ohio State University for the past three years. As Managing Director, David led development and execution of a strategic plan to stand up and grow the institute. Results have included the hiring of 52 new data science and analytics faculty across 12 colleges; the launch of a new professional science master’s program; the design of the new 21,000 sq. ft. home for TDAI in a historic building at the center of Ohio State’s main campus; and a growing number of efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in data science education. In addition, David has partnered with faculty to win NSF, State of Ohio and foundation grants to use data science for reducing environmental contaminants, preventing infant mortality, and thwarting opioid addiction. Most recently, David has focused on engaging five Fortune 100 firms as founding corporate sponsors for the institute.

David began his career with Bell Laboratories, after graduating with a humanities major and a data analysis minor from Carnegie Mellon University. His long tenure at Bell Labs began in the UNIX Systems Labs subsidiary, which introduced the first commercial release of UNIX® System V. At these labs, he worked with the inventor of the C++ programming language on its first commercial offer as the AT&T C++ Translator. David also supported the release of multiple UNIX screen management utilities, shared system libraries, and other programming languages (e.g., awk) and tools.

Subsequently, over 20 years, David worked in several communications, data, IT, and networking research groups at Bell Labs. He later led wireless product development and professional services organizations at the parent companies of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent. He was accountable for significant P&L and over 200 employees. Highlights of his diverse experience in these assignments include the introduction of a software-as-a-service tool for topology discovery in heterogeneous IP networks (for which he holds a patent); the design of a university recruiting program to increase the diversity of scientists and engineers at Bell Labs; and the design and delivery of courses in benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and reverse engineering.

When he left Bell Labs, David was creating technical and business services for the Bell Labs Advisory Services division. He led teams delivering these services in nine countries, primarily in Australasia and Europe, engaging with a diverse group of C-suite leaders, scientists and technologists. The services included data cleansing and mining and a methodology for evolving circuit switched networks to all IP networks.

Next, David served as Vice President and General Manager of the Software & Information Engineering unit at Battelle Memorial Institute, an applied science and technology development enterprise. There, he expanded the unit’s data analytics brainpower and solution set to serve clients in healthcare, government, and financial services. He also championed the concept and original proposal for the Columbus Collaboratory, a $30M seven-company partnership focused on advanced data analytics and cybersecurity.

Currently, David is active with the Business Higher Education Forum, Industry University Development Partnership, and Midwest Big Data Hub. He regularly presents at international conferences, most recently to the NYC Data Science Task Force and to multiple Japanese government agencies and universities, which are seeking to expand their data science research and teaching.

David holds a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. His activities and service work include child advocacy and marriage/family coaching. He has been published in university and other poetry journals. His wife, Jewell, is an educator and advocate for immigrants and single mothers. They have two daughters together.