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Data Scientist, Astrophysicist,
Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science,
Big Data Science Consultant, & Public Speaker
Ranked #1 Big Data Influencer (11/13/2013, 7/31/2013)
Ranked #2 Data Mining Influencer (8/18/2014)
Ranked #14 in Top Big Data Executives and Experts (4/16/2014)
IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero (1/22/2014)
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Current Position: Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Department: School of Physics, Astronomy, & Computational Sciences, College of Science
Phone: (703) 993-8402
FAX: (703) 993-1269
E-mail Address: kborne (at)
Physical Address: Planetary Hall, Room 115 4400 University Drive MS 3F3 Fairfax, VA 22030
Mega-complete CV: (through circa 2010)
Complete Tenure & Promotion Portfolio (2010):
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Areas of Transdisciplinary Data Science, Big Data, and Large Databases Specialization: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Scientific Data Mining ... look here. Large-Database Astronomy Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics Optical and High-Energy Astronomy Space-based Astronomical Research Computational and Numerical Simulation Research Science Information Systems and Scientific Databases Virtual Observatories: Science & Information Technologies Archive and Data Processing Systems Management User Interface Design, Development, and Management On-Line Science Data Services Archive, Research, and Scientific User Support Consulting for Technical and Scientific Services Education and Public Outreach Public Speaking Science Project Management Proposal Development
Education: B.S. in Physics from Louisiana State University (1975), Summa Cum Laude M.S. in Astrophysics from Caltech (1980) Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Caltech (1983)
Experience: 2003-present Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science, GMU School of Physics, Astronomy, & Computational Sciences, (formerly Department of Computational and Data Sciences) (formerly School of Computational Sciences) (2003-2011 Associate Professor) 2014-present Advisor to SYNTASA 2014-present Advisor to Soft10ware 2005-present Vice President and Co-Founder of ARIES Scientific, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 2013 Big Data Consultant, Intelligent Automation, Inc. 2006-2007 Program Manager: Project Manager for NASA-GSFC SSDOO Contract, QSS Group Inc. 2003-2007 Associate Consultant, Science Systems Consulting 2002-2007 Adjunct Associate Professor, UMUC Graduate School, Database Systems Technologies Program 2002-2003 Founder and Director for Space Sciences, IST@R (Institute for Science & Technology @ Raytheon) 1999 Sabbatical Visitor, STScI 1995-2002 Astrophysics Department Manager, Raytheon ITSS in the NASA-GSFC Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO) and the Astrophysics Data Facility / Astronomical Data Center 1992-1995 NASA ST-DADS Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute 1992-1995 NASA StarView Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute 1990-1995 Associate Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute 1987-1990 Assistant Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute 1985-1987 Research Associate, Space Telescope Science Institute 1983-1985 Carnegie Fellow, Carnegie Institution of Washington 1981-1983 Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Astronomy, U. Michigan 1978-1980 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Caltech 1975-1978 NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Fellow, Caltech
Research Data Science and Big Data (Sexiest Job of 21st Century) Interests: Data Analytics, Data Mining, Machine Learning Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Scientific Databases Massive Databases and Large Sky Surveys Dynamics and Evolution of Galaxies Groups and Clusters of Galaxies Interacting and Merging Galaxies Star Formation and Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Infrared-Luminous Galaxies Computational and Numerical Simulation Research Science Education (NOTE: Science and Math: highest-paying majors>
Affiliations and Community Service: 2014-present Secretary, SIAM SIAG/DMA (Activity Group on Data Mining and Analytics) 2013-present Advisory Board Member, UMUC Data Analytics Program 2012-present Founding Member, AAS Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics Working Group 2012-present Founding Member, IAU Working Group on Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics 2012-present Vice President and Founding Member, International Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Professional Society 2012-present Scientific Advisory Board Member, Astronomy and Computing Journal 2012-present Editorial Board Member, Informatics Journal 2011-present Editorial Board Member for Space Science, Journal of Earth Science Informatics 2010-present Undergraduate Program Advisor for Computational and Data Sciences (CDS), GMU 2010-present Chair, Scholarship Committee, GMU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi 2010-present GMU Member Representative to the LSST Board of Directors 2009-present Chair, Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration Team, for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project 2009-present Member, LSST Outreach Advisory Board 2006-present Member, LSST Galaxies Collaboration Team 2000-present Member, IAU Working Group on Designations 2011-2013 Member, Curriculum Committee, GMU School of Physics, Astronomy, & Computational Sciences 2011 Co-Editor, Special Issue on Data Mining, Applied Optics Journal 2010-2012 Editorial Board Member, ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010-2012 Member, IAU Working Group on Astrostatistics 2010 Chair, GMU CDS Department Committee for Academic Program Review: Assessment and Accreditation 2010 Panel Chair and Session Organizer, AAS Panel Discussion on Practical Astroinformatics 2009-2013 Member, Zooniverse Project 2009-2012 Member, Executive Committee for Astrostatistics, ISI (International Statistics Institute) 2009-2011 Member, Executive Advisory Board, Bridge Dataworks, LLC 2009-2010 Graduate Program Coordinator for Computational Science and Informatics (CSI), GMU 2009 Chair, GMU CDS Department Distance Education Committee 2008-2010 Member, GMU CDS Program Curriculum Committee 2005-2009 Education/Public Outreach Team, LSST Project 2005-2007 Data Products Working Group, Data Management Team, LSST Project 2002-2007 Speaker, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Achievement Counts Program Speakers Bureau 2001-2007 Senior Personnel, National Virtual Observatory Project 2001-2007 Vice Chair, IAU Working Group on Publishing 2007 Committee on Communications, American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2003-2006 AAS Committee on Employment (Chairperson, 2006) 2003 Exhibits Co-Chair, KDD-2003 Conference 2003 Panel Chair, "The Increasing Role of Data Mining", Data Mining Technologies Conference 2002 Panel Chair, "XML for Science Data Systems", NASA Science Data Processing Workshop 2002 Panel Member, "Data Challenges of the Future", NASA Science Data Processing Workshop 2000-2002 Member, NASA Astrophysics Data Centers Executive Council (ADEC) 1999-2002 Member, Publications Committee of the ASP 1999 Contributor, Far-IR and Submm Astronomy Working Group, "Charting the Winds that Change the Universe" 1999 Panel Chairman, Extragalactic Panel, NASA Workshop on Submillimeter Space Astronomy in the Next Millennium 1998-2000 Committee Member, AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society 1995 Member, NASA HEASARC User Group 1995 Deputy Editor, Publications of the ASP
Complete Tenure & Promotion Portfolio: Research Publications: (through circa 2010) Complete CV: Astronomy Publications listed at the Astrophysics Data System abstract service Publications: Publications listed at the astro-ph preprint service Computer Science-related Publications listed at DBLP

Author: Kirk Borne, kborne (at), (703) 993-8402.
Last modified: 28 September 2014

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