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Kimberly Kowal Arcand - Visualisation Lead - NASA CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY


Walking Among the Stars: Emerging Tech on How we Visualize and Understand Our Universe



Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.  


Instagram: @kimberlykowal





Brian R. Gruttadauria - VP / Chief Technology Officer - ORACLE CLOUD BUSINESS GROUP





Brian is responsible for overseeing current cloud technology and communicating future strategic direction with customers and partners.

Prior to joining Oracle, Brian was the VP of Enterprise Server Architecture at Lenovo where he was responsible for leading the server architecture team in the design and advanced execution of Lenovo’s first Teir-1 server portfolio. Brian was also responsible for establishing Lenovo’s first Enterprise Software Innovation Center located in Campinas, Brazil focused on enterprise cloud, big data, hyper-converged & security software technologies. 

Brian is also an 18 year veteran of the EMC where he drove innovation across many different aspects of the storage portfolio and was a member of the CTO group. He most recently served as the VP of engineering for EMC’s Consumer & Small Office Products Division where he was responsible for inventing the technology behind EMCs first open-source embedded storage OS named LifeLine™. This innovation ushered in an entirely new market segment for EMC and lead to several key strategic partnerships & the eventual acquisition of Iomega Corporation. 






David Marble - CEO - OSHEAN



David Marble is the President and CEO of OSHEAN Inc. in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  David brings over 30 years of experience in technology companies.  He is experienced in operations planning, budget development and management as well as technical planning and project management.  David is also Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Research and Education Network (NEREN) and The Quilt (The National REN coalition).

David was the co-founder and director of operations of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). AAEEBL established affiliations and collaborations with nearly all worldwide ePortfolio initiatives and cultivated membership of over one hundred academic institutions. He is also the founding member of MetaLearning, a strategic consulting group working in the use of technology for advanced learning environments.  From 2001- 2007, David was the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development for TAZZ Networks working in policy networking and prior to that was VP of Optical Networks for Lucent. 


Twitter: @osheanRI


LinkedIn: @David Marble


LinkedIn: @OSHEAN


ambassador speakers




Alissa Peterson - Co-Founder - SeaAhead



Alissa was most recently the VP of Product Marketing & Planning at NanoSteel, an advanced materials company creating scalable solutions for vehicle lightweighting and 3D printing. Prior to NanoSteel, Alissa was Director of Product Marketing & Business Development at Primus Power, a venture-backed grid-scale energy storage technology company. Through her work at NanoSteel and Primus, she has managed business development, strategic planning, marketing, government relations and M&A. Prior to her startup experience, Alissa was a consultant in McKinsey’s Global Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice in the US and Europe. She serves as a mentor through the Cleantech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize and Year Up.

Alissa holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University.


Twitter: @SeaAhead


Website: Sea-Ahead.com






Subham was recently appointed Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives of SIMULIA, the simulation Brand of Dassault Systèmes. This is Mr. Sett’s most recent promotion in his 16+ years with the Company, where he now leads global marketing and strategic initiative teams to deliver on the Brand promise: Reveal the World We Live In. During his tenure at SIMULIA Mr. Sett started as a technical support engineer but quickly worked his way up through the ranks to serve in numerous leadership roles in emerging industry and technology sectors such as Life Sciences and Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing. Prior to his current role, Subham led the Strategic Brand Initiatives team responsible for the go-to-market for advanced manufacturing, electric vehicles, cloud computing and materials. He previously worked as a consulting engineer for Coventor, Inc, a leading software provider for the high-tech industry.

Mr. Sett holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a published author and holds six patents.


Twitter: @SIMULIA




Facebook: @SIMULIA



Adam Kostecki - Sr. Assistant VP - Amica Mutual Insurance Co.



Adam Kostecki is senior assistant vice president in the digital experience department at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. In his current role, he oversees Amica’s user research, design and innovation teams, and supports IT projects impacting customer-facing digital platforms. Prior to joining digital experience, Adam held numerous roles in Amica’s claims department, where he led several technology initiatives and launched the claims innovation team. 


Twitter: @Amica


LinkedIn: @Adam Kostecki



Thomas Chase - VP Chief Operation Officer - Delta Dental



Thomas Chase is currently chief operating officer at Delta Dental of Rhode Island and has been driving change in the healthcare insurance industry for over 20 years. He has completed engagement for some of the largest US-based and international insurance companies including Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental and UK-based Royal & SunAlliance. He has also been part of pre-IPO engagements and post IPO ramp ups.  

Recently, in the role of CTO for First Circle, Inc. (subsidiary of Delta Dental of RI) he was part of the executive team that launched Chewsi (chewsidental.com), a new concept in providing access to affordable dental care for all. 


Twitter: @DeltaDental


LinkedIn: @Thomas Chase


Facebook: @DeltaDental



Jaap de Vries, Ph.D. - VP Innovation Science & Technology - FM Global



Michael Lebovitz leads efforts to evolve FM Global’s market-leading and innovative products and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the company’s policyholders.  Lebovitz joined the organization in 1985 as a loss prevention consultant and has worked for AFM since 1995. Lebovitz holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ga., USA.

FM Global is a leading commercial property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions.


Twitter: @FMGlobal


LinkedIn: Jaap de vries



Sue Schade - Principal - StarBridge Advisors



Sue Schade is a nationally recognized health IT leader and Principal at StarBridge Advisors providing consulting, coaching and interim management. Recently served as interim Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island. Prior to starting StarBridge Advisors with colleagues David Muntz and Russ Rudish, was a founding advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors. In 2016, served as interim Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Previous CIO roles include University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.


Twitter: @sgschade


LinkedIn: @Sue Scahde



Carsten Eickhoff - Assistant Professor - Brown University



Carsten Eickhoff is an assistant professor of medical and computer science at Brown University. He leads the biomedical AI Lab, specializing in the development of data science and information retrieval techniques with the goal of improving patient safety, individual health and quality of medical care. He received his training in artificial intelligence and machine learning in Germany, Scotland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Carsten has authored more than 70 conference and journal articles on topics pertaining to automatic large-scale text processing and retrieval as well as information extraction from unstructured natural language resources.

Aside from his scholarly interest in artificial intelligence, Carsten is a serial tech entrepreneur that is involved in multiple clinical AI startups translating research innovation into products.



Louis Palmisciano - Operations/Clinical INTELLIGENCE Lead - Lifespan



Louis Palmisciano leads Lifespan's Pharmacy Business Operations & Clinical Intelligence team, which supports the pharmacy practice through value-centric adaptations of technology.  Louis is a leader, developer and analyst.  Louis' current focus is adapting machine learning architecture to allow for the rapid development of powerful decision support.


Instagram: @lifespanHealth


Facebook: @LifespanHealth


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