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Big Data Ignite 2017 Speaker Lineup

Big Data Ignite 2017 brings together some of the foremost practitioners of Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing. Our full list of outstanding speakers is below. Click any speaker to learn more about their work.

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Tanmay Bakshi
Algorithmist  |  Darwin Ecosystem and IBM Watson

Sagar Kewalramani
Data Architect  |  Meijer

Dong Meng
Data Scientist  |  MapR

Neil Carlson, Ph.D.
Director  |  Calvin College Center for Social Research

Brianna Marshall
GIS Research Specialist  |  Calvin College Center for Social Research

Jordan Daley
Research Associate  |  Calvin College Center for Social Research

David Zeitler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Statistics  |  Grand Valley State University

Andrew Borgman
Biostatistician  |  Spectrum Health

Apurva Singh
Platform Architect  |  Independent

Bhaskar Gunda
Principal Consultant  |  Open Systems Technologies

Bhaskar V. Karambelkar
Security Analyst  |  Ernst & Young Global Limited

Eric Kort, MD MS
Research Scientist  |  Van Andel Institute

Erik Nor
Principal Consultant & Big Data Technology Leader  |  Moser Consulting

Maria Cimitile, Ph.D.
Provost  |  Grand Valley State University

Michael Bloem, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst, Advanced Analytics  |  Steelcase

Patrick Bailey
Educator and Software Developer  |  Calvin College

Paul Egeler
Senior Biostatistician  |  Spectrum Health / West Michigan R Users Group

Phrederick Tyrrell
Solution Engineer  |  MapR

Samra Sulaiman
Data Management & Analytics Consultant  |  ConsultData, LLC

Elliott J. R. Church, J.D.
Director & Co-founder  |  Big Data Ignite, Inc.

Tuhin Mitra
Director & Co-founder  |  Big Data Ignite, Inc.

Joe Fox, Ph.D.
Chair of the Mathematics Department, Director of Data Analytics Program  |  Aquinas College

Greg Terell
CEO  |  LooUQ Incorporated

Dave McAllister
Director of Developer Engineering  |  Solace

Dr. Harsha Rajasimha
Global Director  |  NTT DATA, Inc.

Ross Wagner
Information Systems Quality Architect  |  Gordon Food Service

Mark Fei
Senior Technical Instructor  |  Amazon Web Services

Chris Putnam
Senior Solutions Engineer  |  Cloudera

Marc Fabbo
Solutions Engineer  |  MapR

Krishna Kallakuri
President  |  Loven Systems

Aaron Kamphuis
Principal – Data Analytics & IoT  |  Open Systems Technologies

Randall Pruim, Ph.D.
Mathematics and Statistics Professor, Department Chair  |  Calvin College

Aaron Clark
Data Scientist  |  Strategic Administrative and Reimbursement Services

Panchaleswar Nayak
Vice President of Technology Solutions  |  Reliable Software

Brian Tol
Solutions Architect  |  SpinDance

Laura Kapitula
Associate Professor of Statistics  |  Grand Valley State University

Kent Stroker
Senior Consultant at Microsoft IoT OEM  |  Microsoft

Sam Martin, MHA
Research Informatics Architect  |  Spectrum Health

James Arcieri
Cloud and Cognitive Client Technical Leader for Johnson and Johnson  |  IBM

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Mayor  |  City of Grand Rapids

Allen Clark
Cofounder  |  Citizen Labs

Brandon Klotz
Cofounder  |  Citizen Labs

Jerry Scripps, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor  |  Grand Valley State University School of Computing & Information Systems

Whitt Kilburn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science  |  Grand Valley State University

Carl Strebel
Network Systems Supervisor and Professor  |  Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University

Neal Rogness, Ph.D.
Professor  |  Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University

Trevor Pawl
Group VP  |  Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Kevin Kesseler, Ph.D.
Founder  |  AdderStone Predictive Analytics LLC

Alex Tweedy
Principal Data Architect  |  Amway

Chris Ruiter
Senior Solution Architect  |  Amway

Jordan Martz
Director of Technology Solutions  |  Attunity

Daniel Walter
Data Scientist  |  Distil Networks

George Lupanoff
North American IT Business Intelligence Team Manager  |  Gordon Food Service

Dr. Szymon Machajewski
Teacher, Researcher and Software Developer  |  Grand Valley State University

Shawn Hooton
Solution Engineering Manager  |  Hortonworks

Ron Buckley
Solutions Engineer  |  Hortonworks

Brian Hauch
Design Director  |  Open Systems Technologies

Brian Mullen
Senior Applications Engineer  |  Steelcase

Timothy Sullivan
Solution Engineer  |  MicroStrategy

Ben Lichtenwalner
Program Manager  |  JRD Systems

Tim Zeitter
Big Data Infrastructure Technical Manager  |  Meijer

Suneel Marthi
ASF Member, PMC Member, Mentor and Committer  |  Apache Software Foundation

Nathaniel Pett
Principle Systems Engineer  |  Amway

Steve Schofield
Senior Systems Engineer  |  Amway

Hari Narasimhamurthy
Senior IT Architect and Offering Manager  |  IBM Watson Internet of Things

Dr. Joseph McKean
Professor  |  Western Michigan University

John Kapenga
Associate Professor  |  Western Michigan University Department of Computer Science

John Kloke, Ph.D.
Scientist, Biostatistician  |  University of Wisconsin

David Krier
Senior Cloud Architect  |  IBM

John Howey
Senior Systems Engineer  |  Cloudera

Dr. Guenter Tusch
Professor for Computing and Information Systems  |  Grand Valley State University

Bob Lempke
Sales Director  |  Hitachi Vantara

Tej Luthra
Global Technical Ambassador  |  IBM