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DJ Patil named as the First United States Chief Data Scientist

The White House has named Dhanurjay Patil as its first ever Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. US President Barack Obama has recruited him personally, and Patil will work in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

DJ Patil has planned to focus on four activities. They are,

  • Providing vision on how to provide maximum social return on federal data.
  • Creating nationwide data policies that enable shared services and forward-leaning practices to advance US’ leadership in the data age.
  • Working with agencies to establish best practices for data management and ensure long-term sustainability of databases.
  • Recruiting and retaining the best minds in data science for public service to address these data science objectives and act as conduits among the government, academia, and industry.

Patil served as the VP of Product at RelateIQ. He also worked at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, Skype, PayPal, and eBay. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland.