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Renata Rawlings-Goss

February 25, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss. Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist and a nationally recognized leader in data science. In her career, she is committed to increasing participation of under-represented minorities in data science.

Renata Rawlings GossDr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist who completed her doctorate work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor after graduating with an undergraduate degree in physics from Florida A&M University. After completing her doctorate, she was successfully awarded a competitive AGEP postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Computational Medicine, where she developed new predictive statistics for patient monitored diabetes. Subsequently, she became a Penn-Port fellow in the department of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research interests included data-driven analysis of genetic/expression variation among worldwide populations for diseases such as cancer. She was also a AAAS science policy fellow at the National Science Foundation working on Big Data policy. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the South Big Data Innovation Hub, an NSF funded 16 state center connecting industry, academia, and government around data science innovation, as well as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Georgia Institute of Technology- Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). 

Formerly, Dr. Rawlings-Goss worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, under President Obama’s administration, founding the National Data Science Organizers and co-leading the writing team for the Federal Big Data Strategic Plan. Through her roles, she has served as an executive strategist, career mentor, and policy advisor to Fortune 500 companies, individuals, as well as over 19 federal and state government agencies around data science education, Big Data, Digital Transformation, Public-Private Partnerships, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Data Career Success, Professional Development and Data Innovation.

Legacy - Increasing participation of underrepresented groups in data science 

Dr. Rawlings-Goss has served as a scientific consultant to lawyers, physicians, and the non-profit sector around data analytics as well as taught courses at Rutgers University and Lincoln University in bioinformatics, biostatistics, genetics and mathematical modeling a continuing effort to increase participation of under-represented minorities in science. She is the founder of Good with Data LLC, which runs The Data Career Academy - a 5 week program for professionals and faculty looking to accelerate their careers with data. She is the author of “Data Careers, Training, and Hiring” published in 2019 by SpringerPress, her work has been recognized in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and as one of President Obama’s top 100 Impacts in Science and Technology.