Dr. Kirk D. Borne is a data scientist and professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University (since 2003). He does research, teaches and advises students in the theory and practice of data science. He is also an active consultant to numerous organizations in data science and big data analytics. He previously spent 18 years supporting large scientific data systems for NASA astrophysics missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He was identified in 2013 as the #1 Big Data influencer on Twitter.