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Robert Whetsel

Chief Data Scientist, U.S. Department of Defense

Dr. Robert Whetsel is known for building and maintaining partnerships with academia, private industry, and federal agencies within massively large environments. He has had a long career with the Department of Defense spanning for more than 30 years both as a solider and a Government Civilian.  Currently, he is a Chief Data Scientist for the DoD and has supported several data activities and initiatives for several agencies.  Recently, Captain Whetsel, returned from a deployment from the Middle-East supporting Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.  Known as an exceptional mentor and a supporter of entrepreneurs he has helped numerous startups and established companies develop innovative technical solutions for the DoD.

Dr. Whetsel is a recipient of Strategy and Innovation certificate from MIT’s Management Executive Education series. He has a Maters of Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence, and a Doctor of Computer Science in Big Data Analytics.  Pivotal, Dr. Whetsel has conducted research and published papers into big data complexity problems. Titles such as “Quantifying the Impact of Big Data’s Variety” and “Measuring Big Data Complexity Using Kolmogorov’s Complexity Theory” are foundational in understanding computational recourses planning for conducting big data analytics.