As Chief Data Scientist, Sears Merritt leads the Data Science Program (http://datascience.massmutual.com) at MassMutual Financial Group. In various roles, including founder, engineer, researcher, and technology advisor, he has spent over 10 years working with data and big data systems in industry and academia. Sears holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Telecommunications and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering all from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also earned expert level IT certifications in networking (CCIE, routing and switching), project management (PMP), and security (CISSP).