Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is the Executive Director of the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, whose vision is to support universities, industry, and government in creating productive partnerships around Big Data, Data Science and the “Internet of Things”. One of only four federally funded Big Data Hubs in the nation, the South Hub services Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Texas.
She is also the Director for Strategic Partnerships at the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). In this capacity, she is responsible for interfacing with industry to cultivate industrial partnerships and embedded innovations labs, organizing workshops, retreats on topics relevant to emerging initiatives, job fairs, and numerous other activities. She builds bridges between industry and interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) activities.
Formerly, she was with the National Science Foundation in the directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE-OAD) working on the Big Data research program, as well as Big Data policies and priority goals for the foundation. She worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create the National Data Science Organizers Group, which facilitates data science groups to address national “Grand Challenge” problems. She sat on the NITRD interagency Big Data Senior Steering group charged with strategic planning for Big Data research funded by the federal government.
Dr. Rawlings-Gross is a biophysicist and her scientific work, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was focused on biophysics, bioinformatics and next-generation genomics research. She has a Ph.D. in Biophysics.