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Indian-American named first US chief data scientist

Indian-American named first US chief data scientist
A 45-year-old Indian-American has been named the first chief data scientist by the White House to shape policies and practices that will help the US remain a leader in technology and innovation.

Dhanurjay ‘DJ’ Patil joins the White House following “an incredible career as a data scientist ? a term he helped coin ? in the public and private sectors, and in academia,” said Megan Smith, chief technology officer, the White House.

He would also be the Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

As chief data scientist, Patil will help shape policies and practices to help the US remain a leader in technology and innovation, Smith said.

Patil was named to the coveted position, in a move reflecting the growing prominence of big data as both a buzzword and a useful instrument in the management toolbox, said The Wall Street Journal.
He will help foster ties to help responsibly maximize the nation’s return on its investment in data, and help to recruit and retain the best minds in data science to join us in serving the public, Smith added.

Patil will also work on the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilising advances in data and healthcare to provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients, while protecting patient privacy.

In a memorandum to the American people, Patil said his role as chief data scientist will be to responsibly source, process, and leverage data in a timely fashion to enable transparency, provide security, and foster innovation for the benefit of the American public.


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