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NUvention: Analytics Advisory Board

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Andrew Bezaitis

Advisor, Delphian Systems Founder & CEO, Apopleo, Inc., Chicago, IL

Andrew Bezaitis founded Apopleo, Inc., and serves as its chief executive officer. He has 25+ years of technology experience and has served in senior leadership roles in leading companies including COO of CellTrak Technologies, Inc, senior vice president of Product Management at Aspect Software Inc., senior vice president and GM Cantata Technology, founder/CEO at Cambia Networks, Inc., and president Corp. Bezaitis also held senior management positions at 3COM Corporation, Motorola, Inc., and began his career at IIT Research Institute. He holds a BS EE from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS EE from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

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Patricio Cofre

CEO and Founder at Metric Arts

Patricio Cofre is co-founder of Metric Arts, a business analytics consultancy company. His personal skills include analytical capacity to develop decision support strategies based on deep business understanding, forefront technologies, and research. He is interested in algorithms development and the analytical processes of patterns discovery in large databases. Cofre holds a MEM degree from Northwestern University.

Sue Fullman

Co-Founder, Dishable, LLC, Chicago, IL

Sue Fullman launched Dishable® in late 2012 with the goal to leverage her background in the very fragmented restaurant industry. She led the turnaround of Motorola Mobility’s companion product business growing revenues from $200 million to $1.5 billion in four years. Being a female, and +50, Sue likes to participate in changing what she sees as the public stereotypical face of entrepreneurs.

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Tom Burns

Director of Business Development, IoT Analytics at Intel

Thomas Burns is director of business development for Intel’s IOT Analytics Software. In addition to his revenue responsibilities for Intel IOT Products, Burns also defines new business models for licensing Intel’s intellectual property customers and partners. Burns’ background is in electrical engineering, software development, and software business development. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University and is in his seventh year at Intel.

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Thomas Chiang

Catapult Chicago, Executive-In-ResidenceMATTER Chicago, mentor

Thomas Chiang serves as the Executive-in-Residence at Catapult Chicago, and a mentor at MATTER. Most recently, Chiang was responsible for the business and corporate development functions at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Thomas co-led the corporate venture team at Trustmark Companies. Chiang has also worked with successful startups including FreeMarkets, Incisent Technologies, and Orbitz. He currently sits on the advisory boards of Mozart Medical, Symbiosis Health, and FasPark. He earned his BA from Northwestern and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

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Satyender Goel

Director, HealthLNK at Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

Satyender Goel is a research faculty and director of HealthLNK at Northwestern Medicine. His start-up portfolio includes two healthcare based companies, and one B2B finance management company in the US and abroad. He is the founder of postdoctoral forum ‘NUPF’ at Northwestern University and chair of its advisory board. He also serves at the advisory board of two healthcare start-ups in Chicago. In his free time he can be found at ‘1871’/ ‘MATTER Chicago’, co-working spaces for start-ups. Goel has completed a certificate program “Business for Scientists” in Kellogg School of Management; possess a PhD in chemistry from the University of Central Florida, and received a master's degree in chem-informatics from The University of Manchester, UK.

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Anna Haghgooie

Managing Director, Sandbox Industries

Anna Haghgooie is a managing director of Sandbox Industries. She serves on the Board of Directors of Change Healthcare, ZeOmega, naviHealth, and Everymove. She is a board observer of Essence Group Healthcare. Before joining Sandbox, Anna was the general manager at an integrative healthcare start-up. Previously she held positions as an associate director of Corporate Finance at Fitch Ratings covering the Healthcare Sector and as a member of the Financial Management Program at General Electric. Anna holds a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Mert Iseri

CEO at SwipeSense

Mert Hilmi Iseri is the co-founder of Design for America, a national initiative amongst college students to use design thinking for social impact in their communities. Mert Iseri has seen the organization grow from three friends in his apartment to thousands across 38 campuses.

Currently, Mert Iseria is the CEO of SwipeSense, which offers electronic hand hygiene and asset tracking through automated data collection & intuitive dashboard reporting. The company aims to eliminate preventable medical errors in hospitals. An energetic speaker who likes to stir things up, he has presented at conferences such as TEDActive, CUSP, Design:Chicago and many others. He lives in Edgewater, Chicago.

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David Jakopac

Vice President and Co-Founder at Lisle Technology Partners, LLC

David Jakopac has co-founded four startups all of which achieved successful exits or are still in business. Prior to LisleTech, Dave developed Neural Network, Electronic Design Automation and Robotic technologies for Peritus Software Services, Vista Technologies, and Gould. Dave holds PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University and a BS in computer science from the University of Florida.

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Bernhard Kappe

Founder and President, Pathfinder Software

Kappe leads the Chicago Lean Startup Circle, the Chicago Product Management Association (ChiPMA), and the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge, the top startup competition based on lean startup principles.

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James Kouris

Board Member at The Incubator - Science Innovation Labs

James Kouris is a Board of Director member at The Incubator, a science-focused business incubator that has been dedicated early-stage business growth in technology sectors for 30 years and has served more than 300 startup companies. Kouris is also the Director of Corporate Strategy at LOYAL3, a financial services SaaS technology company that uses social media and digital distribution technologies to democratize the capital markets. Kouris serves as an '1871' advisor to Kellogg School of Management students and co-founded

Kouris holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Computer Science from Depaul University and a BS in Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Konstantin Kostov, Ph.D.

BioVentures Investors IV

Dr. Konstantin Kostov is presently an active angel investor and strategic partner of BioVentures Investors IV, a venture capital fund focused on medtech investments. Kostov was trained in chemical physics and theoretical biophysics at the University of Chicago working with Profs. Karl Freed and R. Stephen Berry. He is a member of several angel groups and has made nine investments in medical device, diagnostics, and IT companies. Konstantin is also a mentor with Chicago Innovation Mentors - a mentorship program supporting commercialization efforts at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and Argonne National Laboratory. Kostov received PhD and MS degrees from the University of Chicago and studied as an undergraduate at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Valinda Scarbro Kennedy

IBM Academic Initiative Skills Leader and Architect

In December 2010, Valinda Scarbro Kennedy joined the IBM Academic Initiative Team. During her 27 year career at IBM, she has held a variety of engineering, sales, services, and management positions. She is on the advisory board of University of Illinois Chicago MERRP, Northern Illinois University Marketing Advisory Board and mentors veterans through American Corporate Partners. Kennedy earned her BS in Applied Mathematics from West Virginia State University in 1987.

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Dean Malmgren

Co-founder at Datascope Analytics

Dean Malmgren is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope Analytics. In this role, he has helped companies like P&G, Daegis, and Thomson Reuters use data to solve the right problem. He has spoken at the Strata data conference and published articles in peer-reviewed journals like Nature, Science, and PNAS that have been featured in places like TIME, Wired, and US News & World Report. Malmgren received a BS from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Northwestern University.

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John Nelson

President of The Applied Research Company

John Nelson is the president of The ARC, a Commodity Trading Advisor registered with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He is currently a member of the Professional Risk Managers International Association and the International Association for Quantitative Finance. Nelson graduated Pi Mu Epsilon with a BS in mathematics and a MS in statistics from Kansas State University. He also holds a MEM degree from Northwestern University and is a member of the MEM Advisory Board.

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Plamon Petrov

Director, Cognitive Technology, KPMG

Plamen Petrov is Director of Cognitive Technology, KPMG LLP, where he works on applying advanced Artificial Intelligence and Data Science techniques to drive business transformation within KPMG and at KPMG clients. Plamen has the role of Lab Director for the dedicated Intelligent Automation Lab within KPMG Ignition, working with a team of highly skilled resources that utilize leading tools and approaches to build AI solutions.

Plamen’s work focuses on areas such as Natural Language Processing, Probabilistic Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Machine Learning, Data Science, Cognitive Architectures, and other advanced technologies and methods.

In addition to his deep technical expertise, Plamen is a seasoned executive who has held executive leadership positions including CTO, Chief Enterprise Architect, executive director and managed advanced technology organizations at different companies and industries. Plamen has an extensive experience in industry and academia having worked in different roles at companies such as IBM, Deloitte LLP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, United Airlines, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Cincinnati Bell, and the Institute for Technical Cybernetics & Robotics.

Plamen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in probabilistic reasoning and Bayesian Networks and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University. Plamen also serves on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches graduate courses on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and Cognitive Analytics. Plamen is currently the Industry Liaison Officer for the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI).

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Stephan Regulinski

Co-Founder, Dishable, LLC, Bellingham, Washington

Stephan Regulinski has a PhD from Stanford in engineering economics with expertise in solving large–scale business problems using big data. He led the development of the first capacity and revenue management systems at United Airlines post deregulation. During his career, Regulinski went on to hold various executive positions in both the aviation and technology fields. In addition, he has extensive board experience guiding liquidity transactions for several major telecommunication and technology entities.

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Lee Shapiro

7wire Ventures, Managing PartnerZest Health, Executive Chairman

Lee Shapiro is currently a managing partner at 7wire Ventures, executive chairman of Zest Health, and chairman of board at digedu. He also served as executive sponsor for Allscripts key strategic relationships with companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Fujitsu, Henry Schein, Xerox/ACS, and Intuit. Shapiro also previously served as president of SES Properties, Inc.. Concurrently, Lee formed City Financial Bancorp and served as its Vice Chairman. He is a member of the Kellogg Innovation Network Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Qualcomm Life Advisory Council. Shapiro holds a JD degree from The University of Chicago Law School and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

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