Each GPS program is led by a chair that teaches courses, recruits and mentors faculty, oversees course quality and advises you and your fellow students on program and course requirements. The chairs also direct the efforts of industry executives who serve on our program advisory boards to ensure that our courses stay current and relevant.
Krishna Gopalakrishnan is a software architect, scientist and tech leader in computer vision and machine learning with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in a broad range of applications ranging from robot perception, automated inspection for semiconductor manufacturing, 2D barcode decoding and verification, X-ray Fluorescence tomography, destructive and non-destructive reverse engineering of VLSI circuits to name some. Having worked in both commercial and research settings, one of his specialties is in transitioning lab and academic research into product solutions for real world problems. He is a member of the IEEE.
Program Chair of Digital Innovation for FinTech
Chief Digital Strategist/Head of Eastern Labs, Eastern Bank
Ashley Nagle Eknaian, MBA, is a managing director at State Street Corporation’s Emerging Technologies Center and has more than fifteen years of experience in financial services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master’s in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and international business from Northeastern University.
Program Chair of Strategic Analytics
Senior Data Scientist, Levatas
Gregory Block, PhD, MBA, has more than twenty years experience in software engineering, data architecture and analytics across the areas of finance, health care and logistics. His most recent experience includes the use of data mining and machine learning tools to optimize web traffic on a big data platform, as well as tools to develop models for algorithmic pricing. He received his PhD from Nova Southeastern University in 2013.
Program Chair of Digital Marketing and Design
Entrepreneur in Residence, Trinity Ventures
Steven Dupree, MBA, has more than a decade of experience helping startups across multiple industries achieve $1B+ valuations through digital marketing and tactical customer acquisition. After receiving an MBA from Stanford University, Mr. Dupree dabbled in venture capital before exiting to build companies again. He continues to invest in and advise promising entrepreneurs in his free time.
Program Chair of User-Centered Design
User Experience Consultant, Red Pill UX
Program Chair of Project and Program Management
Principal Project Management Consultant, Beacon Strategy Group
Leanne is a senior-level project management consultant with more than sixteen years of experience across the areas of health care, information technology, high-tech manufacturing, construction, senior housing, government, and higher education. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and ASAPM, and she is a certified project management professional (PMP).
Program Chair of Bioinformatics
Alan Cheng, PhD, is a Director of Chemistry, Modeling, and Informatics at Merck Research Labs in South San Francisco, where he works on the discovery of new medicines for cardiacmetabolic diseases and oncology. His research interests include computer-aided drug design and biological sequence-structure relationships. He received a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Program Chair of Information Security Leadership
Head of Security & Technology Audit and Audit Data Analytics, Australian Unity
Joseph (Joe) Dalessandro, MS, has extensive experience in Information Security, Risk and Audit. He is currently Head of Security and Technology Audit and Audit Data Analytics for an Australian corporation. Prior to this role, Joe was in a leadership role in Kaon Security, a well established professional services and information security consultancy in Auckland, New Zealand, with clients in New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom. The company’s client base includes globally recognized commercial enterprises and government agencies. Prior to Kaon, Joe worked in the US in Information Security for Vanguard, the largest mutual fund company in the world with over three trillion dollars in assets under management, where his role was part advisory serving as Information Security liaison with the Asia-Pacific offices of Vanguard, and part operative, performing Information Security risk assessments of Vanguard's vendors and partners. Prior to this role, Joe spent four years in Australia and was the Head of Internal Audit for the Asia-Pacific region for Vanguard covering Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
Program Chair of Software Engineering
Director of Software Engineering at BCBS MA
Aline is a software architect specializing in enterprise and business systems design, architecture and development. She has also been a software development manager on a number of information technology projects. Aline has been managing, leading and participating in a variety of virtual and global technology teams.
Aline teaches courses in the Software Engineering. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University.
Program Chair of Instructional Design and Technology
Director of Online Learning & Instructional Design, Brandeis University
Brian Salerno, M.S., is the Director of Online Learning & Instructional Design and a full-time instructor at Brandeis University, Division of Graduate Professional Studies. He is currently responsible for managing the online learning infrastructure for GPS, and has significant background in instructional design, academic technology, instructor development, and leadership of cross-functional teams. Brian has over a decade of experience designing, developing, assessing, and teaching online courses and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Brian's academic focus is primarily in the fields of instructional design, communications, technology, and interactive media.
Program Chair of Health and Medical Informatics
Chief Information Officer, UHS Hospitals
Susan Carman has over 20 years of experience in medical information systems technology. She is currently the Chief Information Officer at UHS Hospitals, where she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the Information Services Department for UHS Health System, which consists of four acute care hospitals, 62 outpatient clinics, and home and long term care. She is also responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of standards, policies, and procedures for the protection of IT security in accordance with HIPAA Standards, state and federal statutes, and other regulatory requirements. She earned her BS in Biology/Chemistry from Salem State University and her MS in Healthcare Informatics and Management from University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Program Chair of Technology Management
Chief Information Officer, Brandeis University
Jim LaCreta is the Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in technology and communications. In addition, he is active within several local and national IT consortia. He holds a Master's Degree in IT Management from the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. He also has a Doctorate in Education - Leadership and Communication Specialization from Northeastern University.
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