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GPS program chairs

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, MS

Krishna GopalakrishnanProgram Development Chair of Robotic Software Engineering
Director of Vision Engineering, Realtime Robotics

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.

Ashley Nagle Eknaian, MBAAshley Nagle Eknaian

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.

Charles Givre, MA, CISSP
Charles Givre

Program Chair of Strategic Analytics
Vice President and Lead Data Scientist - CSO, Deutsche Bank

Charles Givre, MA, CISSP is a Vice President and Lead Data Scientist at Deutsche Bank in the Chief Security Office (CSO), where he leads an international team of data scientists working on security challenges. Charles's research interests include adversarial machine learning as well as improving analytic efficiency. Charles is a committer to the Apache Drill Project and has co-authored a book on the topic. Charles regularly presents classes and presentations at international conferences such as Strata, BlackHat, and others. He received his MA from Brandeis University and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Music from University of Arizona. 

Steve Dupree

Steven G. Dupree, MBA

Program Chair of Digital Marketing and Design
Head of Marketing, Amava

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.

Eva KaniastyEva Kaniasty, MS

Program Chair of User-Centered Design
User Experience Consultant, Red Pill UX

Eva Kaniasty is the founder of Red Pill UX, LLC, a user experience consultancy providing user experience strategy, research and interaction design in the Boston area. Eva has improved user experiences in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, financial​ services​, and ​high tech. She received her Master's in Human Factors from Bentley University in 2007, served as board member and president of UXPA Boston, and is a repeat presenter at local and national conferences.


Leanne Bateman

Leanne Bateman, MA

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).

Alan ChengAlan Cheng, PhD

Program Chair of Bioinformatics
Director, Merck

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.

Joe DalessandroJoseph Dalessandro, MS

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.

Aline YurikAline Yurik, PhD

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. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brandeis University. 

BrianSalernoBrian Salerno, MS

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.

Susan Carman

Susan Carman, MS, CHCIO, PMP

Program Chair of Health and Medical Informatics
Chief Information Officer, UHS Hospitals                                            

Susan Carman has been in the Healthcare Information Technology and Informatics industry for a total of 28 years. Before becoming the Chief Information Officer at UHS, Susan served as the VP of Information Technology at Wingate Healthcare implementing an EMR system and building a HIPAA security plan for their 19 Post Acute Care facilities. Susan spent 15 years of her career at Medical Information Technology (MEDITECH) implementing Electronic Medical Records throughout the U.S. and Canada. She transitioned to the Healthcare Provider sector in 2004 starting with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and more recently at Hebrew Senior Life leading her team to complete the implementation of Stage 6 EMR system. Susan is certified as a Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and Project Manager (PMP) and is an active member of HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) and CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives). She is also an active participant in the Executive Mentorship Program with ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). Susan completed her Master's degree in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Massachusetts in 2013.

Jim La CretaJim LaCreta, MS '08, PhD

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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