Hitachi Vantara Federal Welcomes Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak as New Chief Data Scientist

Hitachi Vantara Federal Welcomes Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak as New Chief Data Scientist

Hitachi Vantara Federal, a leader in data-driven solutions and services for the federal government, announced today that Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak has joined the company as chief data scientist. In this role, Nayak will empower customers to better leverage their data through machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics.

“Dr. Nayak’s expertise and insight in developing mission-focused data strategies using the most advanced tools available in artificial intelligence and machine learning will be a great asset to our federal customers as well as our internal team,” said Dave Turner, president and CEO of Hitachi Vantara Federal. “Her involvement in the AI and machine learning community will certainly contribute to Hitachi Vantara Federal maintaining our position on the forefront of the technology landscape, which is essential when supporting the critical missions of the federal government.”

With more than 20 years of experience in software and data science research and development, Nayak is an expert in data intelligence, machine learning and analytics within the government technology industry. Throughout her career, she has served as a resource in data, analysis, systems integration and computer science for various federal customers.

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“I am pleased to join Hitachi Vantara Federal’s team and welcome the opportunity to help our government customers navigate through and embrace new technologies that advance their missions,” said Nayak. “I look forward to working with this team to showcase and deliver the amazing end-to-end data solutions that Hitachi Vantara Federal has to offer.”

Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara Federal, Nayak was the principal research engineer with Apogee Research LLC, where she led the implementation of solutions for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation program and the Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware project.

Before Apogee, Nayak worked on the Momentum Financial project at CGI Federal Inc. as a technical and data architect solving the data challenges of civilian agencies, including the Departments of the Interior and State, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Agency for International Development. While at CGI, Nayak also functioned as the product owner of the Momentum Data Warehouse and multiple data solutions leveraging federal financial accounting and budgeting data.

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Nayak holds a doctorate in computational sciences and informatics from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science of Pilani, India.

She is the founder of the Northern Virginia Deep Learning Meetup and leads the partnership committee for Viz for Social Good. Nayak also serves as a reviewer with ACM Computing Reviews, Python conference SciPy and Grace Hopper Celebration in Computing.

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