EPIC Awards

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All entries in the 9th Annual Teradata EPIC Award winners have been announced!  Our judges identified the most innovative, ground breaking, and daringly brilliant results put forth by our analytic solutions and applications customers! Get inspiration by perusing our Winner’s Gallery, show off your big win by creating your own press release, or let us know what you thought of the awards by using the hashtag #TeradataEPIC along with your own photos across social media.

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From the 2016 EPIC Awards in Atlanta, GA

Introducing the 2016 EPIC Awards Judges

Virginia Backaitis

Virginia Backaitis is an executive recruiter who specializes in the search and placement of big data professionals and consultants. She has provided services around Information Management and Analytics to the world’s largest and edgiest companies for more than 25 years.

She also writes about big data and analytics, primarily for CMSWire and her company’s blog. She has covered Data since before it was called “Big” and Analytics before they were accessible to more than a few professionals in the Enterprise. She’s especially interested in the new possibilities that 3rd- platform technologies bring to the world.

Becky Wanta

Becky Wanta, Executiver Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In this

role, Becky is responsible for the transformation of the Information Technology

Division into a front-end competitive advantage; inculcation of innovation to

examine and execute new revenue lines and continuous review and examination

of business verticals to streamline and optimize operations. Prior to accepting

her role at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, Becky was CEO &

President of her own consulting practice, RSW1C, focused on partnering with

Fortune 50+ companies as either their retained Senior IT Executive/CIO or

consultant to transform their IT organizations and strategy and deliver IT as both

the valued strategic business innovative partner and the enabler to game

changing their respective business/markets. To maintain her technology

currency, Becky also lends her leadership and technical prowess to business

incubation, executive-in- resident, and start-ups to hasten their go-to- market

entrance. Becky was ranked 4 th in the Top 50 Female CIOs and 12 in the top 200

CIOs for 2012 by Exec Ranking (ref: http://execrank.com/2012/10/top-female- cios/

and http://execrank.com/2012/10/2012-top- cios/ respectively)

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Prior to returning to her successful consultant practice, before accepting her current role with Pacific

Compensation Insurance Company, she was Senior Vice President/Global Chief Information and

Innovation Officer (SVP/CIO) for MGM Resorts International where she led the transformation of the

Information Technology Department from its back office expense function to its front office strategic

competitive advantage business partner implementing their MLife vision; and the determination,

evaluation and application of innovation and technologies cornerstone to generating real business

value and revolutionizing MGM Resorts International’s business current and future.

Prior to Becky being promoted to the SVP/CIO, she was Vice President of IT Operations and Chief

Technology Officer. In this capacity, she worked closely with IT and Company leaders to ensure the

appropriate technology strategy was in place to support the Company’s goals and objectives, and

oversaw efforts to harden and strengthen the overall technology infrastructure and operating

environment, ensuring a robust technology platform for the Company current and future.

Becky is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of IT experience spanning multiple industries

such as Integrated Financial Services, Department of Defense, Retail, Transportation, Entertainment,

Hospitality, Health Care, and Aerospace. Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, she served as

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the largest workers’ compensation insurance

company in California, State Compensation Insurance Fund, where she transformed the information

technology function into a valued strategic partner with the business driving strong growth across the

companies' enterprise effectively positioning the companies to respond to changing market dynamics

and maintaining/expanding their market leadership positions.

Becky’s experience also includes the roles of Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for

Best Buy, Global Chief Technology Officer for PepsiCo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology

Officer for Wells Fargo, and Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for The

Becky graduated Magna Cum Laude in her undergraduate degree in MIS from Chapman University,

and Summa Cum Laude in her Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate

University. She is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in

Seattle, where she taught the technology curriculum portion of the school’s Graduate Banking

Program. Additionally, Becky holds two intellectual capital patents in Ubiquitous Computing and

Method and Apparatus for a Broker Entity. Becky has also been Reviewed and Approved as a Senior

Gaming Executive and Corporate Officer in 2012.


Dr. Camille Kamga is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, the flagship institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). He has been leading the Region 2 – University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) since 2009.

A consortium of 19 major U.S. academic institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the region and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. federally designated since 1987.

Under Dr. Kamga, UTRC has grown to become a major resource on surface transportation issues for the region and the nation. He has expanded the center membership from 12 to its current 19 institutions and has diversified the research topics addressed by the Center. Dr. Kamga has increased participation by international, national and regional organizations, and inter-university research and training efforts with the impact of gaining national and international recognition for the Center and has improved its management and outreach.

In addition to his research and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Kamga continues to actively participate in numerous transportation-related projects at UTRC. His research interests include: intelligent transportation system; modeling and traffic simulation; analysis of very large transportation networks; use of real-time information for travel; transportation modeling using mobile sensors; transportation planning and policy, transportation operations; sustainability and environment; and transportation safety. He is leading UTRC in innovative research, education, and technology transfer programs; addressing issues of urban mobility and sustainability; as well as concepts and technologies related to Big Data applications to transportation and traffic engineering.

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Prof. T. Russell Hsing, Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow for the British Computer Society
(BCS) and SPIE, is now Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Guest Professor of
Peking University in China, Adjunct Professors with the Arizona State University in US, and the Chinese
University of Hong Kong. He has been teaching a course of “Technology Entrepreneurship: Curiosity,
Opportunity, Risk, and Money” at POSTECH (Korea) in 2012, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)
since 2013, and Peking University (China) since 2014. Currently he is Board Member for the OpenFog
Consortium, Advisory Board Member for four high-tech start-ups in US (DataMi, Inc.; Smartiply Inc.; and
IoT Eye, Inc.) and Taiwan (ePass2UInc.). He has been Academic Advisor for the Next Generation Mobile
Networks (NGMN) Alliance since March 2014. His current research efforts are concentrating on Wireless
5G, Internet of Things, Network Economics & Neutrality, Fog Network & Computing, and Technology
Entrepreneurship. From 1976 to 2012, He was with the Applied Research Center in
Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson as Director (1986-1995) and Executive Director (1995-2012). He has also
established and supervised the Directors for Telcordia Applied Research Centers in Taiwan (TARC-TW)
and Poland (TARC-PL) (2004-2012). He accumulated rich R&D experience of 35 years through affiliations
with Burroughs, Xerox, GTE Labs, Telco Systems Fiber Optics Corporation, and
Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericssson. From 1987 to 1995, He has led a research team to propose and then to
develop the world’s first working QAM-based ADSL system first, and then designed the world’s first
working DCT chip for video communication applications at Bellcore. In 2002, he was given a
responsibility to establish a new Emerging Technologies and Services R & D Department for Vehicular
Telematics, Healthcare, and physical security systems applications. He pioneered the technology
commercialization in emerging technologies and services through joint business ventures with
commercial partners. He holds a B.Sc. (1970) from Taiwan, M.Sc. (1974) and Ph.D (1977) of Electrical
Engineering, the University of Rhode Island. His research and publications cover communication signal
processing, multimedia communications, wireless technologies & sensors network, vehicular networks
& telematics, video communications and VLSI implementations. He co-edits the ICT book series for John
Wiley & Sons, Inc. since 2007. Within the IEEE Communications Society, he was member (2006-2008)
and chair (2010-2011) of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, and a member of the Award Committee
(2010-2012). He was founding chair (2010-2012) of Sub-TC on Vehicular Networks and Telematics
Applications for the IEEE Communications Society. Within the IEEE, he was a member (2008-2010)/ Chair
(2010-2011)/Past Chair (2012) for the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee, and then the IEEE Eric
Sumner Award Committee (2010-2012). He has been a member for the IEE Fellow Committee since 2012,
the Strategic Planning Committee in 2013, and Chair for the IEEE Technical Field of Award (TFA) Council
& Member for the IEEE Award Board since 2015.

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Roger Strukhoff is Founder and Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Studies, with offices in the US and Metro Manila, Philippines.

The Tau Institute provides relative rankings and custom research focused on the ICT infrastructures and dynamics of 102 nations, representing 90% of the global economy. Core research is conducted in association with the School of Information Technology at Illinois State University.

Roger is also Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, held each year in New York and Silicon Valley.

During his career, Roger has spent 25+ years in Silicon Valley and other technology regions, including the three years of 2009-2012 in Southeast Asia. He’s served in creative and executive positions with IDG, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, and TIBCO Software.

He has been named one of the Top 50 IoT Thought Leaders in the World.

He received a BA from Knox College and conducted MBA studies at Cal State University-East Bay.


Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of the Center for Data Innovation, an affiliate of ITIF.

Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of the “top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Castro was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools.

He has a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University.


VP, Research Director, International Institute for Analytics
Adjunct Professor, Ohio State University-Fisher College of Business

Dan is a seasoned business leader with extensive experience applying analytics and big data to compelling problems across multiple industries and settings. Dan is VP, Research Director at International Institute for Analytics, where he manages IIA’s robust research agenda and leads IIA’s international network of analytics and technology experts. Prior to IIA, Dan managed multiple analytics teams at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio, and he has also held analytics roles at JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, and Investor Analytics. Since 2010, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where he teaches courses on data analysis and advises the university on analytics initiatives. Dan came to business from science; he holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and authored several research publications.

Mung Chiang

Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. He is also an affiliated faculty in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and in Computer Science, and served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Electrical Engineering 2009-2014. He received his B.S. (Hons.), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1999, 2000, and 2003, respectively, and was an Assistant Professor 2003-2008, a tenured Associate Professor 2008-2011, and a Professor 2011-2013 at Princeton University. He was a Hertz Fellow in 1999-2003, a H. B. Wentz Junior Faculty at Princeton in 2005, and elected an IEEE Fellow in 2012.

Chiang’s research areas include the Internet, wireless networks, broadband access networks, content distribution networks, network economics, and online social networks, with an emphasis on “layering as decomposition” and network function optimization, Optimization of Networks through Network Utility Maximization (NUM), Smart Data Pricing (SDP), and more recently, Fog Networks/IoT and Social Learning Networks (SLN). His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers, for “fundamental contributions to the analysis, design, and optimization of wireless networks,” which was the fourth Waterman received by Princeton faculty. As the 38th Waterman Awardee, he was the only award recipient from the field of networking. In 2014, he was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow. He also received the 2012 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award “for demonstrating the practicality of a new theoretical foundation for the analysis and design of communication networks”, the INFORMS Information Systems Design Science Award in 2014, a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2007, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005. He was a selected participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2008. His publications received a few paper prizes, including the 2013 IEEE SECON Best Paper Award, the 2012 IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Award, an ISI Citation Fast Breaking Paper in Computer Science in 2006, a Young Researcher Award Runner-Up in Continuous Optimization over 2004-2007, IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award three times and the paper that lead to a Yelp Data Challenge Award in 2014.

Chiang’s education innovations received the 2013 Frederick Emmons Terman Award by the American Society of Engineering Education. He created a new undergraduate course Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes at Princeton University in 2011, which lead to a Massive Open Online Course with over 200,000 students (and a YouTube Channel) in 2012-2014. He wrote the corresponding undergraduate textbook “Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers” in the Just-In-Time style, and received the 2012 PROSE Award in Engineering and Technology by the Association of American Publishers. In February 2013, it became the first Integrated and Individualized Book-App (IIB) that adapted to individual readers. He co-authored the sequel “Networks Illustrated: 8 Principles without Calculus” in 2013, which also comes in modular micro-ebook format. He flipped classroom in 2012 and chaired the Princeton University Committee on Classroom Design. In 2013, he founded the non-profit online education platform “3 Nights and Done” in use by the general public and colleges. He has graduated over 25 Ph.D. students and postdocs, the majority of whom are now faculty in electrical engineering, computer science, or business schools in US, Asia, and Europe.

Chiang’s inventions have resulted in 15 issued patents, a few technology transfers to commercial adoption, and a Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award in 2007. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. The lab is in part supported by an industry consortium of 9 companies, receiving Innovation Awards from Intel, Google, HP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, SES, Vodafone Foundation, and Princeton IP Acceleration Fund. The lab has completed many technology transfers and commercialization, including research results in use by over 5 million smart phones. Chiang is the founding CEO of DataMi, a startup enabling Open Toll-Free for mobile content around the world, and a co-founder of Zoomi, a big data startup company enabling individualized learning and corporate productivity. He is a member of the Advisory Board of TMM (TMMI), Applied Communications Sciences ACS (formerly part of Bellcore), Altior (acquired by Exar), Sednaware, and Fast Braiin.

Chiang is the first Chairman of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC), which was formed in 2014 to make recommendations on the vision, structures, and mechanisms of entrepreneurship at Princeton. PEAC issued its Report: “Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way,” and helped create the first large-scale incubator, the first entrepreneurship fund, and other mentoring/ecosystem, curricular/co-curricular, and policy/branding initiatives at Princeton University. In 2014, he also became the fourth Director of the Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton University. He was named a New Jersey (non-profit) CEO of the Year in 2014 by New Jersey Technology Council.

Chiang created the Optimization of Networks track in CISS conferences in 2006, hosted the series of Smart Data Pricing (SDP) Industry Forums since 2012, and co-chaired the U.S. National Information Technology R&D Workshop on Complex Engineered Networks in 2012. He was also a co-chair of the 9th IEEE WiOpt Conference, the 38th CISS, and the 1st ACM S3 Workshop. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2013. He delivered the Simon Stevin Lecture on Optimization in Engineering at K. U. Leuven in 2010, gave plenary or keynote speeches at IEEE INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, WiOpt, and MPS MOPTA, and participated in industry and public policy discussions, including university entrepreneurship events and wireless, Internet, and education technology trade shows. He has been an Associate Editor or a Guest Editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communication, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Springer Journal of Optimization and Engineering, and INFORMS Operations Research. He chaired the inaugural Steering Committee that launched the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering in 2013-14.


Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. He is also Founding Director, Master of Science in Analytics. His expertise is focused on data science and deep learning with concentration in finance, transportation, and healthcare. Professor Klabjan has led projects with large companies such as The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Intel, General Motors and many other, and he is also assisting numerous start-ups with their analytics needs. He is also a founder of Opex Analytics.

Arka Mukherjee

Dr. Arka Mukherjee, the founder and CEO of Global IDs Inc., is an expert in global data management, with extensive experience in creating new technologies to assist businesses in the U.S. and around the world. Under his leadership, Global IDs has developed Master Data Management and Data Governance products and solutions for a myriad of Fortune 2000 companies across multiple vertical industries. Prior to Global IDs, as the principal of IBM Global Services, he was the practice leader in business intelligence services and was responsible for building and growing this e-business practice. He received a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Princeton University.

Jeff Tanner

Dr. Tanner is Dean, Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business in Norfolk, Virginia. Author or co-author of 15 books, his latest, Analytics & Dynamic Customer Strategy: Big Profits from Big Data (Wiley) was released late 2014. Dr. Tanner has taught executives and graduate students in a dozen countries, including India, France, Malawi, Australia, and Colombia, and recently spoke at National Retail Federation’s Big Show, CRM Evolution, MSI’s Big Data Conference, and Teradata’s Marketing Festival. Consulting clients include Cabela’s, EMC, and Procter & Gamble, among others. In addition to research awards, he was the Society for Marketing Advances Distinguished Teacher (2013). Dr. Tanner sits on the boards of several corporations and non-profits. He and his wife, Karen, breed and race thoroughbred horses.

Dan Woods

Dan Woods is CTO and founder of CITO Research. He has written more than 20 books about the strategic intersection of business and technology. Dan writes about data science, cloud computing, mobility, and IT management in articles, books, and blogs, as well as in his popular column on Forbes.com.

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