FBI brings on Intel data scientist as advisor

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The FBI has a new, high-powered advisor for its IT applications and data division.

The FBI said in a Sept. 27 statement it has brought in Intel's Chief Data Scientist, Melvin Greer, as a fellow-in-residence and senior adviser for its Information Technology Applications and Data Division, which is responsible for streamlining access and use of data, including software tools that employees use for analysis.

"Melvin is the first executive to come to the Information and Technology Branch under the Special Government Employee Program, which allows him to remain at Intel and serve his country," Michael Gavin, ITADD assistant director said in the announcement. "Melvin will provide senior leadership and technical expertise in the FBI's effort to develop its data management strategy."

The law enforcement agency said Greer's duties include working on data challenges in hybrid cloud computing, advanced architectures and deployment models.

Greer has been a heavy-hitter in Intel's data operations. His LinkedIn page describes his work as leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for global enterprises. His work with systems and software engineering experience, according to the page, have yielded patents in cloud computing, synthetic biology and internet-of-things biosensors for edge analytics.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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