OEN PubTalk: Big Data—What’s the Big Idea?

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You’ve heard of big data. But if you’re like most of us, you’re not sure you totally get it. You know it’s a large volume of data that businesses can use to gain insight into trends. But what can it do, and how is it different from the data that businesses have been using for years?

Join us for our September PubTalk, where panelists will share real-life examples of how businesses are using big data, what insights they are gaining that previous datasets couldn’t reveal, and what potential is still left untapped.


The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections.

Held the second Wednesday of every month, OEN PubTalks are what the name implies — an hour of networking followed by a talk on a specified theme. And yes, they take place at a pub. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Our PubTalks usually kick off with a short pitch from an OEN member, followed by audience Q&A. We’ll be serving free appetizers and pizza; beer, wine, or other beverages are available for purchase.

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Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our September PubTalk!


Steven Carnovale

Steven Carnovale (Moderator)

Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Steven Carnovale, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Supply and Logistics Management at Portland State University. Dr. Carnovale earned his B.S. and PhD at Rutgers University and his research has been published or is in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, the European Journal of Operational Research, Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. In addition, Dr. Carnovale has presented several papers at various academic conferences, including the Academy of Management Annual Conference, the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, the Decision Sciences Institute, ISM’s North American Research Symposium, and INFORMS Annual Conference.

Alisha Holloway

Alisha Holloway, PhD

VP, Data Science & Technology, Phylos Bioscience

Alisha Holloway is a data scientist with expertise in genomics and statistical analysis of big data. She is an Assistant Professor at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and was the founding director of the Gladstone Institutes Bioinformatics Core Facility. Alisha leads the data analysis and software development teams at Phylos Bioscience, which is a cannabis genomics company based in Portland, Oregon. Her team brings you the eCommerce site and the Phylos Galaxy, which is a 3D visualization of cannabis genetic variation.

Ralph Mastromonaco

Ralph Mastromonaco

Director of Analytics and Senior Economist, ECONorthwest

Ralph joined ECONorthwest as Director of Analytics and Senior Economist in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the firm’s technical and analytic capabilities. He specializes in environmental economics and policy and has applied these skills on projects related to non-market valuation of environmental quality and public goods. Ralph is an expert in econometric methods and is fluent in modern scientific computing techniques. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Ralph was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon, where his research focused on environmental policy and non-market valuation. Ralph is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Ehow Chen

Ehow Chen, PhD

VP, Customer Insights, Ambition Data

Ehow offers a unique perspective on digital analytics by incorporating his chemistry and manufacturing experience into tools such as Adobe Analytics, Excel, and JMP/SAS. As the VP of Customer Insights, he works with clients to form measurement plans and scoring methodology for effective and impactful analysis. Before joining the Digital Analytics field, Ehow specialized in laser spectroscopy for his doctoral studies in Physical Chemistry. After graduation, he transferred his analytical skills over to the semiconductor field as a PTD Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation. During his time off, Ehow partakes in the latest in strategy board games and overindulges in the Portland food scene.


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September 13, 2017 5:15 PM
September 13, 2017 7:00 PM
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