Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation. He is widely regarded as an expert in data warehousing and machine learning. He joined the Teradata team in October of 1999 with the acquisition of one the multiple start-up companies that he co-founded. These companies included Strategic Technologies & Systems (acquired by NCR/Teradata), Tanning Technology Corporation (IPO on NASDAQ, and NexTek Solutions (acquired by IBM).
Previously, Stephen taught graduate courses at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in both the MBA program at the Sloan School of Management and in the Computer Science departments of both universities. He received instructor of the year award for two of his last five years in the MET Computer Science department at Boston University and continues to guest lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Stephen performed Masters and PhD research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his dissertation work focused on load-balancing and resource allocation for parallel computing architectures. He also holds an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen completed his undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in just three years at U.C. Berkeley and was awarded with the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Engineering (Bechtel Engineering Award).
Stephen is an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, U.C. Berkeley Alumni Scholars Association, and California Scholarship Federation honor societies. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, Society for Information Management, and Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility. Stephen has served as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences in the area of IT workforce development.
During Barack Obama's first term he was appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) where he worked on development of the Big Data strategy for the US government. In 2014, at the height of the Big Data phenomenon, he was ranked by ExecRank as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) out of a pool of 10,000+ CTOs for his role in developing defensible technologies and leveraging those technologies to strengthen competitiveness for Teradata Corporation and its clients.
Stephen has authored numerous journal and conference papers in the fields of data management and parallel computing environments and is an internationally recognized speaker (and practitioner) in the area of breakthrough systems implementation. He holds more than a dozen patents in the area of advanced data management. He co-authored the chapter on “Big Data” for the Handbook of Computer Science (published by the Association for Computing Machinery) and previously co-authored “Building a Data Warehouse for Decision Support” (published by Prentice Hall PTR).
Stephen has authored 100+ technical articles across a wide range of academic and commercial publications. He is also on the XLDB (eXtremely Large Data Base) working group committee at Stanford University. Stephen is a TDWI Fellow and has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) since 1996. He teaches courses related to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Agile Analytics, Real-Time Analytics, High Performance Data Warehouse Design, Future Trends in Analytics, Data Visualization, Capacity Planning, Big Data Exploitation, and Enterprise Information Management.