Episode 61

Creating Smart Cities with Data Science (with Amen Ra Mashariki)

May 3rd, 2021

Amen Ra Mashariki deep dives into the state of data literacy in government agencies, the use cases he worked on to make the City of New York smarter, and more!

About Amen Ra Mashariki

Amen Ra Mashariki is a Principal Scientist at Nvidia and is the Global Director of the Data Lab of the World Resources Institute. Previously, Amen was the head of machine learning or Urbint and served as adjunct faculty at NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress. Amen also served as a fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He was also the head of Urban Analytics at Esri and was Chief Analytics Officer for the city of New York and the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. In 2012, Amen was one of the 11 individuals appointed by President Obama to the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows. Immediately after the fellowship, he was appointed the Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Personnel Management. Amen earned a doctorate in engineering from Morgan State University, as well as a master and bachelor of science degree in computer science from Howard and Lincoln University respectively.