Edmon Begoli

Director - Scalable Protected Data Facilities (SPDF), National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS)

Edmon Begoli, PhD, is the director of scalable protected data facilities (SPDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role, Edmon is responsible for research and design of advanced, large-scale systems for computing on protected data. He also currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the joint DOE and VA precision medicine program (MVP CHAMPION), and the program with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focused on the application of HPC and AI technologies.

During his tenure at ORNL, Edmon also led several major national projects in healthcare and defense, and was a chief architect for Knowledge Discovery Initiative (KDI) for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) -- a large national program aimed at developing a platform for comprehensive and longitudinal analysis of the large, structured healthcare datasets (CMS data).

Prior to serving as the Chief Data Architect at ORNL, Edmon was a Chief Data Officer at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences/National Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS/NICS), a NSF funded XSEDE national supercomputing facility and a joint institute between ORNL and University of Tennessee (UT).  While at JICS, Edmon was one of the core members of the team that won and established the NSF-funded Southeast "Big Data" Hub, and was a principal investigator on a research project for the Intel Parallel Computing Center (PCC). Prior to working at the research institutes, Dr. Begoli held technology leadership positions at a technology startup, and the large commercial organizations. 

Edmon is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Apache Software Foundation (ASF) where he is a committer on the Apache Calcite project. He is also a principal member of the INCITS DM32.2 Task Group on Data Management and Databases

Edmon holds undergraduate, graduate (University of Colorado-Boulder), and doctoral degrees (University of Tennessee) in Computer Science. He is currently a visiting researcher scholar with the UC Berkeley EECS, RISE Lab, by the invitation of Dr. Ion Stoica.


Heidelberg Laureate Forum - Early Career Researcher, 2016. Mentor: Sir Michael Atiyah
Nashville Technology Council (NTC) - CTO of the Year, finalist, 2014
Tennessee Commissioner Mitchel (Department of Safety), A Letter of Commendation, 2011
OPM e-Government Initiative, NSC Y-12 Team Award, 2005
Made in Express, Microsoft Global Programming Competition, finalist, 2005
Lucent Technologies, EAI Implementation, CIO’s Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Performance, 2002
Multiple Undergraduate Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Upsilon Pi Epsilon CS Honors Society