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Kerrie joined Optum as their first Technology Fellow and Senior Executive focused on advancing United Health Group (UHG) in adopting emerging technologies machine learning, graph databases, deep learning, natural language processing, IoT, virtual reality, genomics, blockchain, and virtual assistants with a heavy focus and major in AI. Kerrie leads an engineering team to fulfill the mission of applying and incubating emerging technologies to make the health care system work better and helping people live healthier lives.
Kerrie spent the bulk of his career at IBM where he was an IBM Fellow and Master Inventor. His last assignment with IBM Research focused on scalable services and cognitive computing. He was IBM’s first African American Distinguished Engineer. He is fond of appearing on ABC News and a TED talk to discuss IBM’s Watson the day after its historic debut on Jeopardy!
He holds a number of technology patents and is the author of two books: “Is Your Company Ready for Cloud” and “100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered.”
Prior to Optum, Kerrie worked on maturing an analytics portfolio focused using machine learning and streaming analytics as a CTO with Cisco.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago; a Juris Doctor Degree and an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.