Ari Caroline, the Big-Data Guru Who Helps Cancer Patients

At one of the world’s top treatment centers, care is guided by big data

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Ari Caroline, the Big-Data Guru Who Helps Cancer Patients
Photo: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

If you’re going to design software or digest analytics for Ari Caroline, it helps to not be squeamish. When Caroline hires new computer scientists or software engineers, he likes to send them off to watch surgery. He believes there is no better way for recruits to grasp the real-life impact that data-driven decisions can wield at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The hospital treats more than 130,000 patients a year and is the largest cancer treatment center  in the northeastern United States.

In the future, more engineers may find themselves in scrubs on their first day of work. Leading hospitals are starting to hunt for specialists to glean insights from electronic medical records, X-rays, and genomic maps to smooth processes and shape treatments. Caroline heads one of the first such strategy, products, and analytics groups at a prominent research and treatment center.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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