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Governance

The primary mission of the R Consortium is to develop and implement infrastructure projects to support the R community. As a Linux Foundation Project, the R Community embraces principles of openness and collaboration as defined in the code of conduct.

Board of Directors

The business of the foundation is managed by its Board of Directors, composed of appointed Platinum members of the R Consortium, annually elected Silver members of the R Consortium, and the ISC appointed director as defined in the ByLaws.

Mehar Singh
Procogia (Silver Member Representative)(R Consortium Chair)
Mehar founded ProCogia a decade ago to offer more value and better service to clients than traditional consulting firms. Mehar has a background in Electrical Engineering and ...
Mehar founded ProCogia a decade ago to offer more value and better service to clients than traditional consulting firms. Mehar has a background in Electrical Engineering and has worked primarily in consulting, technology and telecom sectors. He has held board positions at R Consortium, University of Washington, Society of Punjabi Engineers & Technologists to name a few. He is passionate about open-source technology, developing innovative products, skydiving and sea fishing.
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David Smith
Microsoft (Platinum Member)(R Consortium Treasurer)
David Smith is a developer advocate at Microsoft, with a focus on data science and the R community.
David Smith is a developer advocate at Microsoft, with a focus on data science and the R community. With a background in Statistics, he writes regularly about applications of R at the Revolutions blog (blog.revolutionanalytics.com), and is a co-author of “Introduction to R”, the R manual. Follow David on Twitter as @revodavid
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James Black
Roche (Platinum Member)
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Michael Lawrence
R Foundation (R Foundation Representative)
Michael is a scientist in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology department at Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED), based in South San Francisco, CA.
Michael is a scientist in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology department at Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED), based in South San Francisco, CA. There he leads the development of tools, applications and environments for analyzing genomic data using R and Bioconductor. His research interests are in visualization, software interfacing, and genomic data manipulation. Michael is a member of the Bioconductor Technical Advisory Board, the R Core team, and the R Foundation Board.
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Henrik Bengtsson
R Foundation (R Foundation Representative) (ISC Chairperson)
Henrik Bengtsson is an Associated Professor at University of California, San Francisco, a member of the R Foundation, with a background in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics.
Henrik Bengtsson is an Associated Professor at University of California, San Francisco, a member of the R Foundation, with a background in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics. He has used R since 2000 for applied research in statistics and bioinformatics. He develops statistical methods, scientific computational software, and programming tools. His work includes R packages for science (e.g. matrixStats, and PSCBS, aroma.affymetrix) and software development (e.g. future, profmem, startup, and R.rsp).
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Hadley Wickham
Posit (Platinum Member)
Hadley is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland.a
Hadley is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland. He builds tools (both computational and cognitive) to make data science easier, faster, and more fun. His work includes packages for data science (the tidyverse: including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, purrr, and readr) and principled software development (roxygen2, testthat, devtools). He is also a writer, educator, and speaker promoting the use of R for data science. Learn more on his website, http://hadley.nz.
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Jared Lander
Lander Analytics (Silver Member Representative)
Jared P. Lander is Chief Data Scientist of Lander Analytics, the Organizer of the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup and the New York R Conference and ...
Jared P. Lander is Chief Data Scientist of Lander Analytics, the Organizer of the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup and the New York R Conference and R in Government Conference, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, and a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University. He is the author of R for Everyone (now in its second edition), a book about R Programming geared toward Data Scientists and Non-Statisticians alike. Jared is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities and meetups around the world.
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Sumesh Kalappurakal
Janssen (Silver Member Representative)
Sumesh Kalappurakal, Heading Methodology and Innovation team within clinical and statistical programming in Janssen R&D.
Sumesh Kalappurakal, Heading Methodology and Innovation team within clinical and statistical programming in Janssen R&D. Sumesh has been with Janssen R&D for more than 16 years and led a Medical Affairs programming team for more than 12+ years. In his current role, Sumesh and his team working on Innovative solutions using open-source platforms(R and Python) in building methodologies, standards and web applications using open-source platform to support portfolio needs in clinical and statistical programming functions. His team also engaged in more advance automation techniques using NLP, AI/ML along with RPA to bring efficiency in the clinical trial operational space. Sumesh and his team working on a strategy in implementing open-source platform (“R”) as an additional analytical platform for all clinical study submission activities for clinical and statistical programming teams.
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Mike K Smith
Pfizer (Silver Member Representative)
Mike K Smith, Lead, R Centre of Excellence and Senior Director Statistics at Pfizer. Mike is a professional geek, helping colleagues from the business lines understand the power of ...
Mike K Smith, Lead, R Centre of Excellence and Senior Director Statistics at Pfizer. Mike is a professional geek, helping colleagues from the business lines understand the power of reproducibility, automation and writing good code and helping the IT department understand the needs of the business lines.s. He is passionate about driving business outcomes through primary research, data and alternative data solutions as well as statistical analysis.
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Uday Preetham Palukuru
Merck (Silver Member Representative)
Uday Preetham Palukuru is a Standards lead at Merck&Co., providing leadership to develop and maintain global standards for ADaM implementation, R package development, ...
Uday Preetham Palukuru is a Standards lead at Merck &Co., providing leadership to develop and maintain global standards for ADaM implementation, R package development, Open Source package qualification, Computing Platform enhancements and compliance management tools. He has contributed to various internal and external R packages and is a member of the R Validation Hub Executive committee. He actively promotes the use of open source software in clinical trial data analysis via forums and paper publications. He has a PhD in Bioengineering from Temple University.
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Philip Brown
Biogen (Platinum Member)

Infrastructure Steering Committee

An Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC) is responsible for the identification, selection and oversight of infrastructure projects, as well as directing best practices and community leadership within the R community. Voting representatives are appointed by the Platinum and Silver members of the R Consortium, as well as an elected member from the Silver membership class and the project leads for all top level projects as directed in the ISC Charter.

Henrik Bengtsson
R Foundation (R Foundation Representative) (ISC Chairperson)
Henrik Bengtsson is an Associated Professor at University of California, San Francisco, a member of the R Foundation, with a background in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics.
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Mark Bynens
Johnson & Johnson (Silver member)
Mark Bynens, Heading Scientific Computing Operations within Statistics & Decision Sciences at Johnson & Johnson.
Mark Bynens serves as the Director and Head of Scientific Computing Operations (SCO) within the Statistics & Decision Sciences (SDS) sector of Global Development at Johnson & Johnson R&D. With a distinguished career spanning over 19 years in the industry, Mark joined Johnson & Johnson as a full-time employee in 2016. In his pivotal role, he leads his team with dedication and expertise, holding responsibility and accountability for a broad range of critical operations. These include change management, project management, and the comprehensive management of software applications designed for statistical evaluation or business processes. Mark’s leadership extends to spearheading in-classroom and e-learning education initiatives, fostering knowledge sharing, overseeing software/application acquisition, and managing high-performance computing for in-depth data evaluation, simulations, and statistical research. His team is notably engaged in several R platforms, encompassing both non-HPC and HPC (high-performance computing) environments, where they deliver innovative solutions that significantly benefit the business. Previously, Mark was the business lead for the custom-built GxP SCE (statistical computing environment) for releases 1 and 2 at Johnson & Johnson. This project involved a custom-built R-ecosystem, containerized to include Shiny publishing capabilities. His contributions to the field are recognized through his role as one of the main authors of the SCE White Paper, underlining his commitment to advancing statistical computing within the pharmaceutical industry. Through his visionary leadership and technical expertise, Mark Bynens continues to drive significant advancements in scientific computing operations at Johnson & Johnson R&D.
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Gábor Csárdi
R-Hub Project Lead (Voting member)
Michael Helbraun
Microsoft (Platinum Member)
Michael Helbraun is a Principal Architect for Data & AI on Microsoft's Digital Transformation Partnership team, where he works with strategic customers across Latin America.
Michael Helbraun is a Principal Architect for Data & AI on Microsoft's Digital Transformation Partnership team, where he works with strategic customers across Latin America. He holds a BS in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA focused on Economics and Operations from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Nicholas Masel
Janssen R&D (Silver member)
Eric Milliman
Biogen (Platinum member)
Eric is a data scientist in the Global Analytics and Data Sciences department at Biogen, based in Cambridge, MA.
Joseph Rickert
R USER GROUP SUPPORT PROJECT LEAD (VOTING MEMBER)
Joseph, RStudio’s “Ambassador at Large” to the R Community and editor of the R Views blog, has been focused on promoting the R language and supporting the R Community since he joined Revolution Analytics in 2009.
Joseph, RStudio’s “Ambassador at Large” to the R Community and editor of the R Views blog, has been focused on promoting the R language and supporting the R Community since he joined Revolution Analytics in 2009. In addition to serving on the R Consortium’s Board of Directors, he is a member of the ISC and administers the R User Group Support Program. In the past, Joseph held technical, marketing, and sales positions with several prominent Silicon Valley startups including, Sytek Inc., Alantec, Parallan Computer and Scotts Valley Instruments as well as with larger organizations including CSC, Agilent Technologies and Microsoft. Joseph is a member of the ASA, and a Life Member of the IEEE. He has experience working with standards committees including the IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD Working Group and the IDEMA PRML technical committee. Joseph studied Classics and Mathematics as an undergraduate at Franklin & Marshall College and earned an M.A. in Humanities and an M.S. in Computational Statistics from the California State University. You can follow him on Twitter as @RStudioJoe.
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Robert Müller
Roche (Platinum member)
Hadley Wickham
R Studio (Platinum Member)
Hadley is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland.
Hadley is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland. He builds tools (both computational and cognitive) to make data science easier, faster, and more fun. His work includes packages for data science (the tidyverse: including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, purrr, and readr) and principled software development (roxygen2, testthat, devtools). He is also a writer, educator, and speaker promoting the use of R for data science. Learn more on his website, http://hadley.nz.
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Nan Xiao
Merck (Silver member)
Nan is a statistician from Merck & Co., Inc. working in the Methodology Research group in the Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) department.

Leadership

As a project operating within the Linux Foundation, the project staff from the Linux Foundation focuses on project growth and health, ensuring a vendor-neutral environment for collaboration.

Joseph Rickert
Executive Director
Joseph has been active in the R Community since he joined Revolution Analytics in 2009 and has held prominent, community-facing positions at both the R Consortium and RStudio (now renamed posit). He is deeply involved in multiple R Consortium technical working groups, is an organizer of the Bay Area useR Group (BARUG), and has been on the R/Medicine conference organizing committee since the first conference in 2018. Joseph served on the R Consortium Board of Directors from August 2016 to July 2023, serving as Chair from 2020.
Dr. Amanda Martin
Director of Program Management
Dr. Amanda Martin is a Director of Program Management for the R Consortium. Amanda has taught and managed technical projects since 2005 with the single desire to improve the entire world.
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