Crystal Valentine is VP of Technology Strategy at MapR Technologies with a background in big data research and practice. Before joining MapR, she was a professor of computer science at Amherst College. She is the author of various academic publications in the areas of algorithms, high-performance computing, and computational biology and holds a patent for Extreme Virtual Memory. As a former consultant at Ab Initio Software working with Fortune 500 companies to design and implement high-throughput, mission-critical applications and as a tech expert consulting for equity investors focused on technology, she has developed significant business experience in the enterprise computing industry. Dr. Valentine received her doctorate in Computer Science from Brown University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy.