Author of Mining your own Business, President & CEO, Elder Research Inc, USA
Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining — especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care — working with people, leading change, and managing complex projects to timely success. His work experience spans private, government, and international sectors.
Gerhard helps Information Technology teams evolve governance policies to enable success with data science while meeting the critical demands of information security. He also helps technology teams use data science to right-size software development life cycles and improve overall network stability, thereby reducing technology risks.
Gerhard is coauthor of the popular book Mining Your Own Business. that arms executives and senior managers to make better decisions based on discoveries from their organization’s data. The book is frequently recommended as a readable introduction to data science and a useful reference for specific, daily guidance.
Gerhard teaches at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics Master’s degree program. He also teaches the handson SAS Business Knowledge Series course “Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices” and is a frequent invited speaker at domestic and international conferences.
Mr. Pilcher has extensive industry experience in government oversight, financial, construction and telecommunication industries as a business owner and executive. He is a recognized expert in three-dimensional roadway modeling and automated machine guidance using Global Positioning Satellite systems and has presented to multiple agencies including the Transportation Research Board. In his earlier role as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Pulse Communications, Gerhard directed the design of early digital subscriber line systems (internet over the telephone line) and was a member of the international forum defining the standards for DSL implementation. Prior to Pulse Communications he was Director of Operations for Bell Northern Research leading the design and delivery of hardware and software for large scale telephony switching and fiber optic systems.
Gerhard serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board, and on George Washington University’s Advisory Board for the Business Analytics graduate program. He was named to the NC State Computer Science Department’s “Hall of Fame” in its inaugural year.