Elizabeth Bruce co-founded and is Executive Director of the MIT Big Data Initiative at CSAIL. Elizabeth's expertise is in identifying emerging technologies and developing industry-university-government collaborations to bridge the gap between research and commercialization. Elizabeth joined MIT CSAIL in May 2008 as Director of Industry Partnerships and established the CSAIL Industry Affiliates Program. Elizabeth has over a decade of experience at MIT working with faculty to launch research initiatives and develop strategic partnerships with industry covering topics in big data, mobile, multicore and cloud computing, health, manufacturing, optical communications and security. Elizabeth has held strategic management and consulting positions in industry, including at Analog Devices Inc in the corporate strategic projects group and at Aberdeen Group. Trained as an engineer, Elizabeth holds a Masters degree from MIT in Ocean Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She enjoys climbing mountains and traveling.