DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 01: A People-First Approach to Data Science

Jason Krantz discusses the human element of data science

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Today, we have an insightful teaser from the “DataPreneur” podcast hosted by David Perkins. This is from a series of interviews with data scientists and subject-matter experts about their practical experience in both data science and entrepreneurship as part of the VA small-sat data consortium, which is  a statewide program led by ODU and Virginia Tech to stimulate data science startup companies in the commonwealth of VA.

Here, David has a candid conversation with Jason Krantz, CEO and founder of Strategy Titan, a data advisory and consulting firm, about his people-first approach to data science the surprising significance of the human element.

Be sure to come back to for more eye opening interviews, and additional resources for data professionals.

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VA Data Cube Year 1 Accomplishments


The Consortium facilitates the resolution of everyday problems for the Commonwealth’s scientific, entrepreneurial, and industrial communities.


VA Data Cube Year 1 Timeline


  • April 2020 – SOW established for AMA Partners
  • May 2020 – Established the notebook server and ”out-of-the-box” data cube software running in AWS
  • May 2020 – Established MITRE UIX participation
  • July 2020 – Example use case: Wildfires in western VA
  • July 2020 – Flooding and Resiliency (HR region) as part of MITRE Space UIX efforts
  • August 2020 – 2nd stage of development with AMA Partners
  • August 2020 – Example use case: HR Riparian buffer study
  • August 2020 – August 2020 – Initiated ecological and transport impacts study using data cube for Virginia port facilities
  • September 2020 – Initiated development of companion applications for data cube integration


VSDC Year 1 Milestones

VSDC Milestones / Accomplishments

VSDC Platform Development

  • Developed an Initial Small Sat Capabilities Inventory
  • Developed a Small Sat Data Downlink Architecture
  • Formulated and Began Development of Va. Open Data Cube

What it does

  • Serves as an open-source data curation system.
  • Aggregates time-series satellite, citizen-contributed, government and potentially industry provided data
  • Supports problem exposure and novel solutions

Who it is for

  • Commonwealth Industry, Citizens, Government Orgs.
  • VA Transportation studies
  • Local Covid-19 reporting
  • Commonwealth Infrastructure — Flooding Prediction/Response, Transportation Efficiency, Solar Power Efficiency, River Health and Wildfire Risk Analysis (MITRE Space UIX)
  • Citizen science campaigns
  • Novel data science activity
  • Any problem that could use wide scale data
  • Investors in data entrepreneurship
  • Researchers and Educators

What makes the VA Open Data Cube novel?

  • Comprised of a fusion of multiple datasets
  • High-fidelity VA-based datasets
  • An integration of data sharing solutions with the VSDC framework

Upcoming activity – Year 2

  • Transition to cloud-based services
  • New companion applications
  • Presentation of enhanced data cube capabilities to the VSDC community advisory board

VSDC Summer 2020 Internships


We proud to announce the VSDC STEM interns who have accepted the opportunity to join and contribute to the VSDC initiative. The interns are as follows, Jarius Hillman, Hannah Velasquez, and Skyle Close-Arzon. Further information on these rising applicants can be found under the VSDC About Us page. All three applications offer various high-level skills in engineering, economics, and aerospace experience, as well as leadership, teambuilding, and quick-learning skills. Continue reading “VSDC Summer 2020 Internships”

Small Satellite Conference Publication

VSDC’s own Zachary Leffke has collaborated together with multiple different authors across many organizations to publish a paper on a prototype Virginia ground station network. This paper will be presented at the Small Satellite Conference, taking place on August 1st through 6th.

This is a very exciting moment to show case the hard work all of these experts put into their research and will prove to be a great opportunity for further aerospace exploration within the state of Virginia. Congratulations to Zach and to all the research experts on this publication!