Brian Erickson

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Brian Erickson

Chief Data & AI Officer

U.S. Coast Guard

Brian Erickson is the Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO) at the United States Coast Guard. He is responsible for coordinating data and Artificial Intelligence activities across the organization. Brian was appointed the first Chief Data Officer for the US Coast Guard in 2021. 

Brian has served in multiple operational assignments, including flying rotary and fixed-wing aircraft to conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, and other military missions. He is a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in aerospace and has also served in the Office of Budget and Programs working directly for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as a program reviewer. 

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. 

In his current role, Brian is focused on enabling advancements in data management, integration, and AI to ensure safer, more efficient operations across the Coast Guard. He is also working to manage the risks of AI while expanding the use of data within the agency.  

Erickson has been appointed to the CDO Magazine Global Editorial Board. He has also been named as a 2022 DataIQ top 100 most influential persons in data.

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