August 2018 – Rob Keefer has been hired on as Director of Data Science at Illumination Works. Keefer will be helping with business development, solution creation and delivery strategy, as well as provide an essential leadership role in our Dublin, Ohio office. He will play a vital role in developing a path to move ILW forward.

Keefer dubs himself “an early-adopter of Agile methods” as he was one of the first whitecaps of consultants to implement the Agile methodology for developing software and processes in 2003. He is currently interested in Elixir and Phoenix due to the concurrent programming capabilities. Before ILW, Keefer worked as a consultant for 20 years with over 30 different clients helping lead the development of highly interactive products for organizations including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Major League Baseball, and FedEx Office. He also served as Founder and Director of the healthcare-focused, tech company, Pomiet, LLC. Keefer has authored several articles, white papers, and presentations on software craftsmanship, user experience (UX) design, and Agile practices. Rob holds a Master’s in Human Factors Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wright State University.

In his free time, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 children, 3 of which are in their last year of high school. The fall season is especially busy with 3 children in 3 different high school varsity fall sports: tennis, soccer, and football. Rob leads an active lifestyle by setting aside time for running and cycling.