Captain Brian Erickson currently serves as the United States Coast Guard’s first Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO) and is principally responsible for the coordination of data and artificial intelligence activities across the organization.
His previous assignments focused primarily on engineering and operations, serving at five operational assignments flying rotary and fixed wing aircraft performing search and rescue, law enforcement, and other military mission profiles.
He is a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in aerospace and also served in the Office of Budget and Programs working directly for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In 2020, he was selected as the Coast Guard’s MIT Sloan Fellow following service as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, GA.
He is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a 2022 CDO Magazine U.S. Federal Data Executive and has been named as a 2022 DataIQ top 100 most influential persons in data.