Kerrie Lamont Holley was born in September 7, 1954. Heis an American software architect, author, researcher, consultant, and Inventor and UnitedHealth Group, and Optum Technology’s first Technical Fellow. Holley is a retired IBM Fellow. Holley served as Vice President and CTO at Cisco responsible for their analytics and automation platform.
Holley is known internationally for his innovative work in architecture and software engineering centered on the adoption of scalable services, next era computing, service-oriented architecture and APIs. Holley is currently focused on AI in healthcare with an emphasis on machine learning and deep learning. Holley currently serves as a trustee board member for DePaul University.
While never having met his father and living in a neighborhood marked by poverty and gang activity, Holley defied social odds by channeling his love for math and science through his academic studies.
Holley was raised by his grandmother on Chicago’s south side. While never having met his father and living in a neighborhood marked by poverty and gang activity, Holley defied social odds by channeling his love for math and science through his academic studies. He became a student at the Sue Duncan Children’s Center in 1961 where he was tutored in math and science. As he excelled in the program, he became a tutor at the Center, later tutoring former United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and actor Michael Clarke Duncan. After graduating from Kenwood Academy in 1972, Holley went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago; followed by a Juris Doctor Degree in 1982 from DePaul University College of Law. In 2016, Kerrie Holley was conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University, College of Communication / College of Computing and Digital Media.