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I immigrated to the United States from Korea as a young boy, and grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. As a West Point graduate, I knew from early on that I wanted to serve my country.
But why West Point and not the nearby Naval Academy? I had to get out of my own backyard. My parents would have expected me home every weekend.
As a former military service member, I’m passionate about serving military and defense clients, helping them understand and embrace new technologies to achieve their missions. I’ve even recruited childhood friends to the firm to join in the mission. Every day I’m excited to come here, with people I enjoy working with, and doing everything we can to help our clients. We’re serving our country.
Young Bang focuses on developing and scaling state-of-the-art data science, big data solutions, and advanced/predictive analytics capabilities. Young is a recognized expert in data science, technology strategy, architecture and design, systems development, and health information technology.
Young’s key areas of expertise include data science, advanced analytics, systems engineering, enterprise/solutions architecture, the software development lifecycle, cloud computing and brokering, product development, portfolio management, biometrics, acquisition process, telecommunications, logistics, supply and maintenance, and manufacturing.
Prior to his current role, Young was a leader in the firm’s health business. He provided leadership support to drive the growth of IT business, supporting clients such as the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. Previously he also provided IT leadership to clients in the Army, Defense Logistics Agency, The Office of the Secretary of Defense, and other Department of Defense agencies.
Young is on the board of directors for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), a nonprofit organization that promotes the influence of Asians in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. In addition, he is an executive steering committee member for our firm’s Asian agenda. Young is also a board member for Jool Health, and teaches an undergraduate course in health IT at Georgetown University.
Young has been a guest lecturer for organizations such as South by Southwest, the Defense Acquisition University, National Defense University, Asian American Government Executive Network, SASE, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Biometric Consortium. In addition, he helped publish the "Biometric Identity Assurance Service Simple Object Access Protocol Profile version 1.0 Oasis Standard" in May 2012.
Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Young served in various leadership and technical roles at BearingPoint, KPMG Consulting, MCI WorldCom, Ciena, and in the U.S. Army.
He holds a B.S. in leadership and systems engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
What excites you about the field of analytics? We’re on the cusp of so many things related to artificial intelligence and machine intelligence, but we have to be diligent about the ethical dimensions of that work. What can you automate? What should you automate? For our defense clients—how do we help them achieve military superiority within a strong ethical construct?
Why is Booz Allen an ideal firm for someone working in analytics? Data scientists often have hardcore backgrounds in math and statistics, or computer science. That’s critical to our work, but many of our consultants also have domain expertise—military, healthcare, energy, or other areas. This gives us a distinct differentiation in the market and goes back to our consulting heritage.
What are the most pressing needs in analytics? Finding enough cleared data scientists with full scope polygraph, and then hiring and retaining them.
What makes you excited to come to work in the morning? I get to brainstorm about technologies and figure out how to make it stick. Talking with clients also excites me.
What are your three tips for managing and motivating your people? Lead by example. It’s easy to tell people to do something, but if you haven’t done it or don’t do it, it’s hard to be a leader. I won’t tell someone to do something that I don’t know how to do or haven’t done before.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I grew up in the ’70s watching different TV shows – “CHIPS,” “TJ Hooker.” I wanted to be a police officer or FBI agent.
What was your first job? When I was 14, I got a job helping set up tents and working carnival booths at the Maryland State Fair. I did that every summer through high school.
What is one thing you always have with you? In Asian culture, if you give a gift, like a wallet, you should put something in it. My mother-in-law did a little riff on that and gave me the skin of a snake that has peeled—another cultural representation of good fortune and prosperity. She folded the skin up and placed it in my wallet.
What are you nostalgic for? I’m nostalgic for my dad’s old Ford. When we first came to the U.S., it was hard, none of us knew the language. We borrowed money and bought a beat-up, old Ford. I have many fond memories of driving up and down the East Coast in that old car.
What is your favorite vacation or travel spot? I am a big snowboarder, so anywhere in Colorado where I can go skiing and snowboarding.
What’s something not many people know about you? I used to jump out of planes when I was younger.
Who fascinates you? John F. Kennedy. He was such a young, charismatic guy, and a dynamic leader. I’m fascinated by how he led a nation at such an early age and avoided global nuclear war.