Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, has been with the company for 15 years. His global work supports connected product and “big data” efforts in many industries and institutions. He previously wrote for eighteen years at publications including eWEEK, PC Week, Computer Language and AI Expert. Before that, he supported desktop computing management and space-asset AI applications at The Aerospace Corporation, and held project management roles at Exxon Corporation in locations ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic. He received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985, and has held faculty appointments and lecturing roles at UCLA, Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as other institutions in the US, Europe, Asia and South America. He is co-founder and President of the Foundation for Intelligent Life on Earth, a Seattle-based sponsor of efforts addressing climate change, conservation, STEAM education, and exploration of earth and space.