Max Petrenko, Ph.D.
Co-Director of OSTL/Principal Research Scientist at Amazon

Max Petrenko has been working in the areas of natural language understanding and knowledge/ontology engineering. He held various academic and industry positions in projects/businesses building AI technologies in web search, messaging, life sciences and e-commerce. Most recently, Max has been a Principal Ontologist at Amazon and co-director of the Ontological Semantic technology laboratory at Texas A&M University-Commerce.


  • Ph.D., Computational Linguistics, Purdue University


  • Principal Research Scientist, Amazon, 2020-Present
  • Co-Director of Ontological Semantic Technology Laboratory, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2013-Present
  • Director of Research, Holler, 2019-2020
  • Senior Information Architect-Ontology, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 2018-2019
  • Director of Knowledge and Language Engineering, NTENT, 2016-2018
  • Senior Ontologist, NTENT, 2013-2016
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