NASA's secondIT Summit will gather more than 100 expert presenters with themes around collaboration, social networking, innovation, infrastructure, operations and IT security and privacy.
Joshua Arceneaux has over ten years of experience working with NASA and international partners throughout the ISS and Constellation Programs. During this time Mr. Arceneaux has had the opportunity to engage in nearly all aspects of the mission lifecycle beginning with mission concept development and continuing to flight operations. During this time Mr. Arceneaux has utilized a number of mission specific and enterprise level applications as a user, developer, and implementer. From an enterprise architecture perspective Mr. Arceneaux has led efforts to optimize business processes in conjunction with application development and application integration to define and deliver IT solutions that meet mission needs. Most recently Mr. Arceneaux supports the constellation Programs Information Systems Office where he leads the Booz Allen Hamilton team providing systems engineering and integration process definition, data modeling, tool definition and operations for the Constellation Program. Mr. Arceneaux holds a B.S in Physics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and has completed the NASA Enterprise Architecture Certification.
Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within a year she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how.
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Mr. Berry has extensive expertise in information technology with over 25 years of experience providing programming, enterprise architecture, project management, and product support to large financial services organizations, Government Sponsored Entities (GSE), telecommunications companies, and Federal and State customers. Mr. Berry has managed large engagements and has provided hands on support for delivery. Mr. Berry currently supports a large data warehouse at the Department Of Veterans Affairs and is also participating in the implementation of a department-wide Data Governance program. Mr. Berry is a Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a degree in Computer Based Management Information Systems, and is Zachman trained in Enterprise Architecture. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Berry was a Director at Oracle Corporation where he managed consulting services to the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Energy, and Treasury. Prior to Oracle, Mr. Berry was a Sr. Manager at Fannie Mae where he managed Enterprise Architecture Planning.
Robin Bienfait is the CIO of Research In Motion, overseeing both BlackBerry Operations and Corporate IT. Prior to joining RIM, Robin held senior leadership positions within AT&T Labs and Global Network Services. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in Management of Technology, Robin also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and an associate in business degree from Maryland University – European Division.
Dr. Rupak Biswas is the chief of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, located at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. In this role, he oversees the full range of high-performance computing resources and services for NASA's primary supercomputing facility. This work encompasses managing about 150 research and development scientists, engineers, and support staff comprised of civil servants and contractors. His key responsibilities are setting high-level objectives for the division that are aligned with that of the Agency, creating and maintaining a productive high-impact computational facility, and coordinating closely with NASA senior management. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, and has been at NASA ever since. During this time, he has received several NASA awards, including the Exceptional Achievement Medal (2006) and the Outstanding Leadership Medal (2009), and two Best Paper prizes (1999, 2000) given at the international "SC" conference on high-performance computing, network, and storage. He is an internationally recognized expert in supercomputing, and has published more than 150 technical papers on a variety of scientific computing topics in archival journals and at major peer-reviewed conferences, given numerous talks at home and abroad, and edited several journal special issues.
Michael J. Bolger is the Chief Information Officer at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His organization of 130 civil servants and 700 contractors is responsible for development, integration and operations of the information technology and communications systems and services at the Center. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that information systems are acquired and managed in accordance with federal requirements and agency policy.
Bolger began working for NASA full-time in 1987. He spent 9 years as a software engineer working on teams that developed and maintained software used in Space Shuttle processing. In 1995 he performed a 7-month detail in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In 1996 he assumed a key leadership position as a member of the Checkout and Launch Control System project management team, originating business approaches and processes for the large-scale, real-time development project. Beginning in December 2002, as an office chief and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative, he managed a team of NASA and Air Force personnel responsible for technical contract management of the $2.8B Joint Base Operations Support Contract. He assumed his current position in July 2006.
Bolger grew up in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated from Indiana University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in 1999. He lives in Merritt Island with his wife Samantha and three children.
Rex is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice and leads their Cybersecurity Solution group. He has over ten years of experience providing application development, risk management and information security services to government agencies, private industry, and financial institutions. Since joining Grant Thornton, Rex has led various information security and risk management engagements including FISMA, IV&V, SOX, and OMB A-123 engagements as well as identity management and system certification and accreditation efforts. During his tenure at previous employers, Rex designed and developed complex distributed web-based applications. As a member of a managed security services team performing research and development, he co-architected and implemented a scalable information detection and prevention information aggregation solution for use in a real-time 24/7 information security monitoring system, correlating and reporting on thousands of devices. He has presented on the topic of information security and assessment methodologies to various institutions and is currently a global committee member for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Rex holds a BA in Political Science and Computer Science and an MS in Information Systems and Technology Management.
Anthony J. Bradley is a Group Vice President at Gartner Inc. and a lead analyst for social media and Web 2.0. He spearheaded the creation of and now leads Gartner’s analyst blogosphere. He also participated in the design of Gartner’s Peer Connect social media community. He has been building and investigating mass collaboration for over fifteen years. Prior to Gartner, as Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Appergy Inc., he developed several mass collaboration products. Anthony led META Group’s Digital Products Division responsible for delivering collaborative solutions for clients to execute on change initiatives using META Group content. You can continue to follow his thoughts on social media at blogs.gartner.com/anthony_bradley.
Joseph Bradley is the Senior Director of the Global Markets & Planning Practice for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). He and his team have provided financial and strategic research support to the top CXOs of several Fortune 100 companies, including British Telecom, Telecom Italia, AT&T, Comcast, Telmex, Telstra, Vodafone, and Bell Canada.
Bradley began his career as director of finance for the Ethnic Market Group at Pacific Bell, where he increased annual sales by more than 40 percent to a record level of $500 million. Later, Bradley became chief financial officer of network services, where he was responsible for financial management of an $8 billion expense program and $9 billion revenue target. With the acquisition of Pacific Bell by SBC, Bradley was appointed the vice president and general manager of the Data Communications Group at SBC. Bradley helped boost DSL revenues from less than $50,000 to more than $200 million annually. Bradley then accepted a position as Vice President Operations for C3 Communications. He was quickly promoted to senior vice president of operations for C3 Communications where he led the development of the first truly plug-and-play DSL deployment technology based on Nortel engineering. After his promotion to Chief Executive Officer, Bradley led the development of C3’s flagship product, Xpc. (a virtual computing platform).
Bradley holds a B.A. in economics with HGH honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and has completed executive management programs at several universities, including the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School Of Business and the University of California at Davis.
Jason Brvenik is Vice President, Security Strategy for Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), the creator of Snort® and a global leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. In this position he draws on more than 15 years of experience in systems design, integration, and security for large organizations as he manages Sourcefire’s Technology Research Group. Prior to this role Brvenik served as the company’s Sr. Director of Technical Services, Americas, managing field technical staff across North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. He also served as the principal technologist ensuring the company’s offerings satisfy customers’ requirements for critical infrastructure protection and are on track with evolving market needs. Since joining Sourcefire in 2002, Brvenik has remained a key contributor to Sourcefire’s open source projects and a strong advocate for the value of open source in the corporation.
Before joining Sourcefire, Brvenik was a senior security architect at beTRUSTed where he helped design and implement secure computing environments via highly scalable PKI deployments to support organizations with globally distributed infrastructure. Prior to that, Brvenik was a senior architecture consultant with Sun Microsystems specializing in secure e-commerce systems.
Burt serves as the Chief Technology Officer in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as well as the Solutions Architect for End User Services at MSFC. His main focus is to identify, infuse and sustain new IT technologies into MSFC’s environment. He also serves as the Desktop Team Lead and COTR for the ODIN Desktop Services contract at MSFC.
Burt holds a Master's of Science in Business Management/Information Systems and is a Certified Federal Enterprise Architect. He has managed and led consulting teams for large scale IT best practices development and Product Introduction projects in both small and large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena.
Some companies he has worked for and assisted include Intergraph Corporation, ADTRAN, Delco Electronics, Loral Space Systems, Mentor Graphics, TRW Aerospace, and the Canadian Department of Defense. His experience involves working with Fortune 100 and 500 companies to improve their product introduction processes as well as their end user experience.
Burt has helped formulate IT governance policies and practices for the End User community at Marshall, the ARES program as well as he Agency. He has also served as a consultant with the I3P ACES initiative for End User Services. He is the sponsor of the Technology Awareness Campaign at Marshall that showcases all IT related services and products that are available to the Marshall User base while actively championing the introduction of new technology and processes within NASA.
Wayne brings a diverse history to the Open Forum Foundation that seems to have uniquely prepared him for the issues that the Open Forum Foundation focuses on (of course, it helps that he founded the organization). Wayne’s history includes a BS Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS International Relations from New York University. He has years of entrepreneurial experience in manufacturing engineering, computers, web design and coding, electoral reform, and a smattering of other things. He has travelled throughout most of North America and Europe and is working on the rest of the world. Wayne is impassioned by people, how they relate to one another, and the role that governments play in creating or limiting the opportunities available to the average person.
You can easily find Wayne on the web through Twitter (@wmburke), LinkedIn (/wmburke), and the open4m.org website. See you there!
Ms. Burks received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also received her Master of Science Degree in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College.
Bernadette Buzzell specializes in the people side of information technology (IT). After receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University, she worked in customer service and IT, for Kinko’s Headquarters, Universal Studios and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Through her career she has developed and managed customer service departments, a 24/7 international help desk, project management teams, communication teams, IT training programs, surveying, as well as various IT customer focused processes. Additionally she has served as the project manager for implementing many, diverse IT products. In her current position, Ms. Buzzell focuses on communications, web site management and customer experience management for Marshall’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), as well as surveying and internal social media. Additionally, she serves on two NASA-wide committees, the OCIO Strategic Communications Committee (OSC2) and the NASA IT Summit Planning Committee. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Ms. Buzzell’s passion for people, and especially the customer, led her to social media where she served as the functional project manager for the implementation of an internal social networking environment for MSFC, which she currently directs. Ms. Buzzell’s social networking identity is BBBuzzell, used on LinkedIn, Twitter, Yammer, Facebook and other social network sites.
Michael W. Carleton serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a role that carries the additional title of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (DASIT). He embarked this position in July 2007.
As CIO, Mr. Carleton oversees the Department's use of information technology to improve program performance and to manage risk. Under the leadership of Mr. Carleton, the Office of the Chief Information Officer leads the Department’s information technology capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, information systems, electronic government, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department.
Mr. Carleton returned to HHS after serving seven years as CIO of the General Services Administration (GSA), where he consolidated infrastructure operations, improved the agency’s customer facing Web presence, strengthened computer security, and implemented capital planning and investment control and enterprise architecture planning programs.
In his earlier days at HHS, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Information Resources Management and CIO for the Office of the Secretary. Mr. Carleton holds a Master of Science in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University. He is also a distinguished alumnus of the National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College and the Society for Information Management International's Regional Leadership Forum. He is a past president of the Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management.
Kelly Carter is the Headquarters Chief Information Officer and Director of the IT and Communications Division. She has served in her current position since January 2009. Prior to that, she was a program analyst in the Headquarters Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation from 2005-2008, providing analysis of strategies, plans and budgets for mission support activities including workforce, infrastructure, information technology, and acquisition.
Carter transferred to NASA Headquarters from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004. Her positions at Goddard included Chief of the Information Services Division, Associate Chief of the Logistics Management Division, and several positions in the Goddard procurement organizations.
Carter has a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
Candi Castleberry-Singleton is the Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer (CIDO) at UPMC, a $7 billion integrated global health enterprise with 48,000 employees. She is responsible for the UPMC Center for Inclusion in Health Care.
A former CIDO at Motorola and Sun Microsystems, Candi has an exceptional record of coaching senior executives to build sustainable inclusion practices for the workplace, marketplace, and workforce. An experienced strategist, Candi created The Integrated Inclusion Model TM, a systems integration model that transitions companies from traditional “bolt-on” diversity processes led by human resources, to integrated work processes that shift responsibility for achieving an inclusive culture to every employee.
Candi received an MBA from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from UC Berkeley, and graduated from the Stanford University Human Resources Executive Program.
Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR), a NASA University Research Center at The University of Texas El Paso. Dr. Choudhuri's primary research interests are in aerospace systems and energy engineering. Dr. Choudhuri's current research portfolio of more than $7.45 million includes a broad range of federal and industry funded projects to support research and education in technology fronts of propulsion and energy engineering. The Center actively conducts a wide range of analytical, experimental and computational research in energy and propulsion engineering with a particular interest in green propulsion, in-situ resource utilizations, space structures, clean power generation, solar energy and carbon dioxide sequestrations. Dr. Choudhuri's vision is to establish a minority university center of excellence in advanced energy and aerospace research through strategic partnerships and educate the aerospace and energy workforce for 21st Century demographics. He received his degrees from School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (MS, 1997, PhD, 2000) and Department of Mechanical Engineering at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (BSc Engg, 1993).
Dudee Chiang is an Information Science Specialist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Library, where she leads the collection management, user outreach, and marketing functions for the Library. She has been interested in implementing new technologies for library services, so that the scientists and engineers of the Lab will be more productive. Dudee’s information management specialties include: Project management, technology implementation, user education, collection management, survey research and strategic planning.
Lucas is a civic entrepreneur in Washington, DC and has a talent for identifying emerging opportunities and building bridges between organizations. He started his professional career as a military officer, having graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a major in systems engineering and a minor in Chinese, and served five years in US Army including a one-year deployment to Iraq. He also a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Airborne School for parachuting, and earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Lucas serves as the President of the Board of the Open Forum Foundation which designs conferences and cross-sector partnerships for improving public participation between citizens, federal agencies, and Congress. His company, OnlineTownhalls , builds software to help citizens apply critical thinking and deeper deliberation in governance, education, media, and politics. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, a network of 1500 individuals and organizations working in the fields of public engagement and conflict resolution. He is also one of the organizers of the federal OpenGov Community which focuses on improving public participation, government transparency, and inter-agency collaboration.
Nick has more than twenty-six years of experience managing, leading, and developing Information Technology solutions for the Military, Intelligence, Federal Government and commercial sectors. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for EMC Federal. Prior to this, he held senior government positions as the Deputy Chief for Enterprise IT Solutions, Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was responsible for the Engineering and Program Management of all activities in the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems environment; and the IT Director and Chief Information Officer of the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where under his leadership, the organization became a tier one support activity for the U.S. Special Operations Community and a key element in the Global War on Terrorism. Nick currently serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) and regularly participates in the activities of the Technology CEO Council providing advice and guidance for Government Reform. Nick has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career to include two Defense Meritorious Civilian Service awards, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal. Nick is also a decorated Army veteran that proudly served in many campaigns to include in Iraq, Kuwait, Somalia, Rwanda, Panama, and Grenada. Nick has served on many industry and government standards boards and serves on the Boards of several small companies.
As Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, LaVerne H. Council oversees Johnson & Johnson’s global IT group. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing information technology and related systems for the $61.6B Johnson & Johnson worldwide enterprise. In this role, she is a Member of the Corporate Global Operating Committee and her organization includes more than 250 operating companies and over 4,000 information technology employees.
Ms. Council is a proven thought leader with a demonstrated track record of achievement that includes a wealth of global experience in information technology, supply chain strategy, and business operations. She was the chief architect of the company’s Innovation and Health I/T Strategy and she is currently leading the development and implementation technology strategies for Innovation and Emerging Markets.
Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Council was Global Vice President for Information Technology, Global Business Solutions and Development Services for Dell, Inc. She developed and implemented business growth solutions, created a global development model, and managed the global quality process through the implementation of Capability Maturity Model strategies.
In her previous experience, Ms. Council was a partner with Ernst and Young and led the company’s Global Supply Chain Strategy practice. She also held leadership positions focusing on infrastructure engineering, networking, security, and enterprise application interfaces.
She holds an M.B.A. in Operations Management from Illinois State University. She also has a B.S. degree in Business from Western Illinois University, graduating with highest honors.
Dinna LeDuff Cottrell is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, in Hancock County, Mississippi. Mrs. Cottrell provides leadership, planning, policy direction and oversight for the delivery and management of NASA information and NASA information technology (IT) resources at Stennis Space Center. She also oversees IT services and operations for the center’s computing infrastructure, which includes application hosting and data center services, application development and sustainment, Web development and maintenance, telecommunications, desktops, audio/visual, video, IT security, electronic forms, records management, and documentation control.
Prior to being selected as the Stennis Space Center CIO, Mrs. Cottrell served as the center’s Deputy CIO. In this capacity she served as the center’s IT Operations Manager responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of the center’s computing infrastructure to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of services to the agency and center. She developed policies and guidelines for customer support services. Additionally, she developed mechanisms to measure IT policy effectiveness and compliance. Mrs. Cottrell began her career with NASA more than 24 years ago as a co-operative education employee.
Mrs. Cottrell has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her NASA career including awards for Outstanding IT Leadership. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a charter member of the Slidell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been married for sixteen years, and she and her husband, Christopher, have two sons.
As Associate CIO for Enterprise Services and Integration, Gary Cox maintains responsibility for ensuring NASA enterprise IT services enable the NASA mission and are economical, secure and integrated. Areas of responsibilities include End-User Services, Communications Services, Web Services, Data Center Services, Enterprise Applications, Information Management, and Enterprise Service Desk Services. Mr. Cox joined the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2004 as Executive Officer, and served as Acting Deputy CIO from 2005-2006 and Associate CIO for Policy and Investments from 2008-2010.
Mr. Cox joined NASA in 1998 as contracting officer for the Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS) Program at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He later served as Branch Head in the Information Services and Advanced Technology Division at GSFC, Agency Program Manager for the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA, and acting Chief Information Officer for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
Before joining NASA, Gary served as Division Director at the U.S. Naval Academy, with responsibility for facilities support contracts and integrated business applications for the Public Works and Supply Departments. Prior to joining civil service, he served in private industry for 12 years as a multi-disciplined project manager.
Mr. Cox holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Council for Excellence in Government Fellows Program, NASA Leadership Development Program, NASA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, and Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program.
He resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with his wife and enjoys golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Linda Y. Cureton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA CIO, she provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support and enable NASA's mission. She ensures that the Agency's information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals. Accordingly, Ms. Cureton ensures the development of integrated IRM strategies, including standards, policies, NASA Enterprise Architecture, IT security, management, and operations. She has the responsibility, authority and accountability for ensuring that NASA's information assets are selected, controlled and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures, and legislation.
Ms. Cureton was appointed as the NASA CIO in September 2009. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Linda Y. Cureton served as the CIO of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and led the Information Technology and Communications Directorate. As the GSFC CIO, Ms. Cureton was responsible for ensuring that GSFC's information assets are acquired and managed consistent with Agency and Federal Government policies. She was responsible for ensuring that the Center's Information Technology strategy aligns with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Prior to her arrival at GSFC, Ms. Cureton was the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and led the Office of Science and Technology as Deputy Assistant Director. The Office of Science and Technology is responsible for providing leadership in the innovative and efficient application of science and technology used to collect, clarify, and communicate information needed to reduce violent crime, collect revenue and protect the public. As the ATF Deputy CIO, she was responsible for ensuring that the use of Information Technology for the Bureau's mission and business requirements fulfill customer and stakeholder needs.
Previously, Ms. Cureton served in executive positions at the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice.
As a strong advocate for the practical application of technology, she has served as a member of organizations such as the Government Information Technology Investment Council, the American Council for Technology, and Women in Technology.
Ms. Cureton earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in 1980 graduating magna cum laude with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Latin. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1994, and a Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. She performed extensive research in numerical analysis and has been published in the "Journal of Sound and Vibration."
She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and mother.
Luke Dahl is the manager of the Collaborative Engineering and Development Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Dakota, an MBA from California State University - Northridge, and an M.S. in Information Technology from the University of Redlands. Mr. Dahl has been working with JPL for 13 years and has broad experience in both enterprise infrastructure and software engineering and development.
As the University's Chief Information Officer, Ron leads the Information Services organization in offering academic and administrative computing, networking and telecommunications, Web, instructional and classroom technologies, and library services to the University. His recent accomplishments include completion of the design and construction of the University’s Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library; start of roll-out implementations of VoIP telephony, digital signage, and IPTV technologies campus-wide; and a data quality/business intelligence initiative.
Ron has been affiliated with Santa Clara University since September 1976, and is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering. Prior to being appointed CIO in 2000, he served in administrative capacities as Director of Information Systems (1984-1990) and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (1990-1992).
Ron holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published in the areas of satellite image processing systems, human-computer interaction, applications of technology to education, and the impact of information technologies on organizations. He has been the principal investigator on 16 externally funded grants, and has consulted for Silicon Valley industries, state and federal government organizations, and other universities. He has been honored by the University with the President's Special Recognition Award in 1995 and the Brutocao Curriculum Innovation Award in 1997. Ron has held visiting appointments at Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, served as an adjunct professor in the Santa Clara University School of Law and organizes workshops on information technology leadership for the University's Executive Development Center.
Orus is a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services practice in McLean, Virginia. Orus’ experience includes FISMA compliance, SSAE 16/SAS 70 audits, Trust Services audits, IT control assessments, and physical/information security assessments. He has extensive experience conducting technology assessments for clients both within the commercial and Federal industries. Orus has led FISMA assessments of large Federal entities as well as government contractors providing him a unique perspective from both sides of the table. Orus serves on Grant Thornton’s Cyber Security committee where he participates in guiding the Firm’s direction in Cyber Security. He is also a frequent speaker on Cloud Computing risks and strategies, including a recent presentation on Cloud Computing Audit considerations at the 2010 ISACA North America Information Risk Management Conference.
In addition to being a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Orus is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He has worked in public accounting for eleven years performing IT audit and security assessments in a breadth of industries. He received his Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from West Virginia University.
Ms. Diaz is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA’s DCIO, Ms. Diaz provides leadership to transform management of information technology capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She is responsible for revitalizing the planning, development and operations of the new IT infrastructure program created to consolidate the $4.3 billion of Agency's IT and data services. As an experienced information technology executive, she is recognized as a top agent of change who has provided innovative, business solutions and developed strong partnerships between industry and government. Ms. Diaz’s strong collaborative leadership in NASA’s Open Government Initiative Plan, garnered a number 1 “Best in Government” vote for NASA.
Prior to NASA, as the Chief Information Officer for Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, she developed and implemented $1 billion of high-profile, ground-breaking scientific programs and IT infrastructure. As she served to provide new and effective ways to fight the war on terrorism, she also served as the senior advisor on IT interoperability, biometrics, geospatial, and wireless technologies. As Deputy CIO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she helped transform USPTO electronic commerce and managed complex IT initiatives to modernize business process and data exchange systems. During Ms. Diaz's tenure as Deputy Associate Administrator of Citizen Services at General Services Agency, she created the government's first electronic government-wide citizen portal and shepherded many public-private partnerships from concept to delivery. She has provided executive leadership to the President's Management Council and was the pioneer creating many of the first e-Government initiatives such as USA.gov (FirstGov) and USA Services. Diaz also helped blaze a trail to sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where she used her background in international business to help forge private-sector development, as an international consultant and with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Robin Miller Dixon has been the Head of the Knowledge Resources and Library Services Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, for the past six years. Ms. Dixon manages both The Goddard Library in Greenbelt and the Wallops Flight Facility Technical Library at Wallops Island, Va. In addition, she is the COTR for the Library’s Contract, and Goddard COTR for the NASA’s Translation Services Contract. Ms. Dixon has been a Librarian at NASA Goddard for 20 years, the first four years as a contractor. Prior to NASA Goddard, Ms. Dixon worked in Special Collections, at Howard University Libraries and as Project Manager for library contracts in other Federal Agencies, including a library project at the Executive Office of the President.
In 2006, Ms. Dixon received a NASA Honor Award, for her leadership of the GSFC Library. She has also received several other Goddard Awards including Team Awards and Diversity Enhancement Awards. Ms. Dixon, along with entire NASA Goddard library staff won the honor of being named The Federal Library of the Year in 2002. Ms. Dixon has been a speaker at several conferences, including Computers in Libraries, The Military Librarians Conference, and at the American Library Association Conference (ALA).
Estelle Dodson is the Chief Technology Officer for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, Ames Program, collaborative science and technologies lead for the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the NASA Lunar Science Institute and co- founder of the Center for Collaboration Science and Applications (CCSA) in partnership with NASA, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and Lockheed Martin. Her other work at NASA Ames includes science writing, interface design and database development for the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she worked on the Web-based Inquiry for Science Education (WISE) at UC Berkeleyʼs Graduate School of Education and produced a year-long series of science education webcasts featuring Sylvia Earl, National Geographic Explorer, broadcast from research vessels during the NOAA Sustainable Seas Expedition. She earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. Following graduation, her interest in science communication and bridging cultures, distances and disciplines led her to teach biology and science writing to gifted high school students at the Saint Petersburg Palace of Youth in Russia.
As the Technology Systems Integrator in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters, J.C. Duh is responsible for ensuring NASA IT systems are integrated with its IT infrastructure services across NASA, and follow the appropriate architecture, technical standards, and standard operating procedures in accordance with the guidelines set by the NASA enterprise architect and IT security policy. He also works with the NASA IT Chief Technology Officer to ensure advanced technologies are timely and successfully integrated into NASA enterprise IT services.
Dr. Duh has a Ph.D. and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Michigan, a M.S. degree in System Design and Management from MIT, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan University.
He previously served as the Programs and Plans Division Director at NOAA National Weather Service where he oversaw all the system development, modernization, and enhancement projects for NOAA/NWS. Before that, he had worked at various positions at NASA for over 20 years, including being the Principal Engineer for the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Director for Special Assessment in the Office of Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters.
Robin Dumas is the Manager of the Integrated Flight Project Support Section, in the Office of the CIO at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has a Masters degree in Information Technology from the University of Redlands. Ms. Dumas has been working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 30 years. Prior to coming to JPL she worked for the Department of the Navy in Naval Aviation Logistics and served as an aviation electronics technician in the U.S. Navy. During her years at JPL, Ms. Dumas served as the IT Support Engineer for the Spitzer and SIM projects and has provided support to a variety of JPL missions including MSL, Deep Impact, GALEX, Voyager, Ulysses, Galileo, TOPEX/POSEIDON, and IRAS. Ms. Dumas is currently adjunct faculty for the University of Redlands, School of Business.
William Eshagh (pronounced "S"-Hawk) is an attorney-turned-technologist working on IT Labs and the Nebula Cloud Computing Platform out of the NASA Ames Research Center. Attracted to space and technology at an early age through the intrepid voyages of various 24th century explorers, NASA spurs his imagination. William holds a degree in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus and received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law where he served as the Managing Editor for the 25th Volume of the Santa Clara Computer and High Tech Law Journal.
Pamela Eyring is the President and Director of The Protocol School of Washington®, the only nationally accredited business etiquette, image and international protocol school in the nation. Armed with more than two decades of operational protocol and educational development, Ms. Eyring brings in-depth knowledge and skill to the etiquette and protocol industry. Formerly the Chief of Protocol at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, (and the first civilian to hold the post), she has planned and directed military, government, international and civic ceremonies, conferences, special events and Presidential visits. She was also the Executive Development Program Manager for the Education and Training Branch of Headquarters Personnel.
Ms. Eyring presents seminars and briefings to government executives, Fortune 500 companies, academia and numerous associations. Clients include AMTRAK, Bank of America, Boeing, FBI, Louis Vuitton, NASA, Tiffany & Co., International Public Management Association, and George Washington University.
Mr. Chad Fulgham was appointed as the FBI’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) in December 2008. Mr. Fulgham is responsible for the FBI’s overall information technology (IT) efforts, including developing the FBI’s IT strategic plan, operating budget, and managing all FBI IT assets. During his tenure, Mr. Fulgham has reorganized the IT Branch to be business-aligned and service oriented, secured a consolidated data center which will help the Bureau’s virtualization efforts, and oversaw numerous application development and retirement efforts to support mission requirements. Under his leadership, the FBI has also deployed an upgraded enterprise network, a next generation workspace with unified communication and collaboration tools, a systems management framework, and enhanced security technologies.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Fulgham served as a senior vice president within the Information Technology Division of Lehman Brothers for four years. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Fulgham was responsible for the identity management, messaging, wireless, instant messaging/unified communications, and electronic communications compliance engineering teams worldwide and associated support teams in the Americas. Previous roles also included Program Manager of a global information security architecture initiative, head of IT Business Continuity, and Senior Manager for Windows server-based engineering and support.
Mr. Fulgham holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.
Adrian R. Gardner’s Federal career is distinguished by over 20 years of federal service enabling mission capability and readiness within the Scientific and Defense-related sectors in an innovative and secure manner. Gardner was the recipient of 2005 Federal 100 award, which honors individuals from government, industry, and academia whose ideas and accomplishments had the greatest impact in shaping the missions, solutions, and results achieved by the government information technology community.
Gardner is a member of the Senior Executive Service and currently serves as the director of the Information Technology and Communications Directorate (ITCD) and chief information officer (CIO) for the Goddard Space Flight Center. As such, he has the responsibility, authority and accountability for ensuring that Goddard's information assets are acquired and managed consistent with agency and federal policies and procedures, and legislation; and that the center's Information Resource Management (IRM) strategy is aligned with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Other recent IT leadership positions Gardner has held include:
Rick Grandy is a Senior Manager with Lockheed Martin and is the Manager of Cyber Security at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford site. MSA provides essential services, including IT and cyber security, to DOE Hanford and Hanford site cleanup contractors. Mr. Grandy has an extensive background in enterprise Information Technology including applications programming and design, project management, infrastructure engineering and operations, records and information management, new technology planning strategic planning and cyber security. Mr. Grandy has developed and/or supported several major application systems in the nuclear field including systems controlling the refueling of a fast test reactor, systems tracking nuclear waste storage, and a real-time system performing non-destructive examination of nuclear reactor components. As Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Security Manager at the DOE Hanford site, Mr. Grandy has implemented several key improvements to the cyber security program including a comprehensive set of cyber metrics, enhanced incident detection, web application security testing and has established a penetration testing program.
Mr. Grandy served as a Director with the Washington Technology Industry Association from 2004 until 2009. Mr. Grandy is CISSP, GPEN and PMP certified, holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Whitworth University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Washington State University.
Ms. Gustetic’s experience has focused on the public sector with concentrations on open government, innovation, public private partnerships, grants management, and technology policy. Most recent experiences have involved the combination of management and strategy consulting to help define and foster business transformation within the public sector. Ms. Gustetic is an associate director at Phase One Consulting Group and in that capacity manages all of the firms open government, innovation, new media and communications work. Currently, for the Department of Transportation, Ms. Gustetic has managed the development of the DOT Open Government Plan and its subsequent implementation. In this role, she works with several White House level working groups and acts as an advisor on innovation and open government to senior executives and political appointees across this and other Departments. Ms. Gustetic spent several years as a Federal employee at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the senior program analyst for $400 million in annual transportation security grant programs. She was honored as a TSA-wide Unsung Hero for her work on modernizing the grants programs. Ms. Gustetic is experienced with social media and has led the development of a federal government blog from conception to operations. She is also a featured blogger on the government social network www.govloop.com. Ms. Gustetic speaks often at events and has also authored several papers on many topics including security policy, harnessing public-private partnerships to optimize public service delivery, and the evolution of e-democracy.
Jill A-C Hardash is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton leading the Los Angeles Strategic Technology & Innovation team. She has a She earned a BA in Business Management with a minor in Economics from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Mrs. Hardash has more than 20 years of experience providing acquisition, IT strategy & innovation, systems engineering & integration, and economic and business analysis services for space systems and other large programs to the Department of Defense, NASA and the space industry worldwide.
Tamra Hall, Ph.D. is currently Vice President, Executive Partner in Gartner Executive Programs. In this role, Dr. Hall provides professional coaching and one-on-one consultation for Public Sector CIOs and CTOs on the full range of IT issues from strategic planning to tactical implementation of emerging technologies as mission enablers.
Dr. Hall has over 20 years of experience optimizing enterprise operations and facilitating the transfer of technology into business practice. With a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, she is a recognized expert in the cultural, policy, workforce and business process issues that must be addressed to take full of advantage of technology insertion. Dr. Hall is also an acknowledged authority in evaluation methodologies and metrics to assess the impact of work practices and technologies on business outcomes. She has advised and established close working relationships with senior Government IT officials and is a frequent invited speaker on organizational transformation, innovation, the next generation workforce and technology transfer. Through application of industry best practices, she has guided her client’s most ambitious transformation programs.
Tim Hall currently serves as a NASA Group Lead at the Johnson Space Center Mission Operations Directorate Planning and Software Integration Group. He has extensive space operations experience working over 30 Space Shuttle Flights and was a certified console operator for ISS. Tim also has significant IT industry experience working for both major US corporations as well as a global IT services company. He currently leads a software team that develops applications for International Space Station (ISS) flight control teams as well as the astronaut crew. In this role, he has helped lead teams that have created software with local development organization as well as projects that have reached across several NASA space centers engaging the expertise from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory( JPL) and Ames Research Center (ARC ) centers. Several of these recent projects have automated ISS console tasks that have lead to significant reduction in staffing demands for his division. Tim is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Engineering – BS Mechanical Engineering in 1989, and has held certifications in varying software and hardware areas.
Richard is a Research and Development Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Advanced Nuclear Technology group). He is a Senior Network/System administrator and Organizational Computer Security Representative (OCSR). Richard has ten plus years working in the cyber security field. He taught Networks I&II, Server Configuration, and System Security courses at the College of Santa Fe. Richard is the former Chair/Vice Chair of the GIAC Firewall and Perimeter Protection Advisory Board (GCFW) and was the first graduate of the SANS Technology Institute (MSISE). He currently serves as a Course Advisor for SANS Technology Institute graduate students and as a SANS Technology Institute board member and former GIAC board member. He holds many cyber security certifications including, GSEC, GCFW, GCIA, GCIH, GCUX, GSNA, GSPA, CISSP, Security+, and CEH.
Barbara Henry leads the NEACC’s Project Management Office and serves as the Communication Lead for Enterprise Applications. After several years as an IT project manager for the Integrated Enterprise Management Program, Barbara led the effort to reengineer the NEACC’s customer care area. The resulting Business Readiness Approach provides a practical, scalable method for analyzing software changes, identifying and addressing end user impacts, executing usability assessment and response, and providing key, targeted, timely communications. Ms. Henry has been working with NASA for 11 years and is a certified project management professional, a certified management accountant, and is certified in leading organizational change management. Prior to coming to NASA, she was a chief financial officer in the software industry. Her interests include shopping, playing piano, reading, shopping, oil painting, cooking, shopping and travel. But mostly shopping.
Douglas Hughes is a Project Manager within the OCIO’s Computing and Network Division at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an Economics graduate from the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Hughes has been working at JPL since 1985 on projects ranging from classified DoD systems to large-scale simulations to Earth-observing ground data systems. He currently is responsible for Application Hosting, Database Hosting, Large-scale Storage, the JPL Remote Data Center and the emerging Cloud Services under the OCIO. His interests include virtualization, ground data systems, knowledge management and high availability systems.
William R. (Randy) Humphries, Jr. serves as the Acting Chief Information Officer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is responsible for managing and implementing information technology at Glenn. His responsibilities include managing administrative telecommunications, desktop computing, computer graphics and visualization; computer modeling and simulation; and high-end computing and networking.
From 2006 to August 2010, Humphries served as Deputy Director for Glenn's Space Flight Systems Directorate. He was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing activities required to manage, conceptualize, develop, and integrate space flight and ground systems in support of NASA’s exploration and science objectives. Before coming to Glenn, Humphries served as manager, Exploration and Space Operations at Marshall Space Flight Center.
Humphries joined NASA in 1991 working instrumentation on the Space Station Freedom program. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including lead instrumentation engineer for the space shuttle main engine, subsystem manager for the solid rocket booster project at Kennedy Space Center, manager for space shuttle propulsion upgrades and deputy director of the Program Development Directorate at Stennis Space Center.
During his career, Humphries has demonstrated exceptional skills in leading people, forming internal and external collaborations, and using keen business insight. His key accomplishments include successfully managing the implementation of the $3 billion Space Shuttle Safety Upgrade Program, leading the on-schedule launch of the $700 million Agency Pluto mission, and assembling a new organization at Marshall to support ISS and space exploration.
Humphries received his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1982. His awards include NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award.
Malcolm D. Jackson is EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer. In this dual role, Mr. Jackson is responsible for IT operations and security, information quality and collection, and access to environmental information including the Toxics Release Inventory. His leadership focus includes IT strategic planning and governance, IT investment management and government transparency.
Malcolm D. Jackson was appointed to serve this role by President Barack Obama. Prior to being confirmed by the Senate in June 2010, Mr. Jackson served as the Senior IT Business Unit Director of CIGNA Group Insurance. At CIGNA, he managed all IT aspects that supported short term disability, long term disability, life and accident insurance products and services. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Jackson also served as the Senior IT Business Unit Director for CIGNA Insurance Corporate Business Functions. During this tenure, Mr. Jackson directed the development of IT applications for Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Public Affairs, and Investments. In addition, Mr. Jackson had IT oversight for Corporate-Owned Life Insurance, Reinsurance, and Settlement Annuities.
Prior to joining CIGNA Insurance, Mr. Jackson held various positions in the areas of IT, engineering, marketing and general business management at Monsanto, Quaker Oats, General Dynamics, and Shell Oil Company. He has a broad business background which included consumer packaged goods, defense contracting, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and the oil and gas industries. Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson has developed expertise in IT strategy, large-scale enterprise resource planning, performance metrics development, and business process re-engineering.
Mr. Jackson was a Board member of the Children’s Literacy Initiative in Philadelphia and the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, where he chaired the membership committee. Mr. Jackson holds a B.S. from Jackson State University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
Chris Janson is the Senior Product Manager with Ciena Corporation in Linthicum, MD. In this role, Mr. Janson is focused on the IT networking needs of government agencies and application of leading technology to the challenges agencies face. He has an MBA from Boston University and a BSEE from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mr. Janson has over 20 years experience within the communications technology industry including roles in product development, systems engineering and marketing. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches courses in engineering economy and product design.
Dr. Jean-Pierre is presently working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as the Government’s End-User Services Manager where he manages the ACES contract. Dr. Jean-Pierre was a key part of the overall OCIO Information Technology Infrastructure Integration (I3P) implementation effort at NASA, including roles on the Agency Consolidated End-User Services (ACES) Product Development Team and the Source Evaluation Board to select the vendor for the Agency-wide $2.5 billion ACES contract. In 2003, Dr. Jean-Pierre was admitted in the Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP), a two-year leadership program, designed to prepare future leaders at NASA Goddard. In March 2005, Dr. Jean-Pierre graduated from the Accelerated Leadership Program and was subsequently assigned a Project Manager position where he managed the ODIN contract.
Since 2003, Dr. Jean-Pierre has been a part-time Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Business, the MBA program, where he teaches Management and Organizational Behavior, Managerial Strategy and Policy, Global Strategic Management and Cross-Cultural Management. Dr. Jean-Pierre has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Government at various universities such as Howard University, and George Washington University.
This fall semester 2011, Dr. Jean-Pierre will be teaching “Managing People and Performance” in the MBA program at the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Jean-Pierre earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration/Public Policy and American Government, an MBA degree in Management from Howard University, a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University, and a Leadership Development Certificate from the Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Jimenez is CSC's Chief Diversity Officer, reporting to the Chairman, President and CEO and to the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, with responsibilities for advancing the diversity and inclusion program within CSC. He is responsible for working closely with Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders and sponsors and CSC executives globally to develop business initiatives allowing CSC the ability to attract diverse talent in all markets.
Previously Mr. Jimenez was President of the Strategy and Development division within CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS). He was responsible for strategy development, high growth market segments, innovation and intellectual property programs, delivery assurance, communications, and government relations. Mr. Jimenez was also responsible for the formulation and execution of mergers and acquisition strategy for the NPS. Prior to NPS, he served as President of the Enforcement, Security and Intelligence division of CSC's Federal Sector. Mr. Jimenez has extensive experience in the national and military intelligence communities. Prior to the acquisition of Nichols Research and Welkin Associates by CSC, Mr. Jimenez was President of National Programs for Nichols and Vice president and Business Unit Leader of Welkin.
In earlier assignments, Mr. Jimenez has been senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a computer and security engineering technical services company and Director of Strategic Planning and Advanced Concept Development of multiple national security classified programs. He has a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Jimenez is a member of the board of directors of the Fairfax County Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association Intelligence Committee, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Military Intelligence Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the INSA Governance Committee, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, the Hispanic College Fund, and TechAmerica.
In her role as Agency Project Coordinator for the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI), Darla J. Jones, who is employed by Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, is responsible for assisting the NASA Office of Education OSSI Sponsor and Business Owner in the implementation and coordination of OSSI:SOLAR efforts and activities Agencywide.
Jones has provided program management support to the Educational Programs Office at NASA Glenn Research Center for 11 years. She has managed and supported programs to inspire, engage, educate and employ students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These programs provided pre-college collegiate and internships for high school students, and internships and scholarships for underrepresented/underserved undergraduate students.
Jones has government certification in project management and is an accomplished multi-project manager. She is the recipient of a Recognition Award for Leadership and Support to the One Stop Shopping Initiative; NASA Group Achievement Award for increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in NASA educational programs and the NASA Martin Luther King Diversity Award for working with her summer high school students to adapt toys for students with disabilities.
She has a Criminal Justice degree and is currently pursuing an Organizational Leadership degree from Baldwin Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio.
Kevin D. Jones works with NASA centers to create strategies for internal social media & networking technologies and then implement and manage them. His focus is on performance improvement using Enterprise 2.0.
Kevin has a Master’s degree in Instructional & Performance Technologies from Boise State University and a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oregon. He speaks several times a year at conferences as a keynote speaker and in sessions regarding using social technologies within organizations.
Kevin Jones was named NASA’s IPv6 Transition Manager in October 2010. He has a Masters in Systems Management from the Notre Dame De Namur University. Mr. Jones has been working for NASA for 17 years. He has supported numerous IT projects: Getting the internet into the classroom with the Ames K-12 Internet Initiative, upgrading the Ames LAN with ARCLAN 2000, supporting advanced networking challenges for customers with high performance network requirements such as High End Computing with the NASA Research and Engineering Network (NREN) and serving as the Ames acting Deputy CIO during a six month detail assignment.
Rich Keller is a computer scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. He serves as technical manager for the Information Sharing and Integration Group within the Collaboration and Assistant Systems Technical Area. For over 20 years, Dr. Keller has managed NASA R&D projects in the areas of intelligent information management, collaborative systems, and semantic technologies. He has produced award-winning decision support and knowledge management systems for a wide range of NASA personnel, including astrobiologists, space and earth scientists, spaceflight controllers, accident investigators, and air traffic safety managers. Keller developed one of the first Semantic Web applications to be deployed within NASA – SemanticOrganizer, a semantics-based information repository for distributed NASA engineering and science teams. SemanticOrganizer was used by a wide variety of different groups, including teams of accident investigators studying Shuttle Columbia, and teams of astrobiologists studying early-earth microbial ecosystems. Keller recently completed work on XSearch, a specialized search and information integration engine deployed within the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus in artificial intelligence, from Rutgers University. His interests include semantic technologies, collaborative environments, knowledge management, automated knowledge acquisition, information integration, indexing and search systems, computer-human interaction, and digital libraries.
Scott is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group. Organizations around the world use his lab open-source design tools, and several books and popular press articles have covered his research. He and his co-authors have received a best paper award several times at both of the premier human-computer interaction conferences (CHI and UIST), Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and NSF CAREER award. He is the program co-chair of UIST 2011, has served on the advisory board to the CCA Interaction Design Program and NTT DoCoMo Labs, and has provided legal and design consulting on mobile interaction. He has been an invited speaker at venues around the world, from conference keynotes and distinguished colloquia to the National Academy of Engineering. His former PhD students are now leaders at the world's best universities, research organizations, and in Silicon Valley. He received a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Richard L. Klobuchar brings 30 years of experience in large-scale project planning and execution, cloud computing and storage, electronic records management, enterprise and security architecture, high-performance computing, digital libraries, electronic commerce, open systems standards, expert systems, neural networks, search and retrieval, and object-oriented programming.
At SAIC, Dr. Klobuchar is currently Moderator of SAIC’s Cloud Computing Community of Practice and provides leadership in cloud computing assessment; cloud security, privacy and risk assessment; cloud governance/standards; applications development and migration; as well as SAIC’s cloud vendor “ecosystem”. He is a charter member of both the TechAmerica Federal Cloud Computing Advisory Committee and FedRAMP Committee (Federal Risk Assessment and Management Program). For NIST, he currently co-chairs the NIST Cross-cutting Business Use Case Committee developing use cases for federal agency consideration under the Federal Cloud-First strategy.
At SAIC, Dr. Klobuchar is currently the Project Manager and Chief Architect for the NARA Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and E*Trade projects. With the AAD Project, he was selected in 2009-10 to be part of SAIC’s cyber television and print advertisement and branding campaign. He was principal developer of FEMA’s first Information Technology Architecture. For the Navy, he was awarded the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the Navy’s highest civilian award. He served as the principal operations analyst for four (4) Navy fleet commands; including the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT). At Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. Klobuchar conducted R&D on high-energy nuclear reactions and is credited with co-discovering two (2) new isotopes of Uranium and Neptunium.
Monica Kumar is the Technical Lead in the Collaboration Services team part of the Enterprise Applications group at Genentech Informatics. Monica started at Genentech 6 years back as a web applications developer and in 2007 was instrumental in moving Genentech to Google Apps by migrating the entire company from Oracle Calendar to Google Calendar. She has identified and enabled opportunities for extending Google’s cloud computing and development platform/framework, and integrating with other enterprise applications in unique and compelling ways. She leads and co-ordinates software development across third parties both on-shore and off-shore teams. She also drives processes that enable cloud applications to be made operational and supported in the enterprise world. Since the merger with Roche, she has led the calendar interoperability effort keeping a very strong customer focus in mind and continues to work closely with Google on enhancements that meet business requirements across the various current and upcoming cloud apps by providing ongoing feedback and taking part in trusted tester programs to help shape the product for large enterprises like Genentech. She holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science.
Jeff Lake is responsible for the sales, business, marketing, and technical operations of Proofpoint’s US Federal Government team. Proofpoint’s numerous Federal customers span the Department of Defense, Federal Civilian agencies, and the Intelligence Community (IC). He most recently served in a similar role at Fortinet, Inc, growing the Federal revenues at record levels. In this role, he led the Federal team to consecutive record quarters in their customer acquisition and revenue building efforts, adding key customers in major DoD, intelligence community, and civilian agency areas. With more than 20 years of technology experience, 10 of it in messaging security, Jeff has held several leadership positions in technical sales, consulting and operations. Jeff was a commissioned U.S. Army Military Intelligence officer, holds a Top Secret security clearance, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University.
Monica S. Lam has been a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University since 1988, after receiving her PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the Faculty Director of the Stanford MobiSocial Computing Laboratory. Her current research interest is in creating open social computing platforms. She has worked in the areas of high-performance computing, compiler optimizations, software analysis to improve security, and simplifying computer management with virtualization. She is a co-author of Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, also known as the "Dragon Book". She is the founding CEO and the Chief Scientist of MokaFive, a desktop virtualization company started by her research group in 2005. Monica is an ACM Fellow.
Dr. Arthur M. Langer is Chairman of Workforce Opportunity Services. He holds a number of faculty appointments and positions at Columbia University, including the Graduate School of Business, The School Graduate School of Education and the School of Continuing Education. Dr. Langer is also the Senior Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Community Engagement at the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Langer’s research involves the study of Information Technology organizations in the workplace, reflective practices, mentoring, distance education, intellectual development, learning transformation theory, higher education and the design of technology-based curricula. Dr. Langer is the author of IT and Organizational Learning (2011), Analysis and Design of Information Systems (2007), Applied Ecommerce (2002), and The Art of Analysis (1997) and has published articles and papers relating to service learning for underserved populations, IT organizational integration, mentoring and staff development. Dr. Langer consults with corporations and universities on information technology, staff development, management transformation, and curriculum development around the Globe.
Dr. Daniel Laughlin co-manages NASA’s Learning Technologies project, which supports the research and development of cutting-edge educational tools that combine NASA mission content with innovative technologies and best education practices. He is research faculty with the GESTAR located at Goddard Space Flight Center. His doctoral work in education at American University was focused on technology and metacognition.
Dr. Laughlin leads research and development efforts on virtual worlds and games in education for NASA Education. His work on virtual worlds includes collaboration on NASA’s presence in Second Life and OpenSim. He is the author of Overcoming Objections to MUVEs in Education in Vincenti and Braman’s Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom. Dr. Laughlin is the project lead for the award winning Moonbase Alpha, a free multiplayer online game based on NASA’s lunar architecture.
Dr. Tsengdar Lee manages the High-End Computing Program from NASA Headquarters. He is responsible for maintaining the high-end computing capability to support the agency's aeronautics research, human exploration, scientific discovery, and space operations missions. Lee is also the manager of the NASA Weather Data Analysis Program, focusing on the transition of research results into the operational forecast centers and the acceleration of operational use of research data. Two major activities include the multi-agency Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation and the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center.
Lee joined NASA in 2001 as the High-End Computing Program Manager for the Earth Science Enterprise. He was responsible for the Earth science computational modeling needs, primarily focusing on weather and climate modeling. Between 2002 and 2006, Lee also managed the Earth Science Global Modeling Program. He funded research efforts to study the global climate change, weather forecasting, and hurricane prediction problems.
Prior to 2001, Lee held positions as Senior Technical Advisor with Northrop Grumman Information Technology and Senior Staff Engineer with Litton PRC. He worked on the Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) project for the National Weather Service. He was responsible for the rapid development, integration, and commercialization of the AWIPS client-server system. Lee also was a principal engineer on the effort to develop the AWIPS network monitoring and control system.
Lee received two graduate degrees from Colorado State University, a PhD in Atmospheric Science in 1992 and an MS in Civil Engineering in 1988.
Chung-Sheng Li is currently the director of Commercial System and Principle Investigator of the Research Cloud Computing Initiative in IBM Research Division.
His research interests include cloud computing, security and compliance, digital library and multimedia databases, knowledge discovery and data mining. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 journal and conference papers and received the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2003. He is both a member of IBM Academy of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Chung-Sheng received his BSEE degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1984, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He has been with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since Sept. 1991.
Matt is an IT Security specialist with 18 years of IT experience. Formally educated in Disaster Management (with a minor in philosophy), he approaches NASA's security challenges from a logical, risk-based approach yet remains comfortable with the chaos and intrigue caused by the threats we face. His current work includes security hardening, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing and forensics for NASA's Ames Research Center. In addition to his IT Security work he is attached as a Rescue Specialist to California's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
Greta Lowe is an IT Project Manager for the Information Management Branch in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Langley Research Center. She has a Masters degree in Information Studies from Florida State University with studies in information retrieval and IT systems. Ms. Lowe has been working for NASA for 9 years and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Ms. Lowe serves as the Lead for the NASA Digital Library team and is a member of the Agency Knowledge Management team. Prior to coming to NASA she was the Head of Reference Services at Hampton University for 5 years. Her interests include information retrieval, information management, knowledge management, Enterprise search and library services.
Brenda R. Manuel, NASA's Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, is responsible for developing and directing the agency's equal opportunity, civil rights compliance, and diversity strategies, programs and processes. In this capacity, she establishes agency-wide policies on diversity and equal opportunity to ensure statutory, regulatory and fiduciary compliance with internal and external equal opportunity laws; and ensures consistency of approach to improve functional performance across the agency and create an inclusive workplace.
Ms. Manuel has focused on carrying out her responsibilities through the development and implementation of multifaceted, comprehensive and proactive Agency-wide programs and initiatives such as the Conflict Management Program and the Agency Diversity Framework. She has also implemented an external civil rights enforcement program, including an unprecedented Title IX onsite compliance review program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), recognized by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division as a model for other federal agencies.
Ms. Manuel previously served as acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs and Director of the Discrimination Complaints Division. Serving in these roles, Ms. Manuel was responsible for managerial direction of NASA’s equal opportunity and diversity programs. She also directed NASA's agency-wide EEO complaints program with responsibility for policy development and interpretation, including administration of the agency's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program for EEO complaints.
She holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and juris doctor degree from the George Washington University Law Center, Washington. D.C., and is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.
Ed McLarney is the Chief Technology Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Langley Research Center. He has an M.S. in operations research and systems analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. McLarney has been working at NASA since January 2011, and draws upon military experience in modeling & simulation development, technical management and deployment of prototype information sharing systems, cross-domain information sharing prototypes for sharing information among multiple classified networks, and outreach with industry and multinational partners. Mr. McLarney’s interests include frameworks for technical innovation, open source, open standards, mobile devices, cloud computing, models & simulations, and applied music technology.
As CTO for the Johnson Space Center, James is responsible for developing IT technology innovation strategies for NASA as well as ensuring that the various NASA Programs and Directorates have the IT tools and support to meet their missions.
Prior to working at NASA, James was a consultant to Fortune 100 companies and was a founder/partner of several entrepreneurial companies. He has also worked for Lockheed Martin, Panhandle Eastern, and the El Paso Company in various managerial positions. Involved in IT since 1976, James has experience in numerous areas including mainframe operations, applications programming, systems software, data center design & operations, disaster recovery, help desk, commercial software development, telecommunications, global networking, and security.
James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and certifications as CISSP, CCNA, and CCDA.
Phillip Newman is the head of the Office of Scientific Computing in the Astrophysics Division at Goddard Space Flight Center. He has a BS in Computer Science from Bowie State University, Masters coursework in programming at John Hopkins and a BS in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music. Mr. Newman has been supporting the computing environment in the Astrophysics discipline for over 20 years as a systems administrator, systems engineer and IT manager. Computing interests include virtualization, storage solutions, networking and IT security.
Ken Norlin serves as the CIO at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Ken’s background is in flight simulation. He started as a simulation software engineer at NASA Dryden in 1989 and was the lead on several simulation efforts including the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability, F-16XL Supersonic Laminar Flow Control, SR-71 Aerospike, and F-18 Autonomous Formation Flight projects; eventually taking on the simulation software group lead role in 2001. In 2008, Ken joined the Office of the CIO as the Deputy CIO.
Andrea Norris is the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also serves as the Deputy CIO and Director of the Division of Information Systems within NSF's Office of Information Resource Management. Her responsibilities include management of the Foundation's information management program and information technology (IT) environment, including policy, plans, governance, business applications, networks, help desks, telecommunications, data center operations, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining NSF in 2001, Ms. Norris was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Management for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), providing senior leadership and management oversight of the agency's $2 billion investment in information technology. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Ms. Norris worked for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where she supported a wide range of engagements delivering management and technical solutions to clients. Prior to joining industry, Ms. Norris served on the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (Grace Commission), a Presidential Commission that recommended how to incorporate private sector efficiencies in the Federal government.
Ms. Norris has a M.B.A. with a major in Information Systems Management from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Ms. Norris received a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2008 for her outstanding sustained leadership, vision and exemplary record of service and achievement.
Ray O’Brien was recently named to the CTO position at NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to this assignment, O’Brien was project manager for NASA’s Nebula cloud computing initiative. In this role, O’Brien managed the progression of Nebula from a pilot platform to a NASA capability that is planning to undergo an Agency review to validate operational readiness. During his term as project manager, Nebula’s Nova fabric controller was chosen as one of the two foundational components of the Openstack open source cloud initiative, along with Rackspace’s Cloud Files object store capability.
O’Brien joined NASA Ames Research Center in 1982 working as a contract programmer-analyst and later as a tech support specialist. In 1989 became a NASA employee and has since served in many positions, including project manager, branch chief, and division chief. During his career at NASA Ames, O’Brien has been responsible for supporting a wide-range of information technologies.
Mr. O’Dell has over twenty-five years’ experience with program management and executive interface, large enterprise technical support and enhancement, high technology systems, information systems engineering, technical management, systems architecture and development methodologies. Accomplished in Enterprise Architecture, systems development, technology insertion, integration and implementation, systems analysis and design, and application of organizational and management skills.
Mr. O’Dell began his career serving in the military for almost nine years. Also during that time, he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, completed a Master of Arts in Business Management in 1977, and fulfilled the requirements for certification as an IT professional in DoD in 1979. On his return to the civilian community, Mr. O’Dell leveraged his business degrees and technology training by providing information technology and programmatic support for technology development and insertion efforts at the American Automobile Association. Mr. O’Dell’s civilian technology experience continued through involvement in organizations as diverse as technology startup companies, to large technology integration and auditing entities.
Most recently Mr. O’Dell continues his government service by directing information technology services and infrastructure supporting the NASA Shared Services Center and performing as the Host Center CIO for the NASA End-User Support, as well as the NASA Enterprise Service Desk programs.
Alan Paller is director of research at the SANS Institute, a graduate degree granting institution and the principal cyber security training school. SANS' 115,000 alumni are technical security experts and managers holding responsible positions in cyber defense, offense, and law enforcement in more than 60 countries. Alan directs SANS research programs including the widely used Internet Storm Center - the early warning system for the Internet and the annual "Greatest Risks in Cyber Security" study. He also oversees NewsBites, the bi-weekly summary of the top news in security that goes to 210,000 people, and @RISK, and the weekly authoritative summary of all new vulnerabilities and all critical new vulnerabilities made known during the past week that goes to 120,000 people.
Alan has testified several times before both the House and Senate and in 2001 President Clinton named him as one of the first members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2005, the Federal CIO Council selected him as their annual Azimuth Award winner recognizing the one person outside government whose vision and leadership have done the most to improve federal information technology. In 2007, eWeek and Baseline magazines selected Alan as one of the 100 most important people in the information technology industry.
Earlier in his career, Alan was an entrepreneur who built the first large computer graphics software company, took it public and merged it into a New York Stock Exchange company. Alan also created The Data Warehousing Institute, wrote two books: The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers (Dow Jones, 1990), and "How to Give The Best Presentation of Your Life" (ISSCo, 1978), and chaired more than 150 national and international conferences ranging from the CIO Perspectives conference put on by CIO magazine to the SCADA Security Summits in the US and Europe sponsored by SANS.
Alan's degrees are from Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Clarence Pape is an expert in developing scalable systems and solutions for Military, Civilian Government, and Commercial markets. Mr. Pape has spent the last year at Intelligent Decisions (ID) building an Innovative Professional Services Solutions Group focused on DOD and VA Customers. Prior to joining ID, Mr. Pape served at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he ran and oversaw applications, networks, and support infrastructures across multiple classification levels. Mr. Pape has held numerous roles as a system integrator throughout the Federal, DOD and Commercial Community over the past 20 years. Clarence Pape is a graduate of the University of West Florida as well as PMP, ITIL, CMMI Certified and also served as a USMC Infantry Officer.
Dr. Paul is the Global Government Research Relationship Manager in IBM’s Research Division. In this role, he helps develop joint strategies, provides linkages between IBM Research worldwide and the Government Industry, and is a trusted advisor and thought leader. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, PA and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He has authored 55 technical papers, edited three books, organized three international conferences and chaired numerous sessions in various national and international conferences.
Sandy Peavy was named the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FLETC) first Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Director in November 1999 and was selected into the Senior Executive Service in 2006. In this position, Ms. Peavy works closely with the FLETC and its Partner Agencies to explore and fully utilize information technology in support of the Center’s law enforcement training mission. As a member of FLETC’s executive team, she helps influence our nation’s law enforcement through training. Prior to joining the FLETC, Ms. Peavy worked at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) where she served as the Deputy Director for Communications and Information. She was responsible for developing policy and guidance for all plans and programs for 13 AFRC host bases and 43 tenant locations. She also led an A-76 effort to perform all communications and information functions at eleven AFRC bases. Ms. Peavy began her Federal career in 1979 as a GS-03 Computer Assistant for the Office of Personnel Management in Macon, GA. In 1981, she transferred to the Department of Defense (DoD) at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WRALC), Robins Air Force Base, GA, where she served as a computer operator, computer programmer, and then systems administrator for the next five years.
Max Peterson is Vice President and General Manager, for Dell Federal’s Civilian Agency and Intelligence business. Mr. Peterson is responsible for serving the information technology needs of federal clients and federal systems integrators using Dell’s full suite of products and services. His customer-focused account teams ensure federal customers receive responsive, accurate information about IT products and services designed to meet their mission requirements. Dell Federal’s technical, contract management and service organizations deliver cost competitive IT solutions with best-in-industry performance, easy acquisition alternatives and outstanding support. Your mission is our priority.
Mr. Peterson is a government industry veteran with over two decades of experience. He joined Dell in May of 2007. Prior to joining Dell, he was vice president, federal sales for CDW-G and vice president, public sector for Commerce One. Among Mr. Peterson’s government IT accomplishments, at Commerce One, his organization was responsible for many e-government “firsts” such as Navy Seaport and GSA’s FirstGov.Gov citizen portal.
Mr. Peterson earned both a bachelor's degree in finance and master's of business administration in management information systems from the University of Maryland. He is an active member of the Industry Advisory Council, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and past board member of the Government Information Technology Executive Council.
In 2009, Jonathan Q. Pettus was named Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. He is responsible for leading the delivery and operations of information technology solutions to enable Marshall’s programs and mission, including the Center’s computing infrastructure, communications networks, and software systems. In 2005, Mr. Pettus was named Director, Marshall's OCIO, serving in this capacity until his appointment as Agency CIO at NASA Headquarters in 2007. At the Agency, he managed an integrated portfolio of information technology infrastructure and applications that support NASA’s human spaceflight, scientific, and aeronautical programs.
From 2002 to 2005, he served as the Director, NASA Integrated Enterprise Management Program (IEMP) Competency Center, an organization that supports NASA business systems for improving fiscal and management accountability. In 2000, Mr. Pettus was named manager of the IEMP. From 1997 to 2000, he served as implementation manager for the Integrated Financial Management Program, NASA's computerized business management model.
In 1987, Mr. Pettus earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics history from the University of North Alabama. He earned a master's degree in computer science in 1995 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was awarded a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2010, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2008, NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership in 2005, Medal for Exceptional Service in 2001 and 2006, and Special Service Awards in 1997 and 2001.
Karen Petraska is presently serving as the Service Executive for Data Centers in the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer, leading NASA’s response to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and exploring larger overall agency computing issues including cloud computing. Karen has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and 25 years of experience between academia, industry and government. She has worked in several areas of enterprise IT infrastructure services including messaging, directories, authentication/authorization, networks, data centers and IT security and has a significant interest in the challenges of technology and policy integration in large organizations. Karen most recently served as the NASA Service Executive for Authentication and Authorization where she led NASA’s HSPD-12 implementation and delivered several key capabilities to ensure NASA’s compliance. Previously she served as the Chief Information Officer at NASA’s Ames Research Center and before that, as the Chief of the Information Services and Technology Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Jeff Preston leads the outreach, communication and usability for Mobile applications deployed by the NEACC, and was key in designing many high-usage apps including; Access Launchpad, WebTADS Mobile, and the NASA AppStore. Mr. Preston is a Certified Usability Analyst, and holds additional certifications in leading organizational change management, ITIL, Microsoft, and Adobe. He has been working with NASA for four years as a consultant from Booz | Allen | Hamilton. Prior to NASA, Mr. Preston worked with several other government entities including the Internal Revenue Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Air Force. His interests include golf, acoustic guitar, cooking, traveling, and the Atlanta Braves.
Larry Quinlan is a principal at Deloitte LLP and serves as the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and as U.S. CIO for Deloitte LLP. As CIO, Larry has responsibility for all facets of technology including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution. He leads the worldwide technology organization.
Larry has been with Deloitte since 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Global CIO for Deloitte Consulting LLP and National Managing Principal for Process Excellence. As Process Excellence leader, Larry led the US enterprise-wide effort to increase margins and effectiveness through continuous process improvement using the Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Larry holds an MBA and a BS in Industrial Management.
Gabriel Rangel serves as a senior solutions architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he identifies and introduces new technologies. He also works closely with industry partners and innovators. Recently, he has specialized in collaboration technologies and has many stories to tell.
A senior IT executive and philanthropist, Atefeh (Atti) Riazi has served in both the public and private sectors as CIO, managing large-scale technology projects.
Currently, as CIO of the New York City Housing Authority, Atti’s mission is to deploy technology to improve customer service, enhance operations, manage buildings through smart automation, and close the digital divide impacting public housing residents. Atti also serves as Executive Director of CIOs Without Borders, a global non-profit, focused on using technology for the good of humanity.
Earlier in her career, Atti served as CIO of global communications giant Ogilvy, with 497 offices in 125 countries, serving more than 2300 clients. As Ogilvy’s CIO, Atti was publicly ranked #44, by CIO Insight magazine, among the top global CIOs earning the firm a place on Information Week’s list of the most innovative 500 companies in using technology.
Prior to this, Atti occupied the CIO slot at MTA New York City Transit, North American’s leading public transportation agency, where she implemented the $1.5 billion automated fare collection system, MetroCard.
In her career, Atti has racked up an impressive number of innovations, using technology to transform organizations from top to bottom.
A graduate of Stony Brook University in electrical engineering, and the author of many articles and studies, Atti speaks frequently on issues involving technology, organizations, and work. She has delivered keynote addresses and seminars globally, and serves on the Board of major financial and marketing organizations.
James Rinaldi is JPL’s Chief Information Officer. He has direct management responsibility over JPL’s Institutional Computing and Information Services Office and works closely with information technology management, supporting end users of the engineering, interplanetary network and finance/business operations. Jim has more than 25 years of experience with information systems in government and industry. He was the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he had overall responsibility for the planning, development and delivery of information systems across the FDA. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Information Technology Services at the IRS and Chief of Business Systems Integration. While at the IRS, Jim helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-Gov initiative as well as provide guidance and expertise on the IRS Modernization efforts. Jim spent 16 years at the Marriott Corporation in Bethesda, MD, where his last position was senior vice president for information resources, operations and services. He was responsible for designing, building and operating Marriott International's technology infrastructure, consisting of computer hardware, software and global networking for over 2,000 locations, including the corporate computing center. He was directly involved in Marriott's E-commerce business, business processes and initiatives, as well as Web architecture hosting. Jim has a bachelor of arts in computer science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He has successfully completed executive and leadership development programs at the University of Maryland in College Park. Jim is an award recipient of the Federal 100 – the top executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2010.
Warren Robinett has designed computer software and hardware for the last 35 years. In 1978, he designed the Atari video game Adventure, the first action-adventure video game. In 1980, he co-founded The Learning Company, a publisher of educational software, where he designed the educational game Rocky’s Boots, which taught digital logic design to grade-school children using interactive visual simulation, and which received several Software of the Year awards in 1983. In the mid-1980s, at NASA's Ames Research Center, he designed the software for the Virtual Environment Workstation, NASA’s pioneering virtual reality project. In the 1990s, at the University of North Carolina, he co-invented the NanoManipulator, a virtual-reality interface to a scanning-probe microscope, which allowed a scientist to be "virtually present" on the surface of a microscopic sample within the microscope – so as to see, touch, and manipulate the sample. Since 2003, he has worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in the group which discovered a new electronic component – the memristor, there working on defect-tolerant architectures for memristor-based computing hardware. He has degrees from Rice University and the University of California at Berkeley.
As Deputy Director, Office of the MSFC CIO, Mr. Rodgers is responsible for the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center (NEACC) located in Huntsville, AL, at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The Competency Center is an organization consisting of 63 NASA and approximately 325 contractor personnel providing integrated business process and technical support for the Agency's enterprise administrative/business applications. In this capacity, he is responsible for the continued evolution of NASA's installed SAP and other Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) solutions, the Agency's enterprise application integration architecture for business systems and operational responsibility for the NASA Data Center (NDC). Prior to his current position, Mr. Rodgers served as Deputy Manager for all information technology aspects of NASA's initial SAP implementation project that delivered an integrated financials solution currently used by all 10 NASA sites. Mr. Rodgers has worked in various information technology positions at NASA for the past 22 years including playing a key role in the Agency’s innovative network and personal computer services outsourcing initiative.
Mr. Rodgers graduated from Auburn University in 1987 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and 1988 with a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Jeff began his career with NASA in 1991 as a research engineer designing robotic control systems and end effectors for use in space-based applications. He also conducted research in the field of computer vision techniques applied to the control of robotic manipulators and has served as a mentor in robotics and control systems to both high school and university students for more than a decade. For several years Jeff was involved with the development of network technologies as part of NASA’s High Performance Computing and Communications Program prior to becoming the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. He is responsible for organizational leadership, strategic planning, and technical implementation associated with information systems and processes supporting NASA’s mission. Jeff is a member of NASA’s 2008 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program class. He completed the SESCDP program in 2010 after serving at NASA Headquarters as the integration manager for NASA’s Information Technology Infrastructure Integration Program acquisitions and is now the acting CIO at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and lives in Yorktown, Virginia with his wife and two children.
Gregg A. Serene joined the Unclassified Cyber Security team at the Department of Energy Hanford site in September, 2009. Since then he has implemented a cyber security metrics suite, a DMZ test regimen, and a web application security test program. He holds the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) certifications. Prior to joining the Hanford team Gregg supported multiple Lockheed Martin clients, developing policies, processes, and procedures in cyber security and IT service management. He has a Bachelors degree in accounting and Masters degrees in theology, semitic languages, and ancient near eastern studies. Gregg has prior work experience in software development and public accounting.
Derek Shaw is the senior security analyst for the Advanced Supercomputing Division and member of the security team located at Ames Research Center. He currently holds CISSP certification. Mr. Shaw has been working at NASA Ames Research Center as a contractor for 12 years and is currently employed by CSC. He has extensive experience in intrusion detection systems, computer forensics, network flow analysis in relation to security, and security event aggregation and correlation. His interests include security monitoring systems, data visualizations, and data aggregation and correlation.
Betsy L. Sirk has served as the Electronic and Information Technology (Section 508) Coordinator for the Goddard Space Flight Center since the inception of the law in 2001. Ms. Sirk has over 25 years of leadership experience in program, project, technical, and contract management, with an emphasis on implementing information technology-based solutions in support of NASA’s missions. Beginning her Federal career at NASA Headquarters, Ms. Sirk provided leadership for a variety of agency wide programs and projects. As Director of Information Systems for the Office of Space Flight, Ms. Sirk led the design and implementation of the first information system and technical infrastructure for the Office of Space Flight, providing unprecedented connectivity among NASA Headquarters and Centers. Ms. Sirk served as Deputy Director for the Information Resources Management Office in the Office of Management Systems, leading the development and implementation of agency administrative information systems. As Integrated Asset Management Program Manager, Ms. Sirk led the definition and implementation of a lifecycle approach to manage NASA's $30 billion physical asset inventory. In 2000, Ms. Sirk transferred to the Goddard Space Flight Center, where she continues to perform in Information Technology leadership and management roles, including strategic sourcing and vendor management. Ms. Sirk has received numerous NASA performance and superior accomplishment awards for her program and project management, and leadership. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree (Psychology/Statistics), and earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from the George Washington University.
Nicholas Skytland is a NASA engineer, designer, entrepreneur, and advocate for NASA’s Open Government Initiative. He has a passion for engaging all generations in the adventure of space exploration and is continually working to help NASA embrace new technologies, increase public participation and innovate on how the Agency does business. Combining elements of space exploration, science, technology, visual art and storytelling, Skytland is well known for many of his presentations promoting NASA, the human space program, participatory exploration and the Open Government initiative. Skytland has worked at NASA for 10 years, most recently as a project manager in NASA’s Human Research Program, planning future exploration missions, designing the next generation space suits, and developing an open-source computational model to simulate human response to spaceflight. He previously worked in the Strategic Partnerships Office encouraging new partnerships and collaboration with industry, academia and other governments. He has also worked at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory training astronauts for future spaceflight missions.
Shari Slate is Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Cisco’s Americas Region. She is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers.
In addition to driving an inclusion strategy designed to attract and select new talent, develop and engage existing talent, and create an inclusive environment within the sales organization, Shari’s team leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.
Prior to joining Cisco, Shari served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Global Community Affairs at Sun Microsystems. Shari received The Network Journal's 2009 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Award as well as the prestigious Star Award for sales excellence earlier in her career at Xerox. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.
Stephanie Smith is the enterprise integration and operations manager for the HP NASA Agency Consolidated End-user Services (ACES) program. In this role, Smith is responsible for all Information Technology Infrastructure Library Version 3 (ITIL V3) processes for service delivery to end users. Her team executes service delivery with emphasis on optimizing cost and time efficiencies in ITIL V3 processes, use of automation tools and knowledge databases, and HP’s Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) approach for end-to-end service management for the NASA ACES program.
Smith joined EDS, now HP, in 2003 and supported the HP Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) account by serving as the site transition manager for one of the Naval Nuclear community shipyards and evolved to the program manager for the entire Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information (NNPI) program. She has successfully delivering more than 125,000 seats and supporting infrastructure across NMCI.
Smith has also facilitated workshops for Lean Six Sigma assessments for process improvement projects and has developed and led the transition plans and proposals for two U.S. Government agencies.
During her 17 year career with the U.S. Navy prior to joining HP, Smith served in a variety of positions including contracting officer, base communications officer and command CIO. Smith is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, a Program Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Mary Smaragdis is Senior Director, Storytelling at Yahoo! where she is responsible for crafting the corporate story and driving awareness and understanding of it. Prior to joining Yahoo! she spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems where she held principal roles in organizational communications, brand, social marketing and other communications functions. She has a background in journalism, having spent five years at USA Today. Her work in driving corporate communication objectives using new and social media platforms has been featured in Fortune Magazine, CMO and other publications.
Norman Smith is an SAIC Technical Fellow in the Homeland and Civilian Solutions business unit with 40 years of experience in software development. Norman has developed software ranging from robotics to accounting, to automated publishing with SGML and XML markup data, to web services, to most recently mobile applications. He has developed and delivered both public facing and enterprise facing cross-platform mobile applications. He is currently developing the SAIC roadmap for the use of Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms, and the best strategy for mobile application development across the enterprise.
Tom serves as the IT Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where his mission is to identify and infuse new IT technologies into JPL’s environment. He leads a collaborative, practical, and hands-on approach with JPL and industry to investigate emerging industry IT technology trends that matter especially to JPL, NASA, and large enterprises. He is also leading adoption of the relevant emerging technologies at JPL.
Some of these include and cloud computing. extreme collaboration, social networking, mobility, cyber security, eco-friendly IT, IT consumerization, big data, data visualization and interaction, and the changing human behavior and expectations for computing. In short, enabling people to work with anyone from anywhere on any data and using any device.
Tom has led remote teams and large scale IT best practices development and change efforts in both small startups and large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena. He has been both a frequent producer and consumer of advanced collaboration and engineering tools and practices as his ventures have always included a highly distributed workforce that required advanced collaboration practices.
Emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing promise to make this easier, but will they? One thing is certain: IT will be transformed to Innovating Together or go out of business.
Anita M. Sohus is co-manager of NASA Informal Education Opportunities (NIEO) and co-founder and manager of the Museum Alliance, a network of professionals at over 400 museums, science centers, planetariums and similar institutions who present NASA content to their audiences. Ms. Sohus is the lead for informal education at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. She is managing external peer review for NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+). A graduate of UCLA, she has also done graduate-level work at USC in science education. She recently managed the renovation of JPL’s von Karman Visitor Center and co-curated its content. She is a lifelong learner.
John Sprague is the End User Service Executive in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management, a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology Engineering and is a retired Air Force Officer. His responsibilities include desktops/laptops, messaging and collaboration services, email, calendaring, instant messaging, file sharing, and smartphones located at 11 centers. He ensures these infrastructure elements are managed by setting the budget, appropriate architecture, technical standards, and standard operating procedures that enable the NASA workforce to be mobile and secure in accordance with the guidelines set by the NASA enterprise architect and IT security policy.
He is a Fellow of the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council, occasional host and speaker for the National Capital Region HelpDesk Institute, and holds numerous IT certifications.
Thomas Z. Strybel has over 20 years of experience in human factors research focused on assessing human performance, and in training and mentoring human factors students. He is a Professor of Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Principle Investigator/ Director of the Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT, formerly Center for Study of Advanced Aeronautics Technologies, founded in 2005.), CHAAT is the result of a five-year, $5m award from NASA for the establishment of a NASA University Research Center for advancing research in aeronautics' human factors and increasing student participation in human factors and other STEM disciplines, especially those students from under-represented groups. He is the co-founder of the Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility (CUDA) in 1995 and developed the Masters of Science, Human Factors Program at CSULB in 2004.
Dr. Strybel was Principal Investigator of a $3-m four-year NASA award for the establishment and management of a consortium of universities and private industry focused on the development of situation awareness measurement methods that can be used to evaluate NextGen automation tools and air traffic management concepts. He has had numerous contracts for human factors' work from private organizations such as The Boeing Company, and Addison Wesley Publishing as well as other government organizations (e.g., Veteran's Administration).
Dr. Strybel has an active basic research program in audiovisual perception and an applied research program in aviation human factors.
Richard Summers is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has more than 5 years of experience providing strategic planning, business process improvement & optimization, IT strategy & innovation and business analysis services to clients across NASA, the Department of Defense, and other manufacturing and production organizations. He supports CIOs and CPOs in synchronizing strategic plans to business process improvement and innovation initiatives. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned a BA in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Michael Stefanini is a Senior Engineer and the Section Manager for IT Project Management and Application Development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer & Systems Engineering. He has designed and implemented enterprise PDM and PLM systems and has been delivering software and IT for engineers for over sixteen years.
He has received numerous accolades including the JPL Explorer Award for Effective Business Management and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for improvements in software development processes.
Mr. Stefanini has presented at many venues including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PLM-World USA, MIT, NASA Headquarters, the international W3 conference, Siemen’s International Innovation Conference, the NASA PM Challenge, and at the United Nations.
Mr. Sweet earned a BA in 1978. He began his NASA career at the Johnson Space Center in 1987 where he served as supervisor and manager for over 23 years. During his career at NASA, he held positions as Branch Chief in the Center Operations Directorate, Publications and Administrative Services Office Manager, and Division Chief in Information and Applications Services, Information resources Directorate. Mr. Sweet completed a formal detail in 2002 as Deputy Director in the Public Affairs Office and a rotational assignment in 2005 at NASA Headquarters in the Institutions and Management Office. In July 2005, Mr. Sweet was selected as Deputy Director for the Information Resources Directorate. He was then named Acting Director and Acting JSC Chief Information Officer in September 2006.
February 2007, Mr. Sweet was named Director, Information Resources and JSC Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Center's strategy for institutional information systems in accordance with Agency and Center policies and standards. Under Mr. Sweet’s leadership, the Information Resources Directorate provides a broad range of information products and services to the Center including institutional computer and telecommunications networks and systems; mission imagery acquisition and distribution; production and distribution of the Center's scientific, technical, administrative, and historical information in the form of publications and other hardcopy documents, imagery, television, and graphics; development and implementation of automated systems for processing, storing, and retrieving research and administrative information; correspondence management; mail distribution; and management of the forms, records, management directives, and Privacy Act programs.
Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.
Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics.
With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
As chief of the NAS Systems and Engineering Branch, William (Bill) Thigpen oversees the staff and activities involved in operation of the division's supercomputing systems. Thigpen has led several key system development efforts, including deployment of the Pleiades and Columbia supercomputers, both ranking among the world's fastest and most capable systems at the time of installation. Thigpen also serves as the contracting officer's technical representative (COTR) for the primary support contract in the division, and oversees all activities performed under the contract.
In addition, Thigpen is the Deputy Project Manager for the High-End Computing Capability Project, the funding vehicle for providing supercomputing resources and services for NASA missions. Thigpen was a member of the President's High End Computing Revitalization Task Force and has chaired and served on numerous panels focused on high-end computing and grid technologies. He also led a large Y2K compliance effort at Ames Research Center.
Before joining the NAS Division management team in September 1999, Thigpen worked for Sterling Software, Inc. at the NAS facility, leading the advanced systems development group and managing technical teams that provided high-speed computing capabilities and services to NASA researchers. His 17-year career supporting government contracts included software engineering and mission support management. Thigpen holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska.
Victor Thompson is the Deputy Director and Deputy CIO at NASA HQ in the Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD).
Bill Vass is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Robotics Incorporated, a Data as a Service and marine robotics company serving a wide range of customers in the energy, shipping, environmental, intelligence, communications, scientific, fisheries, and defense markets.
Mr. Vass brings more than 30 years of commercial and U.S. government Information Technology executive leadership experience to Liquid Robotics.
Previously, Mr. Vass was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Microsystem’s $1.4B Federal subsidiary. Before Sun Federal, Mr. Vass served as Chief Information Officer of Sun Microsystems, as well as Sun's Chief Information Security Officer.
Prior to Sun, Mr. Vass worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Office of the CIO and was responsible for all acquisition and development, research and development, and consolidated software development and commercial off-the-shelf integration standards for over 6,800 IT systems with a $35.5B budget, as well as the Pentagon's IT environment, managing networks, servers and applications across the defense networks. While at OSD, Mr. Vass was also the technical lead for the entire Department of Defense Y2K program.
Prior to joining the Office of the CIO, Mr. Vass was CTO and technical lead for the U.S. Army personnel systems worldwide.
Before his work in the DoD, Mr. Vass developed large scale IT engineering and business systems solutions for the oil and gas industry, defense systems integrators, and ocean engineering.
Kent provides thought leadership in shaping institutional policy and in participating in the national discourse on issues of strategic concern to the academy – whether privacy, security, copyright or what it means to be a citizen in the digital realm. Recognized as an expert in illegal file sharing, data breach incident response and related topics, he has been frequently invited to share his experiences at conferences and in publications. He works in close coordination with the campus IT governance committees and broadly across the campus and the University of California system; and collaborates with colleagues at other institutions, participates in national associations and sits on various advisory and policy committees.
His primary interest continues to be in the application of emergent technologies to people’s lives and in the protection of civil liberties in cyberspace.
Steven Webster is the practice director for Rich Internet Applications at Adobe. Steven Webster was a technical director at iteration::two, a world-leading Rich Internet Application consultancy based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Steven is the author of Reality J2EE: Architecting for Flash MX and coauthored ActionScript 2.0 Design Patterns for Rich Internet Applications (ActionScript 2.0 Dictionary) and Developing Rich Clients with Macromedia Flex with Alistair McLeod. Steven speaks regularly at conferences and user group meetings on technical and business aspects of RIAs. Steven is the core contributor to the open-source Cairngorm project, a microarchitecture for RIAs based on J2EE patterns which was innovated by iteration::two over a number of Flash and Flex RIA developments.
James F. Williams is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NASA Ames Research Center and is also a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks. James has been serving in the CIO community since February 2008, including Deputy CIO and Acting CIO. Prior to this he held positions at NASA Ames including, Deputy Director for Strategic Business, Project Manager in the Strategic Business Development Office, and Project Manager for the Office of the Chief Engineer. Earlier in his career he performed award-winning expansion projects at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, in Pennsylvania.
James’ business acumen, commercial experience as a director in an IT startup and systems engineering background contribute to his ability to drive strategic change. He was a key leader in developing collaboration projects with Google and Microsoft, which continue to thrive and advance the visibility of NASA by delivering vital information to the public through programs such as Google Moon, Google Mars and Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope.
He also helped to establish leading-edge programs like NASA’s Nebula cloud computing platform and the Agency’s IT Security Operations Center (SOC). The SOC monitors NASA’s IT infrastructure and manages both its central Incident Management System and Wide Area Network.
James’ many awards include the NASA OCIO 2010 Award for Excellence in Leadership for his transformational leadership qualities at NASA, including his innovative work helping to launch NASA’s Nebula cloud computing initiative. He is a 2010 Computerworld Laureate honoree for his work in optimization of IT business processes, holds a partial patent for his work in Semantic Web as well as degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Nuclear Engineering and San Jose State University in Materials Engineering.