Jessica Culler
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington

July 22, 2011
NASA IT Summit Reaches for "Stellar" Results
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA is gearing up for a conference in San Francisco that aims to improve the quality of Information Technology (IT) at the agency, while drawing on the expertise and innovative spirit of California's Silicon Valley.

The second NASA IT Summit will take place Aug. 15-17 at San Francisco's Marriott Marquis Hotel. The theme of this year's event is, "Making IT Stellar at NASA." NASA's Chief Information Officer (CIO) Linda Cureton will host the event.

The summit will feature some of the biggest companies in the computer world, speeches from leading IT thinkers, and a strong education component aimed at getting American teens excited about science, technology, engineering and math. The next generation of explorers at the summit will learn about NASA internships and scholarships; participate in hands-on science activities; meet with tech experts; and view demonstrations by major IT vendors.

Several speakers from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will be featured, discussing the following topics:

- Stellar Stars: Reflections of a Center CIO - James Williams (co-presenting) . NASA Supercomputing and Its Impact on Agency Missions - Rupak Biswas
- OSSI: An Innovative Solution to Support the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Workforce of Tomorrow - Brenda J. Collins
- NASA's IPv6 Implementation: Now is the time! - Kevin L. Jones
- IT Industry Panel: Innovations with Impacts - James Reuther (moderator)
- High End Computing Capability to meet NASA's Engineering and Scientific Needs - William W. Thigpen
- Data Visualization and High Speed Research Networks for Space Exploration - Estelle Dodson (co-presenting)
- Anatomies of Ownage; Case Studies of the Painfully Hacked - Matt Linton
- Panel: Information Technology, Innovation and Approaches to Technology Infusion at NASA - Ray O'Brien (panelist)
- Unified Search and Information Integration for the ISS Mission Control Center - Richard Keller
- Reducing False-Positives in Security Event Data Using Context - Derek G. Shaw
- Workshops Without Walls, Integrating Technology, Organizations and People to Advance NASA Science - Estelle Dodson and Marco Boldt
- Embracing Open Source - Ray O'Brien and William Eshagh

During the conference, NASA's Office of the CIO will host a luncheon entitled, "Pearls of Wisdom: Our Braided Lives," in support of a White House initiative to meet the challenges faced by U.S. women and girls. Women from NASA, business, industry, federal agencies and academia will meet during the summit with female high school students to foster mentoring relationships.

Students also can attend the panel discussion entitled, "Education Blast-Off," with former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for Education, and Vernice Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot.

Social media will be integral to the event. Many sessions will be live streamed on the Web. On Twitter, follow NASA's CIO at:, and the #nasait hashtag for summit updates. For further information, contact Karen Harper at 202-358-1807 or To register, visit:

For more information about NASA's Office of the Chief Information Officer, visit:

Following the summit on Aug. 17, TEDxNASA@SiliconValley 2011 will take place at the same venue. It is free and open to the public, but requires separate registration. To learn more, register and view the TEDxNASA webstream, visit:

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