NASA's first IT Summit will gather more than 100 expert presenters with themes around collaboration, social networking, innovation, infrastructure, operations and IT security and privacy.
George Albright is a program executive in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. During the 1990s, he was a program manager for the Hubble Space Telescope. Following that, he was the program executive for Gravity Probe B and several Small Explorer missions (RHESSI and GALEX). He currently is the program executive for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), scheduled to launch in late 2012.
He received his certification in the SMM for Software in 1997 and his CMMI certification in early 2010.
He has long recognized both the CMM and the CMMI are strongly grounded in the core principles of systems engineering, As such, he has always seen the relevance of these models in his work at NASA, even though he has not worked on software projects per se. As such, he see the current CMMI as being of direct relevance to the undertaking of any complex project, such as space missions, in addition to its traditional placement in software activities.
Mr. Albright is currently in his second year of service on the NASA CIO's Program Review Board (PRB). This board conducts the major gate reviews on high-investment functional IT projects at NASA.
Bruce Altner is a senior software architect supporting the NASA Headquarters Information Technology Support Services (HITSS) contract. He has been working in the IT field for almost 15 years as a software developer, architect, analyst, and technical program manager. Bruce earned a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from Rutgers University and has worked on several NASA space missions including the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite and the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope.
As featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour's dynamic style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Her blend of high-energy presentations with humorous anecdotes and commanding content educate and edify while it engages and entertains.
Leveraging the power of a Breakthrough Mentality, coupled with Innovation, Creativity and Imagination, Vernice EXCELerated from beat cop to combat pilot in three years. Vernice's most notable accomplishment to date is being recognized as America's First African American Female Combat Pilot. She completed two combat tours in Iraq as an AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter pilot. After completing her last tour of duty as a Diversity Officer and Liaison to the Pentagon, Vernice left the military and launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. The leading component of her Breakthrough Mentality philosophy is "refusing to settle, even in the smallest moments."
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Vernice has received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was also the Marine Corps' first African American Female pilot, the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team. Vernice's signature book, Zero to Breakthrough™ (Penguin) is due for release in the first quarter of 2011.
Maday Anderson is an organizational development consultant. She is currently involved in the implementation of a PeopleSoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for one of the Nation's largest health-care providers. She is involved in the organizational readiness of the human capital for all the upcoming project-related changes. She possesses an MBA in global management and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.
She is a certified True Colors trainer and has led workshops focusing on the workplace dynamics dealing with communication, management styles, and the formation of work teams. In applying True Colors, she has successfully integrated theoretical concepts with a "fun while you learn" environment. She has successfully implemented the True Colors methodology during her years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, as well as for various organizations in the private and public sectors.
One of her favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein: "We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."
Emma Kolstad Antunes is an IT specialist for Goddard's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). She has been the Goddard Web manager since 1995 and is a vocal advocate for using Web 2.0 tools to help agencies become more efficient and effective. Most recently, she led the development of Spacebook, an internal social collaboration tool for NASA, for which she earned the Fed 100 award. Ms. Antunes is currently on detail to the General Services Administration for the FedSpace project.
Appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service in 1999, Rick Arbuthnot is recognized for his executive leadership capability and expertise in shared services, competency management, executive succession planning, and organizational structure and design. Most recently, he has managed all aspects of NASA's Shared Services startup effort on the Gulf Coast in the wake of this Nation's worst-ever national disaster (Hurricane Katrina) and has served as the executive director of NSSC since December 2003. As executive director, Mr. Arbuthnot has managed the largest public-private procurement competition in the Agency's history. He also led the Agency Shared Services Transition Team, tasked with executing the minute details associated with consolidating more than 50 Agency-wide administrative activities across 10 geographically dispersed Field Centers in the areas of human resources, procurement, financial management, and information technology.
Mr. Arbuthnot now manages all aspects of NASA's newest Field Center, including staffing the approximately 500-person organization, ensuring all facility, IT, and electronic document-management systems are in place to operate the organization. Further, he manages a $55–$60 million annual operating budget and is responsible for total vendor payments of more than $17 billion a year. He also oversees the business systems associated with administering NSSC's fee-for-service chargeback mechanism. His fiscal stewardship has provided significant savings to NASA by more than doubling the original savings projections and by paying off the original shared services investment of $30 million in 3.1 years—yielding an impressive 52 percent internal rate of return. Under Mr. Arbuthnot's leadership, the NSSC team has been recognized twice on the national stage—in 2009, by the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) Shared Services Outsourcing Network as Best New "Captive" Shared Services Organization, and in 2008 by the President's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for cost savings and cost avoidance.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Arbuthnot served in a key leadership role at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) directing all aspects of the human resources function for approximately 1,800 highly trained engineers, administrative professionals, and technicians who oversee the Nation's primary space launch Center and its large supporting contractor workforce of approximately 12,000 employees. He is recognized for the cutting-edge initiatives he spearheaded while managing the NASA civil service human resources program at KSC in the areas of human resources management policy development, training, succession planning, workforce planning and analysis, and knowledge management tools.
Dr. Steven Armentrout, founder and CEO of Parabon Computation, has 25 years of experience designing solutions to computationally complex problems. Under his leadership in 2000, Parabon launched the first commercial grid computing platform and today operates the only brokered computation service available in the world. Additionally, the company's software manages secure enterprise grids within the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland. His work is published in numerous scientific journals, including Science, Neural Computation, and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.
Bob Benedict heads the Project Delivery Services Group in the NASA Office of the CIO. In this capacity, he is responsible for supporting the Agency IT Project Management Board (PMB), leading the Center IT PMB Working Group, and working with Agency-level IT programs and projects to promote their success. He was the lead writer for the IT program and project management requirements in NPR 7120.7, NASA Information Technology and Institutional Infrastructure Program and Project Management Requirements. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, Mr. Benedict worked for 21 years at a national laboratory and in private industry in positions of increasing technical and management responsibility. He has extensive project management experience in a variety of challenging environments.
Effective May 24, 2010, Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia became the Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration (GSA). In this new role, Mr. Bhagowalia leads GSA efforts in helping the Federal CIO implement Government-wide e-Gov (or Open Gov) programs in an agile manner. These GSA-supported programs include Data.gov, the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, FedSpace (Government-wide collaboration, mobile applications, Federal Data Center consolidation initiative, and FedRAMP), and cloud security etc.
Mr. Bhagowalia served as the chief information officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), a large cabinet agency with 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states supporting over 40 mission areas from December 2008 to May 2010. Mr. Bhagowalia oversaw an information technology (IT) portfolio of approximately $1 billion and modernized and unified DOI's diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Mr. Bhagowalia also served as CIO for Indian Affairs, a $2.3 billion subagency with 10,000 users within the U.S. DOI from August 2007 to December 2008.
Mr. Bhagowalia has served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, co-led its Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, and cochaired the Inter-Agency Management Council for the $1.2 billion GSA "Networx" program.
Mr. Bhagowalia served with distinction in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. Department of Justice as an information technology program management executive for 8 years from July 1999 through August 2007, overseeing a multi-billion-dollar IT portfolio.
Mr. Bhagowalia has also served with distinction in industry for 14 years at The Boeing Company, a Fortune 50 company, from July 1985 until July 1999, as a senior principal engineer in the prestigious Boeing Technical Excellence Fellowship Program in support of Systems Integration and Business Development for U.S. Government Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence Community Clients. He spent 9 years at NASA, where he established a secure and reliable global IT infrastructure.
Mr. Bhagowalia has a master's of science in information resource management and a master's of science and bachelor's of science in electrical engineering. He is a distinguished graduate (twice) from the National Defense University with a CIO certificate and an IRM diploma.
His numerous awards from the U.S. Government and industry include the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service, two Federal 100 Awards, the DOI Secretary's Gold Award for Exceptional Executive Service, the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Award of Merit, the NASA Silver Snoopy Astronaut Award, the Boeing Technical Excellence Fellowship Program and Government Computer News Outstanding Agency IT Achievement Award, and the ACT-IAC Inter-Governmental Solutions Award for the Data.gov Program. He has also been named by Information Week as one of the Top 50 CIO Leaders in the Federal, State, and Local Government.
Jack Blitch is vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering–Florida and is currently leading Resorts and Attractions Development for the Walt Disney World Resort. A 22-year Imagineering veteran, he manages the development process—from concept initiation through installation—of Disney Resort and Attraction projects.
Mr. Blitch was the project executive for Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, responsible for the development of Disney's largest theme park. Star Tours and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the new Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, and Soarin' at Epcot are notable projects that Mr. Blitch has managed.
Michael J. Bolger is the director of the Information Technology and Communication Services Directorate and the chief information officer (CIO) at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) 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 KSC's information systems are acquired and managed in accordance with Federal requirements and Agency policy. Mr. Bolger began his career at KSC as a co-op student in 1984 and transitioned to a permanent position in 1987. He spent close to 9 years in Shuttle Processing as a software engineer working on teams that developed and maintained software in support of Space Shuttle launch 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 (CLCS) 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 (COTR), he managed a team of NASA and Air Force personnel responsible for technical contract management of the $2.8 billion Joint Base Operations Support Contract. He assumed his current position in July 2006. Mr. Bolger was born in Bellefonte, PA, and grew up in Oxford, OH, where he graduated from Talawanda High School in 1982. He graduated from Indiana University in 1987 with a bachelor's in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He earned a master's in business administration from the University of Central Florida in 1999. He lives in Merritt Island, FL, with his wife, Samantha, and three children.
As the Assistant Administrator for information services and CIO for the FAA since 2006, Dave Bowen is the principal adviser to the FAA Administrator on the agency's information technology and directs strategic planning for information technology across the agency. He also oversees the implementation of the FAA's information systems security, privacy, e-Government, and process improvement programs.
Mr. Bowen was recently named by Information Week as one of the top 50 Chief Information Officers in Federal, state, and local government.
Mr. Bowen has more than 25 years of experience in health-care information technology management in the provider, payer, consultant, and vendor areas. He was formerly the senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) at Blue Shield of California, a $6.2 billion health plan with more than 2.5 million members and the second largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in California. He directed Blue Shield's information technology, telecommunication, business recovery, and Web-implementation resources with an operating budget in excess of $100 million.
Prior to his Blue Shield position, Mr. Bowen was senior vice president for information management and CIO of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the fifth largest healthcare delivery system in the United States. He was responsible for CHW's information management and telecommunications resources for CHW's 46 hospitals located throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. He managed an operating budget of more than $90 million and an annual capital budget of $50 million. He also managed CHW's Year 2000 initiative with a total 3-year operating and capital budget of over $140 million.
Mr. Bowen has a bachelor's in economics from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, and a master's in business with distinction from the Johnson Graduate School of Business, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is also a certified public accountant, holds FAA commercial pilot and advanced ground instructor certificates, and has more than 30 years of flying experience. He holds a type rating for U.S. military T-28 aircraft that he flies in local air shows.
Joseph Bredekamp has been with NASA for more than 40 years, serving in a wide variety of positions dealing with scientific computing and data management systems. He is currently the senior science program executive for information systems in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters and is responsible for providing support to the NASA science research community in the areas of high-performance computing, networking, and data management and archiving. He is also responsible for applying advances in computer and information systems technology in order to enhance support to the science programs. Prior to joining Headquarters, Mr. Bredekamp served as associate chief of the Space Data and Computing Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center with full responsibility for the NASA Space and Earth Sciences Computing Center, which provides large-scale supercomputing services for the NASA science community.
Mark Bregman is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Symantec, responsible for the Symantec Research Labs, Symantec Security Response and shared technologies, emerging technologies, architecture and standards, localization and secure coding, and developing the technology strategy for the company. Mr. Bregman guides Symantec's investments in advanced research and is responsible for the company's development centers in India and China.
Additionally, Mr. Bregman leads the field technical enablement team, which works closely with the technical sales team to ensure they are prepared to assist customers in managing the impact of changing and emerging technical requirements.
Mr. Bregman joined Symantec through the company's merger with Veritas Software, where he served as chief technology officer and was responsible for cross-product integration, advanced product development, merger and acquisition strategy, and the company's engineering development centers in India and China.
Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Bregman was chief executive officer (CEO) of Airmedia, a wireless Internet firm.
Previously, Mr. Bregman spent 16 years at IBM, where he led the RS/6000 and Pervasive Computing divisions and held senior management positions in IBM Research and IBM Japan. He was also technical assistant to IBM CEO Lou Gerstner.
Mr. Bregman holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard College and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Columbia University. He is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Harvard University Libraries, a member of the American Physical Society, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ShoreTel and the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.
Burton L. Bright is solution architect for end-user services at Marshall Space Flight Center. He is the desktop services team lead as well as the delivery order contracting officer's technical representative (DOCOTR) for the ODIN contract at Marshall. Burt holds a master's in business management and information systems and is a certified Federal enterprise architect. His experience has involved working with Fortune 100 and 500 companies to improve their product introduction processes as well as the end-user experience. Mr. Bright has worked with multiple private-sector companies and actively champions the introduction of new technology and processes within NASA.
Carol S. Bryant is the chief engineer and service owner of multiple Agency IT services. In this capacity, she has overseen the evolution of the Agency's corporate wide area network (WAN) from an outsourced ATM service, to an Agency-owned and -managed ATM infrastructure, to a very high speed, next-generation all-digital optical WAN. She recently completed the IP Address Management (IPAM) project, an Agency OCIO effort to standardize and centralize the engineering, management, and operations of Domain Name Service (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and IP address management as a mandated standard for the entire Agency. Ms. Bryant is currently serving as a project manager for the Network Communications Initiative (NCI) project, which is establishing the underlying infrastructure at NASA Centers, Headquarters, and facilities in support of the Agency's zoned network architecture designed to further the Agency's efforts to standardize and centralize network management and operations to improve the security posture of the Agency and to provide visibility of all NASA IT assets to the Agency chief information officer.
Misti L. Burmeister, M.A., best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers, is a nationally recognized expert, an engaging and results-driven speaker, and an executive coach. As founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Inspirion, a Fairfax, VA, woman-owned consulting company, Ms. Burmeister brings more than a decade of professional experience to her work—helping Fortune 500 companies and Government organizations increase profits and productivity across multigenerational workforces through customized leadership development programs, executive coaching, and keynote speeches. One client saw a 90-percent reduction in its turnover rate!
Her unique presentation style captures audiences of all backgrounds and encourages free and open communication that effectively breaks down communication barriers. Ms. Burmeister is an executive coach and leadership consultant focusing on coaching successful senior leaders in large organizations through leadership transitions due to promotions, new responsibilities, growth, reorganizations, and acquisitions. Throughout her career, Ms. Burmeister's approach has been characterized by her understanding of the relationship between a successful business and the people behind it.
Her distinctive work background consists of a combination of Government contracting, higher education, leadership and business consulting, and entrepreneurial business growth. Ms. Burmeister has firsthand experience in driving bottom line results through the development of talent at all levels. After completing a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she launched Inspirion (http://www.inspirioninc.com), which she grew from a startup to a fully functional organization serving commercial clients and Government agencies.
Ms. Burmeister holds two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). While there, she was nominated as outstanding graduate student woman leader of the year and received recognition for academic excellence in master's of speech communication studies.
Ms. Burmeister is known for her combination of executive leadership experience, business savvy, and attentive listening style. In her coaching, she seamlessly links her deep understanding of the real-time challenges of the business environment, the leadership skills and competencies required to meet them, and leaders' internal values, assumptions, and attitudes affecting their outcomes. She partners with her clients to develop strategies to ensure a successful transition to a new role, to create a clear and compelling leadership vision, to improve sustainably their authenticity and confidence as leaders, to expand their leadership impact, and to increase their engagement in their work and commitment to their organizations.
Ms. Burmeister facilitates leadership development programs, generational diversity and mission development sessions, and team-building activities. She conducts workshops and seminars on topics such as strategic networking, career development, powerful communication, self-promotion, mentoring, intergenerational communication, and values-based leadership. She has presented to numerous audiences, including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and UPS, on leadership and coaching topics. She has been published in numerous journals and is in the process of writing her third book.
Recently, Ms. Burmeister was named a "Woman Who Means Business" by the Washington Business Journal. She was also an honoree of the Elizabeth Dole Young Entrepreneur Scholarship and was awarded the International Femtor Award for Emerging Leaders by the eWomen Network. She has been named a Community Fellow by the Foundation for Community Leadership for her vision and commitment to leadership.
Ms. Burmeister has provided volunteer services to numerous nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area, including the Women's Center of Virginia, the United Way, the Human Rights Campaign, the Montgomery County Achievement Counts Program, the Connection Resource Bank, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, and Serve DC.
Ms. Burmeister has been recognized by the small business community in the Washington, DC, area as "the connector who inspires many."
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 to 2008, providing analysis of strategies, plans, and budgets for mission support activities including workforce, infrastructure, information technology, and acquisition.
Ms. 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.
Ms. Carter has a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.
John Cavolowsky is a senior executive in the NASA Headquarters Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. He is the director of NASA's Airspace Systems program. The work of Mr. Cavolowsky's program addresses the air traffic management research and development needs of the National Airspace System and its future transformation to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) as implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
David Cearley is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research and is a leading authority on information technology (IT). As a member of Gartner Research, Mr. Cearley analyzes emerging business and technology trends and explores how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology. His current research is focused on cloud computing and how Internet and Web technologies, standards, and business models are impacting the IT landscape.
Mr. Cearley's expertise spans software architectures and standards, component software models, application design, the Internet, business-IT alignment, and the IT services market. He has worked with a wide range of end-user and vendor organizations assisting in strategy creation, technology selection, implementation planning, and organizational development. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Cearley held various senior-level research positions at Meta Group. Before that, he was vice president of research and development (R&D) for Revelation Technologies, served as program director at Gartner Group, and held various managerial/director-level positions at Innovative Software and Informix.
"As an analyst I examine technology and related trends to determine where and how technology can be used to drive value—for individuals or businesses. An analyst is also a futurist exploring how emerging business, technology, and sociological trends shape our future. The ability to share this analysis and future insight with a wide audience of IT and business professionals is incredibly satisfying and rewarding."
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
Mr. Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Mr. Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Mr. Cerf served as MCI's senior vice president of architecture and technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, and voice and video services for business and consumer use.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Mr. Cerf is the codesigner of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Mr. Cerf and his colleague Robert E. Kahn for founding and developing the Internet. Mr. Kahn and Mr. Cerf were named the recipients of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Alan M. Turing Award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing Award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In November 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Mr. Cerf and Mr. Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Mr. Cerf and Mr. Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Mr. Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982 to 1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial e-mail service to be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976 to 1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Mr. Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.
Mr. Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992 to 1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the board. In addition, Mr. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, a forum dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Mr. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state, and industry committees focused on cybersecurity. Mr. Cerf sits on the boards of directors for the following organizations: the Endowment for Excellence in Education, the Broadband for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Corporation, StopBadWare, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and the Intaba Institute (for the Deaf). He serves on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Committee and serves as chair of the Visitors Committee on Advanced Technology of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also serves as the first vice president and treasurer of the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. Mr. Cerf is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at the University of Southern California (USC), the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper Award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award for Science and Technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Order (Grand Cross) of Bulgaria, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award, the Rotary Club International Paul P. Harris Medal, the Joseph Priestley Award from Dickinson College, the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, the World Institute on Disability Annual Award, and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend Medal. Mr. Cerf was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society of the IEEE in 2009. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Webby Award.
In December, 1994, People magazine identified Mr. Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of Google and the Internet, Mr. Cerf has served as a technical adviser to production for Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Mr. Cerf has appeared on NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and often cohosted World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Mr. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet.
Mr. Cerf holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and master of science and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; the University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Spain; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic, New York; Marymount University, Virginia; the University of Pisa, Italy; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China; Tschingua University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; and Bethany College, Kansas.
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking, and science fiction. Mr. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.
James Champy is a leading authority worldwide on the management issues surrounding business reengineering, organizational change, and corporate renewal. He consults extensively with senior-level executives of multinational companies seeking to improve business performance. His approach centers on helping leaders achieve business results through four distinct yet overlapping areas: business strategy, management and operations, organizational development, and change and information technology.
Mr. Champy is coauthor of Reengineering the Corporation, a best seller that was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year, sold more than 2 million copies, and has been translated into 17 languages. His followup book, Reengineering Management, is also a best seller and was recognized by Business Week as one of the best business books of 1995. His next book, coauthored with Harvard Business School Professor Nitin Nohria, was The Arc of Ambition. Mr. Champy also collaborated with Nohria for the book Fast Forward, which is a compilation of significant Harvard Business Review articles on change, published in March 1996.
His next book, X-Engineering the Corporation: Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age, was released in 2002. In this work, Mr. Champy takes up the opportunity and challenge for cross-organizational process design and collaboration. In 2008, Mr. Champy's book Outsmart! How To Do What Your Competitors Can't was published. And it was followed in 2009 by the second book in the series, Inspire! Why Customers Come Back.
Mr. Champy's latest book, Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery, will be published by the Financial Times Press in June 2010.
Mr. Champy earned his bachelor's in 1963 and his master's of science in civil engineering in 1965 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he earned and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1968.
Mr. Champy is a life member of the MIT Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees, and he serves on the Board of Overseers of the Boston College Law School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc.
Dinna LeDuff Cottrell is the chief information officer (CIO) for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, in Hancock County, MS. Ms. Cottrell provides leadership, planning, policy direction, and oversight for the delivery and management of NASA information and NASA information technology (IT) resources at Stennis. 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, she served as the Center's deputy CIO. Ms. Cottrell began her career with NASA 24 years ago as a cooperative education employee. Since then, Ms. Cottrell's areas of responsibility have increased, and she has served in many IT roles. She has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. Ms. Cottrell is a charter member of the Slidell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband, Christopher, have two sons.
As associate chief information officer (CIO) for policy and investments, Gary Cox maintains responsibility for mission-enabling information technology policy and investments leading to improved efficiencies, integration, and security for NASA. Areas of responsibilities include capital planning and investment control, IT policy and procedural requirements, IT budget formulation and execution, strategic communications, audit and external liaison, internal controls, records management, e-Government, IT accessibility, and the Privacy Act. As the executive secretary for the NASA IT Strategy and Investment Board, Mr. Cox coordinates NASA's IT strategic planning and prioritization of IT resources by the Board. He joined the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2004 as executive officer prior to being named as acting deputy CIO in 2006 and associate CIO for policy and investments in 2008.
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 CIO for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Before joining NASA, he was employed for 12 years 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. He served in private industry for 12 years as a multidisciplined project manager before joining the Government.
Mr. Cox holds a bachelor's in business management from the University of Maryland and a master's 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.
Tim Creagan is a senior accessibility specialist with the U.S. Access Board. He is lead staff on the pending Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for the ICT Refresh. He previously served as the designated Federal officer for the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), which prepared and submitted a report of recommendations to the Access Board concerning the refresh of Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines. He was formerly the director of consumer training for the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) and the director of public policy for the Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH). Mr. Creagan is a nationally recognized expert on accessible electronic and information technology and telecommunications.
Mr. Creagan has spoken and written extensively on disability rights, digital wireless telephones, Internet relay services, and interactive voice response systems. He has testified before state legislatures and multiple Federal agencies on the importance of assistive technology to people with disabilities. He received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame.
Tim Crumbley is the special assistant in the Space System Department responsible for avionics and software development at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). In this capacity, he provides engineering support to MSFC projects and has served as the colead of the NASA Software Initiative for the past 8 years. Mr. Crumbley has more than 23 years of experience working in software engineering. Prior to his current position, Mr. Crumbley served NASA in numerous capacities including division lead for the Avionics Systems Division and the division lead for the Data Systems and Software Division. He participated on the NASA Software Engineering Requirements NPR development team in 2004 and on the update team in 2009. He served as the software engineering NASA independent technical authority. Mr. Crumbley has led numerous Government-led, software-developed projects and has participated in contractor-produced, mission-critical, real-time-embedded software development projects. He developed an extensive set of metrics for monitoring software development progress and tracking defects. He has collaborated with other NASA Centers and industry on software research and process improvement activities. He led the first NASA in-house software organization to achieve the Software Engineering Institute's CMM Level 2 rating, CMM Level 3 rating, and then a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 rating.
Jerry L. Davis is the deputy chief information officer (DCIO) of IT security for NASA. A former Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International Distinguished Young AFCEAN, he is the 2009 North America Information Security Executive of the Year. In 2009, he was voted as one of the 50 Most Important People in Information Technology. Mr. Davis's role is to provide risk management thought leadership and oversee all aspects of information security and privacy for the Agency, including the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IT security engineering and architecture, IT security governance, and IT security operations capabilities. Mr. Davis's division generates IT and data security solutions and services to the Agency's Space Operations, Science, Exploration Systems, and Aeronautics Research Mission Directorates programs and projects, while proactively defending $1.66 billion in annual IT investments.
Prior to NASA, Mr. Davis served as the Department of Education's first chief information security officer (CISO) and director, information assurance (IA). Mr. Davis's teams proactively defended more than $500 million in annual IT investments, which supported the $400 billion Federal Student Aid grants and direct loans portfolio, while also ensuring the security of personally identifiable information (PII) for more than 15 million new customers annually.
Prior to his tenure with the Department of Education, Mr. Davis was one of the principal thought leaders in the design, implementation, and management of the District of Columbia's first city-wide IT security program and served as the city's manager of the Wide Area Network (WAN) Security Architecture. Mr. Davis also held positions as a senior security consultant with several Fortune 500 consulting firms, serving clients in the intelligence community (IC), Department of Defense (DOD), and Federal civilian agencies.
Mr. Davis is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and led his light armored reconnaissance team through intensive combat engagements during the First Gulf War and later trained as a counterintelligence (CI) specialist with focus on human intelligence (HUMINT) operations and information operations (IO). Mr. Davis has held a law enforcement staff position with the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) Office of Facility and Security Services (OFSS). After graduating second in his class at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Mr. Davis focused on physical and personnel security and law enforcement operations. Mr. Davis later entered the CIA's clandestine service within the then-Directorate of Operations (DO).
A former private investigator, Mr. Davis developed and honed his investigatory and personnel adjudication skills by conducting nearly 200 investigations, including asset and personnel location, insurance fraud, and sub rosa workers' compensation, and through supporting special investigation unit (SIU) activities. Mr. Davis held private investigation licenses and conducted investigations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Mr. Davis holds a master's in network security from a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Excellence in Information Assurance and a bachelor's in business. Mr. Davis has done doctoral work in the field of information systems and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. In addition to serving as a member of the Western Governors University Information Technology Council since 2008, Mr. Davis also serves as a member on several professional security boards and committees in both the public and private domains.
Tony Facca is the project manager of NASA's Emerging Technology and Desktop Standards (ETADS) group, responsible for establishing and maintaining hardware, software, and security configuration standards for end-user computing devices. In addition to producing the Agency's basic interoperability standards (NASA-STD-2804 and NASA-STD-2805), ETADS is also responsible for providing leadership in the areas of desktop smartcard integration and compliance with Federal computer security configuration regulations such as the Federal Desktop Core Configurations (FDCC).
Mr. Facca is a strong advocate of maintaining platform heterogeneity and a steady infusion of evolutionary technologies that empower end users to select devices that best meet mission requirements without sacrificing interoperability.
Mr. Facca brings over 25 years experience providing IT solutions and services to NASA, including almost 15 years in direct support of the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He holds a master's degree in computer and information science and is a certified information system security professional (CISSP) and project management professional (PMP). He has received multiple NASA Honor Awards, including an Exceptional Service Medal for innovative and groundbreaking contributions to the design, development, and management of IT systems at Glenn Research Center.
Mr. Facca is a native Clevelander and recipient of the Cleveland Federal Executive Board's "Wings of Excellence" Award for Outstanding Ambassadors in Public Service.
Jody Fluhr is a member of the Constellation Program Applied Systems Engineering Team, which is chartered to define the systems engineering process and its implementation in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate IT Infrastructure. Prior to this position, Mr. Fluhr participated as a systems engineer on the Army's Future Combat Systems program, the International Space Station program, and the Space Shuttle program. His career started in Ground Software with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, and later he served as the NASA systems engineer on the Shuttle's Remote Manipulator System.
Kenneth Freeman has been the implementation manager of the NASA Security Operations Center (SOC) for 2 years. He helped build a cybersecurity operations center that is the nerve center for the detection and monitoring information security incidents for NASA. The SOC is providing the Agency with continuous, uninterrupted (24x7x365) event detection, situational awareness, and incident management capabilities so the Agency can maintain a sound and secure information assurance posture.
Mr. Freeman received a bachelor's in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 and a master's in electrical engineering from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, in 1990. He joined NASA in 1991 and was instrumental in the design and implementation of various networking, data communications, and IT security projects.
Lawrence C. Freudinger leads Dryden's Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate in the development of interdisciplinary advanced network-oriented test and measurement solutions for in-flight and terrestrial applications. He established and manages the Global Test Range Development Laboratory. In the lab, he has prototyped and operated network-centric testing infrastructure for instruments on NASA's globally deployed airborne science platforms. He conceives, plans, and coordinates projects in areas concerning sensor webs, network computing, and support for multiple distributed teams in collaborative computing environments. Mr. Freudinger's vision for cyber infrastructure supporting network-centric testing is toward a global-reach test range with intelligent observation capabilities.
Sean Gallagher serves as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, with an extensive background in IT solutions management in areas ranging from enterprise portals and collaboration implementations and across all phases of the information technology (IT) lifecycle including IT planning, business architecture, requirements, design, build, test, deploy, and change management for Federal civilian, defense, and commercial clients. He has extensive experience in project management controls, information technology oversight, Microsoft technology implementations, and military communications.
Mr. Gallagher is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. He holds an bachelor's in physics and a master's of science in computer information systems.
Adrian 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 Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). As the Director of ITCD and CIO for GSFC, Mr. Gardner is responsible for providing the GSFC workforce with the information infrastructure and tools that adapt and evolve to effectively and securely support management, science, research, and technology programs. He is also responsible for developing, implementing, and operating specialized information technology (IT) systems to support NASA mission planning and operations and providing systems that disseminate information to the public that preserve NASA's information assets. He assures consistency of approach, including appropriate collaboration, right sizing IT services and products in order to enable the most efficient and effective provision of IT services to the Center as a whole. He also works closely with the Agency Office of the Chief Information Officer and the GSFC Office of the Chief Financial Officer to develop a full and accurate accounting of IT expenditures, related expenses, and results. This working relationship ensures the optimization of IT resources when planning, acquiring, managing, and using IT to accomplish GSFC's missions and programs efficiently, effectively, safely, and securely. Finally, as the Director of the ITCD, Mr. Gardner has the responsibility, authority, and accountability for ensuring that GSFC's information assets are acquired and managed in accordance with Agency and Federal policies and procedures as well as legislation. He also works to ensure the Center's Information Resource Management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA's vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Ray Gilstrap is a network engineer at Ames Research Center. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Gilstrap has been involved in numerous projects in the areas of network architecture design, space communications, satellites, and wireless networking for field operations, network security, and multimedia.
Sally Godfrey has been with NASA for more than 30 years, during which she has managed the development of many large flight dynamics software ground systems. She was also involved in software process improvement and software measurement as a member of the Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for more than 10 years. Currently, Ms. Godfrey is a member of the NASA Software Working Group (SWG), an Agency advisory group for recommending software engineering policies, standards, and best practices. As a member of SWG, she leads a software measurement subgroup. In addition, Ms. Godfrey is the software process improvement project manager for GSFC, where she is primarily involved in the implementation of CMMI at GSFC. Ms. Godfrey was trained as a candidate SCAMPI1 lead appraiser and is currently NASA's business point of contact for their partner agreement with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Ms. Godfrey is currently also a member of the SEI's CMMI version 1.3 Configuration Control Board (CCB). She has coauthored papers on the use of several software technologies applied to ground systems and on software improvement methodologies, including CMMI.
Scott Goodwin is the chief information officer for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate, a role he has held since December of 2008. He works with Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Launch Services, and Space Communications and Navigation Programs as a representative to the Centers and at the Agency level with respect to IT policies, security, implementation issues, and other IT-related areas. Mr. Goodwin graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in computer engineering. He spent the first 15 years of his career with the Department of Defense (DOD)/U.S. Air Force (USAF) managing Unix-based systems as well as designing, developing, implementing, and managing system and network infrastructure and software. While at DOD/USAF, he helped create some of the first Web applications at their location to manage system accounts and credentials in the early 1990s. He also participated in open-source projects and wrote software to integrate DOD's Common Access Card with Web server infrastructure for authentication and authorization. Scott came to NASA Headquarters in 2003.
Darrell Graddy is vice president of Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Technology and Data Solutions (EIT&DS), a Line of Business (LOB) within the Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services business area. In this capacity, he leads and is accountable for a 3,800-employee workforce focused on IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, cloud computing, social networking, enterprise architecture, data centers, call support centers, information assets management solutions, and research and development. He has been with Lockheed Martin since 1983. During his career with Lockheed Martin, he has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services and Electronic Systems business areas. These positions included accountability for operational and technical performance, facilities and capital planning, environmental safety and health, financial and contractual performance, product development, business and technical strategy, advanced technologies, and customer relations. Mr. Graddy holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida Southern College.
Ken Griffey is the Stennis Space Center (SSC) program manager for the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS), a $250 million Federal shared services data center. Mr. Griffey has served as the deputy director for business and administration for the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), the NASA enterprise architect, and the NSSC chief information officer. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Griffey led business transformation, Enterprise Architecture (EA), and Organizational Development/Change Management (ODCM) efforts for several Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Griffey holds a Summa Cum Laude MBA from Brenau University and a bachelor's in electronics with highest honors from Southern Illinois University, and he is close (December 2010) to completing a doctorate of business administration with the University of Phoenix. Mr. Griffey is a fellow of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification Institute (FEACI) as well as member of the Product Development Managers Association (PDMA), the Association of Enterprise Architects, and American Mensa. Mr. Griffey lives in Diamondhead, MS, on the Gulf Coast.
Joyce Grigsby is the deputy director of Personnel and Readiness Information Management (P&R IM) for Enterprise Architecture. She serves as the Human Resources Management (HRM) chief architect, responsible for the HRM enterprise architecture under the auspices of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD [P&R]). Her responsibilities include coordinating the implementation of Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) methodologies to develop an HRM business area architecture that supports the OUSD (P&R) as the certification authority for all DOD HR business systems. She acts as the adviser for HRM business architecture and liaison for HRM business capabilities and architecture efforts within DOD. Ms. Grigsby provides authoritative interpretations of HRM federation and architecture integration issues within the defense HRM community. Ms. Grigsby received her certification as an enterprise architect from the Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification (FEAC) Institute in 2006.
Eric Hackathorn started with his first computer before he learned to ride a bicycle. His father was kind enough to allocate him 100 KB of the family's 10 MB hard drive—one of the first commercially available of its kind. Since that time, he has spent a majority of his time dabbling in all things computer related. After graduating from high school, he started working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO. At the same time, he attended and then graduated from the University of Colorado, majoring in electrical and computer engineering. He continues his work at NOAA today as a program manager.
Mr. Hackathorn has taken a back seat to his much handsomer counterpart, Hackshaven Harford. Hackshaven is Eric's avatar (a virtual representation of himself) and exists only in the virtual world known as Second Life. Together they have been busy designing a public 3D space to highlight the research NOAA performs. In addition, they recently formed a company, Maya Realities, to explore 3D virtual world metrics. In essence, he is helping to gauge the return on investment for companies creating beachheads in virtual worlds such as Second Life.
Antonio HaileSelassie is the NASA Agency Section 508 technical accessibility specialist in support of the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He was introduced to the Internet and Web development while attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he pursued a degree in information technology. His expertise in Section 508 and technical accessibility began to develop when he was as an independent contractor supporting the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air National Guard, where he produced and provided remediation of Web sites and Web software for Section 508 compliance. In 2006, Mr. HaileSelassie joined NASA as an expert in the technical application of Section 508 and accessible systems. As part of the Agency OCIO organization, Mr. HaileSelassie provides extensive guidance and training on Section 508 and accessibility to all of the NASA Centers and the Centers' Section 508 coordinators to include responding to complex technical accessibility questions, developing training modules and several accessibility guides, maintaining content for the Agency's Section 508 Web site, and providing live training to various working groups across the NASA Centers. Mr. HaileSelassie maintains strong working relationships with the Access Board and General Services Administration as well as the Center 508 coordinators.
Beverly Hamilton has worked in the information technology arena for 25 years and has served in a wide variety of positions. She has worked as a contractor or civil servant at NASA for 21 years. Beverly began her civil service career at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in 2001. She worked in the Agency Chief Information Officer's office as the branch chief for the Policy and Planning and User Support Offices. Beverly has been in NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) for the last 6 years. She currently serves as the Directorate chief information officer and program manager for the ESMD Integrated Collaborative Environment.
Debrina Harrell is the delivery order contracting officer's technical representative (DOCOTR) for the NASA Shared Services Center Delivery Order (DO) responsible for monitoring the contractor's performance and ensuring adherence to the terms of the DO. Ms. Harrell holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering and a master's in business administration. She has more than 8 years of experience as a Government technical representative. She began her career with NASA in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Stennis Space Center in 2008.
Jeanne Holm is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL's) chief knowledge architect and chairs NASA's Knowledge Management Team. She is the evangelist for Data.gov, an open-Government flagship project for the White House. The systems she has managed (from the NASA Portal at www.nasa.gov to virtual worlds to DOD collaboration systems) have provided trillions of pieces of content to billions of customers over her 26 years at JPL.
For 11 years, Charles Holmes was the director of NASA's Heliophysics Great Observatory (HPGO), a fleet of operating science missions observing the Sun, the interplanetary solar wind, and their interactions with Earth and planets. The HPGO program included the data environment that retained and broadly distributed data gathered by the science instruments of the fleet. In 2008, Dr. Holmes received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. Prior to joining NASA Headquarters, he worked for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) officer. At USAF, he directed research and development projects for several national security programs. Dr. Holmes earned his doctorate in nuclear science and engineering from Cornell University, and he has a bachelor's in physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is currently the vice-chair of the IT Infrastructure Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.
Steven Hunt has worked at Ames Research Center (ARC) for more than 23 years supporting the IT environment in a variety of areas. He started his career at ARC supporting high-end flight simulation systems. From there, he progressed to leading projects integral to the IT infrastructure, functioning as a systems level design and integration engineer, resulting in the integration of a number of Center and Agency-wide IT services rooted in IT security. While operating as a computer security official and assistance information technology security manager (ITSM), he took an interest in Certification and Accreditation (C&A). For the last 5 years, he has functioned as the ARC Certification & Accreditation Official (CAO) and the Agency Principal CA, until last November, when he resigned to make time available for new opportunities at ARC. Mr. Hunt is currently the ARC IT governance manager overseeing a variety of IT governance elements including its policy and compliance and associated IT governance boards, the ARC C&A program, records management, and various other IT governance-related roles and responsibilities. He is managing or is an integral part of IT governance projects throughout the Center. As the ARC CAO, Mr. Hunt managed the certification and accreditation of the NASA Nebula Cloud Computing Pilot located at ARC. He is currently an active member of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Pilot (FedRAMP) Cloud Computing Security Working Group (CCSWG) and is collaborating with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on formulating guidance for the implementation of cloud computing resources throughout the Federal Government.
Paul Hunter is the chief technology officer (CTO) at Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Hunter has more 30 years of experience in the Federal Government. Joining NASA Headquarters in 1990, he was a program manager responsible for a wide variety of computer science research projects conducted at NASA Centers and in academia. These projects included high-performance computing, software engineering, highly reliable systems, and national information infrastructure projects such as digital libraries.
Since moving to Goddard in 1996, he has played a major role in establishing a new line of space science flight projects to explore and provide the foundation for predicting space weather. Starting in 1998, Mr. Hunter served on a detail to the U.S. Senate Y2K Committee for almost 2 years. In this position, he led the Committee staff investigations into the transportation and chemical industry sectors and played a major role in the investigations of the energy and telecommunications industry sectors. Upon returning to Goddard in 2001, Mr. Hunter moved to the chief information officer (CIO) office and served as the deputy CIO until 2006. In 2007, he became the CTO in a reorganization of IT services at Goddard.
Corinne Irwin is the project executive for authentication and authorization in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Ms. Irwin has worked as an information technology (IT) professional for NASA for 25 years on both institutional and mission systems. At Goddard Space Flight Center, she supported Procurement Systems, managed Operations for the Goddard Data Center, was the software manager for the Earth Observing System (EOS) Data and Operations System (EDOS), and served as the HSPD-12 deputy implementation manager for Goddard. She led the Agency-wide team that developed the Authentication Architecture under HSPD-12, which aligned the implementation of NASA's Consolidated Active Directory (NCAD), Access Launchpad, and NASA's Two-Factor Token Infrastructure. Ms. Irwin holds a master's in information systems management and is a certified project management professional.
Terry D. Jackson serves as the deputy director for the NASA Shared Services Center's (NSSC) Business and Administration (B&A) Office. His organization is responsible for budget oversight, facilities management, business operations, and customer communications and satisfaction for the NSSC, which supports more than 42,000 NASA civil servants and NASA contractor personnel across multiple national geographic locations. Support is provided for administrative functions in the areas of finance, procurement, human resources, and IT infrastructure services. During his NASA career, Mr. Jackson has served as chief information officer (CIO) for the NSSC and Stennis Space Center (SSC), deputy CIO for the NASA Exploration Mission Directorate, senior engineer in NASA's Shuttle Operations Office and chief of institutional services for Stennis Space Center. He has led various high-profile, very complex IT and business transformation projects. Mr. Jackson has more than 31 years of leadership experience, and he holds a bachelor's in computer science (1978) and a master's in business administration (1988) from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Kent A. Johnson is the chief technical officer for AgileDigm, Inc., a U.S.-based company working around the world to provide consulting, training, and appraisals for organizations that build or acquire software-intensive systems. AgileDigm, Inc., is the only partner of both the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Scrum Training Institute. Mr. Johnson has been involved in process improvement with SEI since 1987. He is an SEI-certified SCAMPI lead appraiser, an SEI-certified SCAMPI high maturity lead appraiser, an SEI-certified CMMI instructor, and a certified ScrumMaster. He is the coauthor of several books including Interpreting the CMMI: A Process Improvement Approach, Second Edition (Auerbach Publications, 2008). He has helped clients move from Maturity Level 1 to Maturity Level 5 using both CMM and CMMI. He is the primary author of several new courses on Agile CMMI and the Certified ScrumMaster Training course with emphasis on CMMI. Prior to joining AgileDigm, Inc., he was the director of systems engineering for TeraQuest Metrics, Inc. (later acquired by Borland Software). While at Borland Software, he served as the manager for Borland Software's largest process-improvement project within Europe at NATO in the Netherlands and Belgium, and he led the Process Improvement Group within Borland's Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Region.
Kathy Johnson-Throop is the branch chief for Medical Informatics and Healthcare Systems at Johnson Space Center. She has a Ph.D. in computer science with studies in artificial intelligence from Ohio State University. Ms. Johnson-Throop has been working with NASA for 11 years and is a certified enterprise architect. Prior to coming to NASA, she was a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Health Information Sciences. Her interests include health informatics, decision support systems, knowledge management, enterprise architecture, and cognitive science.
Kevin D. Jones is the internal social media strategist for Marshall. He is leading the development and implementation of a Center-wide social media (Enterprise 2.0) solution. Mr. Jones has helped companies large and small with their social strategies. Originally coming from an organizational learning and performance improvement background, he uses social media and networking to focus on employee improvement and communication. He will be completing his master's in instructional and performance technologies from Boise State University at the end of this year.
Mahesh Kalva has more than 18 years of experience in business strategy development harnessing contemporary technologies, including 14 years on the Internet platform. His expertise is in developing proof-of-concepts to deploying solutions and enabling a continuous improvement process. Mr. Kalva's knowledge in cloud computing, constituent relationship management (CRM), and business transformation solutions is well recognized in the Federal Government. His major accomplishments include large-scale system architecture development, system migration and transition, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based systems integration, and systems engineering process improvement. He is a proven leader for his ability to envision, strategize, plan, and execute successfully. Mr. Kalva currently manages a large group of talented business transformation and technology innovation individuals as chief technology officer for Enterprise IT and Data Solutions, a company under Information Systems and Global Services—Civil at Lockheed Martin Corporation.
He has lectured at George Mason University on topics such as the "Role of Technology in Globalization and Its Effects on World Economies and Socio-Political Spectrum." He has previously acted as senior director for technology solutions at Aspen Systems Corporation. Mr. Kalva has a master's degree in computer information systems from Southern New Hampshire University. He has attended graduate-level courses in business administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Business School and the University of Poona, and he has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from India. Mr. Kalva was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 at Lockheed Martin and was employee of the year in 2000 at Aspen Systems.
Alexander Karman serves as a technologist for Northrop Grumman Information Systems/Advanced Technologies Group. Since joining Northrop Grumman in 2001, Mr. Karman has tackled issues in service-oriented architecture, entity analysis, persistent surveillance, spatial analytics, multiagency coordination, and cloud computing. Mr. Karman is an IBM-certified service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions designer. He is also an attorney licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
John C. Kelly is the program executive for software engineering within the NASA Headquarters Office of Chief Engineer. His responsibilities include the establishment of Agency-wide engineering and management policy, guidance, processes, and supporting infrastructure to effectively meet the scientific and technical objectives of software products developed under NASA funding. Mr. Kelly also serves as the cochair of the NASA Software Working Group and is a member of the CMMI Steering Group (cosponsored by DOD and NDIA). His accomplishments include leadership responsibilities in the development and release of NPR 7150.2A, NASA Software Engineering Requirements; NPD 7120.4, NASA Engineering and Program/Project Management Policy; the annual NASA Software Inventory; and the Agency's Software Engineering Curriculum Plan. Previously, he served as a principal engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.
Chris C. Kemp is the first NASA chief technology officer (CTO) for information technology, a new position established to lead IT innovation at the space agency. Mr. Kemp previously served as chief information officer at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, from November 2007 until April 2010. During his career at NASA, Mr. Kemp was Ames's director of strategic business development, where he helped forge partnerships with Google and Microsoft. Prior to joining NASA in 2006, he helped create the online community Classmates.com, the Web-based vacation rental platform Escapia, and the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger.
Eduardo Krumholz began his career as an adjunct professor for telecommunications and computer science in Mexico City. He served as chief information officer (CIO) for multiple manufacturing companies in the United States. He is a founding partner of TechQuest Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital company based in Cambridge, MA, focusing on the security, storage technologies, and telecommunications market; and he is a principal founder for Genesis Park, a Houston-based incubator for innovative technologies in the oil and gas market.
Mr. Krumholz has also served as a senior manager for Accenture, assisting public and private companies in creating and implementing complex technical capabilities in the areas of strategy, infrastructure, software development, systems engineering, and enterprise architectures. He coauthored The Definitive European Internet Start-Up Guide, providing techniques for finding innovative business concepts. Mr. Krumholz is a senior associate for Booz Allen Hamilton who assists NASA and other Government agencies on IT strategy and complex systems development and integration efforts and continues to serve as an adviser and board member to several portfolio companies and technology startups.
Mr. Krumholz holds multiple professional certifications including certified enterprise architect (CEA), certified systems engineering professional (CSEP), project management professional (PMP), certified information systems security professional (CISSP), National Security Agency INFOSEC Assessment Methodology certified (NSA-IAM), and certified in production and inventory management (CPIM). Mr. Krumholz holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa and has completed doctoral studies in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Margaret Kulpa is the chief operating officer for AgileDigm, Inc., a U.S.-based company working around the world to provide consulting, training, and appraisals for organizations that build or acquire software-intensive systems. AgileDigm, Inc., is the only partner of both the Software Engineering Institute and the Scrum Training Institute. Ms. Kulpa has more than 30 years experience in developing complex software-intensive systems. She is an internationally known author, presenter, and consultant in the areas of management, software engineering, and process improvement. She is the primary author of the book Interpreting the CMMI: A Process Improvement Approach, Second Edition (Auerbach Publications, 2008), which details how to identify, define, and improve business, systems, and software processes on both enterprise-wide and project levels. She is a past reviewer and editor for the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) magazine, and she enjoys acting as a featured speaker at international conferences. As a consultant, she provides services including training in CMMI concepts and implementation, measurement strategies, acquisition, mentoring, consulting, and appraisal assistance. Ms. Kulpa has developed and taught courses in software quality assurance, project management, peer reviews, requirements development and management, process baselines and modeling, safety and security, and other software engineering-related subjects. She has developed courses in CMMI and has served as an external member of numerous SCAMPI Class A Appraisals.
Vivek Kundra was appointed as the United States Chief Information Officer by President Obama in March 2009. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kundra served in Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the CTO for the District of Columbia and Governor Kaine's cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.
Kundra has been recognized as the 2009 Chief of the Year by InformationWeek for driving unprecedented change in Federal IT and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations. He has also been recognized by InfoWorld among the top 25 CTO's in the country
Dr. Daniel Laughlin is an assistant research scientist in the Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He manages NASA's Learning Technologies project at Goddard Space Flight Center. Learning Technologies supports the research and development of cutting-edge educational tools that combine NASA mission content with innovative technology and best education practices. The office has sponsored the development of tools that have been featured on the covers of science and technology journals and received international recognition. Dr. Laughlin leads research and development efforts on games and virtual worlds in education for NASA. He collaborated on the creation of NASA's first presence in Second Life and has facilitated the establishment of four additional NASA sites in that virtual world. He currently manages a NASA-themed massively multiplayer online science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning game development project and has released a preview game project called Moonbase Alpha. Dr. Laughlin is coauthor of the NASA eEducation Roadmap: Research Challenges in the Design of Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments for Education & Training (2007) and author of Overcoming Objections to MUVEs in Education, in G. Vincenti and J. Braman (eds.), Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom.
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. Dr. Lee is also the program scientist for 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. His interests are large scientific data and information systems.
Brett Lewinski is a technical area expert and the Java team lead on the HITSS contract at NASA HQ. In his 11 years in IT, he has gained extensive experience working with all types of business web applications including web services, portals, and eCommerce sites. He has worked extensively with open source technologies and agile programming, leading to his interest in automation, continuous integration, and many other emerging technologies.
Tiffany Smith Licciardi is a Program Analyst at the Department of State's Office of eDiplomacy. She led the development of the Virtual Student Foreign Service, and she has served as collaboration policy advisor on The Sounding Board and project lead for Diplopedia. Ms. Licciardi was the recipient of the 2010 NextGov Award for her work developing the Virtual Student Foreign Service. Ms. Licciardi is currently on detail to the General Services Administration for the FedSpace project.
Matt Linton 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 vantage yet remains comfortable managing the chaos and intrigue caused by the threats we face. His current work focuses on security hardening, vulnerability analysis, and penetration testing for Ames Research Center (ARC); and through ARC, he is attached as a rescue specialist to the California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3. As a hobby, he works with abused and neglected parrots for a nonprofit bird rescue.
Camilla Logan is the alternate delivery order contracting officer's technical representative (DOCOTR) for the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Delivery Order (DO). In this capacity, she is responsible for monitoring the contractor's performance and ensuring that the contractor is adhering to the terms as outlined in the contract that provides Agency-wide desktop and seat management services. Ms. Logan performs monthly surveillance on contract deliverables. She serves as the end-user services quality assurance manager on the End-User Services Team of the Enterprise Solutions Division. Ms. Logan holds a bachelor's in computer and information science and a master's in information technology.
Alisa Louther is the assistive technology coordinator of the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program's Technical Evaluation Center (CAPTEC). She received her bachelor's in vocational rehabilitation with a concentration in rehabilitation technology from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Prior to coming to CAP, she has provided more than 420 volunteer hours in the field of vocational rehabilitation.
Ernest Lopez began his working career in 1992 as a key participant in NASA's Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program where he distinguished himself with his work on a variety of mathematical and scientific research projects. Now, 18 years later, he serves in a senior management position as the director of IT security for what is widely considered to be one of the Nation's premier research laboratories, NASA's Ames Research Center.
In 2001, Mr. Lopez became Ames's first IT security operations manager; he managed a group of highly specialized incident responders, forensics analysts, and vulnerability scanning technicians. In that capacity, he interfaced closely and seamlessly with Federal law enforcement agencies on sensitive and classified cases. He was also a key NASA liaison with the NASA Office of Inspector General and Counter Intelligent Office where he contributed technical expertise for investigations that eventually led to prosecution.
In 2007, Mr. Lopez's contributions, capabilities, and management style were recognized with his promotion to the position of first branch chief of IT security. In short order, Ernest was then named division chief of IT security where several of his "controversial" yet innovative initiatives became reality including the introduction of a newly formed Penetration Testing Program for Ames.
As of March 12, 2010, Mr. Lopez was appointed as the acting Security Operations Center (SOC) operations manager. The SOC is NASA's nerve center for detection and monitoring of security incidents for the Agency, providing continuous, uninterrupted (24x7x365) event detection, situational awareness, incident management, and tracking. The SOC maintains a sound and secure information assurance posture for the hundreds of thousands of devices and users across NASA.
Cathy H. Mangum is the director of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. As the CIO, Ms. Mangum is responsible for managing, applying, and overseeing the Center's information resources in a manner consistent with the Agency's mission and program objectives, applicable laws, regulations, principles, policies, and standards. The organization provides the central focus for the entire information life cycle (i.e., the collection, organization, presentation, dissemination, protection, archival, and retrieval) of technical and management information for Langley. Ms. Mangum also serves on the Center's Leadership Council and Management Council.
A NASA veteran of 22 years, Ms. Mangum began her career in 1988 as an IT manager in the Office of Aero-Space Technology at NASA Headquarters. She progressed to director of the Management Operations Division in the Office of Aeronautics in 1994. In 1996, Ms. Mangum transitioned to NASA Langley, where she helped to institute the newly established role of a Federal CIO. In 2003, she was named the acting CIO and became the Langley CIO in 2004.
Ms. Mangum earned a bachelor's degree in information management from James Madison University in 1983. She has participated in several leadership development programs including the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program (SES CDP), the Harvard Senior Executives Fellows Program, and multiple Agency organization development activities.
The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Mangum received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2006. She lives in Poquoson, VA, with her husband, Richard. They have two children.
As the manager for higher education, Dr. Mabel Jones Matthews shares responsibility for providing strategic leadership that delivers NASA's contribution to our Nation's efforts in achieving excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The higher education program, projects, and activities align to support NASA Education Outcome 1: contribute to the development of the STEM workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA's strategic goals, and Outcome 2: attract and retain students in STEM disciplines through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty.
From June 1999 to March 2006, Dr. Matthews served as the university program manager for NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). MUREP is responsible for ensuring NASA's responsiveness to Federal mandates related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Other Minority Institutions (OMIs), including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). MUREP's overall aim is to increase the capacity of minority-serving institutions to respond to NASA's overall research and development mission.
Her tenure at NASA has afforded Dr. Matthews the opportunity to direct the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Project, the Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Project, the Partnership Award for Integrating STEM Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum, and the Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award. These national projects focus on increasing the participation of underrepresented students in the STEM workforce. Dr. Matthews represents NASA on the International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee composed of representatives from Japanese, Canadian, and European space agencies. Dr. Matthews is also a board member of the Ionia Whipper Home.
Dr. Matthews earned her bachelor's in business administration from Southeastern University and the her MBA in marketing from Atlanta University. She completed doctoral studies in higher education administration at the University of Cincinnati. One of the highlights of her professional career was being awarded in 2005 the honor of Distinguished Alumni by the College of Education, University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Matthews has a wealth of experience in the areas of workforce development, academic policy, and higher education marketing research. She has served in key academic positions in majority and minority higher education environments. Dr. Matthews is a veteran collaborator, with an extensive background in program development with Government and private industry.
In September 2004, John F. Meyer was selected to serve as the assistant chief of staff for information architecture (N6) and as command information officer (CIO) for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (COMNAVMETOCCOM). The mission of COMNAVMETOCCOM is to turn knowledge of the environment into "information dominance"—an asymmetric warfighting advantage for U.S. naval forces. The scope of information architecture includes information technology (IT) systems' governance, information assurance, enterprise architecture, data, applications, services, and infrastructure.
From August 2002 until September 2004, Mr. Meyer was the acting technical deputy for the Command, serving as the senior civilian manager and top scientific adviser responsible for planning, coordination, management, direction, and administration of broad multidisciplinary scientific, engineering, and technical programs of the Command. Prior to August of 2002, Mr. Meyer was the deputy to the technical director. He joined COMNAVMETOCCOM in 1998 as the director of the Fleet Systems Division, Plans and Programs Department, where he served as the single point of contact for all IT, meteorology, and oceanography (METOC) equipment/systems, as well as communications architectures for worldwide naval METOC operations responsible for the planning, design, acquisition, and integration of standard and evolving Navy C4I for the Naval Oceanography community of more than 70 locations.
Mr. Meyer's relationship with the Federal Government began when he was a contractor with the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) Corporation in 1984, where he led a contract for the Naval Data Automation Command to develop the Navy Teleprocessing Architecture and Protocol Specifications. In 1985, Mr. Meyer was hired by the Navy Regional Data Automation Center in New Orleans, LA. By 1991, he assumed the role of division director for regional information technology support. By 1994, he became the center's technical advisor. Mr. Meyer also represented the Department of Defense on several Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International Standards Organization committees.
Mr. Meyer graduated from the National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2004 with a master of science in national resource strategy. He is an alumnus of Tulane University, where he received a bachelor's degree in computer and information systems from the College of Engineering in 1982.
Mr. Meyer is a member of the Marine Technology Society and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Meyer now lives in Carriere, MS, a little less than 1 hour from downtown New Orleans. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Karen; has three children (two boys, ages 27 and 21, and a girl, age 11); and is a proud grandfather of two.
Phil Milstead has been in NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for 18 years and currently serves as the Directorate's chief information officer, small business representative, environmental manager, George M. Low Award representative, Space Act agreement coordinator, continuity of operations manager, manager of the NASA-wide Aviation Weather Information (AWIN) contract, high-end computing manager, and a host of other positions. He has worked extensively in industry in IT and other technical fields. He holds degrees in both computer science and mathematics.
Michael "Mike" Mudgett is the Government lead for the Enterprise Licensing Management Team for the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). The NSSC consolidates and standardizes select business activities from across NASA to improve customer service and provide business support comparable to the Agency's technical excellence. Mr. Mudgett joined NASA in March 2006 when the NSSC began operations. He also serves as the lead for IT Operations and Management. As the team lead for the Enterprise License Management Team (ELMT), his responsibilities include establishing the policies, procedures, and framework for identifying IT software enterprise license opportunities, overseeing the development of business cases for those opportunities, coordinating execution of approved enterprise licenses, and development and execution of a software license management. The ELMT has garnered significant cost avoidance through the consolidation and negotiation of eight separate Agency enterprise licenses.
Nitin Naik is an information systems leader with more than 24 years of experience in applying technology to business problems. He serves as director for enterprise architecture at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), responsible for leading the effort to develop, maintain, and govern the enterprise architecture across the IRS. This includes application, technical, security, and information architecture to provide a balanced focus on IRS values, needs, and external compliance. Dr. Naik has also served as technical director, supporting the chief technology officer (CTO) in areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure and Web services suitable for the IRS's modernization effort.
Before joining the IRS, he served at NASA as associate CTO. As the associate CTO, he managed the enterprise architecture program, Web presence, IT infrastructure strategy, and the information management program. Prior to his tenure at NASA, he was the president of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, WV. He led research and development efforts in applying cutting-edge IT for science research, simulation-based training, and Internet commerce through competitive funding.
While pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science, his research efforts led to the establishment of one of the premier computer-video local area networks using asynchronous transfer mode and real-time video streaming technology.
Kristine Neuber is the manager of the Computer Electronic Accommodations Program's Technical Evaluation Center (CAPTEC). She received her bachelor's in special education, master's in assistive technology and is pursuing her doctorate in disability policy. Prior to coming to CAP, she worked at George Mason University as a faculty member and manager of their Assistive Technology Initiative.
Eric Nilson joined JPL in 2005; he manages the Office of the CIO's strategic planning and portfolio management office. Prior to joining JPL, Mr. Nilson spent 19 years at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, where he held a variety of technical and management positions in IT. Mr. Nilson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and of California Lutheran University. He currently lives in Woodland Hills, CA.
Ken Norlin serves as the acting chief information officer (CIO) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. His background is in flight simulation, where he worked as a software engineer at Dryden starting 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. Mr. Norlin was assigned the simulation software group lead role in 2001. Two years ago, Mr. Norlin was selected as the deputy CIO at Dryden to assist in the development of the IT Project Management Office and the transition to the Agency I3P contracts. Due to a Center reorganization that occurred earlier this year, Mr. Norlin was asked to serve in a dual role as acting CIO and deputy for the newly formed Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate.
Bruce O'Dell is the chief information officer (CIO) for the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). At the NSSC, Mr. O'Dell leads Center information technology (IT) staff in Agency-wide desktop outsourcing initiatives as well providing support for Agency back-office services in finance, human resources, procurement, and information technology. As the NSSC CIO, Mr. O'Dell develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards, and guidance; and he provides process reinvention support for the NSSC. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Agency's vision.
During Mr. O'Dell's 25-year career, he has worked in both public- and private-sector organizations. Prior to his assignment at the NSSC, Mr. O'Dell served for 6 years as an information technology director and deputy CIO for the Government Printing Office, where he was a champion for e-business, process reengineering, knowledge management, information assurance, and critical infrastructure protection. Other Government assignments included deputy CIO for the Executive Office of the President and director of information management at the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a primary advocate for privatization as well as interagency support and partnering efforts.
Mr. O'Dell holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and he has a master of arts from Central Michigan University in Michigan.
Terence Okus is a senior leading consultant within Hewlett-Packard's U.S. public sector information technology services management/information technology infrastructure library (ITSM/ITIL) practice. He possesses more than two decades of both strategic and tactical experience in the design, fielding, and continuous improvement of IT systems and services. Mr. Okus is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology (master of science in systems management) and Eckerd College (bachelor of arts in business management). He is also an ITIL v2 certified manager, a certified ITIL v3 expert, an accredited ITIL instructor, and an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 20000 consultant manager. Mr. Okus has been invited to speak both locally and nationally on the topics of IT service management and IT governance for the IT Service Management Forum (ITSMF) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Charles Onstott is the chief technology officer for SAIC's Homeland and Civilian Solutions business unit, which delivers services to NASA among other civilian agencies. He is responsible for establishing technical strategy for the business unit. Previously, he has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in the Federal, defense, energy, biotech, and entertainment sectors. He has managed numerous projects that markedly increased customer satisfaction and produced cost savings in IT support operations. Mr. Onstott is an active contributor to SAIC's ongoing research into emerging technology and regularly presents and demonstrates new solutions to commercial and Government organizations. In 2008, he was awarded the Information Technology and Network Solutions Group Excellence Award for Science and Technology. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree from the University of Chicago.
Mario Ortega is currently a senior associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and has been with the firm for more than 6 years. Mr. Ortega has more than 20 years of professional experience in the information technology industry and project management discipline. He holds a degree in economics and an advanced degree in technology and leadership.
Mr. Ortega has managed projects worldwide for Honeywell International—Life Sciences, deploying complex systems for biotech and pharmaceutical process manufacturing companies integrating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and automated control systems with manufacturing layer applications.
Today, Mr. Ortega is part of a Booz Allen team that specializes in COTS application integration and development with one of the focus areas being Enterprise Program Management (EPM), which he represents and leads. Mr. Ortega manages the design and development of Booz Allen's Enterprise Program Management Environment, known as PME.
Willard F. Peters III was appointed as NASA's chief enterprise architect (CEA) in November of 2007. Mr. Peters leads efforts to develop and maintain the NASA enterprise architecture and oversees the architecture work at the 10 NASA Centers. He has over 21 years of experience in IT strategic planning, architecture, communications engineering, and installation, as well as 6 years of experience with Army tactical communications. Prior to this, Mr. Peters was the technical architect for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), where he was responsible for technical leadership and the strategic direction of IT. Prior to the FBI, he was the director of technology and architecture and chief technical architect for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he set the EA strategic direction and led the development, governance, evaluation, operations, and maintenance of the CBP EA. Prior to CBP, Mr. Peters served as a U.S. Air Force systems telecommunications engineering manager (STEM) at the Command, Functional, and Base levels, leading multifunction team efforts to develop sound architectures and integrated, short/long-range planning, implementation, and funding strategies to field mission-essential command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems and infrastructures. Mr. Peters has a master of arts in computer resources and information management from Webster University, a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, and an associate's degree in architectural technology from the State University Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi; he is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Karen Petraska is presently serving as the acting program executive for data centers in the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer. Ms. Petraska has a master's in computer science and nearly 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, and IT security, and she has a significant interest in the challenges of technology and policy integration in large organizations. Ms. Petraska most recently served as the NASA program 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 Ames Research Center; and before that, she served as the chief of the Information Services and Technology Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.
In 2009, Jonathan Q. Pettus was named director of Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. 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 of Marshall's Office of the Chief Information Officer and served in this capacity until his appointment as Agency chief information officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2007. At the Agency, he managed an integrated portfolio of information technology infrastructure and applications that support NASA's human space flight, scientific, and aeronautical programs.
From 2002 to 2005, he served as the director of the NASA Integrated Enterprise Management Program Competency Center, an organization that supports NASA business systems for improving fiscal and management accountability. In 2000, Mr. Pettus was named manager of the Integrated Enterprise Management program. From 1997 to 2000, he served as implementation manager for the Integrated Financial Management program, NASA's computerized business management model. Mr. Pettus joined Marshall in 1991 as a computer engineer, initially providing Center employees with computer and application support services. Before joining the Marshall team, he worked for 2 years as a software developer at McDonnell Douglas Corp., in Huntsville, developing and maintaining computer software used to define and manage Space Shuttle payloads. From 1989 to 1990, he provided classroom training and technical support to business software users of McCormack and Dodge Software, a financial software development company in Huntsville.
In 1987, Mr. Pettus earned a bachelor's in computer science and mathematics history from the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. He earned a master's in computer science in 1995 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Presidential Rank Award for exemplary Federal service in 2010, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for exemplary Federal service in 2008, a NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership in 2005, the Medal for Exceptional Service in 2001 and 2006, and Special Service Awards in 1997 and 2001.
Lara Petze is a recent NASA addition to the Project Delivery Services Group in the Office of the CIO. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with the IT programs and projects to ensure successful project management is implemented as well as supporting the Agency IT Program Management Board (PMB) and the Center IT PMB Working Group. Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Petze worked for 16 years as a Cisco consultant and an IT specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the Department of Commerce. During this tenure, Ms. Petze was responsible for almost all aspects of IT. She has extensive experience with IT policy and planning, with an emphasis on IT security and project management. She has earned a master's in computer science from the University of Maryland and a master's certificate in project management from the George Washington University.
Clemens Pfeiffer is a 22-year veteran of the software industry, where he has held leadership roles in process modeling and automation, software architecture and database design, and data center management and optimization technologies. Before cofounding Power Assure, he served as founder, president, and chief executive officer for 10 years at International SoftDevices Corporation, a corporation focused on designing and implementing a multi-industry smart-process automation platform and integration agents called "Digital Employees." Prior to SoftDevices, Mr. Clemens served as chief software architect for Hewlett Packard, in charge of innovative process automation that resulted in multiple patents and various products that helped launch the company's software business. During his tenure at Hewlett Packard, he modeled high-level business processes and designed IT architecture recommendations for global banks, telecom companies, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He and his wife currently run a rescue center for exotic pet birds. Mr. Clemens holds a master's in information technology from Furtwangen University, Germany.
Dr. Sasi Pillay serves as the chief information officer (CIO) at Glenn Research Center. He is responsible for advocating, managing, and implementing information technology (IT) investments and infrastructure for Glenn. In this regard, Dr. Pillay has a broad scope of responsibility including managing administrative telecommunications, desktop computing, several key administrative applications, computer graphics and visualization, computer modeling and simulation, and high-end computing and networking. Under his leadership, Glenn serves as the lead for NASA for the development of Agency-wide standards and architecture for desktop systems and servers with a focus on security, interoperability, and collaboration.
Dr. Pillay is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a Meritorious Executive in the U.S. Federal Government. Dr. Pillay was recognized as the CIO of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Software Association in 2008.
Dr. Pillay received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and he received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also has a master's degree in management of technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.
Linda Porter Rawlins has been working for NASA since 1980. Her initial work was to provide command generation and data-analysis programming for the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)-operated Solar Maximum Mission. Upon moving to Huntsville, AL, in 1984, she was primary administrator of the Space Science Laboratory's computer system, supported the early Space Physics Analysis network, and branched into early use of the Web for communicating NASA's science news (http://science.nasa.gov) as its Webmaster. Since 2000, she has supported the Office of the CIO at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and is currently team lead for MSFC Infrastructure Services team, which provides Center-wide data and voice cable plant, and a variety of network and phone services all the way up the stack to include server-based infrastructure services. Lately, she has acted as the project manager for the NASA Consolidation of Active Directory (NCAD) project.
James Rinaldi is JPL's CIO. 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. Mr. Rinaldi has more than 25 years of experience with information systems in Government and industry. He was the CIO at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and chief of business systems integration. While at IRS, Mr. Rinaldi helped develop the Free Tax Alliance e-Gov initiative as well as provide guidance and expertise on IRS modernization efforts. Mr. Rinaldi 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 more than 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. Mr. Rinaldi has a bachelor's in computer science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. He has successfully completed executive and leadership development programs at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
As the deputy director of the Office of the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Chief Information Officer, Neil Rodgers is responsible for the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center (NEACC) located in Huntsville, AL, at MSFC. The Competency Center is an organization consisting of 63 NASA civil servants and approximately 325 contractor personnel providing integrated business process and technical support for the Agency's enterprise administrative and 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 20 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 bachelor's in applied mathematics and in 1988 with a master's in business administration.
Dr. Ron Ross is a senior computer scientist and information security researcher at NIST. His current areas of specialization include security requirements definition, testing and evaluation, risk management, and information assurance. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project for NIST, which includes the development of key security standards and guidelines for the Federal Government, contractors, and the U.S. critical information infrastructure. His recent publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199 (security categorization standard), FIPS Publication 200 (security requirements standard), NIST Special Publication 800-53 (security controls guideline), NIST Special Publication 800-53A (security assessment guideline), NIST Special Publication 800-37 (certification and accreditation guideline), and NIST Special Publication 800-39 (risk management guideline). Dr. Ross is also the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA security standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program. In addition to his FISMA responsibilities, Dr. Ross leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, a joint partnership with NIST, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems to develop a unified information security framework for the Federal Government.
Dr. Ross is a frequent speaker at public and private sector venues including Federal agencies, state and local governments, and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Ross previously served as the director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in a variety of leadership and technical positions during his 20-year career in the U.S. Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, he received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an interagency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a three-time recipient of the Federal 100 Award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the Federal Government. He has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame and elected to the grade of ISSA Distinguished Fellow. During his 20-year military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and as a senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross is a graduate of the Program Management School at the Defense Systems Management College and holds both master's and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.
Paul J. Rydeen serves as the project manager for the Enterprise Service Desk and Enterprise Service Request System supporting the NASA IT Integrated Infrastructure Program. Mr. Rydeen is on staff at NASA's Shared Services Center (NSSC). NSSC focuses on supporting NASA enterprise-wide services in the areas of information technology, procurement, finance, and human resources. He has been employed by NASA for 4 years. Prior to NASA, Mr. Rydeen was a facility manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs. He is a licensed professional engineer with more than 22 years of project management experience associated with projects of varying scope and size. Mr. Rydeen graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986.
Robbie Schingler is the chief of staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) at NASA Headquarters, where he is responsible for the formulation of the Office and executive officer for the NASA chief technologist. Prior to OCT, Mr. Schingler was on detail to the Office of the Chief Information Officer, where he was the executive officer for the NASA Chief Information Officer and coordinator of NASA's response to the December 2009 Presidential Open Government Directive, where NASA's Open Government Plan was recognized by the White House and external auditors as the top in the U.S. Government. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Schingler was the special assistant to the Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and an engineering project where he focused on nontraditional partnerships and new spacecraft ventures for NASA. Helping to establish the Small Spacecraft Division at ARC, Mr. Schingler was the capture lead the NASA Small Explorer Program (SMEX) proposed mission called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Mr. Schingler is one of the cofounders of the NASA CoLab, Random Hacks of Kindness, the NASA LAUNCH project, and the Next Generation Exploration Conference series, and he is an active participant in creating public participation and open innovation at NASA. Previously, he has worked at NASA in three different positions: program and policy analysis in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters; research scientist in nanotechnology at ARC; and student scientist in cosmochemistry at ARC. Mr. Schingler is a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow and holds bachelor's and two master's degrees from Santa Clara University, the International Space University, and Georgetown University in engineering physics with an emphasis in aeronautics and astronautics, space studies, and business administration; he also has a certificate in international business diplomacy.
Deborah Sharpe leads the Program Integration and Management Division (PI&MD) of the Information Technology and Communications Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center. PI&MD provides experienced project managers to lead Agency and Center IT initiatives, integrating Agency and Center technical solutions, standards, and initiatives. She is currently leading the development of an Agency system for recruiting student interns, fellows, and scholars in collaboration with the NASA Headquarters Office of Education. Previously, Ms. Sharpe led the development of the Goddard Funds Control System to fill the gap created by the implementation of an Agency Core Financial System and the Agency's Integrated Enterprise Management program's Budget Formulation Module. She is a certified project management professional.
Lewis Shepherd is the director and general manager of Microsoft's Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments (MSI), having joined Microsoft as CTO of MSI in 2007. He has degrees from Stanford University (where he was a Rockefeller graduate fellow), the University of Virginia, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He has also been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for MBA courses on government and business relations. Mr. Shepherd spent two decades working in and around Silicon Valley; but after the September 11 attacks, he focused on technologies to support the intelligence community. In 2003, he accepted an offer to become the senior technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he spent 4 years participating in a remarkable period of innovation and reform for the intelligence community. Some of his team's work focused on secure information sharing, better analysis, and introducing Web 2.0 capabilities to secure networks, including the first beta versions of Intellipedia and A-Space. Mr. Shepherd also writes the popular "Shepherds Pi" blog (http://www.shepherdspi.com).
Sandeep Shetye is currently serving as the chief enterprise architect for the Constellation Program's Information Systems group. As the chief enterprise architect, he is responsible for developing information systems strategy, integration architecture, and the implementation roadmap.
He is a professional enterprise architect successful in leading software development and architecture for corporations serving domestic and global markets. He is experienced in guiding cross-functional teams through design and launch of leading-edge technology and business solutions. Before joining NASA 3 years ago, he worked as an architect for companies including Intel, Cisco Systems, and Sony.
Mr. Shetye has also worked for a couple of successful startups.
Betsy L. Sirk serves as the Electronic and Information Technology/Section 508 coordinator for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). She also serves as the information technology manager and sourcing strategist/vendor manager for the Information Technology and Communications Directorate at GSFC.
Ms. Sirk has more than 25 years of leadership experience in program, project, and technical management focused on implementing information technology-based solutions in support of NASA's missions. Ms. Sirk began her NASA career as a Federal Junior Fellow at NASA Headquarters. She served within the Office of Management as a computer systems analyst and program manager for NASA Employee Teams (NASA's process improvement program). In 1985, Ms. Sirk moved to the Office of Space Flight, where, as a senior program analyst, she managed the half-billion dollars in resources supporting flight operations programs and implemented Shuttle operations support applications. Ms. Sirk led a strategic planning effort that resulted in the formation of the first Management Information Systems Office for the Office of Space Flight. As its director, Ms. Sirk led the design and implementation of an information system and technical infrastructure for the Office of Space Flight, which provided unprecedented connectivity among NASA Headquarters and the space flight Centers. From 1989 to 1998, Ms. Sirk served as a program technical manager and later 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. She developed Agency policy in coordination with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and contributed to the emerging Government standards for such capabilities as electronic signatures and data encryption. In 1998, Ms. Sirk was selected as the NASA Integrated Asset Management program manager leading the development of a program to manage NASA's $30 billion physical asset inventory. In 2000, Ms. Sirk transferred to Goddard Space Flight Center, where she continues to perform in information technology leadership and management roles, including serving as a contracting officer's technical representative and technical monitor for multiple contracts and tasks for IT and communications services.
Ms. Sirk has received numerous NASA performance and superior accomplishment awards for program and project management as well as leadership. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's in psychology (minor in statistics), and she earned a master's with distinction in computer science and management information systems from the George Washington University. Ms. Sirk resides in Ashton, MD, with her husband, Steven, and her three sons.
Nicholas Skytland is a NASA engineer, designer, entrepreneur, and advocate for NASA's Open Government Initiative. He has a passion for engaging younger 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.
Mr. 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 spacesuits, and developing an open-source computational model to simulate human responses to space flight. 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 space flight missions. In 2004, Mr. Skytland worked for the X PRIZE Foundation and was instrumental in the planning of the first privately funded, piloted space launch of SpaceShipOne in the Mojave Desert. He has also worked in the space tourism industry at Zero G Corporation and coached people to experience the excitement of weightlessness during parabolic flight.
Combining elements of space exploration, science, technology, visual art, and storytelling, Mr. Skytland is well known for many of his presentations promoting NASA, the human space program, the use of social media at NASA, participatory exploration, and the Open Government Initiative. He has spoken to numerous audiences, including the Pentagon, the United Nations, Disney Imagineering, and venues around the Nation about NASA and the excitement of exploration and discovery. He is also cocreator of Open NASA, a collaborative experiment in open, transparent, and direct communication about the American space program.
Mr. Skytland was born in North Dakota and later graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University, a master's degree in space studies from the International Space University, and an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Arthur Smith leads the Enterprise Architecture Team at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and is responsible for crosscutting, high-level planning, using segment architecture, in support of the NRC business units and information technology (IT) governance boards. Prior to joining NRC in 2008, Mr. Smith served as the chief enterprise architect for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of IT and business experience in both the Federal and private sector, developing systems and managing IT operations. He earned an MBA from Rutgers University and is a certified enterprise architect.
Tom Soderstrom serves as the IT chief technology officer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where his mission is to identify and infuse new IT technologies into JPL's environment. He has led a collaborative approach with JPL and industry to investigate and predict industry IT technology trends and lead their adoption at JPL. Mr. Soderstrom has also 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 U.S. Government arena. He has been both a frequent producer and consumer of advanced IT, collaboration, and engineering tools and practices, as his ventures have always included a highly distributed workforce that required early adoption of advanced collaboration practices.
Matthew Spence has more than 10 years work experience as an onsite contractor at Ames Research Center. He has been a system administrator and network engineer on projects such as the NASA Science Internet and the NASA Research and Education Network. Currently, Mr. Spence is a senior IT security compliance consultant analyzing operational procedures and security controls to ensure IT security regulatory compliance for complex research systems such as cloud computing pilots, wind tunnels, supercomputers, materials test labs, and research center IT infrastructure. While a master's student at the UC Berkeley School of Information, he was the team lead and subject matter expert for "It's a Bear," a consulting team that worked with the UC Berkeley Office of the CIO to analyze the existing campus IT security management landscape, focusing on the IT security mandates imposed by privacy regulations. Mr. Spence is currently a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information.
John Sprague is presently serving as the project executive for end-user services. John has a master's in computer resource and information management and is a retired Air Force officer. His responsibilities include messaging and collaboration services, e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, file sharing, as well as desktops, laptops, PDAs, and cell phones located at 11 Centers. He ensures these infrastructure elements are managed by setting the 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. Associate duties include the new NASA Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) and an Agency consolidated end-user services contract worth $2.5 billion. He is a member and occasional host and speaker of monthly HelpDesk Institute (HDI) National Capital Region meetings.
Mr. James Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell Services. For more than 25 years, James Stikeleather has designed, developed, and implemented information and communications technologies that help businesses and institutions succeed. Organizations worldwide rely on Mr. Stikeleather for guidance on digital infrastructures, evaluation of emerging technologies, and strategic guidance on their applications. He participates in international technology standards bodies, has multiple book and industry-article contributions to his credit, and advises a number of technology incubators. Mr. Stikeleather's leadership experience includes technology startups and turnarounds as well as the information technology (IT) departments within large global enterprises. Mr. Stikeleather came to Dell via Perot Systems, where he was a founder of the Technical Resource Connection (TRC), which was acquired by Perot Systems in 1996. Currently, Mr. Stikeleather serves as the chief innovation officer for Dell Services, the approximately $8 billion IT services arm of Dell, where he leads a team of IT and business experts who identify, evaluate, and assess the future potential of new technologies, business models, and processes to address evolving business, economic, and social trends for the company and customers.
Larry N. Sweet earned a bachelor's degree in 1978. He began his NASA career in 1987 at Johnson Space Center (JSC), where he served as supervisor and manager for more than 20 years. During his career at NASA, he held positions as documentation management branch chief in the Center Operations Directorate, publications and administrative services office manager in the Information Systems Directorate, and division chief in the Information and Applications Services Division, Information Resources Directorate. While participating in the JSC Leadership Development program, 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.
In February 2007, Mr. Sweet was named the director of 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 hard-copy 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.
Dr. Kenneth Thibodeau is Director of the Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies (NCAST) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the U.S. Until recently, he served as Director of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) program at NARA. Under his direction NARA successfully developed and implemented two versions of the ERA system serving the different needs of NARA's mission in the areas of federal and presidential records. Dr. Thibodeau has 35 years experience in archives and records management, and is an internationally recognized expert in electronic records. He has served as Chief of the Records Management Branch of the National Institutes of Health, Director of the Center for Electronic Records at NARA, and Director of the Department of Defense Task Force, which developed the Department of Defense (DoD) standard for Records Management Applications.
A Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and winner of the Emmett Leahy Award for outstanding contributions to the information and records management profession, in 2008 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archivist of the United States for pioneering contributions moving the National Archives to the forefront of e-government. Dr. Thibodeau has published more than 30 papers and spoken at more than 150 conferences around the world. He earned a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and held several post doctoral fellowships in computer science.
Christian Todorov is the director of services management with Internet2, a nonprofit organization that serves the advanced national networking needs of higher education, K-20, and research communities. Internet2, based in Ann Arbor, MI, is a membership organization composed of over 300 organizations including leading U.S. universities, corporations, Government agencies, and not-for-profit networking organizations.
Mr. Todorov is responsible for developing the services offered to Internet2 members. Having started with Internet2 as a network engineer, he brings a technical background to his role, which is further supported by the positive relationships that he has built within the research and education community for the past 8 years.
Prior to joining Internet2, Mr. Todorov worked as a network engineer at Global Crossing and State Farm Insurance supporting their global IP network and corporate headquarters network respectively.
Dr. Steven Warner serves as a principal technologist in the area of enterprise systems. In this role, he provides technical oversight and leadership over a broad range of technology strategy, business development, and technology investment activities. Dr. Warner is focused in the areas of enterprise architecture, service-oriented architecture, and cloud computing. He is also cochair for the Service-Oriented Architecture Community of Practice. Dr. Warner has 30 years of experience in the industry, and he has focused his 13 years with Northrop Grumman on supporting and leading projects that deliver enterprise solutions that are worldwide in scope. He has also presented numerous seminars and courses and is the author of 16 reviewed articles in the areas of laboratory local area networks and analytical biochemistry.
David M. Wennergren serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology as well as the deputy chief information officer (CIO), providing top-level advocacy in creating a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and ensuring the delivery of the capabilities required to achieve the Department's transformation to net-centric operations. In addition to his duties as deputy CIO, Mr. Wennergren is the vice chair of the U.S. Government's Federal CIO Council. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Defense Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Wennergren served for 4 years as the Department of the Navy chief information officer (DON CIO), during which time he also served as the Department of the Navy's critical infrastructure assurance officer. Prior to becoming the DON CIO, he served for 4 years as the DON deputy CIO for enterprise integration and security. Past assignments also included serving as the head of the Plans and Policy Branch within the Shore Installation Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics); serving as the economic support team leader on the Department of the Navy's Base Structure Analysis Team (BSAT) during the Navy's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process for BRAC-93 and BRAC-95; participating in the Commercial Activities Program planning and review in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics); participating in the Navy's BRAC-91 process; and working as a management analyst at both the Naval Industrial Resources Support Activity and the Naval Air Technical Services Facility.
Mr. Wennergren received his bachelor's in communications and public relations from Mansfield State University. He was a recipient of a Secretary of the Navy Civilian Fellowship in Financial Management, culminating in a master's of public policy (MPP) in public-sector financial management from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. He has received the Department of the Navy Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. His other honors include being selected as the Federal CIO Council 2008 Azimuth Award winner, the Government Computer News 2005 Defense Executive of the Year, the 2006 John J. Franke, Jr., Award from the American Council for Technology, the Federal Computer Week 2006 Eagle Award, three Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Awards, the Computerworld Premiere 100 Award, and the 2008 General James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year. He is also honored to have worked in two organizations that were awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Daniel Whorton is the chief technology officer at Stinger Ghaffarian Technology, a leading science, engineering, and mission IT contractor to NASA. He has more than 25 years of experience in mission-critical IT. Working with Raytheon, then Lockheed Martin on Defense Department programs, he came to NASA as a contractor working as a network architect for the first Hubble Space Telescope (HST) service mission. In 1995, Mr. Whorton founded Performance Network Engineering (PNE), a consulting company specializing in IT security and high-availability systems engineering, with customers in NASA, other Federal agencies, and the commercial market.
Dale Wickizer is the chief technology officer at NetApp U.S. Public Sector. His responsibilities include setting future technology and product directions for NetApp's U.S. Public Sector division and managing key customer relationships. Before starting at NetApp, Mr. Wickizer was an associate partner and an IT infrastructure architect at Accenture, where he was responsible for helping Fortune 500 and Global 1,000 companies plan and execute IT transformations, data center consolidations, and rollouts of large enterprise applications and storage infrastructures to help those companies reduce cost and be more competitive. Mr. Wickizer played a fundamental part in establishing strong alliances between Accenture and key storage vendors (such as EMC and NetApp), and he was viewed across the firm as a storage expert. Mr. Wickizer holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also completed reactor design school at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory as part of his Navy training.
James F. Williams is currently the acting chief information officer at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He has been working in the IT area for the past 8 years, starting in the semantic Web domain working with NASA's accident investigation tool called InvestigationOrganizer. Mr. Williams applied this tool during the Columbia accident investigation, in which he led a team of 10 people supporting the dynamic data integration for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). In addition, Mr. Williams was also instrumental in developing commercial collaborations with Google and Microsoft for NASA. In recent years, Mr. Williams has focused on the integrated business approach to IT with special emphasis in robust IT project management, Enterprise Architecture (EA), customer relationship management, business development, cost modeling, IT security, and governance and policy integration. Along with awards for his work in semantic Web and other areas, Mr. Williams recently was named a ComputerWorld Laureate for 2010 for his work in optimization of IT business processes. Mr. Williams has degrees in nuclear engineering from Penn State and materials engineering from San Jose State. He has six technical publications as either the lead author or coauthor and holds a partial patent for his work in Semantic Web.
Michael Young has more than 27 years of experience in assistive technology, accessibility, and workplace accommodations. He serves as the team leader for the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program's (CAP) Wounded Service Member (WSM) Initiative. In this capacity, he is the lead for program development and acquisitions management for the WSM Initiative. Previously, Mr. Young served for 8 years as the manager of CAP's Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC) in the Pentagon. In this role, he conducted assistive technology needs assessments for service members and for Federal civilian employees with disabilities.
Mr. Young has been a selected speaker on disability and employment issues at a variety of national, Federal, and private conferences, including the following: the Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), and the CSUN Annual Conference (California State University, Northridge Center on Disability). Mr. Young has been a speaker and trainer at a variety of conferences and workshops focusing on assistive technology and rehabilitation for wounded service members in the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Labor.
Mr. Young earned a bachelor's of science degree in communication disorders from Missouri State University. He has been accredited as an assistive technology practitioner by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).