Speaker Biographies by Name

David AlexanderU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Science & Engineering, Senior Science Advisor for Resilience
No bio available.
Robert AmesVMWare
Senior Director, National Technology Strategy, Office of the CTO
No bio available.
Taka ArigaU.S. Government Accountability Office
Chief Data Scientist, Director, Innovation Lab
Taka is the first Chief Data Scientist appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States for the Government Accountability Office. He also leads GAO’s newly established Innovation Lab in driving problem-centric experiments across audit and operational teams through novel use of advanced analytics and emerging technologies. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Taka is also responsible for working with GAO stakeholders to adopt prospective views on oversight impacts of emerging capabilities such as AI, cloud services, blockchains, RPA, 5G, and IoT. Taka is natively fluent in both Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, he is also a serious classical chamber musician and a competitive tennis player.
Dorothy AronsonNational Science Foundation
Chief Information Officer/Chief Data Officer, Officer of the Director
Ms. Aronson serves as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer for the National Science Foundation. As an innovative and gifted creative thinker, strategist, and artist, Ms. Aronson is highly skilled at linking mission and strategy to IT and Data tools, which enables the Foundation to manage the full lifecycle of proposals and awards. She acts as the executive thought leader defining NSF's data strategy and roadmap. Ms. Aronson also serves as NSF's Senior Agency Official for Privacy, the senior executive with agency-wide responsibility and accountability for the Foundation's privacy program. Ms. Aronson has a strong interest in innovating for the workforce of the future through technology and serves as a Chair of the CIO Council's Workforce Committee. Ms. Aronson is currently focused on improving data literacy throughout the government and serves as the Federal Sponsor for the Federal-wide data science and analytics training pilot. Ms. Aronson was recognized as one of FedScoop’s Best Bosses in Federal IT in 2019 and 2020, Top Women in Technology for 2018, and, was recognized in 2013 as one of the FCW Fed 100 for her mastery of innovation and for her ability to effectively engage her staff around a common vision for cutting-edge IT in support of NSF-funded cutting-edge research. Prior to her time at NSF, Ms. Aronson served as the Director for the Office of Management Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. She holds a Business degree from Duke University and is committed to lifelong learning.
Shaun BarrySAS
Global Lead - Government & Healthcare
Shaun Barry is a renowned expert in fraud and integrity. Shaun has worked for and with federal, state and local governments around the world for 25 years to foster innovation and digital transformation. He leads a team of experts and architects that uses AI and analytics solutions to transform governments with a distinct focus on fraud, cost containment, policing, and integrity. Shaun holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University.
Michael Ben AharonZzapp Malaria
Vice President, Partnerships and Growth
Michael Ben Aharon is the VP for Growth and Partnerships at Zzappmalaria, an innovative start-up focused on eradicating malaria using AI. He is a serial entrepreneur focused on the intersection of technology, innovation, and development. He has lived and worked in the US, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Morocco, Russia, and Israel. Michael consults on entrepreneurship, innovation, and governance issues with the World Bank, UN, and multiple governments worldwide. Michael holds a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
David Benrimoh, MD.CMAifred Health
Dr. David Benrimoh is a psychiatry resident and researcher at McGill University, and Chief Science Officer at Aifred Health. David completed his medical studies at McGill and a master's in neuroscience with a focus on computation at UCL. He is an author on over 20 peer reviewed publications and focuses on the exciting field of computational psychiatry. Previously founder of a successful non-profit focused on public representation in healthcare decision making, David spends his time blending research, advocacy, patient care, and entrepreneurship with a goal of comprehensively advancing the state of mental healthcare.
Rhonda BindaOffice of the Queens Borough President
Queens Deputy Borough President
No bio available.
Chuck BrooksGeorgetown University
Adjunct Faculty at Graduate in Applied Intelligence Program
Chuck Brooks, President of Brooks Consulting International, is a globally recognized thought leader and subject matter expert Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn.” He was named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer.” He was featured in the 2020 Onalytica "Who's Who in Cybersecurity" – as one of the top Influencers for cybersecurity issues. He was also named one of the Top 5 Executives to Follow on Cybersecurity by Executive Mosaic. He is also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, Expert for Executive Mosaic/GovCon, and a Contributor to FORBES. Chuck is Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Graduate Applied Intelligence Program and the Graduate Cybersecurity Programs where he teaches courses on risk management, homeland security, and cybersecurity. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.
Alison Brooks, PhDIDC
Research Vice President – Worldwide Public Safety
As Research Vice President for IDC’s Worldwide and US Public Safety practice, Dr. Alison Brooks focuses on public safety and first responder research and advisory services, with a specialization in Smart Cities and Communities. Dr. Brooks’ research provides detailed analysis on the digital transformation of public safety and first responders, covering topics such as digital evidence management, integrated physical security solutions, intelligence-led policing, advanced analytics, video surveillance and visualization, first responder communications and alternative policing frameworks. Dr. Brooks has held a number of positions with IDC over the past 15 years, previously working as IDC Canada’s Director of public sector research.
Matthew ButkovicSoftware Engineering Institute - Carnegie Mellon University
Technical Director, Cyber Risk and Resilience Directorate
Matthew Butkovic is the technical director of the Cyber Risk and Resilience Directorate in the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Butkovic performs critical infrastructure protection research and develops methods, tools, and techniques for evaluating capabilities and managing risk. This includes addressing the challenges of complex supply chains. Butkovic teaches graduate-level cybersecurity policy courses at the CMU Heinz College. He is also an instructor, focused on organizational resilience and supply chain risk management, for the CMU Heinz College CISO and CRO Executive Certificate Programs. Butkovic has more than 20 years of managerial and technical experience in information technology—particularly information systems security, process design, and audit—in the banking and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining the CERT Division in 2010, Butkovic was leading information security and business resilience efforts for a Fortune 500 manufacturing organization. Butkovic is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He earned degrees at the University of Pittsburgh (BA) and Pennsylvania State University (MS).
Christina CanavanDeloitte
Managing Director, Risk and Financial Advisory, Cyber and Strategic Risk, Government and Public Services
No bio available.
Anil ChaudhryGeneral Services Administration (GSA)
Director, Federal AI Implementations, AI Center of Excellence, Technology Transformation Services
Anil Chaudhry has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in technology delivery, operations, and program management in the defense, intelligence, and national security sectors. At the Artificial Intelligence CoE, Chaudhry advises federal agencies on establishing mature data governance and management practices, developing innovative approaches for leveraging data as a strategic asset, and laying the foundation for advancing data discovery, access, and use through artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to joining the CoE, Chaudhry served in critical leadership positions within US Customs and Border Protection and as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the Defense Business Transformation Agency. Chaudhry served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. Chaudhry was one of three DHS employees selected to attend the National War College in 2016 as part of the DHS Senior Succession Management Program. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anil-neil-chaudhry/
Ruthbea ClarkeIDC
Vice President, Government, Education, and Smart Cities and Communities
Ruthbea Yesner is the Vice President of Government Insights at IDC. In this practice, Ms. Yesner manages the US Federal Government, Education, and the Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities Global practices. Ms. Yesner's research discusses the strategies and execution of relevant technologies and best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models, essential for government and education transformation. Ms. Yesner's research includes analytics, artificial intelligence, Open data and data exchanges, digital twins, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and mobile solutions in the areas of economic development and civic engagement, urban planning and administration, smart campus, transportation, and energy and infrastructure. Ms. Yesner contributes to consulting engagements to support K-12 and higher education institutions, state and local governments and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies.
Ross CoffeyU.S. Naval War College
Military Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
Lieutenant Colonel Ross M. Coffey, U.S. Army, instructs international security as a Military Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He is concurrently enrolled in its Emerging Ethics of Military Technology graduate certificate program.
Jared DunnmonU.S. Department of Defense
Technical Director - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Defense Innovation Unit
Dr. Jared Dunnmon is the Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). In this role, he brings a technical perspective to problem curation, vendor sourcing and evaluation, and project execution. Prior to DIU, Jared was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he was advised by Prof. Chris Ré. His research interests focus on combining heterogeneous data modalities, machine learning, and human domain expertise to inform and improve decision making around such topics as human health, energy & environment, and geopolitical stability. Jared has also worked to bridge the gap between technological development and effective deployment in a variety of contexts including foreign policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, solar electrification at Offgrid Electric, cybersecurity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, emerging technology investment at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, nuclear fusion modeling at the Oxford Mathematical Institute, and nonlinear energy harvesting at Duke University. Jared holds a PhD from Stanford University (2017), a B.S. from Duke University, and both an MSc. in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing and an M.B.A. from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Rachel Dzombak, PhDCarnegie Mellon Software Engineerin Institute
Digital Transformation Lead, Emerging Technology Center
Dr. Rachel Dzombak is Digital Transformation Lead within the AI Division at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. In this role, she works with organizations to realize the capability of artificial intelligence (AI) for mission outcomes. Additionally, Dzombak helps to lead efforts around the growth of the AI Engineering discipline, a field focused on developing tools, systems, and processes to enable the application of AI in real-world contexts. Prior to joining CMU, Dzombak was an Innovation Fellow and professional faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on processes for design, innovation, and systems thinking and the development of tools to support teaming with diversity. Dzombak has published multiple papers on circular economy, design education, and impact assessment and holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a bachelor of science degree in Bioengineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Isaac Faber, PhDUnited States Army
Chief Data Scientist, U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Futures Command Artificial Intelligence Task Force
LTC Isaac Faber is currently serving as the Chief Data Scientist of the U.S. Army's Artificial Intelligence Integration Center (AI2C) where he oversees the technical aspects of the projects in the portfolio. He was also the lead data scientist at U.S. Army Cyber Command and led the architecting and deployment of the first operational big data platform in the DoD. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford where he researched risk management in cybersecurity using AI and human cooperation.
Jaime FitzgibbonDefense Innovation Unit
AI/ML Program Manager, Ctr, Department of Defense
Jaime Fitzgibbon is a Program Manager in the Defense Innovation Unit’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Portfolio and founder of Ren.ai.sance Insights, an AI-focused advisory network based in San Francisco, CA. She has over 16 years of strategic advisory, program management, product development and digital transformation experience. Ten of those years tackled bringing emerging technologies into the National Security and Intelligence problem space. With a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy, Ms. Fitzgibbon served as a presidential appointee in the Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, worked international democracy promotion programs at a DC-based NGO and helped pass the African Growth and Opportunity Act while working in the U.S. Senate. She continues to apply her skills of sound policy development and project execution to bridging the national security and cutting -edge commercial technology divide.
Matthew Gaston, PhDCarnegie Mellon University
Director, Emerging Technology Center
Dr. Matt Gaston is the Founding Director of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Software Engineering Institute's Emerging Technology Center and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the CMU Institute for Software Research. The Emerging Technology Center applies advanced technologies in artificial intelligence, computing, and human-machine interaction to critical defense and national security missions. Before joining Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Gaston was the Director of Research for a business unit of General Dynamics C4 Systems and spent nearly 10 years at the National Security Agency developing and applying mission-focused technologies. He is a 2012 recipient of the AFCEA Award for Meritorious Service to the Intelligence Community. Dr. Gaston received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UMBC specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.
Bryce GoodmanU.S. Department of Defense
Chief Strategist, AI/ML; Advisor, Advanced Energy and Materials, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
Bryce Goodman is Chief Strategist for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the Department of Defense’s Innovation Unit, where he oversees a range of large-scale projects including the implementation of AI for humanitarian assistance and disaster response, predictive maintenance, counter-disinformation, predictive health, and leads the Responsible AI Working Group. Bryce also supports programs on AI for environmental monitoring and conservation as Kravis Senior Contributing Scientist and Innovation Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is a faculty member of Singularity University and an external advisor to the US National Security Commission on AI. His current and past consulting clients include Google, NEC Corporation, Deloitte, LG, Citibank, Barclays, World Bank, Blackstone, United Nations, NASA, US Department of State, CIA, and the UK Cabinet Office. Previously, Bryce co-founded a cleantech startup and successfully raised over $100m led by Kleiner Perkins. Bryce's awards include Forbes 30 under 30 (Energy & Industry), Harvard Business School Best New Venture and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College, the University of Oxford (Clarendon Scholar; first class honours) and Singularity University, and holds degrees in data science, philosophy, political science and economics.
Timothy Grayson, PhDDARPA
Director, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Timothy Grayson is the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures. Dr. Grayson came to STO in 2018 from a diverse career in government and industry, including founding a strategy consulting firm, Fortitude Mission Research, service in the intelligence community as a Senior Intelligence Officer, and a prior tour at DARPA as a program manager. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science.
Bryan HarrisSAS
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Harris is responsible for setting the technology direction for SAS and working with the executive leadership team to translate the organization’s strategic objectives and priorities into products and solutions. Harris has more than 20 years of experience researching and developing analytic techniques, enterprise search technologies, distributed computing and cloud architectures, and user experiences for both the federal and commercial industries. For nearly 10 years, he has been a critical senior leader of SAS R&D. Most recently, as Senior Vice President and Head of Engineering, Harris was instrumental in releasing the latest advancement of SAS® software, SAS® Viya®. Built on cloud-native technologies, the platform is the foundation for SAS solutions and enables customers to drive analytic innovation. “SAS is on a journey to enable AI and analytics for everyone, everywhere,” says Harris. “We have not only transformed the way in which we build and deliver software with recent SAS Viya updates and a cloud partnership with Microsoft, but also the speed and manner with which customers can achieve value. Because of this, SAS is recognized as a leading provider of analytics for enterprise applications.” Before joining SAS, Harris served as Chief Technology Officer of ADG Creative, as well as Chief Technology Officer of VSTI. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. In addition, Harris is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) for NC State University’s computer science department. He also holds 12 patents on cybersecurity.
Qais Y. Hatim, PhDU.S. Food and Drug Administration
Data Scientist
In my role as data scientist/ statistician at FDA I am conducting research in statistical/operational modeling and computer science at Center of Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)/ Office of Translational Science (OTS)/ Office of Computational Science (OCS) in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, I am applying advanced statistical modeling and scientific computing techniques to computationally intensive tasks that are encountered in regulatory and scientific applications. For this purpose, I am utilizing various statistical and operation research methodologies such as machine learning and data mining algorithms, natural language processing (NLP) techniques, Neural Networks procedures, and test analytics to extract meaning, patterns and hidden structures in structured and unstructured data; identifying the most feasible approaches to software/networking system design and development problems; consulting reviewers, fellow scientists, and regulations to analyze problems and recommend technology based solutions. I am also preparing reports and manuscripts based on research findings and will present at scientific meeting as necessary. Moreover, I am active an member in several working groups across FDA such as the CDER AI, Modeling and Simulation Workgroup, INFORMED and HIVE.
Amy Henninger, PhDOffice of the Secretary of Defense
Senior Advisor for Software and Cybersecurity, Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
Dr. Amy Henninger serves as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) Senior Advisor for Software and Cybersecurity, Dr. Henninger formulates recommendations and strategic plans in software and cybersecurity for the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). Prior to her current position, Dr. Henninger served in a variety of federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) and special term government leadership positions, traversing the seams between the two as they have intertwined over time. Dr. Henninger’s corporate sector experience includes founding the Florida office of Soar Technology (www.soartech.com), a tech startup and spin-off company from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Over her tenure, Dr. Henninger led research teams sponsored by DARPA and other Defense agencies, growing the Florida office by 400%. Dr. Henninger earned a PhD in Computer Engineering, with emphasis in AI, and five additional degrees across the mathematical, computing, engineering, social, and management sciences. She has taught undergraduate classes in software engineering, graduate classes in artificial intelligence, authored over 70 publications, and received a variety of awards for her work.
Andy Hock, PhDCerebras Systems
Vice President, Product Management
Dr. Andy Hock is VP of Product Management at Cerebras Systems with responsibility for product strategy. His organization drives engagement with engineering and our customers to inform the hardware, software, and machine learning technical requirements and accelerate world-leading AI with Cerebras products. Prior to Cerebras, Andy held senior leadership positions with Arete Associates, Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google), and Google. He holds a PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA.
Pamela K. IsomU.S. Department of Energy
Director, Artificial Intelligence & Technology Office
Pamela K. Isom serves as Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO) at the US Department of Energy. Ms. Isom is a leader of responsible AI innovations. She has extensive knowledge and experience using data science and emerging technologies to drive digital, transformative solutions, enabling DOE to fulfill its strategic goals. She is a recipient of the 2021 Federal 100 Awards for her exceptional contributions in the way information technology is used to advance vital government missions. Ms. Isom is also a two-time recipient of the federal Gears of Government Award for her exceptional advancements in AI and geospatial data science at DOE, and a recipient of the InnovateIT: Modernization Innovation Leader Award for excellence in federal government IT modernization leadership. Mrs. Isom previously served as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Architecture, Engineering, Technology and Innovation. In 2015, Ms. Isom joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from the private sector and served as the Director of the Office of Application Engineering and Development, where she led design, development, and implementation of high quality patent, trademark, and corporate systems in support of federal IT modernization efforts. Prior to joining the federal workforce, Ms. Isom led business and IT transformation programs and operated as Principal Executive Consultant, Executive Enterprise Architect, and Software Engineer for various large organizations, with a specialization in cloud, data center transformation, and secured information management. She has published a book, she is an inventor and has numerous articles, including the peer-reviewed article “IT Modernization in the Energy Sector to Mitigate Cyber Threats of our Critical Infrastructure.” Ms. Isom holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. In her spare time, she likes to work out, garden, spend time with family, and be a positive role model.
Elaine JohansonFood & Drug Administration
Health Informatics Senior Manager, DHHS
No bio available.
Cara JonesMarinus Analytics
CEO and Co-founder
CEO Cara Jones is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S. Computer Engineering, MBA). Ms. Jones’s career has centered on bringing novel technologies into operational implementation, including robotics, automation systems, and enterprise IT platforms. Ms. Jones is co-founder of Marinus Analytics and has dedicated the past 8 years to bringing the innovation of the Traffic Jam application to law enforcement agencies in North America and the United Kingdom. Recently, the company has added a focus on technology solutions for child protection agencies. Ms. Jones’s passion for serving the public sector is influenced by the career of her father, who was a social worker in child welfare and forensics. Her journey as a social entrepreneur intersected with becoming a new mother which has motivated a flexible operational culture at the company.
Sara Jordan, PhDFuture of Privacy Forum
Senior Counsel, AI & Ethics
Dr. Sara R. Jordan is Senior Counsel, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Future of Privacy Forum. Her profile includes privacy implications of data sharing, data and AI review boards, privacy analysis of AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML) technologies, and analysis of the ethics challenges of AI/ ML. Sara is an active member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.
Krista KinnardU.S. Department of Labor
Chief of Emerging Technology, Office of the Chief Information Officer
Krista Kinnard is the Chief of Emerging Technologies at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this role, she leads the organization’s discovery and adoption of new technologies and solutions to meet the unique business challenges faced by DOL agencies. She helps foster the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA) and other emerging technologies across the organization in support of mission work.
Devin KrotmanXPRIZE Foundation
Director, Prizes
Devin Krotman serves as the Director of both the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and IES Digital Learning Challenge. In this capacity, Mr. Krotman oversees all complex operational aspects of these large programs - including, but not limited to project management, fiscal management, knowledge management, and risk management. Mr. Krotman is passionate about tackling the world’s challenges from education to disaster prediction and firmly believes technology will help humanity get there. With nearly a decade of experience in management consulting prior to XPRIZE, Devin focuses on leveraging his problem-solving experience when it comes to helping run XPRIZE’s large scale competitions focused on innovative technology. Mr. Krotman holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. He also holds Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees, both from James Madison University.
Bryan LaneGeneral Services Administration (GSA)
Director, Data & AI
Bryan Lane is a technology executive within the GSA IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (CoE) and has over 15 years of experience leading advanced analytics and technology initiatives. Within the CoE, Mr. Lane serves as Director for the Data and AI CoE. He is currently leading the GSA partnership with the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) data and AI activities. Mr. Lane has partnered with federal agencies on establishing mature data governance and management practices, developing innovative approaches for leveraging data as a strategic asset, and laying the foundation for advancing data value through artificial intelligence, automation, and machine learning. Prior to joining GSA, Bryan was a product manager for a commercial geospatial software company, an analytic consultant in the defense and national security industry, and assisted in managing a $750M rapid acquisition portfolio.
Jean-Charles LedeU.S. Air Force
Autonomy Tech Advisor, Air Force Research Lab
Mr. Ledé is the Autonomy Technical Advisor to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Commander overseeing the entire laboratory Autonomy and AI portfolio, and making recommendation on new programs leveraging internal and external research. Mr. Ledé is the senior AFRL representative in the OSD Autonomy Community of Interest and the Department of the Air Force AI Cross Functional Team. He also serves as the autonomy Member at Large for NATO Science and Technology Office System Concept and Integration Panel. Prior to these positions, Mr. Ledé was a Program Manager at DARPA within the Tactical Technology Office and the Defense Sciences Office where he led multiple autonomy programs including the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE), the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA), the Centralized Control of Commercial Drones (C3D), and the Mobile Force Protection (MFP) programs. Before DARPA Mr. Ledé was the Director of Autonomous Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems, and Vice-president for Advanced Concepts at Aurora Flight Sciences.
Olga Livingston, PhDCISA - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Senior Economist
Dr. Olga Livingston is a Senior Economist leading cyber economics portfolio at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Olga has a background in Econometrics with extensive experience in applied economic modeling and risk analysis. In collaboration with interdisciplinary teams of cyber security engineers and information security specialists, Dr. Livingston leads analysis on cyber incident costs and losses, effectiveness and economic justifiability of potential mitigations, cyber insurance, as well as the overall benefits of cyber security investments in reducing cyber risk.
Edward McLarneyNASA Digital Transformation
AI & ML Transformation Lead
Ed McLarney is NASA Langley Research Center’s Associate CIO for Transformation, and Data Science Strategic Lead. In addition, Ed was co-lead for creation of NASA’s AI and Machine Learning strategy as a major thrust within NASA Digital Transformation. Prior to NASA, Ed served 20 years as an Army Engineer and Operations Research / Systems Analysis officer. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, and an MS in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mr. McLarney lives in Hampton, VA with his wife and daughter, and has two adult sons. His passions outside of work are songwriting, science fiction, and hiking.
Ambuj NeupaneGeneral Services Administration (GSA)
Director, Data and Analytics, Centers of Excellence
No bio available.
William Novak, MSCarnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Principal Member of Technical Staff, Software Solutions Division
No bio available.
Adelaide O'BrienIDC
Research Director, Government Digital Transformation Strategies
Adelaide O'Brien is Research Director for IDC Government Insights responsible for Government Digital Transformation Strategies. Ms. O'Brien assists clients in understanding the full scope of efforts needed for digital transformation, and focuses on technology innovations such as Big Data, AI, cognitive, and cloud in the context of government use cases such as customer experience, data driven benefits and services, and public health protection. Ms. O'Brien's research also includes a particular emphasis on journey maps that assist clients in understanding the full scope of efforts required to achieve outcomes, and she has benchmarked the maturity of deploying cloud and Big Data and analytics in the federal government. Her research also includes the threats and opportunities now facing government's ecosystems in leveraging agency information as a critical asset, allowing stakeholders to make better decisions, provide better services and experiences for constituents, and react in real time to limit liabilities and manage risks.
Ted OkadaFEMA
A member of the Senior Executive Service and FEMA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mr. Ted Okada is responsible for leading the technology strategy and direction for a wide variety of mission, business, and enterprise systems. He has spearheaded a broad range of continuous improvement initiatives involving geospatial technologies, data analytics, and cyber security, as well as a whole community approach to interoperable communications in the event of a disaster. Mr. Okada is the creator and executive sponsor of OpenFEMA—the public’s resource for FEMA’s data provided in open, machine-readable formats. Launched in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, OpenFEMA provides timely, usable, and accurate information enabling collaboration with Whole Community partners in support of disaster survivors. Mr. Okada is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Economics. His experience includes over thirty years in international relief and development, a decade in internet services architecture, and two technology start-ups. Prior to becoming FEMA’s first CTO, Mr. Okada served as the Director of U.S. Global Public Private Partnerships and as the Director of the Humanitarian Systems Group at Microsoft developing solutions to the world’s most vexing and least served humanitarian problems.
Ola Olude-Afolabi, PhDU.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Secretary, Chief Information Officer
No bio available.
Vivek Rao, PhDUC Berkeley College of Engineering
Innovation & Research in Design, Technology, and Business
Vivek Rao, PhD, is a lecturer at UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and a research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His teaching and research explore design methodology and emerging technologies in the context of complex sociotechnical challenges. In addition, Vivek actively advises and delivers innovation and design consulting, training and coaching to a variety of clients, ranging from pre-seed startups to the United States Department of Defense. He earned a BS, MS, and PhD, all in Mechanical Engineering, from UC-Berkeley. Prior to returning to academia, Vivek was a designer and strategist at innovation design consulting firm IDEO.
Robert RittmullerU.S. Department of Transportation
Machine Learning Technical Team Lead / Technologist
Robert Rittmuller Robert is a technical (AI) program manager, deep learning practitioner and cybersecurity researcher with the US Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge MA. Robert received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and currently holds several industry certifications such as; Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Robert works closely with several Federal DOT agencies such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation(OST) on highly innovative technical projects involving various state-of-the-art technologies such as deep learning-based computer vision, natural language processing, and advanced vehicle cybersecurity.
Curt SavoieIDC
Program Director, Golobal Smart Cities Strategies
Curt Savoie is the Director, Global Smart Cities Strategies program. The central components of his work revolve around data: its use, security, meaning, accessibility, and governance. He brings to IDC a deep interest in algorithms, artificial intelligence, resiliency, identity, ethical considerations, privacy and anonymization, reducing information asymmetry, and how data can power a better future. At the intersection of theoretical, strategic, and practical experience in the domains of big data, analytics, urban informatics, city operations and innovation, data science workflows and methodology he can help answer not just what but how and why.
Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, PhDUniversity of Windor
Associate Professor of Engineering
No bio available.
Mark Sherman, PhDCarnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Director, Cybersecurity Security Foundations Directorate, CERT Division
Dr. Mark Sherman is the Director of the Cybersecurity Foundations Directorate within the CERT Division of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and also an affiliated faculty member of CMU CyLab. The SEI is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Dr. Sherman’s team helps programs within the DoD analyze and mitigate the risks associated with machine learning applications. Before coming to CERT, Dr. Sherman was at IBM and various startups, working on mobile systems, integrated hardware-software appliances, transaction processing, languages and compilers, virtualization, network protocols and databases.
Calvert SmithGSA TTS
Director, Cloud Adoption, Centers of Excellence
Calvert Smith has over 20 years of experience in the areas of tech innovation, cloud computing, application development, website management, business intelligence, project management, and vendor/contract management. At the CoE, Smith assists in IB modernization Cloud Adoption efforts with agencies across the federal government. His projects include analyzing current systems and applications to provide recommendations for planning cloud migration; and implementing cloud governance models incorporating best practices from both government and commercial areas that allow strategic oversight of cloud programs. Smith has recently been awarded the Discovery and Innovation in Government IT Award for Open Data Initiatives within the public sector.
Carol J. SmithCarnegie Mellon University
Senior Research Scientist, Human-Machine Interaction, AI Division of the Software Engineering Institute
Carol Smith is a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and an adjunct instructor for CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. She has been conducting research to improve the human experience across industries and in government for 20 years. She has been focused on improving AI systems by integrating ethics to make responsible AI since 2015. Carol is recognized globally as a leader in user experience, has presented over 160 talks and workshops in over 45 cities around the world, is an IEEE working group member for the P7008 Standard, and is an editor for the Journal of Usability Studies. She holds an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University.
Keith E. SonderlingUnited States Equal Opportunity Commission
Keith E. Sonderling was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2020, to be a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this capacity, he is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination against job applicants and employees because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Commissioner Sonderling previously served as the Acting and Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to that, he was a partner at the Gunster Law Firm in Florida, where he practiced labor and employment law.
Martin StanleyDHS
Branch Chief, Strategic Technology, Office of The Chief Technology Officer, CISA
No bio available.
Frederick StreitzU.S. Department of Energy
Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office
No bio available.
Randall TrzeciakCarnegie Mellon University
Randall (Randy) F. Trzeciak, Principal Researcher, Technical Director (Acting), Security Automation Directorate, CERT; Deputy Director, Cyber Risk & Resilience Directorate, CERT; Director, CERT National Insider Threat Center; CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute
Randy is a Principal Researcher, Technical Director (Acting) of the Security Automation Directorate at CERT; Deputy Director of the Cyber Risk and Resilience Directorate at CERT, and the Director of the CERT National Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. Randy has over 30 years of managerial and technical experience in the information technology domain, including information security risk management, insider threat mitigation, cybersecurity assessments, software engineering, project management, and database design, development, and maintenance. Randy, and the teams he leads, assist organizations in improving their security posture and incident response capability by researching technical threat areas; developing and conducting information security assessments; and providing information, solutions and training for preventing, detecting, and responding to illicit cyber and physical activity. In addition to his role with CERT, he also has a dual appointment as Program Director for the Masters of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program and CERT professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College, Graduate School of Information Systems and Management, at Carnegie Mellon University. His is the primary advisor for all students in the MSISPM Program and he teaches various graduate-level courses for the MSISPM and MISM programs and is an instructor for the CISO and CIO executive education programs in the Heinz College.
Brett TuckerSoftware Engineering Institute - Carnegie Mellon University
Technical Manager, Cyber Risk Management
Brett Tucker is the Technical Manager of Cyber Risk Management in the CERT Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Brett is responsible for a research and development portfolio focused on improving the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure and assets. Prior to the SEI, Brett was the Global Risk Manager for Westinghouse Electric Company where he managed the enterprise risk portfolio and global insurance programs. Brett also served at the CIA and is a veteran of the United States Navy. Brett holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from Penn State University. Brett is a certified PMP, CISSP, and Six Sigma Black Belt.
Landon Van DykeU.S. Department of State
Senior Advisor for the Office of Management, Strategy & Solutions
No bio available.
Eileen VidrineU.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force
Chief Data Officer
Eileen M. Vidrine is the Air Force Chief Data Officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. She develops and implements strategies for enterprise data management, analytics, and digital transformation to optimize performance and drive innovation in and across all missions and operations. Ms. Vidrine began her government career in 1986 as an enlisted member of the U.S. Army and was commissioned in 1987 through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Program as a Transportation Officer. Later in her Army career, she was selected and integrated into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps. She began her civilian career as a senior faculty member at the Joint Military Intelligence College and led the college’s technology transformation as the first Director for the Center for Educational Technologies. From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Vidrine served in various positions of leadership at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) culminating as the Chief of Staff for the Assistant DNI for Human Capital. In 2012, she was selected to serve as the DoD Intelligence Community Enterprise Architect assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Human Capital Management Office (HCMO), and in 2014 assumed HCMO chief of staff responsibilities. In 2016, Ms. Vidrine was selected as a White House Leadership Fellow, supporting the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. After her fellowship she was detailed to the Executive Office of the President Office of Administration. Ms. Vidrine was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2021.