Speakers

December 2, 2021

Natalie Pittore

Chief of Enduring Security Framework

National Security Agency

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Natalie Pittore

Chief of Enduring Security Framework

National Security Agency

Natalie Pittore, Chief of Enduring Security Framework, National Security Agency

Laura Bate

Senior Director, Task Force 3

Cyberspace Solarium Commission

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Laura Bate

Senior Director, Task Force 3

Cyberspace Solarium Commission

Laura Bate is a Senior Director for the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, where she focuses on issues including risk management, international engagement, countering cybercrime, and workforce development. Prior to joining the Commission, she was a policy analyst with the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and a 2021 Next Generation National Security Fellow with the Center for a New American Security. Laura received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Profile of Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal.

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Acting Deputy Division Director of the CNS Division in the Directorate of CISE

U.S. National Science Foundation

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Profile of Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal.

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Acting Deputy Division Director of the CNS Division in the Directorate of CISE

U.S. National Science Foundation

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is the Acting Deputy Division Director of the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division in the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the U.S. National Science Foundation. In this role, he oversees the Division’s investments in computing, networking, cybersecurity and cyberphysical systems, with an annual budget of nearly $250 million. His current interests are in artificial intelligence and advanced wireless networks (beyond 5G), research policy and quantum computing. He also leads the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100 million investment over the 2017 – 2024 timeframe. He serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. Dr. Nandagopal is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Arvind Krishna

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

IBM

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Arvind Krishna

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

IBM

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

Nick Nilan

Director of Sales, Federal Civilian Industry Services/Postal

Verizon

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Nick Nilan

Director of Sales, Federal Civilian Industry Services/Postal

Verizon

Director of Sales, Federal Civilian Industry Services/Postal, Verizon

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

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George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

George Jackson is the director of events at Government Executive Media Group – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GEMG in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.

September 9, 2021

Profile of Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal.

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Acting Deputy Division Director of the CNS Division in the Directorate of CISE

U.S. National Science Foundation

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Profile of Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal.

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Acting Deputy Division Director of the CNS Division in the Directorate of CISE

U.S. National Science Foundation

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is the Acting Deputy Division Director of the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division in the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the U.S. National Science Foundation. In this role, he oversees the Division’s investments in computing, networking, cybersecurity and cyberphysical systems, with an annual budget of nearly $250 million. His current interests are in artificial intelligence and advanced wireless networks (beyond 5G), research policy and quantum computing. He also leads the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100 million investment over the 2017 – 2024 timeframe. He serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. Dr. Nandagopal is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Profile of Senator Loranne Ausley

Senator Loranne Ausley

State Senator and Co-Chair, NewDEAL Broadband Task Force

Florida

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Profile of Senator Loranne Ausley

Senator Loranne Ausley

State Senator and Co-Chair, NewDEAL Broadband Task Force

Florida

Loranne Ausley was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016 where she serves on the Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, as well as subcommittees on environment, agriculture and regulated industries. Loranne previously represented Florida’s Capital City in the same seat from 2000-2008 before retiring due to term limits. Ausley is also an attorney with Hollimon PA – a small Tallahassee firm. During her time in the Florida House, Loranne has established herself as an independent-minded leader unafraid to take on tough problems and find real solutions. Loranne is a sixth-generation Floridian who has held senior positions in federal and state government, working closely with some of Florida’s most respected leaders including Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles. Loranne is active in a number of local, state and national organizations. She was instrumental in creating Whole Child Leon, a community-based initiative focused on young children and their families. Loranne graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with degrees in Economics and Politics, and earned her J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Bill Hollimon and son, Will, age 14. Loranne is a runner and triathlete, and a two-time Ironman finisher (Chattanooga, 2016; Florida 2007).

Lizy Paul

Chair National Spectrum Consortium and Director, 5G.MIL™ Programs

Lockheed Martin Corporation

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Lizy Paul

Chair National Spectrum Consortium and Director, 5G.MIL™ Programs

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lizy Paul is the Elected Chair of the National Spectrum Consortium. Lizy is currently the Director of 5G.MIL™ Programs for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this role, Lizy helps lead the strategy, planning, and execution of the enterprise 5G.MIL™ IR&D portfolio; organize and facilitate external advisory group reviews and standards body engagements; and support technology transition to business areas for programs and new business capture. Prior to her current position with Lockheed Martin, she was the Director of Technical Strategy for the Defense Communications, Datalinks and Networking Solutions capabilities and products at Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Company. 

Paul has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, United States and an Executive MBA from University of Iowa, United States. She holds 16 patents in the area of RF Communications and Networking technologies. Paul has more than 25 years of experience in business strategy, technology and Innovation in the defense and commercial wireless Industries. Paul has held various leadership positions at Collins Aerospace including, Director, Asia Pacific Strategy, Technical Marketing Director, and Engineering Manager at the Advanced Technology Center. She has also held Engineering leadership and research positions at Motorola, Ericsson and Hughes Network Systems. L

Sachin Shetty

Executive Director, Center for Secure & Intelligent Critical Systems, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center and Professor, Dept. of Computational, Modeling, and Simulation Engineering

Old Dominion University

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Sachin Shetty

Executive Director, Center for Secure & Intelligent Critical Systems, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center and Professor, Dept. of Computational, Modeling, and Simulation Engineering

Old Dominion University

Sachin Shetty is an Executive Director of Center for Secure and Intelligent Critical System in the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and holds a joint appointment as an Professor with the Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering at Old Dominion University. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. Within the last 10 years, Sachin completed many large-scale projects with multiple collaborators and institutions and served as the PI/Co-PI on various grants and contracts totaling more than $16 million, funded by various military and federal government departments and private businesses. He is the Technical Lead for the 5G Network Enhancement Prototype at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Georgia. He has published over 200 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and edited 4 books. He has received the DHS Scientific Leadership and Fullbright Specialist awards. 

Profile of John Busby

John Busby

Managing Director

BroadbandNow

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Profile of John Busby

John Busby

Managing Director

BroadbandNow

John Busby is Managing Director of BroadbandNow, which maintains the most comprehensive plan, pricing and coverage data for the 2,000+ internet providers serving the United States.  Millions of citizens use BroadbandNow to find and compare local internet service providers and BroadbandNow Research publishes data and analysis on the digital divide.  Previously, John was Head of Analytics for Amazon’s grocery delivery service and responsible for business intelligence, data science and automated reporting. Prior to Amazon, John was Senior Vice President of Analytics and Marketing at Marchex. John began his career in product management for InfoSpace, Go2net and IQ Chart. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

Profile of Junaid Islam.

Junaid Islam

Partner

OODA

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Profile of Junaid Islam.

Junaid Islam

Partner

OODA

Junaid Islam has over 30 years of experience in secure communications spanning US national security missions and protocol development to founding start up’s. Junaid began his career in 1989 building secure X25 data networks in South America to support counter-narcotics operations followed by Operation Desert Shield in the Middle East.  From 1993 onwards Junaid has focused on the development of network protocols including Multi-Level Precedence and Preemption (MLPP) for weapons control system, MPLS priority queuing and buffer management, Mobile IPv6 for Network Centric Warfare and Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) for Zero Trust. Recently Junaid developed the first interference-aware routing algorithm for NASA’s upcoming Lunar mission.

In addition to Junaid’s work in protocol development he has founded two start up’s including Vidder which was acquired by Verizon to enable Zero Trust for their 5G network.  Junaid’s technical contributions have been recognized by the IPv6 Hall of Fame for developing Mobile IPv6 and the Cloud Security Alliance for developing Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) to enable Zero Trust.

John Davis, Retired U.S. Army Major General

Vice President, Public Sector

Palo Alto Networks

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John Davis, Retired U.S. Army Major General

Vice President, Public Sector

Palo Alto Networks

John Davis is the Vice President, Public Sector at Palo Alto Networks. He has more than a decade of
senior executive experience across all aspects of cybersecurity while directing organizations in the
U.S. national security sector. He now expands cybersecurity initiatives and policy for the
international public sector and assists governments and industries around the world in preventing
successful cyber attacks.
Mr. Davis has a proven record of achieving results in cybersecurity operations, strategy, and policy.
He has valuable experience building trusted leadership relationships across the public and private
sectors, as well as the international cybersecurity landscape. He is an effective communicator and
routinely provides cybersecurity thought leadership through articles, blogs, interviews and other
forms of public communication. Mr. Davis’ cybersecurity experience includes: Cybersecurity Risk
Management, Leadership and Team Building, Strategic Planning, and Cyber Threat Technical
Knowledge.

Profile of Bryan Schromsky

Bryan Schromsky

Managing Partner

Verizon

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Profile of Bryan Schromsky

Bryan Schromsky

Managing Partner

Verizon

Mr. Bryan W. Schromsky, Managing Partner of Federal Government & Public Safety for Verizon Wireless, has been with Verizon Wireless for more than 20 years.  During his tenure he has held various engineering, marketing, and project management positions.  Bryan has worked closely with Federal, State, and Local government agencies in designing and implementing public safety voice and data networks using 2G, 3G and 4G and now 5G wireless data technologies.  Mr. Schromsky is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the FBI Citizens Academy.

Mr. Schromsky has served on various government mobility panels to provide assistance and guidance to their mission and these panels include the FBI Information Technology Study Group, NOBLE, HAPCOA, National Security Agency, and IACP mobility committees.  Bryan has been nominated and approved by the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation to serve on the ITS Program Advisory Committee for three terms.

Morné Erasmus

Director, Smart Spaces

CommScope

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Morné Erasmus

Director, Smart Spaces

CommScope

Morné Erasmus is the director of Smart Spaces at CommScope, a global leader for wired & wireless connectivity infrastructure.  He is responsible for leading the company’s global smart spaces program and is a regular presenter at industry conferences. Since joining CommScope in 2012, Morné has held senior roles in Technical Sales and Segment Strategy.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning five continents. Morné holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town and is currently based in Dallas, USA.

Profile of Anna Pettyjohn.

Anna Pettyjohn

Senior Vice President, Events

GovExec Media

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Profile of Anna Pettyjohn.

Anna Pettyjohn

Senior Vice President, Events

GovExec Media

Anna Pettyjohn is the Senior Vice President of Events at GovExec Media.

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.

Profile of Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble

Staff Correspondent

Route Fifty

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Profile of Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble

Staff Correspondent

Route Fifty

Andrea Noble is a Staff Correspondent at Route Fifty. She most recently worked as an investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee through a fellowship with the Project on Government Oversight. Previously, she covered law enforcement and the Justice Department for The Washington Times and local government in Maryland for The Gazette.

Laurie Diamond

Senior Director of Strategic Accounts

GovExec

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Laurie Diamond

Senior Director of Strategic Accounts

GovExec

 

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

June 10, 2021

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.

Laurie Diamond

Senior Director of Strategic Accounts

GovExec

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Laurie Diamond

Senior Director of Strategic Accounts

GovExec

 

Sal D'itri

Executive Committee

National Spectrum Consortium

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Sal D'itri

Executive Committee

National Spectrum Consortium

Salvador D’Itri is Vice President and General Manager, Public Sector at Federated Wireless. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium and the IEEE Connecting The Unconnected Advisory Committee. He also hosts a local radio show on 96.7 FM in the Washington DC area.  Previously,  he served on the Information Technology Advisory Commission for Arlington County, VA.

 

 

 

Congressman Rick Larsen

D-WA 2nd District

United States House of Representatives

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Congressman Rick Larsen

D-WA 2nd District

United States House of Representatives

Rick represents Washington state’s Second Congressional District, which includes portions of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties and all of Island and San Juan counties.

Rick serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. These committees enable Rick to focus on creating jobs and opportunity to meet the local needs of Northwest Washington.

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rick is committed to investing in transportation to drive job growth and keep the economy moving. Rick will continue to fight for strong investments in roads, bridges, highways and transit to build a foundation for future economic growth. Rail safety is another priority issue for Rick, and he has worked hard to push for better safety standards for crude oil traveling by rail.

Rick is the Chair, the most senior Democratic member, of the Aviation Subcommittee. The work of the Subcommittee is critical to jobs and the economy in Washington state and the Second District. He says, “the Pacific Northwest is the aerospace capital of the world, and I will work hard to make sure the United States invests in our aviation future. Aviation means jobs in Northwest Washington. Anything I can do to support the growth and safety of air travel will bring good jobs to our communities.”

The Second District is home to Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which are vital to the region’s economy and national security. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rick works hard to support these military bases. He is pushing to make sure our men and women in uniform get the pay and benefits they have earned and the equipment they need to keep our country safe. Rick is also focused on ensuring that veterans have access to the resources and health care they need to help them be successful in civilian life. Rick worked hard with local veterans to open a Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Mount Vernon to make health care and services more accessible for veterans in the Second District.

Northwest Washington is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and Rick is committed to protecting our natural resources for recreation and tourism, a major economic driver. He has led efforts to preserve public lands, restore critical salmon habitat, and combat climate change through investments in clean energy.

Rick is the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group, which educates Members of Congress about U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from the U.S. and China. China is the largest and most rapidly growing export market for Washington state. Forty percent of all jobs in Washington state are tied to trade, and from 2000 to 2009, Washington state exports to China grew by 379 percent. Rick has visited China nine times.

Rick also co-founded the Congressional Arctic Working Group, a bipartisan group to help bring more focus to U.S. policy issues related to the Arctic. Rick is a leader on this issue because he recognizes that other countries are rapidly building their capacity to traverse icy Arctic waters with commercial, research and tourism vessels. As the U.S. prepares to take the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, Rick is committed to making sure our country lives up to its environmental, economic and strategic commitments as an Arctic nation.

The Larsen family has been building a legacy in the Second Congressional District for more than a century. Rick and his wife, Tiia, are the proud parents of two sons, Robert and Per (pronounced “Pair”), who represent the fifth generation of Larsens in the district.

Edward Parkinson

Chief Executive Officer

FirstNet

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Edward Parkinson

Chief Executive Officer

FirstNet

Mr. Edward Parkinson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FirstNet Authority. He is responsible for overall management of all FirstNet Authority operations and the agency’s strategic direction, to include its unique public-private partnership to deploy and improve the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He previously served as Acting CEO from October 2018 – May 2019. Before joining the FirstNet Authority, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including national security, emergency preparedness, and cybersecurity. Previously Mr. Parkinson served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specializing in public policy. Mr. Parkinson holds degrees from Georgetown University (M.A), and WITS University, (B.A., Hons)

Sachin Shetty

Executive Director of the Center for Secure & Intelligent Critical Systems

Old Dominion University

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Sachin Shetty

Executive Director of the Center for Secure & Intelligent Critical Systems

Old Dominion University

Sachin Shetty is an Executive Director of Center for Secure and Intelligent Critical System in the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering at Old Dominion University. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. Within the last 10 years, Sachin completed many large-scale projects with multiple collaborators and institutions and served as the PI/Co-PI on various grants and contracts totaling more than $16 million, funded by various military and federal government departments and private businesses. He is the Technical Lead for the 5G Network Enhancement Prototype at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Georgia. He has published over 200 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and edited 4 books.

Alena Stern

Senior Data Scientist

Urban Institute

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Alena Stern

Senior Data Scientist

Urban Institute

Alena Stern is a senior data scientist at the Urban Institute studying policy solutions to advance equity and inclusion in cities. Before joining Urban, she worked as a senior program manager with AidData, an Open Cities fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, where she used machine learning, natural language processing, statistical analysis, and geospatial data to inform the design of government policies and international development programs.

Alena holds a BA in economics and international relations from the College of William and Mary and an MS in computational analysis and public policy from the University of Chicago.

Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for more than 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign PolicyNational JournalStars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and a former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Baron earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.

Jordan Sun

Chief Innovation Officer

City of San Jose, California

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Jordan Sun

Chief Innovation Officer

City of San Jose, California

Jordan Sun is the Chief Innovation Officer for the city of San Jose and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI).  Jordan brings deep, cross-sector global experience in innovation, technology, government, and healthcare to work on behalf of the residents of San José.  Prior to MOTI, Jordan was deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief Operating Officer for the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan Technology Team.  He holds the rank of Major as a reservist supporting the Army’s technology modernization efforts and was previously with In-Q-Tel’s Menlo Park Investments Team.  Before deploying, Jordan was the Director of Venture Development at Siemens Healthineers’ Digital Incubator, where he led a digital health spinout venture as CEO.  He also held commercial leadership roles in medical technology based in the Bay Area and Asia. 

Jordan started his career at a Japanese investment bank in New York City and then served as a U.S. Diplomat with an overseas tour in Taiwan.  He was also assigned to Japan as an Army Foreign Affairs Officer and is a two-time volunteer of the war in Afghanistan.

Jordan Sun received a B.S. from New York University (NYU) and attended Yale University’s School of Management.  He was an advisor with UCSF Innovation Ventures’ Catalyst Program, a mentor with First Round Capital’s Fast Track Program, a startup mentor at Plug and Play, and a commercialization fellow with Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research.

Jean Dimeo

Managing Editor

Route Fifty

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Jean Dimeo

Managing Editor

Route Fifty

 

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

John Harris

Federal Director of Mobility Solutions

Verizon

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John Harris

Federal Director of Mobility Solutions

Verizon

 

March 9, 2021

Morné Erasmus

Director, Smart Spaces

CommScope

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Morné Erasmus

Director, Smart Spaces

CommScope

Morné Erasmus is the director of Smart Spaces at CommScope, a global leader for wired & wireless connectivity infrastructure.  He is responsible for leading the company’s global smart spaces program and is a regular presenter at industry conferences. Since joining CommScope in 2012, Morné has held senior roles in Technical Sales and Segment Strategy.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning five continents. Morné holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town and is currently based in Dallas, USA.

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.

Profile of Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Profile of Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Bill Lucia is a senior editor for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

Jeff Cichonski

Cybersecurity Engineer

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Jeff Cichonski

Cybersecurity Engineer

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Jeff Cichonski is an Information Technology Specialist working with a broad array of technologies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; working in the Applied Cybersecurity Division of the Information Technology Laboratory. He is an active member of 3GPP’s SA3 working group, the standards group responsible for specifying cellular security architectures and has been engaged in the development of 5G security. He is leading the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s 5G Cybersecurity project. Jeff also performs applied cybersecurity research focusing on cybersecurity for industrial control systems, next generation credentials, and LTE network security, with a specific interest in security for public safety cellular Implementations. He has a Bachelor of Science In Information Science and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Bob Kolasky

Assistant Director, National Risk Management Center

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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Bob Kolasky

Assistant Director, National Risk Management Center

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As one of CISA’s Assistant Directors, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.

As head of the National Risk Management Center, Kolasky has the responsibility to develop integrated analytic capability to analyze risk to critical infrastructure and work across the national community to reduce risk. As part of that, he co-chairs the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force and leads CISA’s efforts to support development of a secure 5G network.  He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council.

Kolasky’s current position is the culmination of years of risk and resilience experience. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection (IP), where he led the coordinated national effort to partner with industry to reduce the risk posed by acts of terrorism and other cyber or physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including election infrastructure.

Kolasky has served in a number of other senior leadership roles for DHS, including acting Deputy Under Secretary for NPPD before it became CISA and the Director of the DHS Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure Integrated Task Force to implement Presidential Policy Directive 21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, as well as Executive Order 13636 on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

He is also the former Assistant Director for the Office of Risk Management Analysis at DHS where he was responsible for developing DHS’s formative policies and processes for risk management, including the DHS Risk Management Fundamentals and Risk Lexicon. Prior to joining DHS, he was a journalist and an entrepreneur. He helped start two of the first public policy web sites and served as the Managing Editor for IntellectualCapital.com.

Kolasky joined the Federal government in 2008 after six years as a management consultant. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 and from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002.

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

National Science Foundation

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Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal

Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

National Science Foundation

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal serves in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation. He is the Deputy Division Director (DDD) for the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF).  Prior to his DDD position he managed wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF.  He has been with the Foundation since February 2012.

He has managed networking and mobile computing research within the NeTS program, and contributed to several other crosscutting programs, including Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES) and Industry/University Collaborative Research Centers (IUCRC). He has built coalitions in support of new research directions, including leading the establishment of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, which has garnered $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions from an industry consortium of about 30 wireless networking companies and technology associations. He serves as co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group.

Before joining NSF, Dr. Nandagopal spent 10 years as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. His research interests dealt with networking in the cloud, green networking, and software-defined networks. In this role, he helped pioneer the development of the first commercial carrier-grade software-defined network platform (ALU 9980 AINP) between 2006 and 2008, with industry-leading features such as service-chaining and network function virtualization. He also worked extensively on wireless ad hoc/mesh networks and sensors/RFID systems, with specific focus on algorithms for enabling efficient operations of these systems.

Dr. Nandagopal holds 38 US patents awarded and several patents pending, and has published numerous papers in highly regarded conferences and journals in the field. He has also served as program chair or co-chair for many technical program committees, and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Dr. Nandagopal is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Nandagopal holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); M.S. degrees in applied mathematics and computer engineering from UIUC; and a B.Eng. in electronics and communication engineering from Anna University (Chennai, India).

Dr. Ryan Vega

Executive Director, Innovation Ecosystem

Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration

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Dr. Ryan Vega

Executive Director, Innovation Ecosystem

Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Ryan Vega serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Innovation Ecosystem, within the Office of Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks (DEAN), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), effective January 2019. The VHA Office of Innovation Ecosystem (IE) serves as the catalyst for enabling the discovery and spread of mission-driven health care innovation, to advance clinical care delivery and service that exceeds expectations, restores hope, and builds trust within the Veteran community.

Under Dr. Vega’s leadership the VHA Office of Innovation Ecosystem delivers four critical and mutually reinforcing cornerstones that create the foundation for operationalizing innovation in the nation’s largest integrated health system: (1) Workforce Capacity to Actualize Innovation; (2) Resilient Organizational Infrastructure; (3) Innovation-Nurturing Culture; and (4) Strategic External Partnerships and Collaborations. VHA IE impacts more than 1M Veterans, trains more than 25K employees in innovation competencies, and engages all 150+ VA medical centers in the efforts to identify, test, replicate and scale innovation, resulting in $40M in cost avoidance for VHA.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Vega held an appointment as an Academic Hospitalist for the Richmond, VA Medical Center (Hunter Holmes McGuire), and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine. He also served as the Chief of Quality at the Richmond VAMC, and the Director of the VA Diffusion of Excellence initiative. With eight years of clinical training and experience, Dr. Vega is board certified in Internal Medicine.  His experience and expertise include research and practice in the areas of health informatics, clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and clinical innovation and implementation.  His partnerships extend to work with VA clinical and non-clinical leaders across the health care system, including non-VA external stakeholders across the nation. In October 2018, Dr. Vega was appointed as the Chair of the National Quality, Safety, and Value Council, Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM).  The modernization of the VA electronic health record is one of Secretary Robert Wilkie’s top four agency priorities.

Dr. Vega is a recipient of the Washington Executive Pinnacle Award, 2018 IT Innovator of the Year, as well as the 2018 Federal Health IT Innovation Award, Veterans Health Administration. His current memberships include the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Strategic Advisory Board, VHA; VA Patient Experience Senior Leader Advisory Board, VHA; MIT Catalyst Independent Advisory Panel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, amongst others.

Harold Feld

Senior Vice President

Public Knowledge

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Harold Feld

Senior Vice President

Public Knowledge

Harold Feld is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President and author of “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” a guide to what government can do to preserve competition and empower individual users in the huge swath of our economy now referred to as “Big Tech.” Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler described this book as, “[…] a tour de force of the issues raised by the digital economy and internet capitalism.”

For more than 20 years, Feld has practiced law at the intersection of technology, broadband, and media policy in both the private sector and in the public interest community. Feld has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a law degree from Boston University, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Feld also writes “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” a progressive blog on media and telecom policy. In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised him and his blog for “[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground.”

Kara Frederick

Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

Center for a New American Security

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Kara Frederick

Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

Center for a New American Security

Kara Frederick is a Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Prior to joining CNAS, Kara helped create and lead Facebook’s Global Security Counterterrorism Analysis Program. She was also the team lead for Facebook Headquarters’ Regional Intelligence Team in Menlo Park, California. Prior to Facebook, she served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for a U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, and spent six years as a counterterrorism analyst at the Department of Defense. While at the Department of Defense, she deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of special operations forces, served as a briefer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict and as a liaison to the National Security Agency.

She received her M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London and her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia, where she played varsity soccer.

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in SlateThe SunMIT Technology ReviewWilson QuarterlyThe American Legion MagazineBBC News MagazineUtne Reader, and elsewhere.

Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government’s use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.

George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

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George Jackson

Director of Events

Government Executive Media Group

George Jackson is the director of events at Government Executive Media Group – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GEMG in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.

Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

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Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

 

Cornelius Brown

Director, Department of Defense

Verizon

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Cornelius Brown

Director, Department of Defense

Verizon

Cornelius Brown is responsible for leading Verizon’s Department of Defense segment. In this role, he manages a strategic team responsible for delivering best-in-class technology solutions that assist the Department of Defense in navigating through the increasing complexities and requirements of a hyper-connected world. Cornelius and his team focus on using Verizon’s industry-leading portfolio of 5G wireless solutions, advanced communications and IT solutions, including managed services, professional services and security to meet the needs of our Department of Defense customers and the mission they’re tasked to support.

With more than 18 years with Verizon, Cornelius has held a variety of roles where he’s held primary responsibilities for delivering emerging technology, customer experience and increasing shareholder value. Cornelius earned a Master of Business Administration from Baker University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Kansas.