Accenture Applied Intelligence Group
Paul Nelson was an early pioneer in the field of text retrieval and has worked on search engines for over 30 years. He was the architect and inventor of RetrievalWare, a ground-breaking natural-language based statistical text search engine which he started in 1989 and grew to $50 million in annual sales worldwide. RetrievalWare is now owned by Microsoft Corporation. Nelon served as the chief architect at Search Technologies until their acquisition by Accenture in July 2017, and is now Innovation Lead with Accenture’s Applied Intelligence group.
NW3C, The National White Collar Crime Center
Chuck Cohen is Vice President for Strategic and International Initiatives at NW3C, The National White Collar Crime Center. He is a Professor of Practice in the Indiana University Bloomington Department of Criminal Justice, where he has taught since 2003. Cohen serves as an Auxiliary Detective with the Indiana University Police Department, providing technical assistance and giving him statewide police authority.
Cohen is a retired Indiana State Police Captain, where he served for over 25 years. He was most recently the Commander, Intelligence and Investigative Technologies. In this capacity, Capt. Cohen was responsible for the cybercrime, electronic surveillance, technical services, and Internet crimes against children units along with overseeing the department’s overt and covert criminal intelligence functions. Cohen was the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center Executive Director and Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Commander.
Cohen’s formal education includes a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner.
Cohen speaks internationally on topics including the implications of online social networks in criminal investigations and criminal intelligence gathering, cybercrime, online fraud, money laundering, corruption investigations, and the investigation of skilled criminal offenders. He has trained investigators and analysts on five continents.
Cohen testified to the 114th Congress in 2016 as a subject matter expert on encryption. He was a member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Summer Hard Problem Program in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He sits on the IACP Cyber Crime & Digital Evidence Committee and serves as an Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies Cyber Crime Committee Subject Matter Expert. Cohen is a charter member of the International Association of Cyber & Economic Crime Professionals.
He is a published author, including peer‐reviewed material and a cover article for Police Chief Magazine. Chuck was featured on the cover of the National White Collar Crime Center’s Informant magazine and a feature guest on the syndicated radio program “The Badge” on SiriusXM. He was a subject matter expert for a Fox nationally syndicated show regarding criminal activity in online dating sites and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national news regarding criminal activity in Virtual Worlds.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Charles Kim currently serves as the Director of the Office of Petitions at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Office of Petitions reviews and decides petitions, requests, and related inquiries, regarding the filing of patent applications, revival of abandoned applications, reinstatement of expired patents, withdrawal of patent applications from issue, small entity entitlement, review of previous decisions of the Technology Centers, suspension of regulations, and questions not specifically provided for by regulations. Prior to working at the Office of Petitions, Kim served for two years as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. Kim also previously served as a Supervisory Patent Examiner in Technology Center 2100—Computer Architecture and Software. Kim has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and received his JD degree from George Washington University Law School.
George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
Sean O’Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is a Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He was previously Boeing International Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. His research focuses on intellectual property and business law with regard to start-ups and commercializing technology and arts innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the strategic role of the general counsel. O’Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Massachusetts. He is currently completing a book, The Means of Innovation: Creation, Control, Method+ology, and serving as Editor for a new Handbook of Music Law & Policy, both to be published by Oxford University Press.
Sameer Gokhale is a partner in the Oblon firm’s Electrical Patent Prosecution group. He prosecutes patents for a diverse clientele from all over the world in electrical and mechanical fields, including printing and copying technology, semiconductors and semiconductor manufacturing, display systems, digital rights management, audio and video encoding, network security, and personal electronic devices. Additionally, as a wireless industry patent attorney, he has prosecuted patents for wireless communications technologies.
Gokhale is a knowledge leader at Oblon in the legal topics of functional claiming and statutory subject matter. He has given several presentations on how recent changes in U.S. patent law impact patent prosecution and patent enforceability related to computer-based technologies, with an emphasis on emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Big Data, Blockchain, and all aspects of Industry 4.0.
In addition, Gokhale has provided complete support for several inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, for both petitioners and patent owners, including authoring petitions, conducting and defending depositions of experts, and conducting oral hearings before the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Prior to joining Oblon, Gokhale served as a Patent Examiner in display systems art at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). During that time, he reviewed patent applications related to liquid crystal display (LCD) drivers, plasma display drivers, and display input devices. He now draws upon this experience to expedite the patent prosecution process for his clients.
Before attending law school, Gokhale was an engineering consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in the fields of satellite communications and network integration. His work included evaluating systems and standards for providing network communications and Internet access to deployed military personnel.
National Institute of Standards in Technology
Patrick Grother is a scientist at the National Institute of Standards in Technology responsible for biometric algorithm evaluation, and biometric performance testing standardization. He leads the Face Recognition Vendor Tests, the Face-In-Video Evaluation and the Iris Exchange projects which constitute the world’s largest independent public tests of biometric algorithms. The results provide quantitative support to developers, end-users, and policy makers faced with algorithm selection, performance adequacy assessment, and procurement specification. Grother’s current research interests relate biometric failure analysis, image quality, demographic effects, and scalability. He co-chairs NIST’s biannual International Face Performance Conference (IFPC) on measurement, metrics, and certification. He also assists several US Government agencies in biometrics performance assessment and standardization. Since 2018, Grother has served as the chairman of the ISO/IEC/JTC 1 Subcommittee 37 on Biometrics where he has edited seven performance testing and data interchange standards. He received the IEC 1906 Award in 2009 and the ANSI Lohse IT Medal in 2013.
Dan Waldschmidt is Co-CEO of EDGY Inc., a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley. Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up, he’s obsessed with it. He is devoted to helping his clients break through to their next level of revenue success. Dan has a passion for sports. In fact, he is a record-setting ultra-runner. His past experience in sports includes Spartan Race, NFL, and others, which has given him expert knowledge and insights into the sports vertical, allowing him to propel his clients through to the next mile marker faster.
Richard (Dick) Darden serves as chief engineer of IBM’s Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning North American Government division. Under these roles, he is responsible for the overall technical delivery for IBM’s Data and AI programs for North American government clients. He also serves as IBM’s Digital Human Evangelist promoting the use of digital human technology to improve the human-machine interaction.
Darden has more than 23 years of experience leading North American industry conversations in the areas of enterprise AI, fieldable two-way speech–to-speech translation systems, performance engineering, security, and communicating the business value of technical solutions to clients.
Earlier roles at IBM included serving as chief architect for top federal government defense agencies, including the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy, on such programs as the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture and Navy Enterprise Automated Information System.
Prior to his career in information technology, Darden served as a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Junior Officer aboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine, USS James Madison (SSBN 627 Blue), and as Chief Engineer aboard the nuclear fast attack submarine, USS Seahorse (SSN 669).
Darden is an accomplished and awarded international speaker, including at SAP Sapphire, i2 Planet (top 5 presentation), IBM Think, and IBM PLTE (most downloaded presentation)
Darden holds a Master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Charles Onstott is the SVP and Chief Technology Officer for SAIC. He is responsible for driving SAIC’s technology strategy which emphasizes development of solutions and strategic alliances across a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain. He oversees SAIC’s research and development, strategic alliances, product management capabilities, and the SAIC Fellows Program. During his 25 years in the technology industry, Onstott has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive roles.
Prior to his role as SAIC’s CTO, Onstott was an SVP and Service Line Manager for SAIC’s services in key emerging technologies, Cloud, Cyber and Data Science. Under his leadership SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues in these services, including expanding SAIC’s cyber practice in to new areas and customers, significantly growing SAIC’s cloud computing business across an array of customer markets, and leading the development of SAIC’s capabilities in Data Science and analytics. Onstott drove the productizing of many of SAIC’s services in these areas in order accelerate growth and to provide more effective services to customers. In his current capacity of CTO, he is leading the adoption of this approach across SAIC’s entire portfolio.
Early in his career, he was the Chief Technologist for SAIC’s Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC) which was SAIC’s most successful IT service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies and DoD. He has managed numerous IT service and data center consolidation projects, IT service transition projects, and IT operations programs. These projects produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while improving overall customer satisfaction.
As an early advocate for cloud computing, Onstott was on the forefront of developing SAIC’s capabilities in cloud computing, including providing executive oversight in 2011 for SAIC’s implementation of its own Enterprise Private Cloud. Onstott was instrumental in packaging the solution and methodology for helping SAIC’s customers in their own journeys to cloud computing. In 2013, he established SAIC’s Enterprise Solutions Lab which is a hybrid cloud used for research and development and is a cloud computing center of excellence. More recently, he has been focused on developing SAIC’s capabilities in X as a Service delivery.
Onstott has long been fascinated by the American experience of living at the intersection of advanced technology, rapid innovation, and a generally religious culture. He has two teenagers who help him stay on top of bleeding-edge technology and challenge his thinking on privacy issues. In his spare time, he works hard not to come in last place in Mountain Bike endurance races.
Dr. Irma Becerra took office as the seventh President of Marymount University in Arlington, Va., on July 1, 2018. In her first six months in the role, she launched the university’s new strategic plan, “Momentum,” which will guide the university over the five-year period from 2019 to 2024. The plan calls for Marymount to achieve national and international recognition for innovation and commitment to student success, alumni achievement and faculty and staff excellence.
After just one year as President, Dr. Becerra has already introduced several initiatives with long-lasting effects in support of Marymount’s mission and vision for the future. This includes adding market-driven academic programs that prioritize career preparation, acquiring The Rixey luxury apartment building next door to Marymount’s Ballston Center and improving the university’s IT infrastructure through the implementation of the state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning application, Workday.
Dr. Becerra is known for expanding educational access for students and keenly targeting programming to meet societal needs and changing demographics. Her academic career, both as student and professional, has blended mathematics, engineering and systems thinking and processes in her studies, teaching and administrative leadership. An educator who began her career in the private sector and the holder of four patents and copyrights, Dr. Becerra is an ardent advocate for a STEM-educated workforce and holds the mindset of a trained scientist and seasoned entrepreneur. Catholic educated throughout her primary and secondary years, she understands the great importance of faith-based instruction and plans to raise Marymount’s profile and spur growth in enrollment and academic programs. This will be accomplished, in part, through innovative partnerships, scholarship opportunities and broad initiatives.
A Cuban-born American, Dr. Becerra immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was an infant, living in Puerto Rico through high school. Those formative experiences ignited her mind, imbuing her with a passion for knowledge along with a deep-seated belief that “no one can take away your education.” She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and went on to become the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida International University (FIU).
Prior to Marymount, she served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla., and also spent three decades at FIU in a variety of positions that include Vice President, Vice Provost, Entrepreneurship Center Director and tenured professor in Management Information Systems. She founded FIU’s Knowledge Management Lab and led major projects as principal investigator at the National Science Foundation, NASA (Headquarters, Kennedy, Ames and Goddard Space Flight Centers) and the Air Force Research Lab. She was also a Sloan Scholar at MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research.
Dr. Becerra has authored four books and numerous journal articles in the areas of knowledge management and business intelligence. Her original research has also spanned such areas as enterprise systems, disaster management and IT entrepreneurship, making her a sought-after speaker and presenter both in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Becerra is the mother of two adult children. Her son Anthony earned his J.D. and M.B.A. at St. Thomas University, and received his undergraduate degree from Emory University. Her daughter Nicole is a Boston College alumna and current director at Macy’s.
George Mason University
On Aug. 1, 2019, Anne Holton became the seventh president of George Mason University, the largest, most diverse and fastest-growing university in Virginia. The former Virginia Secretary of Education is the first female president in Mason history.
Since May 2017, Holton has served as a Mason visiting professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government and the College of Education and Human Development. She is serving as interim president while a national search is conducted for a permanent successor to Ángel Cabrera.
Holton leads one of the highest-achieving research universities in the country as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With 38,000 students, Mason is equally committed to providing opportunity, accounting for 64 percent of public university enrollment growth in Virginia from 2010 to 2018.
Mason’s mission of access to excellence mirrors Holton’s impactful career in education, law and public service, leading efforts on behalf of families and children. After earning her law degree at Harvard, Holton worked as an attorney for low-income families from 1985 to 1998 with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. She then served as a judge on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the city of Richmond from 1998 to 2005, including a stint as chief judge from 2000 to 2003.
As Virginia’s First Lady when her husband, Sen. Tim Kaine, was governor from 2006 to 2010, Holton championed foster care system reform. Her program, For Keeps: Families for All Virginia Teens, helped find permanent families for foster children of all ages. Holton consulted on national foster care reform with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child Welfare Strategy Group and later directed Great Expectations, a Virginia Foundation for Community College Education program that assists foster youth in pursuing a college education.
As Virginia’s Secretary of Education from 2014 to 2016, Holton worked to increase Virginia’s investment in public education, to promote innovation and teaching and learning in state schools, and to ensure every student has a successful pathway to the future, particularly children who live in poverty.
In addition to her work as a Mason visiting professor researching education, social welfare and urban policy, Holton is a visiting Fellow at Mason’s Center for Education Policy and Evaluation, which promotes equity and improved educational outcomes for all students by connecting research to policy and practice.
Holton’s commitment to equal opportunity in education started early. Her father, former Virginia Gov. A. Linwood Holton Jr., helped integrate the inner city schools of Richmond by sending his own children to Richmond city schools. Anne Holton’s three children, now adults, also attended Richmond public schools.
The Holton family also has a long history with Mason. Her father as governor in 1972 signed legislation that granted George Mason University its independence from the University of Virginia. That measure cleared the way for a state university to anchor the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., resulting in the vibrant Northern Virginia of today. Mason in 2016 named a plaza on the university’s Fairfax Campus in honor of the elder Holton.
Anne Holton’s awards include Outstanding Woman of the Year in Law from the YWCA of Richmond in 2006 and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families for Life Award of Distinction in 2008. In 2017, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed her to the Virginia Board of Education.
Holton, a Roanoke, Va., native, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1980 and earned her law degree from Harvard in 1983.
Northern Virginia Community College
Anne M. Kress is the sixth president of Northern Virginia Community College, a role she began in January 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, having served as a tenured faculty member in English, department chair, associate vice president, provost, and president at community colleges in Florida, New York, and now, Virginia. She is excited to have joined NOVA and looks forward to working with partners across the region to continue Northern Virginia’s economic growth and impact. At NOVA, Kress will focus on the role the college plays in assuring meaningful access to educational and economic opportunity; connecting students to transformational, high quality programs; building innovative industry and community partnerships; and increasing philanthropic support of student success.
In her work as president of Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY), Kress successfully completed a $50M capital campaign; launched a nationally-recognized economic and workforce development center that attracted over $20M in funding; established a comprehensive suite of student support services to address food, housing, transportation, child care needs, and financial emergencies; created the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and hired the college’s first Chief Diversity Officer; started and sustained the community’s only two early college high schools; and led well over $100M of construction projects.
Kress serves on the board of the American Association of Community Colleges and on work groups affiliated with the American Council of Education, Association of Community College Trustees, and Opportunity America. Kress is an immediate past director/trustee of the New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation, SUNY Research Foundation, Upstate New York Regional Advisory Board of the New York Federal Reserve, and was co-chair of New York Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council.
She balances a commitment to liberal arts and workforce education with dedication to college affordability and student support. Kress was a member of the Higher Education Group of 50, a task force convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to develop policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act, and co-chaired the 64-campus State University of New York’s Student Food Insecurity Task Force. She is immediate past-chair of the Community College Humanities Council and has also collaborated on two separate research studies related to the impact of Industry 4.0 on community colleges: Aspen Institute/Harvard and Community College Research Center/MIT. She has been an invited member of sponsored study tours of the German and Swiss apprenticeship systems and an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.
Kress earned two bachelor’s degrees, in Finance and English; a master’s degree in English; and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, all from the University of Florida. She has been honored by her alma mater, the New York State Senate, YWCA, American Association of University Women, the Rochester Women’s Council, the Rochester Business Journal, the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, and Phi Theta Kappa, among others.
Patrick Biltgen is the Director of Analytics at Perspecta. He leads research and development efforts for machine learning, artificial intelligence, modeling, and Internet-of-Things (Iot) capabilities. Biltgen holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has supported data fusion and modeling efforts for multiple defense and intelligence clients. In 2016, Dr. Biltgen published Activity-Based Intelligence: Principles and Applications, the first unclassified textbook on this contemporary intelligence tradecraft. He is the recipient of the 2017 Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence, the 2018 Intelligence and National Security Alliance Edwin Land Award, and the 2014 National Intelligence Integration Award.
Arlington Innovation Center; Health Research Virginia Tech
Seong K. Mun, PhD is a professor and director of Arlington Innovation Center: Health Research at Virginia Tech, Arlington, VA and engaged in research in artificial intelligence in medicine, health informatics, medical imaging, and prostate cancer.
Dr. Mun is founding President and CEO of Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) which was established by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization to promote open source innovations in health IT.
During the 80’s and 90’s he was at Georgetown University Medical Center as Director of Imaging and Information Systems (ISIS) Center, where he championed the development of filmless radiology (a.k.a. PACS), global teleradiology, telemedicine, medical robotics, combat casualty care, and global disease surveillance. During that period of over 20 years, he obtained grants and contracts exceeding $100 millions as the principle investigator. At Georgetown for 12 years, he also served as Associate Vice President of Georgetown Medical Center, and manage congressional relations for the University by working with the Office of Federal Relations.
He received General Thurman Award for Excellence in Advanced Medical Technologies for his contribution in combat casualty care research for the US Army. He received PhD in physics from State University of New York, and completed NIH medical physics fellowship at the Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Medical School.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Embassy
Chris Dain has worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for over 15 years, having covered Africa, conflict prevention and counter-terrorism in London with postings in Moscow, Brussels and New Delhi. As Director of the US Science & Innovation Network, Dain is based at the British Embassy in Washington leading a team across the US with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, emerging tech, clean growth and health security. Although not a scientist by background, Dain has significant experience of working on wider UK prosperity and security – including climate change in Russia, trade and investment in North India and across Departments in London.
George Mason University
Jana Kosecka is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, George Mason University. She has over 100 publications in refereed journals and conferences and is a co-author of a monograph titled Invitation to 3D vision: From Images to Geometric Models. Her general research interests are in Computer Vision and Robotics. In particular she is interested in acquisition of static, dynamic and semantic models of environments by means of visual sensing, autonomous driving, object recognition, scene parsing and human-robot interaction.
Samuel (Sam) Gordy joined IBM in January 2016 as General Manager, U.S. Federal and Government Industries. In this capacity, he leads the development and delivery of IBM’s products, services and solutions to help all U.S. federal agencies take advantage of the innovations driven by analytics, cloud, security and cognitive systems. Gordy brings to IBM 30 years of experience in key areas, including cybersecurity, analytics and enterprise information systems.
Before joining IBM, he served as Group President of the Integrated Systems Group within the National Security Sector of Leidos, which spun off from SAIC. In this role, Gordy led a $1.3 billion business with more than 3,800 employees.
From 1991 to 2013, Gordy held technical analysis, program management, and line management roles at all levels of SAIC, including Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager for the Integrated Systems Group and Vice President and Operations Manager for the Geospatial-Intelligence Engineering and Development Operation. He supported a wide range of Intelligence Community clients and worked on intelligence issues including tactical support, combat/crisis operations, and national/strategic level requirements.
Gordy began his career as an active duty Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Navy in 1985. He was directly involved in naval operations responding to the Soviet Union, freedom of navigation involving Libya, anti-terrorist operations in the Middle East, and combat support activity for Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq).
Gordy received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.
William & Mary
Peggy Agouris became William & Mary’s sixth provost on July 1, 2019.
As the university’s chief academic officer, Agouris is responsible for all academic and research programs, academic budgets, institutional planning, space allocation and faculty development. She co-chairs the university’s strategic planning and business innovation committees.
Originally from Athens, Greece, Agouris received her engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate, she also received a degree in classical music and piano from the Greek Conservatory. Before joining William & Mary she served at George Mason as dean of the College of Science, chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science and as a professor of remote sensing and spatial informatics. Before joining the faculty of George Mason, Agouris worked for the University of Maine as an assistant professor and then associate professor in the now named School of Computing and Information Science, and as a postdoctoral research associate for the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. She has also worked with the private sector, serving as principal investigator on technology transfer projects. As a scholar, Agouris has published more than 100 papers in numerous academic outlets, with more than 2,600 citations to date.
At George Mason, Agouris oversaw one of the university’s most active research units. In 2018 alone, the College of Science accounted for almost a third of George Mason’s total research expenditures and nearly half of its indirect revenue. The college included 13 departments and programs, 20 research centers and nearly 80 degree programs. In 2017, the College of Science led George Mason’s largest research proposal to date, which was funded by the federal government with an initial budget of $40 million. During her tenure as dean, Agouris was also credited with creating new cross-cutting academic programs, increasing the diversity of the faculty body by almost 40 percent and assembling a diverse leadership team for her college comprising more than 60 percent women and under-represented populations.
Coordinator of the Science and Technology Innovation Program; Director, Wilson Center’s AI Lab for Congressional Staff
Meg King is the Strategic and National Security Advisor to the Wilson Center’s CEO and President, as well as the Coordinator of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). Previously, she was an international project manager for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.
From 2008 to 2011, she was senior legislative assistant to the Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment. She began her career as a research assistant for the Homeland Security Project at the Center for the Study of the Presidency.
She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women in International Security Network.
Technology and International Affairs Program; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mike Nelson directs the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decisionmakers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he started the global public policy office for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 10 million websites around the world. Nelson has also served as a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a senior technology and telecommunications analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University.
Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was director of internet technology and strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s next generation internet strategy. He has served as chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as a trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. In 1993, he joined Vice President Al Gore at the White House and worked with President Bill Clinton’s science adviser on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.
Brad Antle is the CEO of Antle Advisors, a consultancy that helps small and midsize businesses properly position for growth and to improve operational efficiency to increase enterprise value. Having evaluate over 400 companies for acquisition and closed on 16 transactions, he helps companies prepare to prepare prior to any sale or exit, to achieve the best results. Most recently Brad was the co-founder of Salient CRGT which resulted from the merger of Salient and CRGT in 2015. Antle has over three decades of experience as a leader in developing and delivering information technology (IT) solutions at GE, Lockheed Martin, and SI International. As President & CEO, negotiated the sale of SI International (NASDAQ: SINT) to SERCO NA in December 2008. In August 2009 formed Salient Federal Solutions, to build a mid-tier, differentiated federal information technology and engineering solutions business exercising an acquisition and organic growth strategy. Antle served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years Active & Reserve, retiring with the rank of Captain. Antle is active in numerous community and business organizations and is the past Chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and past Chair of the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation Board.
Kelly Demaitre works closely with Dovel Technologies’ executive team, line operations and functional teams to align Human Resources (HR) initiatives to meet strategic business objectives. She has more than 20 years of experience in supporting, developing and leading HR organizations. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing and driving talent acquisition, health and welfare benefits, and talent management. Additionally, Demaitre will be responsible for developing and implementing people and culture strategies across the company to attract and retain talent who thrive on solving highly complex customer challenges.
Demaitre brings a long track record of designing employee programs for professional services organizations including CACI, Federated IT, EXELIS, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In these roles, she has routinely been recognized for her ability to proactively partner with business leaders to meet workforce challenges by driving the organizational effectiveness of HR programs.
Demaitre holds a Bachelor of Science, Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM); an executive advisory board member for George Mason University, Professional Writing & Communications; and a speaker and presenter for HR Alliance programs.
Dr. Steve Kramer is a computational physicist and data science entrepreneur with 27+ years of post-PhD experience in data science, research, software, and business management. As of January 2020, Dr. Kramer is the Chief Scientist at KUNGFU.AI.
He earned a PhD in physics in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kramer has extensive research experience spanning data mining, machine learning, anomaly detection, bot/cyborg detection, clustering, network graph analysis, deep learning, artificial intelligence, spatiotemporal forecasting, predictive analytics, social media analytics, and pattern discovery/recognition. In 2014, he patented a robust method for dynamic anomaly detection based on chaos theory. Dr. Kramer spoke at Data Day Texas in 2014 and 2018 and at Data Day Seattle in 2016. Since 2011, he has served as a program committee member and reviewer for the ACM KDD and IEEE Security and Intelligence Informatics conferences. He recently acted as the Principal Investigator on two subcontracts for automated machine learning and counter-spearphishing under DARPA’s Information Innovation Office.
Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Adam Heintz is Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence at Monumental Sports and Entertainment. In this position, he oversees all strategy and analytics efforts across ticket sales, corporate partnerships, executive suites, and marketing for each of the organization’s properties.
Previously, Heintz served as president of ONOSYS, a subsidiary then owned by LivingSocial which was successfully guided to an industry partner. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions across several business lines at LivingSocial and Orbitz Worldwide, primarily in the e-commerce space. Heintz earned a B.B.A. from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago focusing on strategic management, marketing, and economics.
Scoop News Group
Billy Mitchell leads FedScoop’s editorial direction and an award-winning team of reporters in providing breaking news and analysis on the ways technology is transforming the operations and services of the federal government. Mitchell also regularly covers developments around the use of IT at the White House, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among other agencies.
His expertise in the federal government IT space has been featured in various media outlets, including a segment on cybersecurity and facial recognition used by government agencies in a public radio station, and multiple Washington D.C. government technology-related broadcast segments.
Prior to joining FedScoop, Billy embedded himself in Washington, D.C.’s technology startup scene for a year as a technology reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. He has also covered Kentucky’s gritty judicial system and law enforcement community as a Kentucky Press Association award-winning crime and courts reporter for the Kentucky New Era.
Billy has a Master of Arts degree in magazine journalism from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication focused on electronic and print journalism from Virginia Tech.
Jim Daniel serves as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for ICF. In this role, he serves as counsel to senior management and the board of directors, oversees all legal and regulatory matters for ICF, and manages the company’s legal, compliance, and internal audit functions.
Prior to joining ICF in 2013, Daniel held positions as general counsel and corporate secretary at Serco Inc. and SI International, and he served as in-house counsel for The University of Memphis.
Daniel holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech.
Amazon Web Services
Ben Snively is a Principal Solutions Architect in Data Science at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He specializes in solutions built using big data, analytics, and machine learning technologies. Previously, Snively was an engineer and architect on various public sector and government projects, where he built solutions leveraging these technologies. Snively holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in computer engineering from University of Central Florida.
NVTC Sr. Director of Programs & Events
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