National Institutes of Health
Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 16, 2019. Under Dr. Gregurick’s leadership, the ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH. Dr. Gregurick was instrumental in the creation of the ODSS in 2018 and served as a senior advisor to the office until being named to her current position.
Dr. Gregurick was previously the Division Director for Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Prior to joining the NIH in 2013, Dr. Gregurick was a program director in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research at the Department of Energy.
Before beginning a career of government service, Dr. Gregurick was a professor of computational chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests included dynamics of large biological macromolecules, and her areas of expertise are computational biology, high performance computing, neutron scattering and bioinformatics.
Dr. Gregurick received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Maryland.
Ashish Kachru co-founded Altruista Health in 2007 with the mission to provide a highly advanced yet intuitive care management solution for the healthcare ecosystem. He has successfully led the evolution of the company from a start-up to an industry leader that has been noted twice by Becker’s Healthcare as a Top Population Health Company to Know. This success led Ashish to be named one of the Top 10 Emerging Healthcare Industry Leaders by Managed Healthcare Executive magazine in 2018. Ashish draws his leadership and process improvement expertise from a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, consumer product goods and venture capital, combining best practices from each to improve the delivery of healthcare. Prior to Altruista’s founding, he was the National Director of Business Risk Management with UnitedHealth Group, where he managed more than 3 million Medicaid members in 20 states. Additionally, he served in a market strategy and planning leadership role with Proctor & Gamble. In 2017, Ashish received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the health category for the Mid-Atlantic region. He has been named a Top 25 Tech CEO by the Northern Virginia Technology Council for two years (2019 and 2020). Ashish is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and regularly authors columns for Forbes online.
His speaking credits include a 2020 panel on AI and machine learning at BIO International, Health Datapalooza, the Bank of America Healthcare Conference, the Medicaid Managed Care Summit, the WEDI National Conference, the Northern Virginia Technology Council Conference, the Northern Virginia Capital Connections Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Association Capital Connections Conference.
Ashish is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He holds a master’s degree in engineering and nanotechnology from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ashish is a Master Six Sigma Black Belt.
George Mason University | Volgenau School of Engineering
Liza Wilson Durant serves as the Associate Provost for strategic initiatives and community engagement at George Mason University and Professor and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives and community engagement in the Volgenau School of Engineering. She works to build meaningful partnerships across the university with external corporate, government, academic, non-profit, and global entities to support the mission of the strategic objectives of the University. She also serves as the Director of the Northern Virginia Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). Prior to her appointment as associate provost, she served as chair of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering where she has been a faculty member since 2010. She received her BS and MS degrees from Cornell University and Stanford University respectively and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Virginia Commonwealth Universit
Dr. Manic is a Professor with the Computer Science Department and Director of VCU Cybersecurity Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. As principal investigator or university partner he completed over 40 research grants with the Dept.s of Energy, Homeland Security, Air Force, BEA/INL, National Science Foundation, and industry entities, in the area of data mining and machine learning applied to cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, energy security, and resilient intelligent control. Dr. Manic has given over 40 invited talks around the world, authored over 200 refereed articles in international journals, books, and conferences, holds several U.S. patents and has won 2018 R&D 100 Award for Autonomic Intelligent Cyber Sensor (AICS), one of top 100 science and technology worldwide innovations in 2018. He is an inductee of US National Academy of Inventors (class of 2019) and a Fellow of Commonwealth Cyber Imitative with specialty in AI & cybersecurity.
He is an IEEE Fellow, recipient of IEEE IES 2019 Anthony J.Hornfeck Service Award, 2012 J. David Irwin Early Career Award, 2017 IEM Best Paper Award and serves as an associate editor of Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Open Journal of Industrial Electronics Society, and is IES Officer and Senior AdCom member. He served as associate editor of Trans. on Industrial Electronics, was a founding chair of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Resilience and Security in Industry, and a general chair of IEEE IECON 2018, IEEE HSI 2019.
Kevin T. Parker is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of HireVue Inc., a Salt Lake City based developer of digital video and analytics solutions for building and coaching the world’s best teams. Prior to joining HireVue Kevin was a co-founder and Senior Operating Principal of Bridge Growth Partners, a NY based private equity firm with a focus on technology and technology enabled financial services sectors and currently serves as a senior advisor to the firm.
Mr. Parker served as the Chairman of the Board of Salient CRGT, and serves on the boards of Intermedia, Inc, Plex Systems, Aptos Inc. and Cvent, Inc.
From July 2013 to December 2013, Mr. Parker served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Polycom, Inc., a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration solutions for voice and video collaboration.
Before co-founding Bridge Growth Partners, Mr. Parker served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Deltek, Inc., a provider of enterprise software applications, from June 2005 to December 2012 and as Chairman of the board of directors of Deltek from April 2006 to December 2012.
Prior to joining Deltek, Mr. Parker served as Co-President of PeopleSoft, Inc., an enterprise application software company, from October 2004 to December 2004, as Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of PeopleSoft from January 2002 to October 2004, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PeopleSoft from October 2000 to December 2001.
During the past five fiscal years, Mr. Parker has also served on the board of directors of Deltek (from April 2006 until December 2012) and Polycom from 2005 to 2016. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clarkson University and served on its board of trustees from 2005 to 2015.
Virginia Tech College of Science
Ronald D. Fricker, Jr. is the Interim Dean of the Virginia Tech College of Science and a Professor of Statistics. He joined Virginia Tech in 2015 as the Head of the Department of Statistics. Prior to Virginia Tech, he was a faculty member in the Operations Research Department of the Naval Postgraduate School and, before that, a Senior Statistician at the RAND Corporation and the Associate Director of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).
Dr. Fricker’s research is focused on studying the performance of various statistical methods for use in disease surveillance and statistical process control methodologies more generally. He is the author of more than 100 papers, monographs, and technical reports, as well as two books: Introduction to Statistical Methods for Biosurveillance published by Cambridge University Press and, most recently, with Steve Rigdon he co-authored a book published at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Monitoring the Health of Populations by Tracking Disease Outbreaks: Saving Humanity from the Next Plague.
Dr. Fricker holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Statistics from Yale University, an M.S. in Operations Research from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. Dr. Fricker is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.
Dr. Rod Fontecilla directs strategic research and development efforts, advances initiatives to expand corporate technical competencies and capabilities, and fosters the development of innovative solutions for current and prospective customers of Dovel. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and CTO for Altamira Technologies where he led the creation of solutions using Advanced Data Analytics, Synthetic Data Generation, Computer Vision, and Robotic Processing Automation in support of National Security agencies. He has held technical leadership roles, focused on software engineering, cloud integration, cyber security, and data analytics, at Unisys, Sevatec, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Dr. Fontecilla serves as an adjunct professor at American University, Kogod School of Business. He earned his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from Rice University.
IBM Data and AI Expert Labs, North American Government
Dr. Cheryl Howard is a Principal Data Scientist in IBM’s Cloud & Cognitive Software Expert Labs delivery team. She works directly with clients to architect, build, and deploy machine learning solutions to solve challenging business problems across a broad range of commercial and government applications. Her current focus is on deployment of end-to-end data science solutions in hybrid cloud environments. Over more than two decades, Cheryl has developed and deployed impactful predictive solutions in the areas of fraud and insider-threat detection, predictive maintenance optimization, and customer relationship management. She especially enjoys sharing and applying machine learning and AI best practices with clients and emerging data scientists. Cheryl holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Rochester.
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