BBB National Programs
Andrea T. Shandell joined BBB National Programs in November 2020 as Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, Operations. In this role she develops and leads operations of data privacy and accountability programs to ensure exceptional quality and financially sound performance.
Ms. Shandell formerly provided legal, counseling, compliance and training services to Gannett Co., Inc., a news media and marketing services company, on behalf of the Law Department in the areas of privacy, data security, consumer protection, litigation, ethics, compliance and circulation law, most recently as Gannett’s Associate General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Privacy Office.
In her in-house capacity, Ms. Shandell was active in several professional and media associations including News Media Alliance, Digital Content Next and Association of Corporate Counsel. Ms. Shandell regularly speaks at continuing education events on topics of privacy, data security, litigation management and marketing compliance.
Prior to providing services to Gannett, Ms. Shandell was a trial lawyer, mostly representing personal injury litigants. In addition, she taught at the University of Maryland in its Paralegal Studies program. Ms. Shandell also edited a book on medical malpractice litigation.
Ms. Shandell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and from Duke University School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Hall joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2020 to lead Talent Acquisition Strategy for their Global Defense Sector embracing the challenge of helping talented people find a place where they can change the world. Prior to joining Booz Allen, spanning over 20 years, Hall has held leadership and operational roles in Fortune 50 (Lockheed Martin, Northup Grumman) and start-up companies in some of the most dynamic talent markets in the world. A recognized leader in helping organizations build the workforce of the future, Hall continues to embrace and learn the ever-changing talent landscape in his quest to help business and talent mutually succeed. In his spare time he is attempting be a great husband, father and friend.
With over 25 years of experience at the intersection of research and business, Salmon serves as Associate Vice President of Innovation & Partnerships for Virginia Tech. In this role, Salmon leads LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, a unit founded to build industry partnerships, commercialize technologies, and start new ventures. While at Virginia Tech, Salmon played a seminal role in working with leaders in the Commonwealth to attract Amazon’s HQ2 and launch Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, leading a cross-functional delivery team to set the vision for the campus and accomplish key milestones.
George Mason University
Paula Sorrell is the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at George Mason University. She oversees the Office of Technology Transfer, the federal and state programs that support small business and entrepreneurship, business incubators in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Arlington, Springfield (CBP) and the entrepreneurial programming for the university, as well as the maker spaces and entrepreneurial programming at Mason.
She joined after a position as Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan and in the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. At U of M, she developed and oversaw award-winning programs (IEDC, APLU) to build lab-to-market activities in partnership with 15 public research universities, resulting in 213 new products launched and a $133 ROI. She also was the Principal Investigator for research in economic development, including mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem, best practices in the development of commercial ethnic districts, and best practices in technology commercialization.
She served for four years as Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Venture Capital for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, overseeing $1B under management and $110 Million in new investments to build Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer programs, technology service providers, tech incubators across the state, seed funding programs, portfolio investments and fund of funds. She developed a series of programs to increase lab-to-market activities, resulting in an expansion of tech start-ups and funding mechanisms that resulted in a 32:1 return on investment for public dollars. She programs to draw more than $600M of capital and talent to Michigan’s tech economy, and turned around a 65,000 square foot biotech incubator into a profitable entity.
She has held senior management roles at seven early technology companies, holding the chief marketing position. All start-ups resulted in successful sale of the company, or are still a going concern. She was an early founding member of the 17-year-old SBDC Tech Team, a group that helps early stage companies raise $70 Million each year.
She has serves on the board of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Institute, the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority, the Fairfax County Innovation Advisory, and the leadership committee of the State Science and Technology Institute.
George Mason University
Brett Berlin brings over 50 years of experience to his passion for new value creation in his roles as executive consultant, strategist, policy entrepreneur and mentor. Currently, Mr. Berlin holds a full-time teaching faculty appointment within the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering; in this position, he serves primarily as a senior mentor of the Data Analytics Engineering M.S. Capstone Program sponsored project teams, and teaches/lectures in related course assignments – especially related to data/AI ethics, big data project needs and challenges in cyberspace; and continues his career passion for high performance and pervasive computing; global internet governance; and, technology innovation, policy and emergence. His vision-forward focus is ethical, responsible & explainable AI emergence at scale, by human value creation for good.
Previously, Mr. Berlin has served as: Vice President, Cray Research, Inc.; Chief Scientist, WareOnEarth Communications (Trusted Information Exchange); Vice Chairman & Founder, Institute for Clinical Information; Vice President, Kendall Square Research; Director, Strategic Program Development, Rockwell International; President, Berlin Consulting Associates; and Senior Consultant, FEDSIM(early Federal infosystem acquisition strategy consulting & innovation); and other executive positions, boards and advisory appointments relating to complex information policy challenges and competitive strategies for national security, federal missions, research, and entrepreneurial innovation. His Air Force military service as an active and then reserve officer spanned 22 years.
Mr. Berlin contributions were seminal in establishment of the U.S.National High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative; the DoD HPC Modernization Program; the Defense SDI National Test Bed Program (“simulation-based acquisition”), and the White House Council on Competitiveness (Bush ’41). He has testified before Congressional committees on technology competitiveness: high performance computing and innovation policy, technology transfer and competitiveness policy, and SBIC tech venture funding. He also co-authored the Mission Engineering® approach to systems engineering.
Accenture Federal Services
Ian McCulloh is a managing director and the chief data scientist for Accenture Federal Services. His current work focuses on the application of artificial intelligence to improve democracy and government services. He also maintains adjunct faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public health and the Whiting School of Engineering. His most recent academic papers have been focused on the neuroscience of persuasion; implementation of artificial intelligence programs; and social media analysis.
He is the author of “Social Network Analysis with Applications” (Wiley: 2013), “ISIS in Iraq: Understanding the Social and Psychological Foundations of Terror” (Oxford: forthcoming), “Networks Over Time” (Oxford: forthcoming) and has published over 80 peer-reviewed academic papers. Prior to joining Accenture, McCulloh served as associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public health, senior lecturer in Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering and chief scientist of the Cyber Warfare Systems Group at the University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. McCulloh retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service with expertise in social network analysis, special operations and improvised explosive device forensics. During his military tenure, he founded the West Point Network Science Center and created the Army’s Advanced NetworkAnalysis and Targeting (ANAT) program. In addition, he led interdisciplinary teams of scientists at Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) and Central Command (CENTCOM) to conduct global, data-driven, social science research to inform strategy for countering extremism and assessing military operations. McCulloh holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering and Applied Statistics from the Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington.
Booz Allen Hamilton
John Larson is a Senior Vice President within Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group. In this capacity, he leads strategy, business development and delivery of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities into both Civilian Government and Commercial accounts. He also leads the firms AI Partnership strategy working with large and small technology leaders at the intersection of AI to help drive innovation. He is a passionate advocate for harnessing the power of Human Centric Artificial Intelligence to create impactful solutions that overcome the most pressing challenges of today and tomorrow.
For more than 20 years, Larson has been a champion and early adopter of advanced analytic solutions within the Federal Government and commercial industry covering an array of sectors including: automotive, retail, energy and natural resources, chemicals and refined products, transportation, healthcare, and social welfare and pension programs. He has helped develop innovative solutions for his clients and transformed them into powerful data driven organizations. At Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for example, he pioneered algorithmic fraud detection for fiscal intermediaries and at the Social Security Administration, he brought intelligent application optimization technique to use data and analytics to reshape the disability insurance program processes to speed entitlement and reduce error. In the commercial sector, Larson led the development of an intelligent optimization approach to dynamically inform automotive OEMs sales incentive structures based on near-real time inventory movement of key competitors. He also developed machine learning assets optimization algorithms to integrate real-time AIS feeds with economic indicators and port traffic volumes to transform the way larger maritime operators deployed vessels to optimize returns in the volatile dry-bulk and liquids spot markets.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Larson led advanced analytics initiatives and drove enterprise-wide innovation at IHS Markit creating artificial intelligence and machine learning enabled products and consulting solutions in the oil and gas, automotive, and maritime industries for global Fortune 500 commercial entities and national governments. He is a recognized expert in analytic techniques such as machine learning, predictive modeling, Bayesian networks, natural language processing, and classification trees and clustering.
Larson holds a double B.A. in economics and history, and a master’s degree in public policy, both from The College of William and Mary.
KnightSwan Acquisition Corporation
Teresa Carlson is the Non-Executive Chair of the board of directors of KnightSwan, an industry disruptor and catalyst for new and emerging technologies focused on accelerating innovation in cyber, cloud, and mission intelligence.
Through decades of leadership, Carlson has enabled digital transformation for thousands of organizations worldwide, and modernized policies at all levels of government. Her work has also helped equip a diverse, inclusive, global workforce with critical cloud skills through training programs that have enabled over 400,000 people to earn active certifications.
Most recently, Carlson served as President and Chief Growth Officer at Splunk, where she led all efforts to turn data into business transformation for Splunk customers in all global market segments. Under Carlson’s oversight and direction, Splunk’s revenue surpassed $3 billion, with cloud revenue growing 70% year-over-year.
Prior to Splunk, Carlson served as Vice President, Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she founded and led Worldwide Public Sector and Industries for more than a decade. Carlson’s role eventually expanded to include financial services, energy services, telecommunications, and aerospace and services industry business units, as well as overseeing AWS Training & Certification programs.
Carlson also served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she oversaw the company’s US Federal Government business. Over her 10+ year tenure, she held a variety of positions at Microsoft including General Manager of the US Civilian Agencies and NGOs; Director of the US Federal Solutions Unit, responsible for the Federal solutions framework and the US Federal partner channel that consisted of more than 2,500 Microsoft partners; and US Federal Director of Strategy and Operations.
Carlson dedicates time to philanthropic and leadership roles in support of the global community. She currently serves as an officer for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C and the Vice Chair of the White House Historical Association. She also serves as a board member of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Pentagon Memorial Fund, and Commure, a software platform company with a goal to enable developers to create empathy-driven solutions with the potential to positively impact the healthcare experiences and outcomes for millions of people.
Carlson earned her undergraduate and Master of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.
AI Truth Foundation
Cortnie Abercrombie is a top advisor to Fortune 500 companies on responsible artificial intelligence. She is also Founder and CEO of AI Truth, a non-profit dedicated to responsible creation and use of AI. Prior to that she led a Shark Tank style AI solutions incubator at IBM and created one of the world’s largest Chief Data and Analytics Officer communities. She was announced as one of “12 Brilliant Women in Artificial Intelligence & Ethics to Watch”, and “Top 100 Innovator in Data and Analytics”. She’s a founding member of the editorial board of Springer Nature’s AI and Ethics Journal as well as board member of the University of North Texas College of Information Science. She’s author of “What You Don’t Know: AI’s Unseen Influence on Your Life and How to Take Back Control” available on April 26, 2022 on Amazon.
Elder Research Corporation; Statistics.com
Peter Bruce founded the Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com in 2002. The Institute, which was acquired by Elder Research, Inc. in 2019, specializes in introductory and graduate level online education in statistics, optimization, risk modeling, predictive modeling, data mining, and other subjects in quantitative analytics.
Bruce is a leading author in the field of data science. He co-authored of Responsible Data Science (Wiley, 2021), cited by Bookauthority.com as the Best New Data Science eBooks of 2021, and one of the Best Data Science Model Books of All Time.
He is also a co-author of the Wiley best-selling Machine Learning for Business Analytics, (Wiley, 2006 – 2021) with 13 editions, versions, and translations, used in over 600 universities around the world.
Bruce co-authored Practical Statistics for Data Scientists (O’Reilly, 2nd ed. 2020), which ranks #3 in Amazon’s list of best-selling books in Mathematical Analysis. He is also the author of Introductory Statistics and Analytics, a Resampling Perspective (Wiley 2015). In addition to English, Bruce’s books have appeared in German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Polish.
Bruce’s role at the Statistics.com centers on course development and faculty recruitment – there are over 60 faculty members from around the world who are published experts in their fields; most teach from their own texts. He also teaches a course on resampling methods.
Bruce has degrees from Princeton University, Harvard University and the University of Maryland. Prior to his work in statistics, Bruce worked in the US diplomatic corps as a Foreign Service Officer.
George Mason University
Dr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University, where she is also Associate Vice Provost of Research for the Institute of Digital InnovAtion. Dr. Shehu obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2008, where she was also an NIH predoctoral fellow in the Nanobiology Program and was dually trained in AI and Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Shehu’s research is at the intersection of AI/ML and scientific inquiry across disciplines. In particular, research in her laboratory focuses on high-dimensional non-linear optimization, stochastic search, probabilistic planning, and learning for the analysis, characterization, and simulation of modular systems with complex spatio-temporal dynamics operating in the presence of constraints. Dr. Shehu has published over 160 technical papers with postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students. She is a 2022 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has received several awards, including the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the 2021 Beck Family Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship, the 2018 Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, the 2013 Mason OSCAR Undergraduate Mentor Excellence Award, and the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Her research is regularly supported by various NSF programs, the Department of Defense, as well as state and private research awards. Dr. Shehu is currently the chair of the steering committee of the ACM/IEEE Journal on Transactions in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, where she is also an associate editor. Dr. Shehu served as an NSF Program Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate during 2019-2022. She is also an Inaugural Founding Co-Director of George Mason University’s Transdisciplinary Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships, which she founded and co-directed during 2019-2022.
David Keever is a Leidos Technical Fellow, Chief Engineer, Master Solution Architect, and Senior Program Manager. He develops and leads team-based, advanced technology programs in data analytics, exploring, developing, and harvesting advanced technologies and algorithms to rapidly extract useful solutions from a diverse number of massive, heterogeneous sensors and data sources. These capabilities support programs requiring continuous innovation for various customers in the government, non-profit, RDT&E, and commercial sectors. He possesses in-depth knowledge in designing and creating advanced information technology systems for supporting operations in classified environments involving front-line analysts who rely on deep learning and automated reasoning, detection of nonobvious relationships, and insightful uses of multiple data sources and types, sometimes at large volume. He managed a multi-year, $120M project (D3P) for stream analytics of multi-media data using a modular microservices environment with embedded AI/ML modules for entity extraction, disambiguation, cross-cueing, and petabyte data exploitation. He also supports the CEO’s effort in defining and establishing corporate technical core competencies and business strategies for Leido’s Data Science and Engineering practice.
Early in his career he served as SAIC’s Program Manager for a Presidential Advisory Committee composed of senior executives from government (Energy, Defense, Commerce), universities (Stanford, MIT, RPI), and industry (Intel, Texas Instrument, IBM, Motorola, AMD, and AT&T/Bellcore) tasked with formulating a National Strategy for the $1.4T U.S. semiconductor industry. As a result of this strategy, SEMATECH was formed in Austin Texas as one of the first large-scale public-private R&D partnerships, funded and operating to this day with a $1B annual budget to support advanced-technology semiconductor R&D.
In the 1990’s he earned an international reputation as a skilled negotiator/facilitator on sensitive environmental-transportation national projects, having successfully reached a regional, state, and federal consensus-decision on the $2.6B replacement for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
He earned his Doctoral degree in the field of Systems Engineering (University of Virginia) and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (GWU) and Aerospace Engineering (Purdue University). He has Executive Education certifications in technology management and strategy from MIT Sloan School and Harvard Business School. He served on the faculty and staff at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, conducting research, teaching, and guiding graduate thesis/dissertation work. He is a Senior member of IEEE and ACM.
He has worked at SAIC and Leidos for more than 32 years and earned one of three CEO Awards in 2015. The D3P project earned the CY2018 Innovation Award, selected first among 141 entries.
Zachary Hanif is Capital One’s Vice President of Machine Learning, currently working to democratize and de-risk access to modeling capabilities across a data-driven enterprise. He has a career background focused on applications of machine learning and advanced modeling innovation, research, and product delivery across diverse problem domains in startups and large enterprises. Hanif is passionate about identifying novel uses of machine learning and large-scale distributed systems technologies that generate measurable value, pragmatic innovation, and ensuring that technical solutions, particularly those leveraging AI/ML are responsible, ethically sound, and robust to challenge.
Virginia Tech National Security Institute Assistant Dean for Research, College of Science
Dr. Laura Freeman is a Research Associate Professor of Statistics and serves as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute. Her research leverages experimental methods for conducting research that brings together cyber-physical systems, data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning to address critical challenges in national security. She develops new methods for test and evaluation focusing on emerging system technology. Her work in the National Security Institute focuses on transitioning emerging research into implementable solutions to solve challenges in Defense and Homeland Security. She is also a hub faculty member in the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and leads research in AI Assurance. She is the Assistant Dean for Research for the College of Science, working to shape research directions and collaborations in across the College of Science in the Greater Washington D.C. area.
Previously, Dr. Freeman was the Assistant Director of the Operational Evaluation Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that position, she established and developed an interdisciplinary analytical team of statisticians, psychologists, and engineers to advance scientific approaches to DoD test and evaluation. During 2018, Dr. Freeman served as that acting Senior Technical Advisor for Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). As the Senior Technical Advisor, Dr. Freeman provided leadership, advice, and counsel to all personnel on technical aspects of testing military systems. She reviewed test strategies, plans, and reports from all systems on DOT&E oversight.
Dr. Freeman is the recipient of the 2017 IDA Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research and the 2013 International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Junior Achiever Award. She is a member of the American Statistical Association, the American Society for Quality, the International Statistical Engineering Association, and ITEA. She is the current Editor-and-Chief of the ITEA Journal. She serves on the editorial boards for Quality Engineering, Quality Reliability Engineering International, and the ITEA Journal. She is a founding organizer of DATAWorks (Defense and Aerospace Test and Analysis Workshop), a workshop designed to share new methods, provide training, and share best practices between NASA, the DoD, and National Labs.
Dr. Freeman has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, a M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Statistics, all from Virginia Tech. Her areas of statistical expertise include designed experiments, reliability analysis, and industrial statistics. Her Ph.D. research was on design and analysis of experiments for reliability data.
Dr. Tom Woteki has over 30 years of experience in statistics and data science; information technology strategy, development and management; and IT consulting. His distinguished and diverse career is marked by major accomplishments delivering innovative solutions and driving business value and transformational business operations through analytics and information technology.
Dr. Woteki’s broad responsibilities have included Chief Data Scientist for a public corporation; Chief Technology Officer for several systems integrators; general manager of a medical device product team and healthcare solutions business unit; general manager of a global consulting unit; planning and delivering major information systems including in regulated environments; and developing, managing and executing major data collection and analytics projects. In addition to experience in the private and non-profit sectors, he has held a significant appointment in the US Civil Service and faculty appointments at Princeton University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
John Gustavo Blair is originally from the Washington, DC area. He has been at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) since 2017. At the EDA, Gustavo Blair serves as the Assistant Director for National Business Investment and handles the relationship with emerging tech companies in sectors ranging from artificial intelligence and blockchain to drones and autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining the EDA, he spent close to a dozen years in a variety of business development roles for software and technical services companies and also did consulting work on sales and marketing strategies for emerging companies. In addition, he worked for economic development authorities from Germany and the United Kingdom, including Frankfurt, the former East German State of Thuringia and Yorkshire, England.
Gustavo Blair is part of the Steering Committee for NVTC’s Impact AI Summit and with a colleague organized and participated in a joint FCEDA-NVTC event focused on funding for start-ups and growing businesses in Virginia. As a member of ACT-IAC’s AI Working Group, Gustavo Blair was one of the authors of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Playbook designed to help the United States Federal Government achieve successful outcomes and reduce risk in its understanding and application of AI technologies. He also represents the FCEDA in its memberships at the international organizations, Chamber of Digital Commerce, a leading blockchain association and at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Gustavo Blair has completed the Leadership Fairfax program.
Gustavo Blair serves as the Vice President on the Volunteer Fairfax Board of Directors. He has been the FCEDA representative on the Fairfax County Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) Task Force, which developed goals, strategies and actions that will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in Fairfax County, as well as on the Preservation Task Focus focused on preserving affordable housing in the county.
A graduate of the University of Delaware with an international relations degree and George Mason University (GMU) School of Business with an MBA, Gustavo Blair has also served as President of the Alumni Chapter of the School of Business at GMU.
Ryan Thompson is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Unusual Ventures, responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s operations, compliance, finance and legal matters. Prior to joining the Unusual team, Thompson served as General Counsel and Vice President of HR at Shape Security. He also spent nine years working as a corporate and securities attorney with Goodwin Procter in Menlo Park and DLA Piper in San Francisco. During this time, he worked with venture capital firms, entrepreneurs and startups in venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Thompson graduated with a BA in Political Science from Boston College and with a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Brad Antle has more than three decades of experience as a leader in developing and delivering information technology solutions. In Sept. 2015, Antle completed a merger of equals with Salient Federal Solutions Inc. and CRGT Inc., forming SalientCRGT – a powerful combination in the Federal IT services industry positioned for leadership in IT modernization and business intelligence. He formed Salient Federal Solutions Inc. in 2009 to build a mid-tier differentiated federal information technology and engineering solutions business. He has completed four strategic acquisitions, which have been tightly integrated and growing organically.
Prior to SalientCRGT, Antle was president and CEO of SI International, an information technology and network solutions company delivering mission-critical solutions primarily to the federal government with approximately 5,000 professionals and annual revenue of $580 million for 2008. Antle was appointed CEO in September 2005, retaining his responsibilities as president from early 2001. Since joining SI in June 1999, he helped lead and integrate eight acquisitions, an IPO and two secondary offerings.
Prior to joining SI International, Antle stood up Washington Technical Operations for Lockheed Martin in 1996. Within three years of establishing the new engineering division, Antle built the organization to more than 1,700 engineers, supporting twenty-one sites and seventy programs. Antle began his corporate career at General Electric in 1985, as a senior systems engineer. After successfully spearheading a variety of systems engineering assignments, he was selected in 1990 to form a quality engineering department of 150 professionals, supporting more than $400 million in development contracts.
Before joining General Electric, Antle served in the U.S. Navy for eight years as a surface warfare officer and was deputy department head for systems engineering at one of the Navy’s software development facilities for tactical embedded systems. Following his release from active military service, Antle served in the Naval Reserve, holding several reserve commands, including his last command of a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division unit. He retired from the Naval Reserves with the rank of captain.
Antle earned a Master’s in engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from the National University, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Maryland.
Antle is active in numerous community and business organizations such as the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Board, Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Board of Trustees of the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, chair emeritus of NVTC, and past chairman of the Board for the Software & Systems Consortium. Additionally, he has served as past secretary on the board of Celebrate Fairfax. He and his wife, Jean, have a daughter and live in Haymarket, Virginia.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dr. Wendy Martinez has been serving as the Director of the Mathematical Statistics Research Center, Office of Survey Methods Research in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) since the fall of 2011. Before that time, she spent twenty years working in several research positions throughout the Department of Defense. She held the position of Science and Technology Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), where she established a multi-million-dollar research portfolio comprised of academia and industry performers developing data science products for the future Navy and Marine Corps. Prior to her tenure at ONR, Dr. Martinez conducted basic and applied research at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
Her areas of interest include computational statistics, exploratory data analysis, machine learning, text analysis, and data ethics. She is the lead author of three books on MATLAB and statistics that cover these areas, along with topics such as the bootstrap, Bayesian methods, spatial statistics, nonparametric regression, and more.
Dr. Martinez received her Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Informatics with an emphasis on computational statistics at George Mason University in 1995. She completed a Master of Science degree in engineering at George Washington University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics at Cameron University in 1989. She was not finished learning yet when she started at BLS, so she attended the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland and received a Graduate Certificate in Survey Statistics in 2015.
Dr. Martinez was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2006 and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She was honored by the American Statistical Association when she received the ASA Founders Award at the Joint Statistical Meetings 2017 conference. Dr. Martinez is also proud and grateful to have served as the 2020 ASA President.
She continues to serve her profession. Dr. Martinez was elected as the 2023 chair of the ASA Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Outreach Group and the ASA Text Analysis Interest Group. She is a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, where she established and leads two interest groups – one on geospatial data and one on computational statistics. She is the co-founder of R Govys (supported by the R Consortium) and leads the Inter-agency R Users Group. She is also a co-founder and the Coordinating Editor of Statistics Surveys.
Department of Defense
Dr. William Streilein, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO). He brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, primarily in program management, technical leadership, cyber security, and business development, to his service in the government to help transform the Department of Defense in adopting next-generation AI and software technologies.
Prior to government service, Streilein spent 23 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory serving multiple senior roles, including Principal Staff of Biotechnology and Human Systems Division and Leader of Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he contributed his technical research and leadership expertise to numerous projects focused on cyber security, passive network and traffic analysis, streaming analytics, and computer vision.
Before his tenure at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Streilein spent nine years working as a software engineer at multiple innovative organizations, including Brixton Systems, PictureTel Corporation, Wellfleet Communications, and the Utah Scientific Advanced Development Center. In addition, he has vast experience with engaging and contributing to the computer science community, serving as the Chair of Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security (AICS). He is an Academic Committee Member of AISec, GameSec, MILCOM, and ACM, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Streilein is also a prolific researcher and communicator, with over 30 published papers and chapters as lead or co-author, covering topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and statistical analysis.
Streilein holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University, a Master of Music in Electronic and Computer Music from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Austin College.
Marymount University College of Business, Innovation, Leadership and Technology
Jonathan Aberman is a highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future. When Aberman talks about these areas, the community takes notice. He is identified as a leader of change and influence in print and television media, among other things has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Tech Titan,” by the Washington Business Journal as a member of the “Power 100” and by the Commonwealth of Virginia as one of its “50 Most Influential Entrepreneurs” in the Commonwealth.” His experience as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator gives him a 360 degree perspective on entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He has been an innovation policy adviser to a number of political campaigns at the national and state political campaigns.
Aberman has unique expertise in the melding of national security and entrepreneurship with technology commercialization. He has worked on this issue with a broad range of national security agencies and universities on these matters, including DOD Laboratory establishment, DARPA, the Air Force, the Army, the Department of Homeland Security, George Mason University and the University of Maryland, at College Park. He has acted as a policy adviser to state and federal government in these areas. His activities regarding entrepreneurship and national security resulted in the formation of Tandem National Security Innovations, a national innovation community that has helped national security entities such as DARPA, DHS, SOCOM, and JSOC, and others locate and engage with nontraditional sources of innovation.
Since 2004, when he started Amplifier Ventures, Aberman has helped to start 16 technology businesses. Among these businesses are successful companies in cybersecurity, mobile communications, internet and mobile content and software. He has helped these businesses grow by providing strategic advice, business model and customer discovery acumen and deal management. His experiences and contacts in the venture capital industry inform his views on technology innovation and provide a perspective that is uniquely available as a technology and innovation consultant.
Aberman has a significant media footprint. He hosted What’s Working in Washington, a podcast and weekly radio show on Federal News Network’s WFED (AM 1500) examining innovation in one of the least understood business communities in the country. Aberman’s skillful interviews reveal how D.C.that the region is about way much more than just politics. And that it is brimming with creative people who are interesting, engaged and getting things done. From 2015 to 2018, Aberman wrote a weekly column on the region’s business community for the Washington Post. And from 2018 to 2019 he wrote a regular column on innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development for the Washington Business Journal. All of these activities make him a sought-after commentator on developments in technology, innovation and political economics. He was referred to in Forbes Magazine as the “unsung hero” of the attraction of Amazon HQ2 to the Greater Washington region. He is often quoted in national publications including Axios, Bloomberg, CNN, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He is also an active and regular participant on panels involving innovation, entrepreneurship and technology as well as a keynote speaker at similar events.
During his career Aberman has helped to create many successful communities of entrepreneurs. In addition to his role in establishing Tandem National Security Innovations in 2013, in 2011, he was the founder of Startup Virginia, Startup Maryland and StartupDC as part of the Obama Administration’s StartupAmerica Initiative. These efforts resulted in the formation of regionally impactful programs including 1776 Accelerator and the iCorps program. In 2012 he formed FounderCorps, a not for profit that aggregated many of the Greater Washington region’s most prominent entrepreneurs and promoted mentorship. In 2018 he formed the Tandem Product Academy, an educational program focused on teaching founders and senior executives essential skills necessary to scale technology product-based businesses.
Aberman’s prior professional experience includes being a partner and senior leader of a number of national law firms, and working as an associate in the investment banking industry in London, England.