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 University
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, Howard 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. Howard holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Rochester.
Professor Ron Kenett is Chairman of the KPA Group, Israel, Chairman of the Data Science Society at AEAI, Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute, Technion, Haifa, Israel, and a Research Professor at the University of Turin, Italy. He is an applied statistician combining expertise in academic, consulting and business domains. Kenett is member of the Public Advisory Council for Statistics Israel, member of the of the executive academic council, Wingate academic college for sports education, member of the INFORMS QSR advisory board, member of the advisory board of DSRC, the University of Haifa Data Science Research Center and member of the board of directors in several start-up companies. He is Past President of the Israel Statistical Association (ISA) and of the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS), authored and co-authored over 250 papers and 14 books on topics such as data science, industrial statistics, biostatistics, healthcare, customer surveys, multivariate quality control, risk management, system and software testing, and information quality. (more info www.amazon.com/author/rkenett) The KPA Group he founded in 1994, is a leading Israeli firm focused on generating insights through analytics. He was awarded the 2013 Greenfield Medal by the Royal Statistical Society and, in 2018, the Box Medal by the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics. Kenett holds a BSc in Mathematics (with first class honors) from Imperial College, London University and a PhD in Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
Yevgeniy B. Sirotin, Ph.D., is a senior scientist manager in SAIC’s Defense and Civilian Customer Group, specifically supporting the Department of Homeland security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) as the principal investigator at the Maryland Test Facility.
Sirotin’s customer work focuses on developing and applying operationally relevant metrics to measure technology performance through efficient testing representative of customer use cases.
His current research topics are in the field of biometrics and identity. They include research on biometric AI bias and how to best introduce biometric AI into human workflows or “human algorithm teaming.” He is currently a co-editor of a new standard for measuring demographic effects in biometric systems (ISO/IEC 19795-10).
Prior to joining SAIC, Sirotin was a presidential fellow in neuroscience at Rockefeller University, where he investigated the neurobiology of behavior and perception.
Sirotin started his industry career in 2014 as a human factors scientist supporting the DHS S&T, where he designed large-scale scenario evaluations of biometric technologies for use in travel environments.
Sirotin earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brandeis University and his doctorate in neurobiology and behavior from Columbia University.
Sirotin has been published more than 84 times, spanning the disciplines of behavior and human-computer interaction. His past research has covered mathematical psychology, neurophysiology, psychometrics, biometrics, and human factors.
Outside of work, Sirotin spends time with his wife and two sons, enjoying
Dr. Laura Freeman is the Director of the Hume Center’s Intelligent Systems Lab, located in Arlington, VA. Her research leverages experimental methods for conducting research that brings together cyber-physical systems, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to address critical challenges in national security. She develops new methods for test and evaluation focusing on emerging system technology. She is also an Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Statistics and the Assistant Dean for Research in the National Capital Region; in that capacity she works to shape research directions and collaborations across the College of Science in the greater Washington, D.C., region.
Previously, 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. In 2018, Freeman served as the acting Senior Technical Advisor for Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). As the Senior Technical Advisor, 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.
Freeman has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, an M.S. in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Statistics, all from Virginia Tech. Her doctoral research was on design and analysis of experiments for reliability data.
Michael leads Appian’s technology vision as Chief Technology Officer He has served on multiple boards including Appian’s Board of Directors, the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Virginia’s Computer Science Department, and has served on the University of Maryland Advisory Board in Computing. He also advises a variety of other groups including 1843Capital, CNAS, AppianWOMEN and the AppianPRIDE affinity groups. Michael has appeared as an invited speaker at industry conferences and featured podcasts across the globe.
Prior to founding Appian in 1999, he was a Product Manager and led industry analyst relations at Microstrategy Inc. He holds an AB in Government from Dartmouth College. Michael was born in Chicago, is a lifelong Cubs fan, and currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Ana Echemendia.
Dr. Malek BEN SALEM is a technology executive with more than 20 years of experience and a Principal Director for Cloud, Data and AI Security at Accenture. She is an accomplished technology leader with proven success in AI and cybersecurity research and innovation. She advises organizations and boards on building innovative products and offerings and on achieving real risk reduction. She is deeply skilled in Technology Strategy & Leadership, C-Suite Collaboration, Risk Management, Business Development and more.
Dr. Ben Salem holds a PhD and a MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hanover, Germany. She has also a certificate in Technology Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Business.
CCI AI Testbed
Abdul Rahman is the CCI AI Testbed Director. The CCI AI Testbed will help academia, industry, and government evaluate and verify the level of trust and assurance they have in artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms before they gain wider use.
Previously, Rahman served as chief scientist at Fidelis Cybersecurity, vice president of strategy and technology at Mantech, vice president of technical delivery and chief scientist at TexelTek Inc., and held several positions at Booz, Allen, Hamilton, including lead of modeling, simulation, and war gaming. He has a deep understanding of industry and government requirements.
Rahman has designed and built AI and machine learning analytics platforms to support multi-domain data fusion predictive capabilities. He’s led cross-functional teams of threat researchers, data scientists, and engineers to refine, improve, and develop threat detections. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Rahman earned a B.S. in both mathematics and physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a M.S. in physics as well as a Ph.D. in both physics and mathematics, all from Howard University.
Mr. Ihrie has over 40 years industry experience as a direct innovator in the fields of satellite and terrestrial communication, computing, and information science. He has been a principal in seven startup companies in industries ranging from Nuclear Power to Digital Broadcast to analytic software for the Intelligence Community. Mr. Ihrie has used the CTO position as a platform to help build four breakthrough enterprise-scale innovation organizations. The National Technology Alliance brought non-traditional technology companies to help solve hard problems for the Intelligence Community. MACH37 is the first vertically-focused business accelerator for cybersecurity. Mr. Ihrie leads a program with DHS Science & Technology Directorate to bring leading edge innovation to the First Responder community, and has partnered with Smart City Works to create the world’s first infrastructure focused business actuator. Currently he leads Smart Communities initiatives for Virginia and is helping bring this new generation of capability to all Virginians. Mr. Ihrie has a Master of Science degree in Business from MIT, specializing in the Management of Technological Innovation, and a B.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.
Nancy Grady, PhD, is a Chief Data Scientist and Solutions Architect at SAIC in the Cyber Operations practice, with 35 years of experience specializing in the application of machine learning techniques for data and text analytics systems. She leads the development of gray/red cyberspace intelligence solutions, and merging cyber and electromagnetic domains for situational awareness.
Grady joined SAIC in 2002 to work on text analytics for patent search, and then was analytics lead for the startup of the CDC BioSense System. She then led the analytics development in the DHS National Biosurveillance Integration System. She has led a number of SAIC’s Internal Research and Development (IR&D) projects to develop cyber analytics, big data analytics applications, event situational awareness from open source text, and modeling geospatial outbreak detection. She created SAIC’s Data Science EdgeTM process methodology for big data analytics. Dr. Grady was the lead editor for the ISO standard 20546 “Information Technology – Big Data – Overview and Vocabulary”, and for the NIST SP 1500-1 and 1500-2 (Big Data Definitions and Taxonomy) standards. She is a member of the ISO/IEC SC42 Artificial Intelligence international standards committee, and serves on the IEEE Big Data Conference Industrial Track Program Committee.
Prior to joining SAIC, Dr. Grady was a Wigner Fellow and then physics researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory doing mathematical modeling of materials. She has a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Virginia and a dual major at the University of Tennessee in Physics and Honors Math. She has a great husband and daughter, and loves bicycling, photography, and travel.
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
Katharina McFarland joined the SAIC Board in 2019. Prior to her onboarding, Ms. McFarland was a Director for Engility Holdings, Inc. from 2017 to 2019.
In 2017, she retired from civil service as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. She was appointed to this position in 2012 by then President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. During her ASD tenure, she was also appointed Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics & Technology and Army Acquisition Executive. Prior to her 2012 ASD appointment, McFarland served as President of the Defense Acquisition University from November, 2010 to May, 2012. From May, 2006 to November, 2010, she was the Director of Acquisition, Missile Defense Agency. Ms. McFarland began her civil service career in 1986 at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as a general engineer.
Ms. McFarland received an Honorary Doctoral degree in Engineering from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Queens University in Kingston, Canada, with accreditations in Materials, Electronics and Civil Engineering.
Dr. Espinal is an executive leader who has been voted as a 2020 Top 100 Global Technology Leader by the HITEC Executive Council. Dr. Espinal is also a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society, the National Honor Society and is also a doctorate sigma gamma and summa cum laude of California Intercontinental University. She received her doctoral degree in global business and leadership with a research concentration in digital scalability and transformation as a service. She is well regarded in the global markets as a deep corporate strategist who leverages thought leadership to transform enterprises using proven solutions from the inside out. She is a leader in global strategy, big data analytics and next-generation information technologies that drive digital business transformation. She brings 20 years of experience and served in leadership roles with increasing responsibilities. Most recently, Dr. Espinal advised several global enterprises on technology strategy, growth development for digital scalability and nextgeneration technology investments.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, she served in Information Technology, Communications and Intelligence Operations and supported NATO and the Navy’s 6th Fleet. She’s also served as a civilian adviser for Air Force intelligence operations on best use of cutting edge cybersecurity technologies.
Recently, Dr. Espinal served as the Global Head of Digital Transformation for SoftwareONE Corp., where she led the transformation responsible for digital offerings, delivery and client engagements. She’s known as a strategic omni-channel influencer in strategic services and for her expertise in machine learning, robotic process automation, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, business intelligence and product design.
In addition to her post graduate education, she earned an MBA and a Master’s in information security, along with several industry certifications and awards. She enjoys teaching college courses in technology, engineering and business and is passionate about talent development, diversity & inclusion and driving awareness and change to social disparities that impact our communities.
Accenture Federal Services
Ian McCulloh, the Chief Data Scientist of Accenture Federal Services, brings an extensive record of military, academic and research achievement to Accenture Federal Services’ Analytics and Applied Intelligence practice.
McCulloh is uniquely suited to lead Accenture Federal Services efforts in the convergence of emerging technologies and data types that are mission critical to national security and citizen services, given his background in computational social science and military tactics and strategy.
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 senior scientist at the university’ Applied Physics Laboratory. His latest research focused on strategic influence in online networks.
McCulloh retired after serving 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and developed an expertise in special operations and the forensics of improvised explosive devices. During his military tenure, he founded the West Point Network Science Center and created the Army’s Advanced Network Analysis and Targeting (ANAT) program.
In addition, he directed interdisciplinary teams of scientists at the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) and Central Command (CENTCOM) that were drafted to conduct global social science research in counter-terrorism and modern warfare.
A married father of four (and grandfather of one), McCulloh holds master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Applied Statistics, and a doctorate from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Sciences.
University of Virginia
Philip E. Bourne, PhD, FACMI is the Stephenson Founding Dean of the School of Data Science, Professor of Data Science Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, USA. Prior to that he was the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS; aka Chief Data Scientist) for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Senior Investigator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). In his role as ADDS he led the trans NIH US $110M per year Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) research initiative and contributed to data policies and infrastructure aimed at accelerating biomedical discovery. Examples include: establishing the NIH Commons, support for data and software citation and establishing preprints as a supported form of research. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Bourne was Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Alliances in the Office of Research Affairs and a Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Bourne is a Past President of the International Society for Computational Biology, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has published over 350 papers and 5 books garnering over 60,000 citations and co-founded 4 companies. Awards include the Jim Gray Award eScience Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award.
His current research focuses on data science methods applied to systems pharmacology structural bioinformatics and scholarly communication. He has a strong interest in helping the next generation through the Ten Simple Rules series of professional development articles and his work as Dean of one of the few data science schools worldwide where new models of higher education are being emphasized.
Gerhard Pilcher is the President and CEO of Elder Research, Inc., a 25-year-old firm that specializes in data analytics, which is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA with offices in Raleigh, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, and London, UK. Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining — especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care — working with people, leading change, and managing complex projects to timely success. His work experience spans private, government, and international sectors.
Gerhard is coauthor of the popular book Mining Your Own Business that arms executives and senior managers to make better decisions based on discoveries from their organization’s data. The book is frequently recommended as a readable introduction to data science and a useful reference for specific, daily guidance and is used as a textbook for several graduate level courses, including Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program.
Gerhard taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics graduate degree program for five years while living in the DC area and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine teaching data strategy as part of a virtual graduate certificate program in Healthcare Informatics. He is also a frequently invited speaker at domestic and international conferences.
Gerhard serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board, George Washington University’s Advisory Board for the Business Analytics graduate program, and on the George Mason Data Science Graduate Program Advisory Board. He serves on multiple company boards and is Chairman of the Board for three start-up companies he co-founded, two in the US and one in the UK. Gerhard was honored to be named to the NC State Computer Science Department’s “Hall of Fame” in 2017, its inaugural year.
Integrity Management Services, Inc
Swathi Young is an award-winning CTO with over 20 years of technology experience across organizations such as Amtrak, SunGard, GE, and Oracle. She is a practicing data scientist who helps transform organizations through innovative AI and machine learning solutions.
Her career highlights include successfully steering a product rollout for Amtrak reservation systems handling 30+ million users and $2 billion in revenue; designing product architecture and roadmaps for new SunGard products with target revenues of $32 million per year; and launching the business model for a SaaS-based solution with a target revenue of $80 million. She has led engineering and data science teams and is currently involved in implementing AI to impact healthcare outcomes.
In 2020, Swathi was selected to be a member of the Forbes Technology Council, where she shares her expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com.
Swathi is the brand ambassador for Women in AI, an international non-profit organization whose goal is to increase diversity in AI.
She recently co-authored the Ethical AI framework to help US federal agencies evaluate the ethical implications of AI applications. She previously co-authored the AI Playbook to help government agencies implement Artificial Intelligence Applications.
She mentors at 1776, a premium startup accelerator, where she advises entrepreneurs on strategies and best practices for identifying product-market fit, go-to-market strategies, design thinking, and agile engineering processes.
National Artificial Intelligence Institute
Dr. Alterovitz is working to build AI R&D capacity to help Veterans. He has led national and international collaborative initiatives for developing novel informatics methods and approaches for integrating clinical, pharmaceutical, and genomic information, from research to point-of-care. He has produced over 50 peer-reviewed publications and three books in the field. “We envision a future where AI can give us tools to serve Veterans in the best way possible, as they did for our nation,” says Alterovitz.
Strategy, Growth, and Innovation Group
Scruggs joined SAIC in 2021 and is responsible for incubating and leading SAIC’s horizontal AI business, comprising solutions related to predictive analytics, machine learning (ML), robotic process automation (RPA), and Intelligent Edge. He also oversees SAIC’s strategic partnerships, training and certification, and solution delivery relative to AI.
Prior to joining SAIC, Scruggs spent 12 years at IBM in various executive positions in the cloud and cognitive business unit providing data science and AI solutions to public sector and commercial customers around the globe.
Prior to IBM, Scruggs was the vice president, public sector for SPSS Inc., until they were acquired by IBM. Before SPSS, He worked for Pegasystems where he served as the director, federal markets. He has over 20 years of experience working with global technology solutions providers and extensive experience in bringing data science and AI solutions to market.
Scruggs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA with specialization in international marketing from Averett University.
Cameron Izzi is the lead Machine Learning Engineer for Novetta out of the Tampa Solutions Team. His educational background is in high energy physics. He began his career working in electro-optics sensors and image processing. Izzi currently focuses on integrating machine learning capabilities into production level software solutions to meet various DoD applications.
Idaho National Laboratory
Zachary (Zach) Tudor is the Associate Laboratory Director of Idaho National Laboratory’s National and Homeland Security Science and Technology Science and Technology directorate, a major U.S. center for national security technology development and demonstration, employing 700 scientists and engineers across $500M in programs for the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Intelligence Community. At INL, he is responsible for INL’s Nuclear Nonproliferation, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Defense Systems missions. Previously, Tudor served as a Program Director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, where he supported cyber security and critical infrastructure programs such as DHS Cyber Security Division’s Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC) consortium, and the Industrial Control System Joint Working Group R&D working group. He has served as a member of (ISC)2’s Application Security Advisory Board and the NRC’s Nuclear Cyber Security Working Group, as well as the Vice Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at George Washington University. He is a Professor of Practice in the Computer Science Departments of the University of Idaho and Idaho State University, is the chair of the Board of Directors of the International Information Infrastructure Systems Security Certification Consortium (ICS)2, and a member of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative advisory board (Virginia). A retired U.S. Navy Submarine Electronics Limited Duty Officer and Chief Data Systems Technician, Tudor holds an M.S. in Information Systems from George Mason University concentrating in cybersecurity, where he was also an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in information security.
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