Keynotes & Plenary Sessions
Confirmed keynote speakers
Technical Executive and Corporate Board Member
Thursday, October 4th at 8:30 AM;
BCC: Hall E
Nora Denzel currently serves on two technical public boards in the Silicon Valley: SABA- a people cloud company, and Overland Storage – a computer storage company. In addition, she serves on the non-profit boards of the YW of Silicon Valley and the Anita Borg Institute which is dedicated to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain and develop women leaders in high tech fields.
Nora has over twenty-five years of experience in high technology all in the Silicon Valley where she began as a software engineer and has experience as a software executive in four different companies.
She served as Intuit Software’s (the makers of TurboTax, Mint and QuickBooks) senior vice president leading the company’s big data, social media and marketing initiatives. “Big Data” is the emerging science of creating, organizing and analyzing very large data sets to gain new insights and use information efficiently. Reporting to the CEO, she was responsible for establishing, directing and implementing Intuit’s data strategy, and quickly converting information into a competitive advantage through the company’s social design and central marketing programs. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s QuickBooks Payroll Division. A division she led to double-digit growth which has over 1.3 million small businesses using this SaaS and mobile-based service.
Before joining Intuit, Denzel was a Senior Vice President of HP’s worldwide software business, and while there was the leader of its turn-around to profitability and double-digit growth. She also led HP’s consulting and storage businesses.
Earlier in her career she had technical, marketing and executive roles at both Legato Software (now a part of EMC), and IBM where she began her career as a software engineer and left the company as the director of all storage software globally as its Business Line Manager.
She serves on the board of directors for Overland Storage Inc, SABA, FirstRain, the Anita Borg Institute, the YW of Silicon Valley. She recently started a non-profit service called ‘Mentor Walks’ where she will share with you career advice while walking the trails of Silicon Valley (www.noradenzel.com).
Denzel earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the State university of New York and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. She has been named one of the most powerful people in computer networking by Computer Networking Magazine, one of the top 20 storage movers and shakers by Computer Storage Magazine, one of the most powerful woman engineers by Business Insider, and a Woman of Influence by the San Jose Business Journal.
ANITA K. JONES
University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia
Friday, October 5th at 8:30 AM;
BCC: Hall E
Professor Jones is a University Professor Ermerita at the University of Virginia and a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The Honorable Anita K. Jones was sworn in as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense in June 1993. In that position she was responsible for the management of the DoD science and technology program. This included responsibility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and oversight of the DoD laboratories.
Professor Jones is past vice-chair of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation. She is a senior fellow of the Defense Science Board, a member of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Corporation, and a past member of the MIT Corporation Executive Committee. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received the Computing Research Association’s Service Award, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service, and the IEEE Founders Award. The U.S. Navy named a seamount in the North Pacific Ocean for her. Among the advisory studies that she has chaired or participated in, one of her favorites resulted in the National Academies report that answered a question from U.S. congress: “What icebreaking ship capability does the nation need?”
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation and a trustee of In-Q-Tel and of Science Foundation Arizona. Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Southern California have awarded her Honorary Doctorate degrees. She is a founder and Council member of the Computing Community Consortium. She has published more than 50 technical articles and two books in the area of computer software and systems, cyber-security, and science and technology policy. In 2010, the National Academy of Engineering gave her the Arthur M. Bueche Award for contributions to science and technology policy advancement.
Dr. Jones holds an A.B. from Rice University in mathematics, a Master of the Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in literature, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Technology in Government
Friday, Oct 5th, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM;
BCC: Hall E
Abstract: Technology plays a critical role in many aspects of the government and in the government’s approach to addressing pressing societal issues facing us as a nation. Federal technology research and development drives scientific discovery and engineering innovations, leads to advances that are key thrusts of economic competitiveness, and are crucial to addressing societal challenges such as health and well being, public safety, education and workforce development, cybersecurity, and national defense. This panel will highlight leaders from across the federal government who will describe the importance of technology in government and how technology is being used to inform and advance our national agenda, priorities, and economy.
Moderator: D. Francine Berman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Panelists: Farnam Jahanian (National Science Foundation), Andrea Norris (National Institutes of Health), Debora A. Plunkett (National Security Agency), Dr. Laura Stubbs (Department of Defense)
Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Francine Berman is Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Berman served as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) where she led a staff of 250+ scientists, engineers, and technologists. She is a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2009, Dr. Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for “influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.”
Dr. Berman has served on a broad spectrum of leadership groups and committees including the NSF Engineering Advisory Committee, the NIH NIGMS Advisory Committee, the PCAST Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Review Working Group, and others. From 2007-2010, she served as co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. Dr. Berman is currently Chair of the Information, Computing and Communication Section (Section T) of the AAAS, vice-Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, and co-Chair of the NRC Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). For her accomplishments, leadership, and vision, Dr. Berman was named a top woman in technology by BusinessWeek and Newsweek, and one of the top technologists by IEEE Spectrum.
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), National Science Foundation
Farnam Jahanian leads the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He guides CISE, with a budget of over $650 million, in its mission to uphold the nation’s leadership in computer and information science and engineering through its support for fundamental and transformative advances. Dr. Jahanian is also co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, providing overall coordination for the activities of 15 government agencies.
Dr. Jahanian is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he holds the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship and served as Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007–2011 and as Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997–2000. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for Arbor Networks, co-founded in 2001, where he served as Chairman until its acquisition in 2010. Dr. Jahanian holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Chief Information Officer (CIO), National Institutes of Health and Director, Center for Information Technology
Andrea T. Norris was appointed NIH CIO & CIT Director on October 2, 2011. Her role is to advise the NIH Director on strategic directions and management of significant NIH Management and Information Technology (M&IT) programs and policy.
Ms. Norris comes to the NIH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she served as the Acting Chief Information Officer and Director of the organization responsible for providing Agency-wide information technology systems, services, and supporting infrastructure. During ten years at NSF, she provided strategic direction and leadership for the technology investments needed to support the Foundation’s mission. Among other accomplishments, she established collaborative planning and governance processes to assure core technology investments aligned with Agency priorities and met customer needs, delivered innovative new systems and tools to support research and education activities, modernized core information technology infrastructure and operational processes, and established the Foundation’s risk-based security and privacy program. Prior to joining NSF, Ms. Norris was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Management for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), providing senior leadership and management of the Agency’s complex information technology portfolio. Ms. Norris was the 2008 recipient of the President’s Meritorious Service Award.
Ms. Norris has an M.B.A. with a major in Information Systems Management from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Debora A. Plunkett
Information Assurance Director, National Security Agency
Debora A. Plunkett serves as Director of the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she leads efforts to protect and defend United States (U.S.) national security systems. She is the focal point for cyber security, cryptography, and information systems security for our nation’s critical systems. With over 27 years of U.S. government service, she has held leadership positions in both the signals intelligence and information assurance missions at NSA. In addition, she served as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House for the Administrations of both President Clinton and President George W. Bush, where she helped shape national critical infrastructure protection and cyber security policy and programs.
Ms. Plunkett earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She is a graduate of the National War College where she was awarded a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. She also completed the Intelligence Fellows Program.
Ms. Plunkett has received numerous awards and recognition, including the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service which was awarded by President George W. Bush.
Dr. Laura Stubbs
Director, for Science and Technology Initiatives, Department of Defense
Dr. Laura Stubbs, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed as the Director, for Science and Technology Initiatives in December, 2011. Her prior appointment was as the Director, Requirements and Strategic Integration, effective July, 2010. RSI was responsible for strategic planning, internal communications, performance and information management, legal policy, and oversight of congressionally mandated programs affecting the readiness and well-being of the U.S. armed forces. Both appointments are in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Stubbs entered the U.S. Navy as the first African-American Naval Nuclear Power School instructor. She later transferred to the US Naval Academy as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She left active duty but continued service in the Navy Reserve qualifying as an Engineering Duty Officer specializing in life cycle management of ships and ships systems. She is now retired.
Before assuming her current role, Dr. Stubbs was also the Chief Learning Officer for the Carderock Division at the Naval Surface Warfare Center where she provided the overarching strategy for technical learning and workforce development initiatives for 3200 employees. Prior to that position, she was the Branch Head for the Machinery Science and Technology Group where she led a team of engineers and scientists to develop cutting edge upstream technologies for the Navy.
With a proven track record of success, from 2006-2009, Dr. Stubbs was recalled to active duty by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as a Human Capital and Lean Six Sigma Deployment Champion. She developed, implemented and promoted the use of process improvement practices to better implement the Department of Navy human capital strategy and total force planning management policies. Upon leaving active duty, she returned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division as a Process Improvement Specialist and Master Black Belt.
No stranger to private industry, Dr. Stubbs previously worked at Procter and Gamble where she held key leadership positions. She organized and implemented one of the most complicated logistics, customs, importing and exporting programs leading teams in the delivery of key global materials and in the successful launch of a new, global product simultaneously on four continents.
Dr. Stubbs earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. She received both the B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an adjunct professor with the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania where she taught a class on Program Management.
Dr. Stubbs has received numerous awards including the Women of Color Special Recognition Award for her work in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) (November 2011), the Living Legend Award from the University of Pennsylvania Black Alumni Society (September 2010), the Meritorious Service Medal for her work in ASN(M&RA) (September, 2009), the DoD STEM Role Model Award (March, 2006) and the VADM Samuel Gravely Award, bestowed by the Carderock Division, for achievement in equity and diversity (June, 2006). Dr. Stubbs holds memberships in the following organizations: American Society of Quality, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Naval Engineers, African American Federal Executives Association, Military Officers Association of America, and Women’s Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, Navy League, Reserve Officers Association, National Naval Officers Association and the Association of the United States Navy.