2020 Speakers

 

 

Susan Kathy Land
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Susan Kathy Land

IEEE President-Elect 2020
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Susan K. (Kathy) Land is a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense’sMissile Defense Agency. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in theapplication of software engineering methodologies, the management ofinformation systems, and leadership of software development teams.Kathy serves as the 2020-2022 IEEE Entrepreneurship Board of Directors liaison.Kathy served as the 2018 Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities. She also servedtwo additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIIIDirector/Delegate in 2011 and 2012 and as Division V Director/Delegate in 2014and 2015. She was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009. Kathy was amember of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2013 and 2016.Kathy has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than20 years and served as the Computer Society Vice President for Standards in2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.An IEEE Fellow, Kathy is the author and co-author of a number of texts andpublications supporting software engineering principles and the practicalapplication of software process methodologies. She is an IEEE-HKN Member andIEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award recipient.
Jim Conrad
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Jim Conrad

IEEE President-Elect 2019
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James Conrad is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering. His career experience is divided between industry and academia. He previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has also worked for IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and two start-up companies. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, artificial intelligence, and engineering education. He has published eight books in the field of embedded systems and robotics. Dr. Conrad received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Conrad represents IEEE as an ABET Program Evaluator, and serves on the Board of Dir
TELLE WHITNEY
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TELLE WHITNEY

Women & Technology Expert | Speaker | Co-founder Grace Hopper Celebration
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Telle Whitney is a senior executive leader, an entrepreneur, a recognized expert on diversity andinclusion, and a true pioneer on the issue of women and technology. She has over 20 years ofleadership experience, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women inTechnology. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of Women and Technology.Telle co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference with Anita Borgin 1994 and served as CEO of the Anita Borg Institute from 2002 to September 2017. Shetransformed the Institute into a recognized world leader for women and technology.She has won numerous awards including the ACM distinguished service award, an honorary degreefrom CMU, and is an honorary member of IEEE. She serves on multiple boards and advisorycouncils. She is also the co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology(NCWIT).Telle holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology and aBS in Computer Science from the University of Utah.
Lisa Lazareck-Asunta
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Lisa Lazareck-Asunta

2019 Chair of the IEEE Women In Engineering
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Lisa is thrilled to be the 2019 Chair of the IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) Committee.She isa 20-year Senior Member of the IEEE and has been an elected and appointed volunteer since2003. Lisa has multiple degrees in electrical engineering: a BSc and MSc from the University ofManitoba, Canada; and a PhD (or DPhil) from the University of Oxford, UK. Her academicexpertise is in biomedical signal processing for diagnostic purposes(especially sleep apnoea).Following her PhD, she worked for 6.5 years at the Wellcome Trust, UK – specialising incharitable grant funding and public engagement with science and engineering. Lisa still enjoysfilming for the Discovery Channel every now and again, and is seeking new and local jobopportunities for her return to Tech.
Sonita Lontoh
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Sonita Lontoh

Global Head & Vice President of Marketing of HP Inc.’s 3D Print & Digital Manufacturing
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Sonita Lontoh is the Global Head & Vice President of Marketing of HP Inc.’s 3D Print & DigitalManufacturing. She came to HP from Siemens, the global industrial conglomerate, where she focusedon enabling Industrial IoT and Digital Transformation. Sonita has more than 18 years of experience atthe intersection of new technology, business models and policy, both at venture-backed Silicon Valleystart-ups and Fortune 100 global companies. In her role, Sonita is responsible for the strategy andexecution of a comprehensive, strategic marketing plan to position HP as the trusted solutions leaderthat helps industrial customers succeed in their digital manufacturing journey.Outside of work, Sonita is passionate about advancing more women in technology and in increasingglobal cross-collaborations in technology between the U.S. and emerging countries. She has been invitedby the White House to speak at former President Barack Obama’s Global Innovation Summit and toattend an event honoring AAPI Women Champions of Change. In 2017, Sonita was inducted into the U.S.National Asian American Hall of Fame and MIT listed her as one of its Notable Women Alumni.Sonita earned her Master of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her B.S. inIndustrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.