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Jim Jefferies
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Jim Jefferies

IEEE President
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Emily Moore
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Emily Moore

Managing Director, Innovation - Hatch
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"Emily is Hatch’s Managing Director, Innovation, bringing technology solutions to clients in energy, infrastructure, and metals industries.A professional engineer with 25 years’ experience in chemical process design, Emily has strong skills in new product development, technology delivery, and innovation management. Familiar with the design, engineering, and operation of chemical processes from laboratory to manufacturing, she leads multidisciplinary technology-delivery teams, contributing her own technical expertise in water management, polymerization, flocculation, and hydrometallurgical unit operations design. After graduating from Canada’s Queen’s University in 1992 with a degree in engineering chemistry, Emily went on to complete her doctorate in physical chemistry at Oxford University in the United Kingdom as a Rhodes Scholar."
Paula Tolliver
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Paula Tolliver

Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), - Intel
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"Paula C. Tolliver is corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation. Her IT organization capitalizes on information technology to accelerate the company’s vision of making things that are smart and connected, and that work best with Intel technology. Under Tolliver’s leadership, thousands of IT professionals worldwide are protecting Intel’s assets, driving competitive advantage and providing innovative IT solutions.Tolliver joined Intel as chief information officer in 2016. Before coming to Intel, she was corporate vice president of business services and chief information officer at The Dow Chemical Co. In her more than 20 year career with Dow Chemical, Tolliver led a progressively expanding portfolio of global business services with a strong track record for driving business results and corporate-level transformational change, spanning strategic sourcing, business process and operating discipline improvements, and digital initiatives, as well as leveraging advanced analytics for competitive advantage. She led a services business for Dow Chemical with $1 billion in revenue, and she is a sought-after industry expert in cybersecurity for global enterprises.Tolliver holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and computer science from Ohio University and completed the Babson College Executive Education Program."
Guy Kawasaki
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Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist -Canva
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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
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Dr. Fei-Fei Li

Chief Scientist, Google Cloud AI, Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford
Dr. Fei-Fei Li
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Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the Chief Scientist of Google Cloud, AI/ML starting in January 2017. She continues to hold her professorship at Stanford University as an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department. Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab. Dr. Fei-Fei Li’s main research areas are in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and cognitive and computational neuroscience. She has published more than 150 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences, including Nature, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, CVPR, ICCV, NIPS, ECCV, IJCV, IEEE-PAMI, etc. Dr. Fei-Fei Li obtained her B.A. degree in physics from Princeton in 1999 with High Honors, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2005. She joined Stanford in 2009 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. Prior to that, she was on faculty at Princeton University (2007-2009) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2005-2006). Dr. Li is the inventor of ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a critical large-scale dataset and benchmarking effort that has contributed to the latest developments in deep learning and AI. In addition to her technical contributions, she is a national leading voice for advocating diversity in STEM and AI. She is co-founder of Stanford’s renowned SAILORS outreach program for high school girls. For her work in AI, Dr. i is a speaker at the TED2015 main conference, a recipient of the IAPR J.K. Aggarwal Prize, the 2016 nVidia Pioneer in AI Award, 2014 IBM Faculty Fellow Award, 2011 Alfred Sloan Faculty Award, 2012 Yahoo Labs FREP award, 2009 NSF CAREER award, the 2006 Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship and a number of Google Research awards. Work from Dr. Li's lab have been featured in a variety of popular press magazines and newspapers including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Science, Wired Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Financial Times, and more.
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Mary Gendron

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER Qualcomm Incorporated
Mary Gendron
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Mary Gendron is senior vice president and chief information officer for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, Gendron will lead Qualcomm’s global IT organization, driving operational excellence within the IT function and across the enterprise, as well as collaborating with the executive and business unit leadership teams to ensure Qualcomm continues to incorporate forward-looking technology solutions into the business, products, and strategies to achieve Company business goals. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Gendron served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Hospira, a leading global pharmaceutical and medical device company. Gendron brings more than 25 years of IT experience to the role, with expertise in developing and executing IT and talent-focused strategies, services and plans. She has led complex global organizations, driving proactive business strategies required to develop differentiation and has consistently generated customer, shareholder and employee value. Prior to working at Hospira, Gendron served as CIO at Celestica International, Inc., and served in other senior IT leadership positions at companies like The Nielsen Company, Motorola and Bell Canada Gendron holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Canada
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Lorraine Martin

Deputy Executive Vice President, at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS)
Lorraine Martin
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Lorraine M. Martin most recently served as Executive Vice President and Deputy of LockheedMartin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS), participating in aspects of the business area, includingstrategic planning, operations, program execution, talent development and customer engagement.With more than 34,000 employees around the world, RMS supports programs for all U.S. militaryservices, as well as for international military, civil and commercial customers. The RMS portfoliofeatures more than 1,000 programs, such as the Aegis Combat System, Littoral Combat Ship,Sikorsky helicopters, and military and commercial training systems, including for the F-35 Lightning II.Prior to joining RMS, Ms. Martin served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for the$9 billion F-35 Lightning II Program, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, earning Pentagonaccolades and recognition for reducing program costs while simultaneously increasing production andfielding more aircraft worldwide.Throughout her 30-year career with Lockheed Martin, Ms. Martin held a number of high-visibilityleadership roles, including Vice President of the C-130 and C-5 programs, and Vice President ofFlight Solutions for Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support—where she was responsible foraircrew training programs for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, C-130 Hercules, F-16Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle.Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Martin served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, holding variousleadership positions for software intensive technology and development programs. She has an M.S. inComputer Science from Boston University and a B.A. in Computational Mathematics from DePauwUniversity.As a champion for advancing women in STEM, she speaks around the world on the topic, and wasrecently named among STEMconnector’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM. She has workedwith numerous organizations in support of this mission, including Girls Inc., Girls Who Code and BlueRibbon Schools of Excellence, where she served on the Board of Directors.
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Nishita Henry

Principal, Federal Technology Leader at Deloitte
Nishita Henry
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Nishita is Deloitte’s Federal Technology Practice Leader, providing advisory, implementation, and operations services to every cabinet-level agency in the U.S. government. She leads more than 3,000 practitioners as they assist Federal agencies in transforming into more efficient, effective organizations. In addition, Nishita regularly advises Federal CIO’s and technology leaders on topics of modernization and innovation, digitizing government, cloud strategy, and customer experience. Ms. Henry previously served as the Federal Innovation Leader where she stood up a grass-roots Innovation engine for development of products and solutions. Prior to that she served as the Technology Strategy & Architecture Leader where she started the development of our Federal Cloud offering and lead Ms. Henry led our work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) transforming business and technology from the production floor to the back office. Ms. Henry’s experience also includes leading the work at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create new ways for industry to interact with FDA and improve drug quality efforts and is working. Her most recent experience has been leading the modernization of a Travel Distribution Platform for Amtrak to improve the Customer Experience from reservations to ridership.Ms. Henry holds an MBA from Darden, University of Virginia, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two daughters who keep her busy with dance, dance, and more dance!
Michelle Parker
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Michelle Parker

Division Chief Engineers (DCE) for Space and Launch, Boeing Defense Space & Security
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Michelle Parker is Vice President and Capability Leader for Defense, Space & Security (BDS) Engineering’s System Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) Capability. Where she is responsible for driving engineering excellence in Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) Systems and ensuring the technical integrity and success of BDS development and production programs.Previously, she led the Satellite Development Center (SDC) for Boeing’s Network & Space Systems business. As a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, integration and testing of satellites for government, civil and commercial customers, the SDC is the world's largest satellite factory and has produced more than 300 satellites to date.Prior to her role as vice president of the SDC, Parker was the director of Flight and Vehicle Technology for Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T), Boeing’s advanced central research and development unit. In this role, she was responsible for strategy and development in the technology areas of Aerodynamics and Flow Control, Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Propulsion, and Integrated Vehicle Technologies.Previously, Parker was Enterprise Domain Leader for Platform Performance, one of Boeing’s eight focused technology domains that comprise the company’s Enterprise Technology Strategy. As Domain Leader, Parker was responsible for strategic planningof research and development across Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, and Boeing Research & Technology, providing focus for technologies such as aerodynamics, propulsion, guidance, navigation and control, and computational science.Before working as the Domain Leader, Parker was deputy director for National Space Communications Programs (NSCP), a large portfolio of proprietary programs, where she was responsible for leadership, strategy and execution across the programs. She was also the NSCP Systems Engineering Manager, where her systems engineering team was recognized for outstanding technical accomplishments and execution on many significant milestone events.Parker’s career has also included positions as Systems Engineering Lead and Chief Engineer on commercial satellite programs. Parker started her career in the Thermophysics Department of Boeing Satellite Systems.Parker earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, as well as a Master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Parker’s doctorate was earned as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow while at Boeing.
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Professor of Mathematics Courtesy Professor of EECS & AE; Investigator at ITTC; Affiliate Faculty at Center of Computational Biology, and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor at University of Kanasas
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Bozenna Pasik-Duncan received M.S. degree in mathematics from University of Warsaw, and Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. She is Professor of Mathematics; Courtesy Professor of EECS & AE; Investigator at ITTC; Affiliate Faculty at Center of Computational Biology, and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor at University of Kansas (KU). She is a strong advocate for STEM education and for women in STEM. She is the IEEE WIE Chair, founder of IEEE CSS Women in Control, founder & faculty advisor of Student Chapters of AWM and SIAM, founder & coordinator of KU & IEEE CSS Outreach Programs. She has served in many capacities in several societies. Her current service includes Chair of IEEE WIE, member of IEEE CSS & SSIT Board of Governors, Deputy Chair of CSS TC on Control Education, Chair of AACC Education Committee, member of IFAC TB, and Award Committees of AWM & MAA. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic adaptive control and its applications to science and engineering, and in STEM education. She is recipient of many awards that include IREX Fellow, NSF Career Advancement Award, Louise Hay Award, Polish Ministry of Higher Education Award, H.O.P.E., Kemper Fellow, IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement, Service to Kansas & IFAC Outstanding Service Awards. She is a Fellow of IEEE & Fellow of IFAC, recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal & IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award. She is inducted to the KU Women's Hall of Fame.More information including her full resume can be found on her personal web page: http://www.math.ku.edu/ksacg/Bozenna.html
Maria Hedden
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Maria Hedden

President – L3 Technologies Combat Propulsion Systems
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Maria Hedden is President at L3 Technologies Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) in Muskegon, Michigan. L3 is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L3 customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, other U.S. government agencies, allied foreign governments and commercial customers. A $9.6B Corporation in 2017, L3 has its corporate headquarters in New York City.Maria has more than 25 years of operational and manufacturing leadership experience. In her role as President, she provides management and leadership to both our facility in Muskegon and our division in Germany – Magnet Motor. In her 5 years with CPS, she has successfully improved production performance to include key metrics in cost, schedule and quality performance. In her prior role of General Manager she has worked to improve the collaboration and cohesiveness of the multiple functions within the organization to operate as collective units rather than individual silos and to drive program performance excellence.In 2015, Maria was selected for an elite leadership program within L3 Technologies that fosters collaboration with leaders across the corporation on issues common to operating divisions in the US. Through this program, she is instilling a culture of innovation and performance excellence within the L3 Muskegon operation.Before coming to Muskegon in August of 2012 as Vice President Production and Delivery, Ms. Hedden held various manufacturing and project leadership positions at BAE Systems. Her past successes focused on several cultural and lean process improvement efforts, while developing transformational initiatives for multiple organizations. Her experience also included international assignments that lead transformational efforts with BAE and UK MoD. She successfully worked collaborative efforts that include new and different ways of using new modeling and simulation tools for robotic applications on combat vehicle armor welding installations. She led multiple corporate rationalization projects that resulted in significant reduction in overhead structure costs and establishing centers of excellence with the corporation.Ms. Anderson is a noted speaker on early manufacturing design influence and implementing cultural change in challenging environments. She has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers, NDIA and several Women’s leadership forums. She holds a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania (Penn) State University.Maria lives in Grand Haven, MI, and has two children (Elizabeth & Nick). Her hobbies include; Triathlons, Outdoor Hiking, Fishing, and Cooking. She has also performed as a Flute Soloist for local orchestras.
Jennifer Elias
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Jennifer Elias

Technology Reporter at Silicon Valley Business Journal
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Jennifer is very experienced in several media platforms and has contributed to various publications from editorial to business. Previously, Jennifer was a freelance technology journalist contributing to Fast Company and Forbes. Now, she is a full-time journalist for the Silicon Valley Business Journal and loves writing about tech and the people who make it work.
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Lynnette Reese

Editor-in-Chief, Embedded Systems Engineering
Lynnette Reese
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Lynnette Reese is Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Systems Engineering magazine. Ms. Reese has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has worked for Johnson Controls, Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, and Cypress Semiconductor. After 20 years in embedded hardware and software, she came upon writing technical articles by accident and has never looked back.Find her on: eecatalog.com