2019 Speakers

Tamara Dull

Tamara Dull is the Director of Emerging Technologies for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership team at SAS Institute. Through key industry engagements, and provocative publications and articles, she delivers a pragmatic perspective on big data, the Internet of Things, blockchain, open source, privacy, and cybersecurity. Tamara began her high-tech journey long before the internet was born, and has held both technical and management positions for multiple technology vendors, consultancies, and a non-profit. She is listed in the IoT Institute’s “25 Most Influential Women in IoT,” and Onalytica’s Big Data Top 100 Influencers and Brands lists for the last three years. Tamara is also an advisory board member for the Internet of Things Community, and the Vice Chairwoman for their Women of IoT Center of Excellence.


Dr. Fred Kennedy 

Dr. Fred Kennedy helps fundamentally transform how we build, deploy, and operate space systems. Kennedy took the position of director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) in September 2017, after joining DARPA in January 2017 as TTO deputy director. Prior to coming to the Agency, he served as the senior policy advisor for national security space and aviation in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Dr. Kennedy advised the President of the United States on matters related to space and aviation policy; co-chaired an interagency working group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-Bound Near earth objects (DAMIEN); and led the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative focusing his efforts on the national security space community.

Dr. Kennedy served 23 years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a colonel. During his tenure, he served as a Senior Materiel Leader in both the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Directorate and the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center’s Battle Management Directorate. Prior to that, he was the lead for Space Requirements with the Joint Staff/J-8 in the Capabilities and Acquisition Division at the Pentagon and a chief for Spacecraft Payload Development and Test and Satellite Systems and Acquisition at the National Reconnaissance Office. Dr. Kennedy holds a Doctor of Philosophy in electronics and physical sciences from the University of Surrey; a Master of Arts in organizational management from George Washington University; a Master of Arts in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College; and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, both in aeronautics and astronautics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Iris Bombelyn 

Iris Bombelyn grows and leads teams to deliver results. She’s been successful in profit/loss and central roles, and understands the synergy necessary to optimize an enterprise. She is a passionate believer and practitioner of mentoring and diversity inclusion, recognized numerous times for her leadership in STEM. She has acted as a change agent for organizations needing course correction or revitalization to a new strategic vision. Over 30 years in the space industry, a strong systems engineering foundation and P&L leadership roles give her the executive presence, business acumen, and strategic vision to lead organizations to the next level. Bombelyn worked extensively in international venues in Europe and Asia while supporting a joint venture with two Russian companies, including significant on-site time in Russia, and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Chris Humphreys 


Before founding The Anfield Group in 2006, Chris managed Critical Infrastructure Protection programs for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense’s Counterintelligence Field Activity. As the former CIP Compliance Manager for the Texas RE and a NERC-certified Lead Auditor for both 706 and 693 NERC Reliability Standards, he has played an integral role at the national, regional, and registered entity level for the development and implementation of the NERC Cybersecurity Standards. Chris also served as the founding chairman for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance Working Group (CCWG) which consists of the CIP Compliance Managers and CIP Subject Matter Experts from all eight regions. He has led and/or participated in more than 50 NERC audits. Chris is a certified Computer Information Systems Security Professional; Program Management Professional; and a former U.S. Army Signals Intelligence Officer.


Rick Hefner 


Dr. Rick Hefner has over 30 years of experience in software development, research, and management, and has served in industrial, academic, and government positions. He received his BS and MS from Purdue University in Interdisciplinary Engineering, and his Ph.D. from UCLA in Applied Dynamic Systems Control. Dr. Hefner has over 80 publications, and teaches at Caltech, UCLA, and UC Irvine. He is an SEI-authorized Instructor, certified CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser for the SCAMPI appraisal method, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Dr. Hefner serves as the Program Director for the Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education. Caltech CTME provides training solutions to industry professionals in the areas of project management, systems engineering, technology, operations, innovation, and executive leadership.


Skip Rizzo 


Psychologist Skip Rizzo conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience. This work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. Rizzo, whose work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma, is the associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He also holds research professor appointments with the USC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Rizzo is working with a team that is creating artificially intelligent virtual patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. In the motor domain, he has developed VR game systems to address physical rehabilitation post stroke and traumatic brain injury and for prosthetic use training. He is currently designing VR scenarios to address social and vocational interaction in persons with autistic spectrum disorder. Rizzo is currently examining the use of VR applications for training emotional coping skills with the aim of preparing service members for the stresses of combat. He is senior editor of the MIT Press journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. He also sits on a number of editorial boards for journals in the areas of cognition and computer technology (Cognitive Technology; Journal of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds; Media Psychology) and is the creator of the Virtual Reality Mental Health Email Listserve (VRPSYCH).


Kathy Murphy 


Kathryn Murphy is a respected CEO, board director, and engineer. She has held senior executive roles with Corning Incorporated. She brings 30 years of leadership experience in global procurement, supply chain management, and operationalizing new market growth opportunities. At Merryck & Co, she has mentored Fortune 200 executives in the global energy, manufacturing, and technology industries. In addition to her work at Merryck & Co, Murphy has held leadership roles on numerous university, business, and philanthropic nonprofit boards. She also consults on the successful execution and launch of entrepreneurial startup companies. As president and CEO of Corning Gilbert, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated, Murphy implemented strategies for long-term revenue growth by boosting sales of existing product lines and entering new and adjacent markets. In addition, she led a cross-functional team of business executives to develop a vision, roadmap, and strategic plan for transforming customer experience for a $1B+ division of Corning Cable Systems which resulted in increased customer loyalty, market share, and profitability. Murphy has been a board member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Boys Choir, and Junior Achievement of the Southern Tier. She also served on the advisory boards of Valley of the Sun United Way, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering, and Arizona State University Polytechnic School. In addition, she was interim executive director of the Phoenix Boys Choir from 2013 to 2014.


Micheal Andrews

Mr. Andrews is Managing Partner of Andrews & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in new product R&D, business and management development, Emergency Planning, Business Mitigation, Response and Resumption Planning and Operational Readiness programs for business, schools and government entities. Mr. Andrews is a Senior Member of IEEE and is currently serving IEEE members as the Region 6 Past Director.  Mr. Andrews’ commitment to the community includes STEM and CTE programs including the Future City Competition and the Smart Education Foundation, host to the SMART Competition. He is also very active with the Salvation Army, Arizona LeaderForce and the Williams Institute for Ethics and Management.  He was awarded an IEEE Millennium Medal for outstanding achievements and contributions to IEEE and the IEEE-USA Robert S. Walleigh Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award.


Mathew Allred


Mathew helps his clients achieve their dreams for today, tomorrow, and well into the future — using the exclusive Confident Retirement® approach. By breaking financial goals down into doable steps, Mathew helps people take the uncertainty out of planning their financial futures. Mathew is also a recipient of a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University and enjoy furthering his education in the financial industry. He is actively involved in charitable organizations such as Three Square, Children’s Heart Foundation and Wounded Warriors and believes strongly in giving back to the community!


Carolyn Andrews 

Carolyn Andrews is the owner of Inspired Leaders Now, a certified business and executive coach, international speaker and author. Her business experience ranges from Fortune 100 companies to organizations with less than 50 staff members. She is recognized as an outstanding business strategist and leader. As a leadership expert and executive coach, Carolyn is instrumental in implementing strategies and building relationships that positively impact growth, increase effectiveness, improve operational efficiency and help owners and executives realize their dreams! She is an experienced senior executive leader with over 15 years of experience in small business management including starting new businesses and coaching existing businesses.

Gaurav Pandey 

Gaurav is currently leading the automated driving team at Ford Motor Company. They are working on mapping and localization for autonomous vehicles. Gaurav is also a specialist for robotics and Artificial Intelligence and has been actively involved in developing various components for autonomous vehicles. He has also developed techniques for fusion data, and has worked on projects involving object detection, tracking and classification.

Keith Moore 

Keith Moore currently works for the US Army Information Systems Engineering Command as a senior engineer at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Keith’s career has taken him all over the world to establish and maintain computer and communications systems. Keith holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering and a master in business administration and management information systems. Keith maintains professional engineer status as granted by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. Keith has served in a number of volunteer and other organizations to work with others for the good of all stakeholders. These experiences have involved organizations including federal and state governments, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, IEEE, local and indigenous churches. Keith has served as a big brother, engineer, missionary, science fair judge, Future City Competition mentor, gymnastics coach, and firefighter/EMT. Keith has championed the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) Student Design Challenge competition.Currently, Keith is the Direction Elect of IEEE Region 6 and will become direction in Jan 2019.

Ramesh Ramadoss 

Ramesh Ramadoss received his BE degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India in May 1998 and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2003. From Jun. 2003 to Dec. 2007, he was employed as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University, Auburn, AL. Between Jan. 2008 and Mar. 2012, he was employed as a Manager/Director in Silicon Valley companies. Currently, he is the President & CEO of BitCasas Inc., a blockchain startup in Silicon Valley.  He is a Co-editor of the book “MEMS Packaging,” WSPC, 2018 (Amazon: https://goo.gl/zFzRJ4). He is the author or co-author of 4 book chapters and 55 research papers (Google Scholar Citations: 795, h-index: 17, https://goo.gl/LWBgVt). He has delivered talks at over 40 international conferences. He has conducted projects for DARPA, NASA, US Army, US Air Force, Sandia National Labs, and Motorola Labs.  He is a Co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative (https://blockchain.ieee.org/about). He is also the Chair of the IEEE P2418.1 Blockchain Standards Working Group (http://sites.ieee.org/sagroups-2418/). In 2013, he was elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. In 2014, he founded the IEEE San Francisco Bay Area MEMS & Sensors Chapter. In 2017, he served as the Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section that is one of the world’s largest sections with 12,000 members located in Silicon Valley. He is the founder of the IEEE Silicon Valley Blockchain Group. Also, he is a Real Estate Investor with over 10 years of experience.