Dr. Joan Bienvenue is senior executive director of the Applied Research Institute at the University of Virginia. Dr. Beinvenue received a B.S. in chemistry from Rivier University, an M.S. in forensic science at the University of New Haven, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. She was a National Institute of Justice Research Fellow while at UVA, where her work focused on the development of microfluidic systems. This work was summarized in over fifteen peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and presented at many conferences; she is an inventor on five U.S. patents. In addition to this academic work, she is creator and conference chair for the annual Commonwealth Conference on National Defense and Intelligence, now entering its sixth year, and co-creator and Inaugural Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA. After completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Bienvenue was an ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the FBI. Following this appointment, she joined the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), as the Validation and Quality Control Supervisor where she managed a team that provided quality control and oversaw the evaluation, validation, and implementation of new technology for DNA casework analysis in support of remains identification. She joined Lockheed Martin in 2008 and most recently served as chief scientist and program manager, in support of the development of rapid microfluidic DNA analysis systems. In June of 2013, she returned to the UVA as director of the Applied Research Institute (ARI) and was promoted to senior executive director in 2017. ARI serves the university and the defense and intelligence communities as a conduit to facilitate collaboration and innovation between the academia and government. ARI leverages UVA’s human and capital assets to support research, education, and training, with a focus on homeland security, national intelligence, and defense missions. Dr. Bienvenue is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is nominated because of her industry experience developing technologies for DNA analysis as well as her current expertise leading the Applied Research Institute at the University of Virginia.
John V. Farr
Dr. John Farr is a professor emeritus of engineering management at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and was a professor and the founding director of the Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development from 2010 until 2017. He currently works as an adjunct for Clarkson University and the University of Central Florida, and is a principal subject matter expert for Applied Research Associates. He was a professor of systems engineering and engineering management, founding director of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, and the associate dean for academics in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. Before coming to Stevens in 2000, he was a professor of engineering management at the USMA where he was the first permanent civilian professor in engineering and director of their engineering management program. He has authored or edited over 200 technical publications to include five textbooks, seven book chapters, and over 90-refereed publications mainly on cost and risk analysis, infrastructure, weapons of mass destruction, engineering education, and systems engineering. Dr. Farr earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and Masters and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue and the University of Michigan, respectively. He is also a registered civil engineer in Florida and Mississippi and a certified project management professional. Dr. Farr has served on numerous defense national and academic advisory boards to include membership on the Army Science Board (ASB) and the Air Force Studies Board (AFSB). He has served as a consultant to numerous companies and government agencies and worked in Afghanistan, Africa, Vietnam, and the Marshall Islands. He taught at the University of Technical Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2013 as a Fulbright Specialist.
George (Rusty) T. Gray, III
Dr. George T. (Rusty) Gray III (NAE) is a Laboratory Fellow and staff member in the dynamic properties and constitutive modeling team within the Materials Science Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He came to LANL following a three-year visiting scholar position at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany. As a staff member (1985-1987) and later team leader (1987-2003) in the Dynamic Materials Properties and Constitutive Modeling Section within the Structure / Property Relations Group (MST-8) at LANL, he has directed a research team working on investigations of the dynamic response of materials. He conducts fundamental, applied, and focused programmatic research on materials and structures, in particular in response to high-strain-rate and shock deformation. His research is focused on experimental and modeling studies of substructure evolution and mechanical response of materials. These constitutive and damage models are utilized in engineering computer codes to support large-scale finite element modeling simulations of structures ranging from national defense (DOE, DoD, DARPA), industry (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Bettis), foreign object damage, and manufacturing. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in the UK where he was on sabbatical in the summer of 1998. He co-chaired the Physical Metallurgy Gordon Conference in 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society(APS), a Fellow of ASM International(ASM), and a Fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society(TMS). He is a member of APS, ASM, TMS, and serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the European DYMAT Association. In 2010, he served as the president of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. Starting in 2012 he became the chair of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors that oversees the publication of the journals Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Materialia. He has authored or co-authored over 435 technical publications. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in materials science in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University.
William C. Hix
Maj. Gen. William Hix recently completed a 37-year career in the US Army dedicated to our Nation’s security. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership, forecasting, development, and execution of innovative strategies to solve complex and adaptive problems. Earlier in his career, Bill served as an Infantry and Special Forces officer, with assignments in Asia and the Middle East, saw service in 3 wars, and participated in multiple peace keeping missions. His last assignment was as Deputy, Army Futures Command Task Force. This Task Force led development of the most significant organizational change to the Army’s modernization system since 1973, with the requirement to radically improve the Army’s ability to keep pace with rapid changes in technology, our adversaries, and the geo-strategic landscape. In this capacity, Bill organized and led diverse teams to understand the implications of these changes and the detailed processes and performance of the Army’s entire strategic forecasting and modernization enterprise, comprising 90,000 personnel and some $30 billion in resources. Deliverables included recommendations to restructure that enterprise and make it more agile and innovative to ensure the Army is best postured for the 21st century. Previously, as the Army’s Chief Strategy Officer, Bill led a wide range of multi-disciplined teams charged with enabling the Army to anticipate, prepare for and effectively navigate current and emerging institutional, operational, international, and strategic challenges to fulfill national security requirements. In this capacity, Bill was responsible for assisting in and advising on the assessment of geo-strategic, threat, and technological trends, determination of strategic, military and program risk, and development of national, defense and Army strategies, plans and programs. These efforts shaped the US Army, an organization with more than 1 million employees, a budget exceeding $125 billion, and a strategic horizon that extends 2 decades. Previous strategy and planning assignments include: as Deputy and Chief of Staff and Director, Concept Development, at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, to drive Army intellectual and technological innovation; as Director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, the Joint Staff, advising the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on warplans across the globe, joint force readiness and joint force innovation; as Strategy Division Chief, the Joint Staff, developing military strategy and assessing risk for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and, in the 1990s, as Chief of Military Art and Concepts, the Army After Next Project forecasting the implications of geo-political and technological trends out to 2025 and developing options for the Army. Bill saw wartime service as Chief of Staff of a 2-star command with country wide responsibility, a Brigade Commander, and Future Operations Director for a 3-star command in Afghanistan; as the Chief Strategy Officer for a 4-star command in Baghdad, Iraq; as a Company Commander in Desert Storm; and conducted peace keeping missions in the Western Sahara and the Sinai. Born in Washington, D.C., Bill holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Military Art and Science, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A published author, his most recent work is a book chapter in “Assessing War, The Challenge of Measuring Success and Failure” published by Georgetown University Press. A frequent public speaker, he was recently featured at IBM’s ThinkGov conference in May and Defense One’s Tech Summit in June 2018.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick is on the visiting faculty at the National Intelligence University. Prior to this, he was appointed Director, National Security Strategy, National Security Council, in June 2017. He brings a significant depth of expertise in scientific and technical intelligence (S&TI) policy, research and development, acquisitions, and operations, specializing in space/counter-space mission areas. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics in 1995, where he focused his research on nonlinear and nonequilibrium phonon dynamics of rare-earth-doped fluoride crystals, he took a postdoctoral position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, investigating laser-induced molecular vibrations of high explosives under an AFOSR program. In 1996, he was offered a National Research Council Fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. investigating novel solid-state lasers for the Department of the Navy. In 1997, he was recruited by the Air Force Research Laboratory to build an Ultrafast Laser Physics Lab to investigate nonlinear optics, novel ultrafast spectroscopic methods, ultrafast phenomena, and nonlinear micro/nano-fabrication techniques for the Air Force. In 2003 he was offered the position of program manager of the Advanced Technologies program for the National Reconnaissance Office. Dr. Kirkpatrick transferred from the Air Force to the CIA in 2005 where he served as a staff scientist for the Directorate of Science and Technology. In 2007, he was assigned as Chief Technology Officer in a joint CIA-DIA program office, within the Advanced Systems Division, where he later became division chief as a DIA officer. In 2010 he was asked to serve as the space control portfolio manager for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space and Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Kirkpatrick served as the Defense Intelligence Officer for Scientific and Technical Intelligence for DIA. As the DIO/S&TI, he worked as a senior advisor to the Director and Deputy Director of DIA on the full spectrum of intelligence matters related to scientific and technical intelligence topics to include analysis, collection, counterintelligence, international engagement, intelligence policy, and outreach. Dr. Kirkpatrick served as the Department of Defense’s counterpart to the National Intelligence Manager for Science and Technology. Towards the end of his tenure as DIO/S&TI, Dr. Kirkpatrick served on special assignment to the Principal Deputy Director National Intelligence leading the Intelligence Community’s support to the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC). From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Kirkpatrick was appointed Deputy Director of Intelligence, US Strategic Command. As the DJ2, he supported the Director of Intelligence in delivering global awareness to the Commander USSTRATCOM, enabling the Command’s UCP assigned strategic missions. Dr. Kirkpatrick is the recipient of several scientific and intelligence awards. These include the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal, four National Intelligence Collaboration medallions, the NRO Innovation and Achievement Award, the Cleary Award for Scientific Excellence, and the DIA Director’s Award for Excellence. Dr. Kirkpatrick holds two open patents and has contributed to several scientific books on nonlinear phenomena and written multiple S&TI strategies for the National and Defense Intelligence Communities.
Dr. Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1987, he has served Penn Engineering in many capacities, including Deputy Dean for Research, Deputy Dean for Education, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Director of the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory. Dr. Kumar has served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 –2013). He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987.
Dr. Duncan McGill is currently dean of Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurt University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Formerly, he was associate dean of the National Intelligence University, College of Strategic Intelligence, in Washington, D.C., Duncan E. McGill was charged with overseeing the Master of Science program in Strategic Intelligence and the Bachelor of Science program in Intelligence, along with seven graduate certificate programs. He managed the academic, personnel, financial and administrative affairs of the college while communicating its vision and goals to the intelligence community, U.S. Department of Defense and the academic community. His research focuses on science and technology issues affecting U.S. national security, among them cyber, weapons of mass destruction, emerging and disruptive technologies, and the IED capabilities in Iraq. McGill is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, serving as a Nuclear and Counter proliferation Officer. He also held joint duty assignments outside the Army at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Over the years, his deployment and operations travel have taken him to more than two dozen countries, among them Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, Germany, the UK and Egypt. McGill earned his doctorate in Biological Defense from George Mason University, his Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, a Master of Arts in Procurement Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Christina E. Murata
Dr. Christina Murata is senior director at RTI International. She is an expert in national security specializing in chemical and biological defense. She is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of RTI’s program in air quality and exposure. Before joining RTI in 2016, Dr. Murata, a member of the Senior Executive Service, spent 13 years with the federal government, including the Department of Defense and the State Department. In her last federal posting, she led the development of an innovation and advanced technology portfolio for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She also served as Chief of Staff for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, which works with industry, government, and academia to expand the department’s technological capabilities. Dr. Murata has led a variety of security-related projects in domestic and international settings. At the Department of Defense, she built an autonomous system to protect the Pentagon from chemical or biological attack. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) diplomacy fellow at the State Department, she launched a trans-Atlantic conference series on emerging science and technology policy issues and worked to secure dangerous pathogens and weapons expertise in the former Soviet Union.
Albert A. Sciarretta
Mr. Al Sciarretta is president of CNS Technologies, Inc., a company that consults on research and development, experimentation, modeling and simulation, management, and assessment of advanced information, sensor, and test technologies. He is also a consultant and the primary support to the Program Manager (PM), Test and Evaluation/Science and Technology (T&E/S&T) in the office of the Secretary of Defense; and an on-call subject matter expert (SME) for serving on an Independent Review Team (IRT) for assessing Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology technology programs. Mr. Sciarretta is also a retired Army officer. Mr. Sciarretta has a B.S. degree in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and dual M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research from Stanford University. He has previously served as a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committees on Army Science and Technology for Homeland Defense: C4ISR; Review of the Department of Defense Air and Space Systems Science and Technology Program; Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technologies; and Making the Soldier Decisive on the Future Battlefields.
Geoffrey D. Thome
Mr. Geoff Thome is Senior Program Manager at SAIC. He has been an IT program manager for 28 years of experience supporting the Marine Corps; 23 years in active duty USMC positions, and five years in the defense IT industry. He is particularly skilled in using innovative IT solutions to meet ground Command and Control (C2) challenges for deployed military forces. Relevant experience includes serving three years as an active duty Marine with First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In this position, he developed the Blue Force architecture and managed all Blue Force tracking systems for the 60,000-strong force, including attached British forces. He also managed the deployment, displacement and emplacement of the I MEF Combat Operations Center, a critical mobile C2 facility. As the Senior Information Management (IM) officer, Mr. Thome assumed advocacy responsibilities for Marine Corps IM. During the five years he was in this position, he ensured IM plans, policies, and activities supported world-wide Marine Corps C2 operations. He published updated IM doctrine, and standardized tactical collaboration tools to enhance combat efficiency. Mr. Thome’s current position is as an IT program manager for a major defense contractor. He has managed DOD data center design and build contracts with up to $75 million budgets and more than 50 personnel. He has participated in other cloud and deployment support proposals and contracts valued up to $250 million. Mr. Thome has an M.S. in IT management and an M.S. in software engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA. He has a B.S. in computer science applications from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and possess several relevant certifications including PMP.
James E. Thomsen
Mr. James Thomsen is President of Seaborne Defense, LLC. He is the the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development, & Acquisition (ASN(RD&A)). As the Principal Deputy ASN(RD&A), Mr. Thomsen assisted in the oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps research, development, and acquisition programs for Shipbuilding, Aviation, Space, and Weapons Systems. Mr. Thomsen has spent more than 35 years supporting the Department of Defense community with engineering design, systems engineering, complex systems program management, enterprise and organizational leadership, and large-scale defense acquisitions. He received a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, and a M.S. in Management from Florida State University.
Dr. Josep Torrellas is the Saburo Muroga Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is the director of the Center for Programmable Extreme Scale Computing, and past director of the Illinois-Intel Parallelism Center (I2PC). He is a fellow of IEEE (2004), ACM (2010), and AAAS (2016). He received the IEEE Computer Society 2015 Technical Achievement Award, for "Pioneering contributions to shared-memory multiprocessor architectures and thread-level speculation", and the 2017 UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. He is a member of the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors. He has served as the chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA) (2005-2010) and as a council member of CRA’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) (2011-2014). He was a Willett Faculty Scholar at UIUC (2002-2009). As of 2016, he has graduated 36 Ph.D. students, who are now leaders in academia and industry. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.