Paul D. Nielsen - (Chair)
Paul D. Nielsen (NAE) is the director and CEO of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. The Software Engineering Institute is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. SEI develops and transitions technologies in software architecture, integration and interoperability, cybersecurity, process improvement, real time systems, and systems engineering related to software. Prior to joining the Software Engineering Institute, Nielsen served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a major general. He served primarily in research and development assignments related to space and C3I. In his final assignment, Dr. Nielsen was the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Technology Executive Officer for the Air Force. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a past president of AIAA and has served on the Defense Science Board. Nielsen received a Ph.D. in applied science from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Ted F. Bowlds
Lt Gen Ted Bowlds (ret) most recently served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for FlightSafety, International from 2016 until his departure in 2018. As CIO, Ted was responsible for the planning and execution of a $30m annual budget and maintained a steady
99.9% system reliability. During his tenure, Ted produced the company’s first IT strategic plan and received 100% approval from leadership. He also served as the chief technology officer responsible for innovation and the introduction of market leading capabilities. During his 36- year career in the United States Air Force and subsequent experience in industry, Ted led multiple large-scale, complex procurement activities, each dependent upon a strong ethics and solid research foundation. Many of these procurements were unique, global, time sensitive and bounded by numerous policies and practices; thus, requiring a technical competency combined with an innovative effective management expertise to enable efficient and successful product development and delivery. Multiple programs such as the F-117 stealth fighter and the B-2 involved innovative research and collaboration across diverse industry and academia partners. As Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Ted drove the effort of pushing the boundaries to support the Warfighters. The diverse research undertaken by AFRL ranged from microelectronics, human factors, medical, aeronautics, computers, satellites, and power generation. This involved directing a $2 billion science and technology program as well as additional customer funded research and development of $1.7 billion while ensuring relevancy, maintaining state of the art research facilities, and building relationships with strategic partners. Approximately one fourth of the research directed by AFRL was performed through grants provided to universities. The outcome was research that resulted in the direct application of investments into programs of record and a high rate of technology transfer. His last assignment on active duty was as the Commander of the Electronic Systems Center and Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Air Force information technology procurements, applications and systems. As Commander, Ted was responsible for maintaining facilities in six different locations throughout the United States and ensuring compliance with Air Force, state, and Federal guidelines. As PEO, he drove an entrepreneurial approach to program acquisition that resulted in rapid fielding of capability. The portfolio of programs being executed in command and control, surveillance, and information technology was the result of close partnership with both end users and developers; industry; other government laboratories; and academia. Acquiring and maintaining the $5 billion budget supporting the acquisition programs was the result of working closely with senior leaders in the Air Force and Congress. Ted is a board member of the Air Force Retired Officers Community (a continuing care retirement community) and holds the positions of vice chairman and chairman of the strategic planning committee. He is also a member of the Mississippi State Research Technology Advisory Group, the DoD Systems Engineering Research Council, and the Air Force Studies Board. Ted holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering, a Master of Science in engineering management and a Ph.D. in systems engineering. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School Flight Test Engineer course and has attend numerous leadership and management courses.
John Grosh is the Deputy Associate Director in the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he oversees research and development in advanced computational software for national and energy security. He is the DOE lead for two major multi-laboratory research programs developing modeling and simulations capabilities for U.S. critical infrastructure – the North America Resilience Model Initiative and DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. Previously, Mr. Grosh served as a department head managing more than 400 staff and the Director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing leading research in computer science, computational mathematics, advanced multi-physics simulations, and data analytics. Prior to joining LLNL in 2006, Mr. Grosh worked in the DDR&E/OSD and previously at the Army Research Laboratory. During his 20-year career in DoD, he worked in a wide range of technology including high performance computing, modeling and simulation, embedded software technology, cyber security, and munitions design. In 2003 - 2004, he co-chaired a multi-agency task force for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that developed the federal plan for R&D and deployments in high-end computing. From 1998 – 2000, he managed a $40M per year portfolio of software development projects providing scalable modeling and simulation applications for DOD high performance computers.
Kevin R. Martin
Kevin Martin is a scientist at HRL Laboratories with over 35 years of experience in systems and software development in military, aerospace, and automotive technologies and systems. His current research and development responsibilities involve programs in the area of autonomous vehicles, in the domains of both automotive and commercial/military aircraft. As part of these programs Mr. Martin is also leading efforts to modernize the software development paradigms and tools which are used internally. In addition to his research project software development and management roles, Mr. Martin also manages a state-of-the-art data center supporting both software development operations (e.g. Jenkins, Phabricator, NextCloud, Kubernetes, Docker Swarms, GPU/TensorFlow, etc.) and multi-petabyte big data analytics (e.g. Hadoop/HDFS, Spark, Scala, Mongodb, etc.) for intelligence exploitation research using social media and big data sources (e.g. Twitter, Tumblr, Newsgator, Wordpress, Bloomberg, manufacturer maintenance and diagnostics logs, etc.) During his past 25 years at HRL, Mr. Martin has worked numerous internal sponsored R&D efforts with Boeing, GM, Raytheon, and Hughes Aircraft Company. His participation in government and military contract research and development includes programs in the areas of robotics, cognitive systems, and cyber-security, including DARPA programs such as Pheromone Robots, Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System, and High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems. Prior to his transfer to HRL, Mr. Martin held software development section head roles at Hughes Training and Hughes Radar Systems Groups. While there he lead teams working on the development of voxel-based scene generation and numerous research level human-in-the-loop simulators, including F18 Weapons Tactics Trainers, Army Lightweight Helicopter Experimental (LHX); GM Heads-Up Display (HUD), infra-red displays, driver eye-tracking and alertness detection, adaptive cruise control prototypes; and On-Star natural language voice navigation prototypes. Mr. Martin also oversaw the construction and managed the operation of a large aerial reconnaissance computing SCIF during Operation Desert Storm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Martin held systems and software engineering leadership posts in numerous Hughes Aircraft Company operations divisions, including Missile Systems, Radar Systems, Ground Systems, and Training and Simulation Systems. While at Hughes, Martin participated in several corporate strategic planning committees and action groups, including Future Warfare Systems Planning, and the Corporate Software Engineering CMU-SEI Capability Maturity Model self-assessment team. Mr. Martin has over a dozen patents and numerous papers in the fields of brain-machine interfaces, virtual and augmented reality, and human-robot collaboration. Upon undergraduate graduation, Mr. Martin was chosen to participate in a 2-year Hughes Rotation Program, and was a recipient of two Hughes Fellowships for Masters and Engineer degrees. He has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Michigan, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC), and an Engineers Degree in Intelligent and Robotic Systems from USC.
Heather Penney is the senior resident fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she conducts extensive research on cutting edge defense policy with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords. Prior to joining Mitchell, Penney worked over a decade in the defense industry focused on defense budgets, supporting program execution, and capture campaign management. She served in the D.C. Air National Guard flying F-16s and G-100s; she has also served in the Air Force Reserve in the National Military Command Center. She has also lectured extensively on subjects such as Air Force capabilities and force structure; organizational command and control; reforming the defense personnel system; and other defense policy issues to a broad number of organizations, universities, and military institutions. Penney received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, majoring in English with a minor in philosophy; and earned her Master of Arts in American studies from Purdue University as well. She continues to fly vintage aircraft, has raced jets, and tours with the Collings Foundation.