Julie J. Ryan - (Chair)
Julie J.C.H. Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer at Wyndrose Technical Group. Dr. Ryan was previously professor for systems management at the National Defense University, was a visiting scholar for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, 2009-2016, and department chair, 2010-2012 at George Washington University. She holds a B.S. degree in humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.L.S. in technology from Eastern Michigan University, and D.Sc. in engineering management from the George Washington University. Dr. Ryan began her career as an intelligence officer, serving the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), working a series of increasingly responsible positions throughout her distinguished career. Her areas of interest are in information security and information warfare research.
Mark F. Costello is the William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he is responsible for leadership of the school, as well as all administration and financial management of the department. Previously, he was posted at the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he served as a program manager. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Costello served as the David Lewis Professor of Autonomy in the Schools of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he taught the areas of dynamics, controls, and design. His research team is noted for creating innovative new technologies, such as robotic landing gear for rotorcraft, bleed air control of parafoils, and direct impact control of smart projectiles. This research has led to formation of start-up companies. He founded and serves as the CEO of Earthly Dynamics Corporation, a company that develops and fields new guided airdrop system technology. He also co-founded the Persimia Corporation that provides web-based environmental impact assessment analysis tools for wind energy system installations. Dr. Costello received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
John Ferrari (Major General, U.S. Army, retired) is currently Chief Administrative Officer at QOMPLX, a startup company focused on democratizing advanced data science methodologies and massively scalable analytics that until now have been restricted to only the largest corporations. Mr. Ferrari joined QOMPLX after a 32-year career in the U.S. Army, having retired as a Major General in 2019. Over the course of his military career, he ran business operations, implemented data analytics, and executed financial management activities within the Department of Defense. Mr. Ferrari’s operational experiences include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in various U.S. Cavalry units including the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry. Mr. Ferrari has extensive institutional experience including Army Materiel Command, White Sands Missile Range, the Executive Office of the President, the Joint Staff, and the Army Staff. His last assignment in the Army was as the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluations, where he oversaw the strategic resources of the Army, as well as led the Army’s operations research systems analysis functional area.
Deniz Ozkan is the Americas Valuation Lead at Shell New Energies Offshore Wind Team and currently working on the Mayflower Offshore Wind Project in Massachusetts. She is an energy investment analysis expert with an extensive technical knowledge. Before joining Shell, she was the Director of Analysis, Research and Systems Engineering of Atlantic Grid Development, an offshore transmission development project, where she was leading techno-economic studies including the system design optimization and investment analysis. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering Management/Economics, Finance and Cost Engineering from The George Washington University where she taught engineering economy courses for six years. She has conducted more than 13 years of research in the fields of renewable energy, power markets, transmission planning and integrated system analysis and written articles and technical reports on the integrated design of energy systems, including her dissertation, Financial Analysis and Cost Optimization of Offshore Wind Energy under Uncertainty and in Deregulated Power Markets.
Marcus (Marc) Sachs is the Chief Security Officer of Pattern Computer, a startup in the machine learning and artificial intelligence field, where he is responsible for overall corporate security policy and strategy. He is also a partner at RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners in the Technology Practice. Mr. Sachs retired from the United States Army after serving a distinguished 20-year career as a Corps of Engineers and Systems Automation Officer. His final assignment was with the Department of Defense’s Joint Task Force on Computer Network Defense (JTF-CND), established in 1998 to defend the department’s computer networks from foreign intrusions. Following his military retirement, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council and on the staff of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. Mr. Sachs later joined the National Cyber Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the department’s first Cyber Director, where he was responsible for developing the implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. While at the White House and DHS, he proposed and developed the concept and early design for the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT). Since leaving military and public service, Mr. Sachs’ private sector experience includes serving as the deputy director of SRI International’s Computer Science laboratory, as the vice president for national security policy at Verizon Communications, and as the senior vice president and chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he directed the rebuilding of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC). Mr. Sachs was the director of the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) Internet Storm Center from 2003-2010 and has co-authored several books on information security. He holds degrees in civil engineering, computer science, and technology