Diaz serves as the Interim Chief Advocacy Officer at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), where she works with legislation, policies and relations with Congress, the administration and federal agencies relevant to Hispanic-serving institutions. HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the US, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. Prior to joining HACU, Diaz led federal affairs efforts for the Cuban American National Council's Washington, DC office, which she launched in 2002 and guided through unprecedented visibility and growth for 10 years. Diaz has a master's degree from Rutgers University. She also attended the Université Francois Rabelais, in Tours, France, and for 12 years has been involved with study abroad programs in France. Born in Cuba, she is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Lester A. Foster, III
Lester Foster is the Chief Technology Officer of Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) Government Systems, Inc. He has over 30 years of system engineering and management experience for the development of advanced technologies and systems in both government program management and as a contractor developer. His technical background is broad to cover sea, land, air and space vehicle platforms, computing technology and electronic subsystems including radio frequency and optical sensing and communications systems. His current position responsibilities include the assessment of technology both inside and outside the EWA Inc. to expand the intellectual property of EWA and to identify technologies and partners that are in line with EWA's business objectives. He performs business development to expand or bolster the technological capabilities of EWA. He leads the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) business process for the company. He performs duties of Program Manager and Principal Investigator for SBIRs and technology development contracts as required. Dr. Foster supports the business development and proposal development processes including authoring, and red and gold team review. Dr. Foster provides consulting support to EWA customers and partner corporations. He also aids senior management with business decisions by providing input from a technical and engineering perspective. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the North Carolina State University in 1989.
Paul G. Gaffney, II
Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, U.S. Navy (Ret.) served as the seventh president of Monmouth University from 2003 to 2013; he is President Emeritus and a fellow in Monmouth’s Urban Coast Institute. He is counselor to the Dean of Engineering at the University of South Carolina as its first Fellow. He was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Naval. He was appointed to the statutory U.S. Ocean Policy Commission and served during its full tenure from 2001 to 2004. In his military career he headed the Navy’s worldwide operational meteorology and oceanography program and he commanded the Naval Research Laboratory. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board and The National Academies Gulf Reserch Program Advisory Board. He chaired the Federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel and was the first chair of the Federal Ocean Exploitation Advisory Board He co-chaired the NOAA Decadal Ocean Exploration Study in 2013. He is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Catholic University. He graduated from the Naval War College with Highest Distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University.
Mark L. McKelvin, Jr.
Dr. McKelvin is a Senior Project Leader in Digital Engineering at The Aerospace Corporation. In this role, he serves as the technical authority and the Aerospace team lead for the digital engineering implementation of Enterprise System Engineering for United States Space Force portfolio architect. Prior to joining the Aerospace Corporation, he led the development of model-based engineering technology and techniques for space system development at the National Aeronautics Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a software systems engineer and fault protection engineer on major flight systems. He is also a Lecturer in the System Architecting and Engineering graduate program at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering where he teaches courses in Model Based Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Theory and Practice. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he serves as President of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Los Angeles Chapter. In February 2020, he was awarded the Most Promising Engineer in the Industry Award at the 34th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Richard M. Murray
Richard M. Murray, Ph.D. received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. Murray's Ph.D. research focused on nonlinear dynamics and control of multi-fingered robot hands and robotic locomotion systems. He is a recipient of the Eliahu Jury prize, awarded by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences for outstanding PhD research in systems theory. Professor Murray returned to Caltech in 1991 as a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty and was a co-founder of the Control and Dynamical Systems program. His early research interests included nonlinear control of mechanical systems with applications to aerospace vehicles and robotic locomotion, active control of fluids with applications to propulsion systems, dynamics and control of thin film growth, and nonlinear dynamical systems theory. Murray served as the principal investigator for an AFOSR-sponsored PRET (Partnerships for Research, Excellence, and Transition) Center in "Nonlinear Robust Control Theory with Applications to Aerospace Vehicles" and was a co-PI for a second PRET Center on Robust Nonlinear Control of Stall and Flutter in Aeroengines. His group's research during this period included development of theoretical tools for dynamics and control of Lagrangian systems, development of computational tractable algorithms for real-time trajectory generation and tracking for unmanned vehicles, and demonstration of active control techniques to control of rotating stall and surge in compression systems. In 1998-99, Murray took a sabbatical in industry and was the Director of Mechatronic Systems at the United Technologies Research Center, where he managed a group of 80 engineers and scientists engaged in research on active control, sensing and actuation technology, embedded communications and computation, and harsh environment electronics. At United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Murray was a member of the Steering Committee for the Modeling, Analysis, Simulation and Computation (MASC) Initiative, a corporate-wide activity aimed at competitive differentiation of UTC's products and processes through effective use of modeling.
In June, 2000, Professor Murray was appointed as the Chair of the Division and Applied Science at Caltech. The Division of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the six academic divisions at Caltech. At the time of his appointment, the division has 85 faculty, 330 undergraduates, and 458 graduate students, making it the largest on campus. In addition to his Caltech responsibilities, Professor Murray was the chair of an AFOSR-sponsored panel on Future Directions in Control and Dynamical
Systems, a member of the United Technologies Corporate Advisory Group for Modeling, Analysis, Simulation and Computation, and a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (ISAT). He also served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2002-2006.
Ellen M. Pawlikowski
Dr. Pawlikowski is an independent consultant, corporate board director and adjunct professor who formerly served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through leading-edge science and technology, cradle-to-grave life cycle weapon systems management, world-class developmental test and evaluation, and world-class depot maintenance and supply chain management. General Pawlikowski entered the Air Force in 1978 through the ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Doctorate in chemical engineering in December 1981, entering active duty at McClellan AFB, California, in April 1982. General Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions including command at the wing and center levels. She has served as Director of the Acquisition Management Office for the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy and as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her leadership assignments included Program Director of the Airborne Laser Program; Commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing; Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; and most recently Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center. General Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership in the US science and technology community. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineers.
Deepak K. Tosh
Dr. Tosh is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests include Blockchain technology, cybersecurity, data provenance mechanisms, security of Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) environments, distributed system security, cyber-threatinformation sharing, cyber-insurance, cyber-risk assessment, game theory and mechanism design, and nature-inspired optimization techniques. He has been actively working with researchers from Air Force
Research Lab (AFRL), Rome, NY and Army Research Lab (ARL), Adelphi, MD on the cybersecurity and blockchain research. Although the traditional centralized computing paradigm works well at present, the trust, privacy, and security issues are the main bottlenecks, which were overlooked. With a growing connectedness in our communities and increasing standards of cyber-crimes, security challenges are the must things to be addressed. With these motivations, Dr. Tosh has aligned his research focus in
designing secure, decentralized, and scalable solutions for both civilian application (e.g. Internet of Things, Cloud and Edge computing platforms) and military/battlefield environments.
Dr. Chad Womack is the National Director of STEM Initiatives at the UNCF headquartered in Washington, D.C. Dr. Womack’s work portfolio includes the UNCF Merck Fellowship Program, UNCF STEM Scholars Program and the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Initiative. More recently, Dr. Womack led the sourcing, development and
implementation of the UNCF STEM Scholars Program representing a $48M+ and 10-year commitment to support 500 academically talented African-American high school students pursuing STEM as majors in college and careers in the tech-industry. Prior to joining the UNCF, Dr. Womack co-founded The America21 Project and DC Innovates, both innovation-based community and economic development nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering metro-centers and underserved communities through STEM education, tech entrepreneurship and access to capital. Dr. Womack also founded the Philadelphia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Institute as a nonprofit initiative dedicated to addressing unmet educational and workforce development needs of the City of Philadelphia, and is a Co-Founder of 3GEN Vaccines a nano-biotechnology company. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Womack completed several research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC) and at the Harvard AIDS Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Womack earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is a proud graduate of Morehouse College where he was a Biology and Chemistry major. Dr.Womack resides with his family in his home city of Philadelphia, PA.