2016 CNDI Speakers & Panelists

As of June 8, 2016…

Welcome & Remarks

  • Teresa Sullivan, PhD, President, University of Virginia


  • Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1)
  • CDR Franca Jones, PhD,  Chief, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS) Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, DoD
  • Peter Highnam, PhD,  Director, Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Samantha Ravich, PhD,  Senior Advisor, Chertoff Group
  • Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Jason Matheny, PhD, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
  • James Nardone, Senior Defense Intelligence Expert for Acquisition Support, Defense Intelligence Agency

Plenary Panel

  • Allan Stam, PhD,  Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Ken Kroupa, Deputy Director, Defense Forensics, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Joan Fuller, PhD,  Director, Air Force Studies Board and the Intelligence Community Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences
  • Steve McKnight, PhD, Vice President for the National Capital Region, Virginia Tech
  • Laura Naramore, Senior Strategy Advisor, Office of the CFO, MITRE

Materials Science: Global Perspectives and Strengths

  • Steve McKnight, PhD, Vice President for the National Capital Region, Virginia Tech
  • Sunny Wicks, PhD, Research Engineer Sr, NEXT Team, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Carl Giller, PhD, Senior Materials Scientist, MITRE
  • John Beatty, PhD, Environmental Program and Armor Materials, Army Research Lab

Nuclear Proliferation from the First Gulf War to JCPOA

  • G. Scott Kirkpatrick, Chief, Chemical and Nuclear Sciences Division, DIA Directorate for Science and Technology
  • Houston Wood, PhD, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
  • Andrea Stricker, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
  • Timothy Miller, Contractor, Toeroek Associates, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Thread Reduction and Arms Control (DASD/NCB) TRAC
  • Laura Comes, Program Manager, Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics
  • Robert Roesler, Nuclear Engineer, Defense Intelligence Agency

The Challenge of Chem-Bio Surveillance

  • Randall Murch, PhD, Associate Director, Research Development Team, National Capital Region, Virginia TechProfessor in Practice in the School of Public and International Affairs
  • James “JB” Burton, Leidos, retired Brigadier General, Commander 20th CBRNE Command
  • Susan Holley, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Major Tracy Clinton, Defense Intelligence Agency

Value: The Fifth V of Big Data

  • Stephen Turner, PhD, Director, Bioinformatics Core Assistant Professor Division of Biomedical Informatics, University of Virginia
  • Don Brown, PhD, Director of the Data Science Institute and William Stansfield Calcott Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia
  • John Elder, PhD, Owner, Elder Research
  • Frank Strickland, Consulting Director, Mission Analytics, Deloitte

The Leading Edge in Biotechnology and the Brain

  • Jonathan Kipnis, PhD,  Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG), University of Virginia
  • Ali Guler, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • Wilson Miller, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, University of Virginia
  • Adrian Felts, Chief Operations Officer, Centridian, LLC

Design Thinking for Wicked Problems

  • Karen Hold,  Innovation Strategist, ExperienceLabs
  • Robert “Gus” Gusentine,  I2 Strategy and Development, LLC
  • Robert Dixon, Jr., Special Advisor for Innovation Programs and Transition, Innovation Office, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Joshua Smith, TANG Director, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Paula Davis, Analytics Visualization Studio Lead, Deloitte Consulting

Advances in High Performance Computing

  • John Lach, PhD,  Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia
  • Kevin Skadron, PhD,  Harry Douglas Forsyth Professor and Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia
  • James Ross,  Computational Scientist, Army Research Laboratory
  • Aaron Potler, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation
  • Terry Leslie, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Micron Technology Inc.