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ADMI 2014
ADMI 2014 :: Speaker Bio's
Oct. 18, 2017

ADMI Symposium Presenters

Caroline Jones
Program Management Analyst, CyberSkills Management Support, Department of Homeland Security

Nelson Caroline Jones serves as the Outreach Program Manager for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CyberSkills Management Support Initiative. As Program Manager in support of the Executive Director, Ms. Jones manages the Cyberskills Management Support Initiative's cybersecurity-related outreach programs. In this role, she manages and maintains oversight on national cybersecurity-focused outreach events that have high focus on students ranging from middle school up to the college level. Ms. Jones initiates efforts to foster collaborative partnerships with academic institutions, providing two-year and four-year college students with opportunities to engage and network with some of the department's leading cybersecurity professionals. Ms. Jones has over ten years of Information Technology (IT) and Project Risk Management experience serving as a Security and Management Analyst Practitioner in Civilian and Department of Defense environments. Prior to joining the Cyberskills Management Support Initiative, Ms. Jones served as an Information Technology Security Specialist in the department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. In this role she formalized and developed the Office of Intelligence and Analysis first specialized training oversight compliance program for National Security Systems Information System Security Officers.

Before joining DHS, Ms. Jones was a Senior Security Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration where she managed accreditation audits and developed strategic risk mitigation practices to combat identifiable threats and vulnerabilities.

Previously, Ms. Jones held a position as a Public Affairs Specialist at the National Aeronautical Space Administration, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and supported Get Away Special and Space Experiment Module (SEM) shuttle missions. In this position, Ms. Jones saw firsthand the enormous influence space technology played on influencing students to pursue technical careers.

Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Clark Atlanta University.

 
Reginald Gillins, Sr.

Mims Reginald Gillins Sr. is an award-winning Versatile Technologist and Cryptographic Systems Analyst at The Boeing Company. He recently received the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year – Modern Day Technology Leader Award and the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year – Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award.

Between 1982 and 1996, Reginald led the technology implementation efforts for several companies in Los Angeles, including Warner Bros, Bank of America, Health-Net, and Litton (Northrop). In 1996, Gillins joined Boeing as an independent contractor implementing Computing Room Engineering Standards. Then as a programmer analyst, systems design specialist and systems administrator, Reginald took positions with successively more responsibility including operating test and development labs that integrate new technologies in the complex Information Security field.

While in Information Security, Reginald researched, developed and implemented one of the first comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plans for a critical IT security system in Boeing's IT Infrastructure. He also helped implement IT Security Operations for 787 Airplane maintenance systems, SecureBadge ISO/IEC 7816 standards, secure Voice-over IP network phones, encrypted email, and systems providing Domain Controller Security Identification for every mainline Windows Server, desktop and laptop in the company. Reginald received numerous recognitions and awards for this work.

Gillins successfully designed and implemented the Boeing Recruiting Access and Network Database (BRAND) system, putting advanced technologies in the hands of Global Staffing personnel.

On his own time, Reginald investigated and published "Minority Inventors & Innovators, Our Nation's Unsung Pioneers" for members of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Boeing Black Employees Association, and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). This material was further developed under the joint Boeing/SPEEA Ed Wells Partnership and offered as curriculum on the companywide Boeing Education Network. He is a graduate of Watterson Business College and the University of Washington, and currently is conducting graduate research at the University of Maryland University College in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Investigations.

 
Dr. Jonathan Graham
MimsDr. Jonathan Graham received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Idaho in 2005. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University (1984) and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus, Barbados. He is a Professor of Computer Science with 30 years of experience and serves as the director of the Norfolk State University Information Assurance Research and Development Institute (IA-REDI), a National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Academic Excellence. Dr. Graham has served in this position since 2009.
 
Dr. Rich Loft
Science Gateways, NCAR
LoftDr. Richard Loft of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has worked in high performance computing since joining Thinking Machine Corporation in 1989, and has worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) since 1994. At SC 2001 he was on a team that received a Gordon Bell prize honorable mention for developing a scalable atmospheric dynamical core called the High Order Method Modeling Environment (HOMME), which was recently integrated as part of the widely used Community Earth System Model. In 2005, he was NCAR PI on an NSF project to deploy and evaluate ultra-scalable models on an IBM Blue Gene/L system. Dr. Loft is currently Director of the Technology Development Division (TDD) in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at NCAR. In this capacity, he oversees CISL's R&D efforts, in areas such as applied computer science, visualization and enabling technologies, and earth system modeling infrastructure. He leads NCAR's participation in NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program, the follow-on to the decade-long TeraGrid project. Recognizing the need to engage the next generation in high performance computing, in 2007 Dr. Loft created the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science program at NCAR, and is currently developing an HPC curriculum based on small, affordable Raspberry Pi clusters.
 

Dr. John Sands
SandsDr. John Sands has been a professor of Information Technology at Moraine Valley Community College for 27 years. He also serves as the department chairperson for the Integrated Computer Technologies Department. John is the co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance. He has his Ph.D. from Colorado State University School of Education and a MA from Governors State University. Dr. Sands has also been awarded several academic awards including Innovator of the Year and Master Teacher. Dr. Sands holds several industry certifications including CISSP, CCIA, CCNP, MCSE, and CCNA. He has also authored several textbooks, white papers and lab manuals and has been invited to speak at many national conferences. Dr. Sands has managed the creation and use of virtual teaching and learning environments to expand student experiential learning opportunities at a national level.

 
Dr. Cheryl Seals
SealsDr. Cheryl Seals is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University. Dr. Cheryl Seals is an assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. She received her B.S. from Grambling State University, M.S. from North Carolina A&T State University and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with all of her degrees in the area of Computer Science. Dr. Seals studies the area of novice programmers utilizing visual programming techniques, user interface design projects to improve interaction design, and game design & development and the dimensions games can add to computer literacy. She has a vested interested in programs that are community centered, increase diversity in technology, and targeted at helping today's youth strive for a better tomorrow. She continuously works with programs that provide computer interventions for students in the elementary, middle and high schools in the local area.
 
 

ADMI Workshop Presenters

Charles Hardnett
McDuffieCharles Hardnett is the Program Director for Computer Programming at Gwinnett Technical College. At GTC, he teaches courses in C++, Java, Python, Game Physics, Mobile Application Development, project management/software engineering, and various other computer programming topics. He is also an author of two books: "Programming Like a Pro for Teens", which is a C++ programming book and "Virtual World Design for Teens", which is a book about Alice programming. He also has a wide range of hobbies including dee-jaying and distance running. He resides in Rockdale County east of Atlanta with his wife, Felicia, and his two children, Erin and CJ.

 

Dr. John Trimble
YohannanDr. John Trimble is currently serving as a Fulbright professor at Tshwane University of Technology's Industrial Engineering Department. This is his second appointment as a Fulbright professor. He served as a Fulbright professor at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe from 2003-2004. He holds a BSc in Engineering from Northwestern University, MSC in Computer Science from Stanford University, MSc in Operations Research from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech. Trimble has over 25 years of teaching experience at various universities in the USA, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and South Africa. He has served as Head of Department at Morris Brown College and Dean of ICT at Umutara Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the academy, Trimble worked in industry as a researcher, software developer and manager. Over the past 15 years, Trimble has been heavily involved with research and projects concerning the use of 'appropriate technology. He has led in the organizing of 6 international conferences on appropriate technology, held across Africa in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya. For the past two years, Trimble has worked closely with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) serving as co-editor of a special issue of appropriate technology.

 
 
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