TIAs IoT Week Speakers

Stephanie Atkinson
CEO & Founder
Compass Intelligence

Stephanie Atkinson, founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, leads the organizational direction of the company, including strategic initiatives, client engagements activities, financial planning, and consulting services with Fortune 500 customers. She specializes in vertical markets, technology segmentation, and overall market intelligence and consulting services within the telecommunications, information technology, network infrastructure, and other high tech industries. Ms. Atkinson has been in the high-tech market research and consulting industry for more than a decade, and has also worked in the industry within the equipment and service provider market.

Ms. Atkinson has become a well-known and respected consultant and thought leader in the High-tech research and consulting market, and is widely recognized as a consultant in the implementation and evaluation of vertical market programs in the telecom/IT industry. She has been quoted in numerous business and trade publications including Washington Technology, EE Times, The Congressional Quarterly, CNN Money, Network World, Healthcare Informatics, the Wall Street Journal, Finance News, America’s Network, Wireless Fidelity Magazine, CEO Magazine, Campus Technology, and many others. Ms. Atkinson is on the board of nGage events, M6 Enterprise and serves as an Industry Advisor at Silverwood Partners (based in Boston). She also volunteers for the Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University, and is a member of HIMSS, CEA, CABA, Womens Wireless Leadership Forum, and Aggie Women. She has also been listed on the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts 2014 by Today's Wireless World, as well as Top M2M Influencer (#8) by Onalytica.

Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She resides in Bandera, Texas, the 'Cowboy Capital of the World,' with her husband and 2 sons.

DJ Saul
CMO and Managing Director

DJ Saul is the CMO and Managing Director of ISL (an AdAge 2014 and 2016 Small Agency of The Year). One of the company’s first employees, DJ is now responsible for ISL’s marketing, DC operations, partnerships and business development as well as the company’s ongoing experimentation/prototyping efforts. DJ advises companies and early stage ventures on everything from digital to experiential marketing strategy, to branding and partnership development, and has been described as “an invaluable pillar of support for the region’s aspiring entrepreneurs.” In short, he brands, markets, and creates experiences that launch companies, sell products, and connects people and organizations with what they need to succeed. DJ studied International Affairs at George Washington University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is a member of NextGen Venture Partners, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers, co-producer of the DC Tech Meetup, and serves on the advisory board of Think Local First DC.

With new technology and IoT transforming our lives a daily basis, to stay ahead of the curve, understanding how the physical and digital worlds are crashing together is paramount to creating truly impactful experiences (whether online or off). I’ll plan to cover new technologies/products/experiments that are representative of the broader impact of data, IoT, and even VR/MR. I’ll dive into the current landscape, review the latest and greatest examples, breakdown what some of these things actually cost to produce, and perhaps share select predictions of what’s yet to come.

Jason O. Hallstrom
Florida Atlantic University's I-SENSE

Dr. Hallstrom serves as Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), which coordinates FAU’s activities in Sensing and Smart Systems. I-SENSE is a technology clearinghouse for sensing, communication, and data management technologies and serves as an interdisciplinary hub, cultivating research, education, and service initiatives that cut across academic units and industry partners. Active program areas include Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment, and Health and Behavior.

Dr. Hallstrom is a Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He holds a B.S. in Systems Analysis, an M.A in Economics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science. His expertise is in the design, deployment, and management of wireless sensing infrastructure, with an emphasis on sensor platform design. His work is currently supported through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NOAA (via subcontract from Coastal Carolina University) and was previously supported through the NSF, EPA, USDA, NASA, and other entities.

Thyaga Nandagopal
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE), where he manages wireless networking and mobile computing research across multiple funding programs. At NSF, he is spearheading the NSF Advanced Wireless Initiative, a $400M effort announced in July 2016. He also serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government.

Tim Abels
Principal Engineer and Director of Federal IoT Solutions
Intel Corporation

Tim Abels currently lead the definition of Intel’s earliest IOT Architecture Specifications and Forums and significantly participates on behalf of Intel for IOTWF, TIA ,IIC, OCF and University consortia on Telephony and IOT including Internet v2, 5G, machine automation, semantics and future proof. He was previously the Director of Server Architecture at Intel and Dell (HW, SW & Systems), and similar at MS, CompuServe and Pervasive as CTO. He holds over 50 patents, 30 publications, an Masters of Science in Computer Science from Purdue.

Tim is an entrepreneur with two IPOs, co-founding five Dell server divisions and labs including Dellhost sold to Sprint, and was at the major seminal conferences for: Comdex, JavaOne, Netscape, MS PDC, Linuxworld, VMworld and ARM. While working as CompuServe Chief Architect, he taught 15 CS courses at Ohio State and co-authored KCC, the first certified ANSI C compiler. As part of this special event, Tim will be releasing a foundational communications whitepaper.

Dr. David A. Bray
Senior Executive and CIO
Federal Communications Commission & Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia

Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15 at a 4 GeV high-energy electron beam accelerator facility, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, SARS, monkeypox, and other outbreaks. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues in 2009. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD from Emory University’s business school and two post-docs from MIT and Harvard focused on collective intelligence and improving organizational resilience in turbulent environments. He has received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in addition to the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Dr. Bray currently is a Senior Executive and CIO for the Federal Communications Commission and through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech in less than two years. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia focused on the impacts of the Internet and Everything and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016. He presently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, and as a Visiting Executive at Harvard University focused on issues of transformational leadership and the intersection of technology breakthroughs on foreign policies.

Tiffany A. Sargent
Principal Engineer and Director of Federal IoT Solutions
Intel Corporation

Tiffany A. Sargent holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She is also a Principle Engineer of Intel and has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Having an engineering education has enabled her to span both technical and business areas at Intel Corporation for the past 22 years nationally and internationally. Tiffany began as a manufacturing systems engineer and rotated through five different business groups taking on various leadership and management roles. She has led multiple complex technical endeavors across different fields most notability in software, enterprise information technology, security, chipset platforms, and Internet of Things. Beyond her technical roles, she has held positions as a business strategist, innovation manager, operations manager, people manager, program manager, and program office manager. Tiffany has received Intel's highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for innovative cyber-security solutions. Tiffany's primary interest has been to integrate decision science into her technical and leadership roles to accelerate and increase the speed and quality of data driven decisions.

Currently, Tiffany is a senior technical contributor within Intel Sales and Marketing Federal Team focused on designing Internet of Things and Machine to Machine (M2M) Complex Systems, Analytics, and Solution Architectures. She works with multiple federal agencies and business partners to introduce technology opportunities, create solution concepts, and develop technical considerations for policy inclusion that can pave the way to a “Smarter” Government. In 2014, she was named by Connected World Magazine as one of the “Women of M2M."

Chris Smith
Vice President of Technology, Global Business

Chris Smith brings 20 plus years of government and technical experience and a strong background in cloud, mobility, and security to Global Business - Public Sector Solutions where he leads a growing team of 200 plus technologists charged with developing AT&T products and services to meet the unique needs of the federal marketplace. Prior to his current leadership role at AT&T, Mr. Smith was the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer with Accenture Federal Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing the technology agenda for Accenture’s federal business portfolio and overseeing the services provided by Accenture to federal clients in strategic areas such as secure cloud computing, big data, logistics and supply chain and cost reduction.

Previously, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he led one of the largest federal government transitions to cloud computing. His federal government experience also includes senior positions with the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. During his military service, Smith led multiple missions around the globe as a Joint Tactical Communications Officer in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Army National Guard. Now retired, he also served as a communications officer in the Reserve Air Force.

Nada Golmie, PhD
Chief, Wireless Networks Division,
Communications Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Nada Golmie received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Since 1993, she has been a research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is currently the chief of the wireless networks division in the Communications Technology Laboratory. Her research in media access control and protocols for wireless networks led to over 100 technical papers presented at professional conferences, journals, and contributed to international standard organizations and industry led consortia. She is the author of “Coexistence in Wireless Networks: Challenges and System-level Solutions in the Unlicensed Bands," published by Cambridge University Press (2006). She leads several projects related to the modeling and evaluation of future generation wireless systems and protocols and serves as a co-chair for the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance.

Ken Figueredo
Industry Advisor

Ken Figueredo is an industry advisor on IoT strategy and market dynamics. He is working within InterDigital's IoT Solutions business unit with key commercial and industry-alliance partners to promote a standards-based IoT eco-system aligned with the oneM2M Partnership Project. Ken has a combined background in business-model innovation and technology having previously applied data management and machine learning techniques for condition monitoring types of IoT use cases.

Fred Yentz
Telit IoT Platforms

Fred Yentz is a highly sought-after public speaker on the Internet of Things (IoT), known for his industry insights, engaging delivery, contagious energy and vision. He brings over 25 years of business and engineering leadership with Telit, ILS Technology, RadiSys and IBM.

Fred Yentz joined Telit (formerly ILS Technology) as SVP and COO in 2007. Prior to Telit, he served as GM of RadiSys, overseeing global sales, marketing and professional services for the Enterprise, Communication and Commercial divisions. Earlier, Fred held engineering, new business development and management positions at IBM. Mr. Yentz holds degrees in engineering from Michigan Technological University, an MBA and Masters in CIS from the University of Miami. He serves on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Dale Blanton
Technical Trainer,
Telit IoT Platforms

Dale has been involved in Technical Training since the mid-1980s, in several roles at the US Army Military Intelligence School. After acquiring a M.S. degree in Adult Education, Dale assumed positions involving Technical Training and Training Management, with companies such as Nuance Communications and Axis Communications, while working as an adjunct professor at several local colleges. Since relocating to South Florida from New England Dale has joined the Telit IoT Platforms team as a technical trainer.

Josh Hohendorf
Technical Trainer,
Telit IoT Platforms

Josh has been working with Technology from an early age, graduating from fixing the family computer to graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering. This has allowed Josh to work for a wide range companies on several different kinds of electronic equipment ranging from repairing cellphones to producing custom cinematography drones. Josh takes pride in his position as a Technical Trainer for Telit.

Tom Milavec
Senior Digital Strategist,

As a leader in Gensler’s Digital Media brand design team, Tom brings great passion and knowledge about the power of experiential design to his clients. Educated and trained as an architect, Tom transitioned his work far beyond physical spaces and buildings, focusing on digital strategy and exploring this rapidly evolving realm of design. Throughout his career, he has lead the experiential design solutions for a variety of clients: Philadelphia Eagles, MTV, Capital One, Budweiser, Hilton, and Porsche. His experience includes branding and identity projects, print collateral, packaging, uniforms, signage and wayfinding, interiors, software engineering, hardware architecture and interactive installations. Through his work, Tom is constantly pursuing the bleeding edge where technology and architecture converge to redefine how humans interact with the built environment. Two recently published articles by Tom discussing experiential design are: Deep Engagement: Seamless, Immersive and Interactive Experiences and Digital Space: No Goggles Required.

Guodong (Gordon) Gao
Associate Professor and Co-Director of CHIDS,
University of Maryland

Guodong (Gordon) Gao Ph.D., M.B.A., is the co-director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS), and associate professor in the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies Department at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research interests include IT's impact on care delivery, big data, patient empowerment, and quality transparency. Dr. Gao initiated and co-organize the annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE).

His paper has been published or accepted at leading academic journals like Management Science, Information Systems Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly Executive. He has presented extensively at various conferences like ICIS, WISE, INFORMS, CIST, AcademyHealth, AshEcon, and iHEA. His research has been funded by AHRQ and NSF. And won best paper awards. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award.

He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Tsinghua University in 1998, his M.B.A. from the Tsinghua and MIT Sloan Joint Program in 2000, and PhD in Information System and Economics from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

Dr. David Wollman
Deputy Director,

Dr. David Wollman is Deputy Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Wollman is expanding NIST’s coordination and research activities in cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), including through the NIST CPS Public Working Group and development of the NIST CPS Framework. Dr. Wollman also leads efforts to coordinate and accelerate the private-sector development of smart grid interoperability standards, including as part of the leadership team advancing the White House Green Button Initiative on energy usage information. Previously at NIST, he managed efforts to maintain and advance the U.S. electrical standards and metrology supporting the electric power industry, in addition to serving as scientific advisor, program analyst and bench-level scientist. Before joining NIST, Dr. Wollman received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University. He has received many awards, including two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals, and the NIST Applied Research Award, and he has received three U.S. patents. David will present the NIST Big Data Framework.

David Helms
Chief Technology Officer
Radius Networks

David Helms is the Chief Technology Officer at Radius Networks, the leading provider of proximity services to major retailers, restaurant chains, sports complexes and other brick-and-mortar operations, where he leads new product initiatives and develops strategic partner and customer relationships. Radius Networks provides proximity beacon technology that enabled their clients to generate invaluable business intelligence and drive innovative customer engagement opportunities. In this session, David will present and discuss examples of how Radius Networks clients have deployed proximity beacon technology to make venues like sports stadiums, quick service restaurants, convention centers and retail stores and how these capabilities provides valued, interactive experiences to visitors to these venues.

Stephanie Bauer Marshall
Chief Commercial Officer
The Wireless Registry

Stephanie Bauer Marshall, a high-energy senior marketer and business advisor with more than 20 years of experience, serves as Chief Commercial Officer of The Wireless Registry, where she is responsible for bringing its assets to market. From leading an innovative team at a Fortune 15 through the challenging process of developing and marketing patented products, to refining early-stage offerings, Ms. Marshall is an industry-recognized leader in successfully bringing digital advertising, mobile marketing and big data monetization products and services to market. Ms. Marshall was one of Business Insider’s “Most Influential Women in Mobile Advertising” for two consecutive years as well as a “Woman to Watch” by Mobile Marketer.

Ms. Marshall will be discussing the need to assign meaning to the signals in the Internet of Things, and how Wireless Registry's SignalGraph can provide identity and intelligence for the growing IoT.

Arty Chandra
Senior Director
InterDigital IoT Solutions

Arty Chandra is a Senior Director for InterDigital IoT Solutions group based out of Melville, New York. In her current role, she is responsible for IoT business strategy and serves on the Steering Committee of Convida, a joint venture between Sony and InterDigital.

Ms. Marshall will be discussing the need to assign meaning to the signals in the Internet of Things, and how Wireless Registry's SignalGraph can provide identity and intelligence for the growing IoT.

She has 20 years of experience in technology incubation, business strategy and project management in wireless telecommunications and Internet of Things fields. Prior to InterDigital, Ms. Chandra worked as a researcher at AT&T Labs and as a systems architect at Metricom. Ms. Chandra holds Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT- BHU, Master’s degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kevin Curtis
IoT Specialist and Solutions Architect

Kevin R. Curtis is and IoT Specialist and Solutions Architect at Verizon Responsible for developing IoT outcome based IoT solutions that enhance livability, situational awareness and operational efficiencies to drive business and operational performance for Verizon Enterprise Clients.

At Verizon, he is focused on Smart Cities & Communities, Smart Venues, Intelligent Lighting, Intelligent Video, Intelligent Traffic Management, Intelligent Transportation, Verizon IoT Share Solutions, Condition Based Maintenance, Smart Monitoring and Connected Edge. Horizontal IoT solutions include Verizon ThingSpace IoT Cloud, Narrowband IoT, LPWAN and Small Cell, IoT Sensor Data Predictive Analytics and Managed IoT Monitoring Services.