• Dr. John Vig
    IEEE Past President
    Topic: IEEE Technology News

    John Vig received the B.S. degree from City College New York, in 1964; and the Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers - The State University, in 1969. He joined the Electronic Components Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in 1969. Throughout his professional career, working as an electronics engineer and program manager, he performed and led research aimed at developing precision clocks, sensors and low-noise oscillators. He retired in 2006 but continued working as a consultant.

    Dr. Vig has been awarded 55 patents, and has published more than 100 papers and nine book chapters. He serves as a volunteer in his home town - as an Environmental Commissioner and trustee of the Friends of the Library. In his spare time, he and his wife of 45 years enjoy ballroom dancing.

    In 1988, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to the technology of quartz crystals for precision frequency control and timing." John Vig was 2009 IEEE president.

  • Dr. Norbert Doerry
    Technical Director for the Naval Sea Systems Command SEA 05 Technology Office
    Topic:Systems Engineering and the Navy's Next Generation Integrated Power System (NGIPS)

    Dr Norbert Doerry is presently the Technical Director for the Naval Sea Systems Command SEA 05 Technology Office. He retired in 2009 as a Captain in the U.S. Navy with 26 years of commissioned service, 23 years as an Engineering Duty Officer. In his final billet, he served for nearly six years as the Technical Director for Surface Ship Design.

    Dr Doerry is a 1983 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 1991 graduate of MIT. He is the 2008 recipient of the ASNE Gold Medal. He is a member of ASNE, SNAME, IEEE and the Naval Institute and has published over 25 technical papers.

  • Dr. Shri Goyal
    Director, Membership Programs, ComSoc
    Topic: COMSOC Industry Programs

    Shri K. Goyal received his M.Sc. degree in Electronics from Allahabad University in India and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He worked 25 plus years at GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories. He provided direction and managed technical programs in the area of service definition, delivery and service assurance. Currently, he is Dean of the College of Technology & Management in St Petersburg, Florida.

    Dr. Goyal’s major contributions include co-founding the technical committees on Enterprise Networking and on Network Operations & Management, and creating and implementing the IndustryNow program that brought industry in India into cooperation with ComSoc. He initiated the successful Membership Development Support Grant Program providing seed money for ComSoc chapters to initiate worthwhile activities. These and other efforts addressed ComSoc’s vital need for enhanced services for members in industry.

    An IEEE fellow, Dr. Goyal has contributed more than thirty refereed publications and three book chapters on Intelligent Systems, Information Technology Applications and Network/Service Management. He has organized numerous global symposia including NOMS and IM. He was Chair of CNOM and EntNet Technical Program Committees and served on GICC as M&C and TAC Liaison before assuming responsibility as Director of Meetings and Conferences (2004-6). Shri is currently ComSoc's Director of Membership Programs Development.

  • Prof. Karen Panetta
    Founder of the Simulation Research Laboratory at Tufts University
    Topic: Women In Engineering

    Karen Panetta is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of the Simulation Research Laboratory at Tufts University. She received the B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

    Before joining the faculty at Tufts, Karen was employed as a Principal computer engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she was a computer architect and pioneered many simulation and modeling algorithms for large complex systems. In 2007, she co- founded the first Tufts University School of Engineering owned company, BA Logix Inc., based on her patented research for signal processing and modeling algorithms. Her research in Simulation and Modeling has won her research team five awards from NASA for “Outstanding Contributions to NASA Research” and “Excellence in Research” and “Outstanding Contributions to Curriculum Development” for her Simulation and Visualization course. Karen is a NASA Langley Research Scientist “JOVE” Fellow, a recipient of the NSF Career Award, and she has won the “Best Engineering Teacher” Award. She is the recipient of the 2006 Boston University Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2007 was named a “Be the Change Award” recipient by the state of Massachusetts.

    Karen is a Fellow of the IEEE and Senior Member of the Society for Computer Simulation and is the Chair for the IEEE Educational Society, Central New England Section. She is past Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee and has helped promote WIE through new initiatives such as the WIE Magazine for which she is the Editor-in-Chief. Karen has been the advisor for the Tufts IEEE Student Chapter for 13 years. As the IEEE advisor, Karen has helped her students organize IEEE SPAC (Student Professional Awareness Conferences), participate in; interdisciplinary engineering competitions, IEEE student paper and design competitions and the IEEE Micromouse robotics competition. Her students have won awards in all categories, including a silver medal for their IEEE student chapter website. Karen is dedicated to promoting women in engineering and has created the nationally acclaimed “Nerd Girls” program, where undergraduate engineers research renewable energy topics and serve as role models for younger students. This program is aimed at breaking down the barriers that prevent women from entering the engineering disciplines and bridging the gap between attracting girls into engineering and sustaining them through their engineering curriculum. It strives to help undergraduate students build confidence in their skills, while preparing them for professional careers.

    Believing that real world experience is critical for engineering education, Karen maintains consulting positions in industry and brings her experience back to the classroom. She is a Design Consultant for Tycoelectronics, M/A-Com Inc., and consults for Massachusetts school systems and Science Museums across the United States to inspire engineering and technology education.

  • Prof. Henning Schulzrinne
    Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University
    Topic: Internet 2.0 - Challenges for the Next Generation Internet

    Prof. Henning Schulzrinne is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University, New York. From 2004 to 2009, he served as chair of the Department of Computer Science.

    He is editor of the "Computer Communications Journal", the "ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing", the "ComSoc Surveys & Tutorials" and a former editor of the "IEEE Transactions on Image Processing", "Journal of Communications and Networks", "IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking" and the "IEEE Internet Computing Magazine".

    Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are now Internet standards, used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, ubiquitous computing, mobile systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

    He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society and is vice chair of ACM SIGCOMM, former chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees on Computer Communications and the Internet and has been technical program chair of Global Internet, IEEE Infocom 2000, ACM NOSSDAV, IEEE IM, IPTComm 2008, IFIP Networking 2009 and IPtel and general co-Chair of ACM Multimedia 2004 and ICNP 2009. He serves on the Internet2 Applications, Middleware and Services Advisory Council and have led a working in the NSF GENI project. He also has been a member of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board).

    He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, and more than 50 Internet RFCs. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award and the TCCC service award.

  • Mark Galvin
    Managing Director, New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center
    Topic: Bringing Innovative Products to Market in Down Economic Cycles

    Mr. Galvin has overall leadership responsibility for assuring the success of the NH-ICC mission which is dedicated to accelerating the development of early stage high technology startups and to the commercialization of UNH intellectual capital. With over 26 years of experience in the Telecommunications & Networking industries, the past 20 years as founder, President and CEO of four venture capital-backed high tech startups, Mr. Galvin excels in equity-based fund raising, team building, rapid growth business management, system architecture, matching technologies to emerging business needs and building and motivating channels to market.

    He founded and was President and CEO of PRI in Salem (acquired by Xircom in 1995), RAScom, Inc, Salem, NH (acquired by Excel Switching in 1999), Cedar Point Communications (currently operating in Derry) and Whaleback Systems (currently operating in Portsmouth). PRI, RAScom and Cedar Point were all recognized by INC and Entrepreneur Magazines among the fastest growing private companies in the US (#95, #51 and #2, respectively).

    Mr. Galvin was named Boston Business Journal’s 2004 Telecom All-Star and was a Finalist, 2003 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark studied math and computer science in the undergraduate and graduate Faculties of McGill University in Montreal.

  • Captain Lynn J. Petersen USN
    Deputy Director for Program Executive Office Ships (PEO-Ships)
    Topic: Next Generation Power and Energy: Maybe Not So Next Generation

    Captain Petersen is presently the Deputy Director for Program Executive Office Ships (PEO-Ships), Electric Ships Office (PMS-320) and Energy Technology Division Head in NAVSEA’s Chief Technology Office. He is an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) with over 24 years of commissioned service, 16 of which have been as an EDO. Prior to then, he had been a surface warfare officer having made 3 forward deployments, to include service during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, having served on two CG-16/26 class guided missile cruisers. CAPT Petersen is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 1994 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He is a member of ASNE, IEEE and the Gideons. He has published numerous technical papers and presentations.

  • Kerry Cozad
    Senior VP , Dielectric Communications
    Topic: Rural Wireless Connectivity: Design Concepts for Ubiquitous Coverage in Low Density Population Areas

    Kerry is a member of the IEEE and served for six years on the Broadcast Technology Society Administrative Committee, as well as serving for four years on the board of the AFCCE (Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers). He has written several technical articles published in trade magazines in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and gives presentations regularly at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Engineering Conference and local SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers) conferences. He is the author of two chapters in the recently published 10thEdition of the NAB Engineering Handbook (Coaxial Cables and Rigid Coax/Waveguides) and Chapter 19, Coax/Transmission Line in The Electronics Handbook by CRC Press.

  • Susan Corbett
    CEO of Axiom Technologies
    Topic: Wireless Broadband as a Solution for Hard to Reach Super-rural Regions

    Ms. Corbett is the owner and CEO of Axiom Technologies, a telecommunications company headquartered in Machias, Maine that has been creating and developing solutions for rural broadband deployment since 2005. The recipient of four State of Maine ConnectME grant awards totaling $825,000.00, Axiom has brought high-speed Internet service to Washington County with over 90 Access Points, creating an umbrella over 2,500 square miles. Axiom, and its team of talented, forward-thinking Engineers, identified wireless technology as the best candidate for super-rural last-mile broadband delivery. The company is the only Information Technology Company in Washington County, employing fourteen, much sought technical positions.

    Additionally, Ms. Corbett owns a medical billing and practice management company, Morning Glory Enterprises, which provides services throughout New England and employs a staff of ten. She has managed many businesses throughout her 35-year career, mostly in healthcare and has a 25 year background in office nursing and medical practice administration and has consulted in over 250 medical practices and businesses.

    She has been a public speaker throughout Washington County and Maine advocating for rural broadband and is dedicated to the mission of bringing broadband to every resident and business. Ms. Corbett is a 2010 MaineBiz Women to Watch awardee recognized for her dedication in rural broadband development in the State of Maine.

  • Mohammed Moni Islam
    Coordinating Chair-IEEE-45 Standard Development
    Topic: A report on IEEE Standard Development for Shipboard IPS System Design

    Mr. Moni Islam has more than 37 years of diversified experience in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering research for shipboard Integrated Power System (IPS) in the United States. Supervision of ship building electrical design and development from concept design to final design including medium voltage power distribution and electro-mechanical control system, equipment procurement, drawing development, equipment installation as well as pier-side testing and acceptance trials. Preparation of new building medium voltage electrical power and control systems bid package for commercial ships and US Navy ships. Planning and coordination for upgrading and modernizing of various commercial and US Naval ships electrical power and control systems. Thoroughly knowledgeable with the marine electrical/electronic engineering design practices and procedures and development requirements for marine applications per Regulatory body requirements such as ABS, USCG, IEEE, NVR, DNV, Mil Standards, IMO-SOLAS etc.

  • Bhumip Khasnabish
    IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer
    Topic: Applications and Challenges of Cloud Computing, Networking, and Services

    Dr. Bhumip Khasnabish is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He has authored numerous patents, journal articles, Standards document, and books in a variety of areas related to converged services and new generation networking. His recent contribution entitled “Next Generation Technologies, Networks, and Services,” appeared as a chapter in the book “Next Generation Telecommunications Networks, Services, and Management,” (ISBN: 978-0-470-57528-4, Hardcover, 328 pages, April 2010, Wiley-IEEE Press, NJ, USA).

  • Gerard Chasse. P.E.
    President & Chief Operating Officer, Bangor Hydro Electric Company
    Topic: The Technical Challenges of Connecting Renewable Energy to the Grid

    Mr. Chasse has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro since January 2010. Prior to his promotion, Gerry served as Executive Vice President of Operations.

    Gerry joined Bangor Hydro in 1990 as an electrical engineer in the substation engineering department and has held numerous positions of responsibility within the engineering group. He was promoted to the position of Manager of Engineering in 2002 and became a member of the company’s senior management team. In this capacity, he was responsible for all engineering activities associated the Bangor Hydro’s power system. In 2004, he was given the added responsibility of managing the company’s T&D assets including capital planning, power system maintenance programs, and NERC compliance.

    In December 2007, Gerry and his transmission development team completed the engineering and construction of the Northeast Reliability Interconnect, a 150 mile, international transmission project.

    Gerry serves on the Board of Advisors for both the College of Engineering and the School of Business at the University of Maine. He attended the University of Maine at Orono and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Gerry is a registered professional engineer.

    Gerry is a native of Winslow, Maine and lives in Hampden, Maine with his wife and two children.

  • Bill Staby.
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.
    Topic: Recent Developments in the Marine Renewable Energy Sector

    Bill Staby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (RME) which is a developer of technologies for harvesting energy from ocean waves.

    Bill is an experienced manager of early-stage technology companies. His entrepreneurial career started in 1997 when he was co-founder of an Internet business-to-consumer commerce company, Proflowers.com, that subsequently went public. Bill then helped start two companies in media technology and business process automation before founding RME in 2007. Earlier in his career, Bill was an investment banker at First Boston Corporation where he was a member of the Electric Utility Corporate Finance

    Group and later he was co-head of the North American mergers & acquisitions team at Rabobank International.

    As a member of the steering committee of the U.S. delegation to IEC-TC114, Bill is actively involved in the development of technical standards for wave and tidal devices and, through his service to the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, he is helping build a national trade association that helps guide public policy related to federal R&D investment, market incentives, regulatory oversight and marine spatial planning.

  • William Stoy
    National Security Agency (Retired)
    Topic: Systems Engineering vs. Project Management - Tensions Across a Spectrum of Projects

    William Stoy retired from Government Civil Service in 2008 and resides in Brunswick, Maine. Bill earned his ASEE in 1967 and followed that with his BSEE in 1971, both from the University of Maine. He worked at the Portsmouth Naval Ship yard as a coop student during his undergraduate years. Following graduation he worked at Navy Headquarters in Washington D.C. for 11 years as a Project Manager (PM) developing and deploying Inertial Navigation Systems for Attack Class Submarines. He earned his MSEE in 1977 from Catholic University and pursued advanced studies at George Washington University, both in Washington D.C. For 25 years he was a PM for the National Security Agency (NSA) developing and deploying Intelligence Systems. In his last six years with NSA, Bill served as a PM in England developing the design and construction contracts for buildings with high performance Intelligence Processing Networked Systems. He has also served on the Adjunct Faculty staff at NSA's National Cryptologic School teaching "Telecommunications Multiplexing and Multimedia Technologies."

  • Matt Jonson
    Chief Technologist, Architectures and Verticals Cisco US and Canada Partner Organization
    Topic: Cloud Computing

    Matt Jonson leads the Architectures and Verticals Systems Engineering team in Cisco's US and Canada Partner Organization and he is responsible for driving five billion dollars worth of business for Cisco. Since 2005, his team has grown considerably by delivering unique technology specialists, architects, and programs that support partner practice development and growth. Matt has held other key leadership roles throughout his 15 years at Cisco, such as Consulting Systems Engineer, Consulting Architect, Sales Engineering Manager, and Senior Systems Engineer Manager for DOD sales operations.

    Prior to joining Cisco, Matt spent six years in the US Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. He engineered the pilot DOD Internet and drove the Air Force's transition off of Milnet to the first military Intranet. In 1992, he built the first www.af.mil.

    Matt holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and an MS in Computer and Information Science from Troy State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Matt also retains CCIE #2670.

  • Lori Saleski
    Project Engineering Manager at BAE Systems
    Topic: Measuring Systems Engineering Productivity

    Lori Saleski is a Project Engineering Manager at BAE Systems where she has been working on the development of the COSYSMO-based System Engineering Model and Process and also the Total Engineering Estimation Model and Process over the past 3 years. In addition, she is an Engineering Manager for Mission Management Programs within the Electronic Solutions line of business, and is located in Hudson, NH. Lori has worked in software engineering for 25 years and holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Mathematics Minor from the University of Maine.

  • Dr. David Day
    Senior Principal Scientist and Associate Department Head for the Human Language Technology Department, MITRE Corporation.
    Topic: Extending Access to Clinical Health Information

  • Michael Davies
    Chairman and Founding Partner at Endeavour Partners & Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management
    Topic: Innovation in Human-Computer Interfaces

    Michael Davies has a portfolio career that spans the worlds of academia, consulting and new technology ventures - as a (part-time) Senior Lecturer at MIT's Engineering Systems Division he teaches Technology & Strategy - a core course in the Systems Design and Management program that provides a strategic framework for managing high- technology businesses, and leads the Systems Leadership & Management Lab program, providing real-world application of the hard skills from SDM program, as a Guest Lecturer at London Business School he is responsible for and teaches New Technology Ventures - a unique program that brings together scientists from University College London with MBAs from London Business School to evaluate novel ideas and inventions and (where worthwhile) turn them into new technology ventures, he is Founder and Chairman of Endeavour Partners, a boutique consulting firm that works with top management of leading high-tech businesses such as Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, Sony Ericsson and Smith & Nephew to develop and execute business and technology strategy, and to build the capabilities of top management. He is also Chief Technology Officer of an angel-backed equine telemetry and informatics start-up (EquuSys, Inc. http://www.equusys.com) that he co-founded to commercialize one inventions, for which he holds several patents

    Before this he founded and sold a successful global boutique consulting firm, worked in blue chip consulting firms such as Boston Consulting Group and Braxton Associates, and held a range of executive roles in high-tech firms such as BellSouth International. He has served on the research or advisory boards of both large and small high-tech companies, such as YouCastr, Ember Networks, Evolution Networks, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola Research, and Smith & Nephew. During the course of his career he has worked with more than twenty high-tech entrepreneurial ventures, across mobile, Internet, broadband, medical devices, and mesh networking.

    He has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, and two Masters degrees in Engineering, from the Universities of Cambridge and Durham in the UK. He was born in New Zealand, educated in the UK and has made his home in the United States for the last ten years or so. In early 2007, Michael Davies was recognized as a World Class New Zealander.

    He is a Member of the Executive Committee for the Boston group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society, and also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), of the Academy of Management, of the Strategic Management Society, of INFORMS and of the Product Development Management Association (PDMA).

    He is a keen supporter of the All Blacks (and anyone playing Australia), (Emirates) Team New Zealand, the Boston Red Sox (and anyone playing the New York Yankees), the New England Patriots (despite the loss to the Ravens) and his girls' lacrosse, athletics and riding.

    When he can find the time he travels widely, plays tennis competitively (if not consistently), skis, sails, reads voraciously and cooks.

  • Dr. Gabriel Jakobson
    Chief Scientist at Altusys Corp.
    Topic: Science and Technology Standing Next to Us

    Dr. Gabriel Jakobson is the Chief Scientist at Altusys Corp., a consulting firm specializing in the development of intelligent Situation Management technologies for defence and cyber security applications. During his more than 20 years tenure at Verizon (formerly GTE) he had increasing responsibilities of leading advanced database, expert systems, artificial intelligence, and telecommunication network management programs. Dr. Jakobson has authored over 100 technical publications has awarded 5 US patents on innovative real-time event correlation and situation management. He received PhD degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia.

    Dr. Jakobson holds an honorary degree of Doctor Honorius Causa from the Tallinn Technical University, Estonia, and is Distinguished IEEE ComSoc Lecturer. He was the chair of the Workshop on Situation Management SIMA held in-conjunction with MILCOM 2005-2009, chair of the IEEE Conference on Cognitive Methods of Situation Management CogSIMA 2011, TPC co-chair of the Symposium on Selected Areas of Communication at ICC 2009/2010. Dr. Jakobson is the vice-chair of the Tactical Communications and Operations Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc, chair of the IEEE ComSoc Sub-Committee on Situation Management. He is the IEEE ComSoc Board member and since 2008 the Director of North America Region of ComSoc.


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